Tag: Preparing to Provide

Gardening without Soil – Understanding Hydroponics

Gardening without Soil – Understanding Hydroponics For most people, gardening involves spending some time working the soil, adding compost or fertilizer, and planting seeds. But there are many people who don’t have the land, space, time, or physical ability to do conventional gardening. So how can they still get involved in growing their own food? …

Gardening and Drought on “Preparing to Provide”

Gardening in a Drought on Preparing to provide! … With the crazy spring weather, a lot of gardens are late this year, putting them right in the middle of summer when it’s often hot and dry. Dealing with drought can be a real challenge. But it doesn’t have to be. There are many ways to …

Gardening and gardening while struggling with unusual weather.

It’s gardening season, but the weather is still not cooperating. It’s just one of those years when nothing comes easy. For this week on Preparing to Provide, we’ll continue the wide open format and leave it up to the listeners to decide the topics of conversation with their phone calls. I have plenty to talk …

Gardening, Questions & Answers with MHPgardener

For this week’s show on Preparing to Provide, I am going to have somewhat of an open format. Unlike shows in the past where I have had guests or a designated topic, I am going to cover a broad range of questions that I receive in response to my YouTube videos. They may be related to gardening, hydroponics, or life …

Garden Fertilizers – Feeding Your Plants

Before you plant a seed or seedling, you need to apply some fertilizer to the soil or container. What kind and how much depends on what you’re growing, and your particular style of growing. So it’s important to have a good understanding of the nutrient needs of the specific plants. Whether you’re organic, or just …

Self Sufficient Ideas: An Aquaponics Discussion with Rob from Web4Deb

My guest on the last show was Rob Torcellini, one of my YouTube friends. If you don’t know him, this is his YouTube channel… http://www.youtube.com/user/web4deb we spent quite a bit of time talking about his Geodesic Dome greenhouse, and greenhouses in general. Depending on where you are located, a greenhouse could be used to grow vegetables …

Greenhouse gardening, this is what I’m talking about!

Times are tough, and getting tougher by the day. The proverbial handwriting is on the wall. In order to survive in an uncertain future, we need to be finding more ways to grow our own food. For many of us, that means a garden. But what happens if a storm wipes out your garden? What happens …

Gardening Questions and Answers – Open Discussion

For the past several weeks on “Preparing To Provide” we’ve spent a lot of time on raising chickens and homesteading. Well, the weather is beginning to warm up, people are starting seeds, and the folks down South are already planting. So it’s time to focus on my primary topic, gardening and growing your own food. …

Raising Chickens – Part 2 – What You Need to Know!

During the last show of “Preparing to Provide“, we had a great discussion with Paul Wheaton and several callers. A lot was discussed, with quite a bit of focus on long term objectives. Things like rotating paddocks and free ranging would seem to be the end goal for a truly self-sufficient method of raising chickens. …

The Seeds We Sow Everyday! Not the ones you’re thinking of.

During the last 3 broadcasts of “Preparing To Provide”, we’ve been discussing seeds, primarily vegetable seeds. But as important as seeds are for growing food, there are some seeds that I feel are much more important. So as we prepare for Christmas, I’d like to talk about the seeds that we sow each day by …

Selecting the most productive varieties for your garden depending on where you live!

Over the past month on “Preparing to Provide” we’ve discussed the different “types” of seeds…. Open Pollinated,  Heirloom, and Hybrid. Now it’s time to find those specific “varieties” that will do well in your area. From Florida to Ontario, from Texas to Oregon…. growing conditions vary greatly from one location to another. So it makes …

Genetically Modified Seeds: Your garden and your food, what you need to know.

During my last show “Preparing to Provide“, where I was discussing seed types, I ran out of time and was unable to cover GM or Genetically Modified seeds. The topic of GMO (genetically modified organism) is one that most people have a very strong opinion about. With the failure of California to pass Prop 37, …

Understanding Vegetable Seeds!

You want to grow your own vegetables, but you’re unsure of what seeds to buy. With so many seed catalogs and online options to choose from, it’s not always easy to make the right choices.  Open pollinated, heirloom, hybrid… and even GMO. What are the differences? What type should you buy if you want to …