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Now is the time to plan for next year’s growing season!

Starting your garden planning in autumn sets you up for a more organized, successful, and productive growing season in the coming year.

Not sure where to start?Β  We’ve got you covered!

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  • πŸ‡ Growing grapes is easier than you think! 🌿

They thrive in well-drained soil, full sun, and need a sturdy trellis, stakes, or a tree for support. 

As the vines grow, train the main trunk up on a trellis and tie it with garden Velcro.

Use stakes, a tree, or a trellis to train the vines to grow where you want them. Garden Velcro is great to use because it's strong enough to hold the vines but soft enough not to break them. The main objective is to keep the fruit off the ground. 

Prune the vines during the dormant season (late winter to early spring). Remove excess shoots and old wood to shape the vine and promote healthy growth.

#GrapeGrowing #HomeGarden #EasyGardening #BackyardVineyard #GrowYourOwn #homesteadlife
  • What's the best part about sustainable living?
Being able to pick fresh fruits and veggies every day for free πŸ’šπŸ“

This is today's harvest! 

We've expanded our gardens and planted more fruit trees, I'll be sharing more about that soon!

In the meantime, what's your favorite fruit?
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What's your favorite fruit?
  • It's that time of year again where we see baby birds following their parents around for food.🐀
Monoculture lawns don't provide adequate shelter for these vulnerable babies especially when there is an obsession with keeping the yard "tidy" by mowing... πŸͺΆ

The solution?

Rewilding your yard!
This is crucial for baby birds as it creates a hospitable environment that supports their survival and growth. Native plants, which are integral to rewilded spaces, provide essential food sources such as insects, seeds, and berries that baby birds rely on for nourishment.

These plants also offer safe nesting sites and cover from predators, which is vital during their vulnerable early stages. 

We have seen several babies hopping along in our violets πŸ’š

By rewilding your yard, you help ensure a thriving habitat for baby birds, contributing to their well-being and the overall health of local bird populations.

#rewild #babybirds #protectbabybirds #rewildyouryard #getbacktonature
  • Beebalm and strawberries make good companions in the garden. πŸŒ±πŸ“

Beebalm attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies, which can benefit strawberry plants by aiding in pollination and the aromatic leaves can help repel certain pests that could harm strawberries. 

Plus, the visual contrast between the two plants can add interest to your garden. Just make sure to provide adequate spacing and consider the sunlight, soil, and water needs of each plant.

#sustainability #companionplanting #getbacktonature #permaculturegarden #homesteadlife #beebalm #strawberry #gardening