The Backyard Gardener’s Guide to Freezing Your Garden Harvest
- A list of supplies you need to freeze your fruits and vegetables
- “How-to” guides for freezing 20 vegetables and fruits
- Freezer inventory & preserving logs
- Recipes to provide you with even more ways to preserve your harvest
The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Backyard Chickens
- Ideas for an inexpensive brooder box
- What to purchase before you bring the chicks home
- When it’s safe to move chicks from the brooder to the coop
- When to expect your first eggs
- Should you free-range your flock?
How to Start a Container Garden
- How to choose the best containers
- How to find your frost dates
- The difference between cool-season and warm-season vegetables so you plant at the right time
- Recommended varieties that do well in containers
Links to Some of My Favorite Things.
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- Ball Blue Book on Amazon or Ball Blue Book at Walmart
- Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
- Presto Canner
My favorite essential oil company – Plant Therapy. They offer great prices on quality oils and usually have free shipping too, no matter the size of your order.
- True Leaf Market
- Ferry Morse
- Pinetree – I’m not an affiliate of Pinetree but they have great seeds and good prices on some craft and soap making supplies.
- Gardening gloves – I like the coated gloves to make squishing bugs less icky but I find it easier to wear these if want to pick the garden with gloves on.
- Wall O Water also called Kozy Kotes – These are great for getting tomato plants to start blooming and producing fruit sooner.
- Children’s Tool Set – This set is perfect for gardening in raised beds, even for adults. The smaller tools allow for easy maneuverability in small spaces.
- Grow bags – I LOVE these grow bags. They come in many different sizes, all with handles. They are reasonably priced so you can grow a garden almost anywhere.
- Grow lights – I recently purchased new full-spectrum grow lights to start my seedlings and they look so healthy.
- Self Watering Containers – I love Earthboxes because I’ve had mine for years. They’ve sat out in the sun all summer and the cold all winter and they still work just fine even if they are faded.
- My favorite fertilizer is a fish emulsion or Jobe’s All Purpose fertilizer.
- This raised bed kit works great for a small raised bed garden.
- These containers are perfect to grow a few vegetables in.
- Row covers come in many different sizes and weights depending on the frost protection you need.
- Shade cloth is great for keeping cool-season crops like lettuce from bolting as quickly when the summer heat sets in.
- Trellis netting is great for pole beans or cucumbers.
- These pots are inexpensive if you need to purchase new ones for planting vegetables.
- EcoGlow Brooder – See why I think this is a MUST HAVE in this post.
- Chick Starter is a must have when you purchase baby chicks.
- Or you can get a package of feed, feeder, waterer, chick grit, electrolytes, and chick sticks all together in this starter kit.
- Oyster shell is a great supplement to feed your chickens to help provide the calcium they need to keep producing nice thick shells.
- My dehydrator that I’ve had for over 12 years. It is reasonably priced and has worked well for me. You can also purchase fruit leather sheets, screens, and extra trays.
- This mixer is the BEST for making large batches. I use it to make 4 loaves of bread at one time.
- Snacking Cakes by Yossey Arefi – I purchased this cookbook for my 11-year-old son who loves to cook but doesn’t like to use the mixer. However, I’ve made several of these cakes as well. I adore this book. The recipes are easy and use ingredients you already have. The majority of the recipes use one bowl, no mixer required. The author also gives multiple ways to bake the cakes (different pan sizes) plus ways to frost the cakes if you desire. One of my best cookbook purchases in a long time.