The Best Gardeners Have Already Started, Here’s What They’re Doing

Don’t let that last hint of winter fool you: as far as we’re concerned, spring is here.

If you’re the kind of gardener who waits for stories about “planting season” or big sales at the garden center to start work, you’re already falling behind.

Even before your yard is ready for new plants, you should be seed starting indoors. Then, mature plants can be moved into your garden when they’re ready.

If you haven’t tried seed starting your garden plants before, it can sound intimidating. But the extra work will actually save you time and money in the long run.

First of all, buying seed packets from your garden center is cheaper than mature plants, and there are usually more varieties available too.

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While you’ll need to invest in some extra equipment – like grow lights, indoor seeding soil, and seed planters – they will pay for themselves over time.

If you live in a part of the country with a short growing window, seed starting really pays of. You can squeeze in more crops of vegetables, or enjoy more time with lovely flowers.

But seed starting will also take up space inside your home. Although, a compact planter and light setup can fit easily in a garage, spare room, or your kitchen.

If you’re ready to try seed starting for yourself, we have some helpful tips to get started.

This Farm Can Feed 100 People And It All Comes In A Box

Shipping containers have already proven themselves to be used for far more than shipping goods across the country, or across the ocean. The tiny house movement has made good use of them for several years now, and one company out of California has decided to take it one step further.

Sustainable farming has become a hot-button issue over the last five to 10 years, but “Farm from a Box” has come up with a way to let the average person create their own “micro-farms.”

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The units come in three different sizes: 10 feet, 20 feet, and 40 feet. Each unit is also equipped with all the necessary equipment, including a backup generator, to ensure your farm gets everything it needs to grow and flourish.

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They include: solar panels, built in WiFi, an irrigation system, weather tracking systems, seedlings, farming equipment, and even a training program for people who need a little help getting things going.

And each unit is capable of growing crops on a hectare of land, or 2.47 acres.

Have You Ever Made Gumbo Like This Before?

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This is a meal everyone in your family will love! This Chicken, Shrimp and Vegetable Gumbo is full of flavor and is so easy to make.

This entire recipe is made in an Instant Pot. If you haven’t heard of these nifty kitchen gadgets, you need to get one…they will seriously change your life. They are basically pressure cookies, but on steroids! You can use it as a slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, or even a saute pan.

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups green bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cans stewed tomatoes undrained,14.5-ounce cans
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs skinless, boneless, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 pound okra cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  1. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. With lid off a 6-quart Instant Pot, press [Sauté], and use [Adjust] to select “Normal” mode.
  2. Combine flour and oil in cooker; cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a flat spatula until dark brown.
  3. Add bell pepper,onion, celery, and garlic; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in 3 cups water, Old Bay, garlic powder, salt, tomatoes, chicken, and bay leaves . Turn cooker off.
  4. Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Turn the steam release handle to “Sealing” position. Press [Manual]; select “High Pressure,” and use [-] or [+] to choose 23 minutes pressure cooking time. When time is up, turn cooker off. Open the cooker using Natural Pressure Release.
  5. Stir in hot sauce and okra. Press [Sauté], and use [Adjust] to select “More” mode. Cook, uncovered, 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add shrimp; cook 5 minutes or until done and okra is tender. Remove and discard bay leaves.

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One Man’s Garden Of Monstrous Vegetables Has Earned Him Seven World Records

John Evans is a horticultural genius. He is the true definition of having a “green thumb”. The gardener based out of Alaska currently holds 8 world records for growing absolutely gargantuan vegetables.

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John Evans has gardened in Ireland, Wales, the Philippines, Minnesota, Arizona, and his current home of Alaska. But his first gardening experience was following his grandmother while she would do her weeding. He was growing Sweet William to sell at the market by the time he was 8. It is almost as if he was born to grow things.

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Evans invented the Bountea Growing System and this has allowed him to grow vegetables so large that he currently holds seven world records for his monstrous veggies.

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Check out his record setting vegetable…