Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Jeremiah 29:5
Planting, growing, and harvesting your own veggies and herbs is an incredibly rewarding experience! It connects you to your land, gives you a sense of pride, is a healthy way to get fresh veggies into your diet, teaches you valuable lessons about the earth, the cycle of the seasons, etc. and it saves you money! In fact, there are so many more benefits to gardening that I couldn't possibly list them all here.
On this page, it is my hope to inspire you to start a garden of your own. Even if you live in an apartment in the city, all you really need is a window that gets sun and a table you can set up in front of that window.
I do not live on a farm. However, we have a fairly decent size property with many flower gardens, a spacious herb garden, and a vegetable garden that is large enough to support our family of three.
Please read on and follow the links to helpful articles and resources that will help you plan your own garden and experience what it's like to garden like a Powwow!
When is the best time to fertilize my lawn?
We have some grass-covered areas on our property, but we have largely converted our land into various gardens. Still, green grass is nice to see and the dogs love to roll around in it!
If your grass is like mine, it grows spotty and there are bare spots everywhere. We also have a large white birch tree that sucks up ALL of the water and nutrients from our soil!
The best time here in the northeast to fertilize is the first time the temps hit 55' after winter is coming to an end. This is when we put down not just fertilizer but also hardy shade-growing grass seed. It's important for us to have some nice ground cover so our son can play, the dogs can relax in the grass, and it just looks a lot nicer. Last year was very harsh for our grass and now, as I type this (early January 2023) our grass is pretty much the worst grass in the neighborhood! But no worries, we will fix it up with fertilizer once the temp hits 55 and it should come back to green life soon enough!
When fertilizing, make sure to use a good spreader so it distributes the fertilizer evenly over the area. Don't put too much in one spot or it will likely kill the grass!! I speak from experience on this, trust me....
Make sure your lawn gets plenty of water afterward. The normal weather of Spring should help that fertilizer nourish your soil and give you beautiful green grass for the onset of summer! The next time to fertilize is fall, about the time the temps drop to 55'. That magic number of 55 works for both fertilizing optimal times of the year! Some like to fertilize up to four times a year, but this seems excessive to me, especially considering we have such small grassy areas. Twice is plenty, believe me!
Amish farming tips and techniques!
When we think of the Pennsylvania Dutch, we think of the Amish. And when we think of the Amish, we think of farms! The Amish have developed very successful farming techniques that give them an edge over the commercial farmers!
According to the Farmers' Almanac, the eight best natural fertilizers are:
Planetary Hours are VERY important for both Powwow work and gardening! In order to calculate your Planetary Hours, you need to know your local sunrise and sunset times. CLICK HERE to find the times for your area!!