Saving & Germination

Growing in containers

One of our readers, Beverley in Baja Mexico, sent in this photo and the following ideas: I live in Baja Mexico and we have water issues here and heavy duty sun so I am thinking this system will be a great way to keep my plants moist without losing a lot of water....

Sow seeds like this

Learn how to sow seeds like this. Combine carrots and radish seeds to have the advantage of seeing where your carrots are long before they are ready. Zipporah scoops her seed-raiser-mix from the bottom of the compost heap. She scoops out enough to sow her seeds. I...

Save seeds by drying them

Seeds can be expensive. When you save seed you also are saving money. You can exchange seed with other people who also save seed. The practice of saving seed is resourceful and sustainable. Save your vegetable seeds from vegetables you grow. Sometimes, seeds in...

How to harvest vegetable seed

I've collected seed for many years. It's an enjoyable hobby that increases our family self reliance and frugality. "The art of saving seed has been practiced by Gardeners long before there were commercial seed producers. In fact, most of the vegetables and flowers we...

Seed germination in a bottle

This is how I germinated my vegetable seeds before spring using basic recycled bottles. I have trialled two methods; one for outdoor germination and one for on-the-window-sill seed germination. Both have been very helpful to me. I sow only a small amount of seeds on...

How to store food

Learn how to store grain using CO2.


Being prepared is a way of life. Learn what you need to do to be prepared with the basics.

Keep a kitchen garden

Grow your food and store a little every day through the harvest season.

Frugal Abundance

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.