Homesteading, Gardening, and Off-Grid Living

Author: Zac Friedman

  • Cypress Mulch Vs Cedar Mulch: Which is Better?

    Cypress Mulch Vs Cedar Mulch: Which is Better?

    Two of the most popular wood mulches are Cypress and Cedar. Both of these organic mulches help to suppress weed growth, retain moisture, and insulate the soil. They also provide nutrients as they degrade. Both of these mulches share a similar appearance. There are some major differences to consider. To help you decide which mulch…

  • Mulch Vs Rock for Landscaping: Which is Best + Pros and Cons

    Mulch Vs Rock for Landscaping: Which is Best + Pros and Cons

    Organic mulch and rock are two popular ground cover choices for landscaping. Each has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Rock is long-lasting, pest resistant, cheap, and low maintenance. Mulch helps to retain moisture, add nutrients to the soil, modulate temperature, and control weeds. In this guide, I’ll outline the pros and cons of…

  • How to Compost Clam, Mussel, and Oyster Shells 

    How to Compost Clam, Mussel, and Oyster Shells 

    You can compost seafood shells including clam shells, mussel shells, and oyster shells. You will have to clean them and crush them before adding them to your compost bin. If you don’t they will take too long to degrade. The shells will add valuable nutrients to your compost including nitrogen and calcium. They also contain…

  • Using Straw for Mulch in a Vegetable Garden: Pros and Cons

    Using Straw for Mulch in a Vegetable Garden: Pros and Cons

    Adding a protective layer of mulch to the soil surface can benefit your plants in many ways. One of the most popular and affordable types of mulch for a vegetable garden is straw.  Straw mulch helps to retain water, suppress weeds, and insulate your soil. It also adds nutrients when it decomposes. Of course, there…

  • How to Get Rid of Tiny Silver Bugs in Houseplant Soil

    How to Get Rid of Tiny Silver Bugs in Houseplant Soil

    Have you spotted some silver bugs in your houseplant soil? Don’t worry. This is a common problem for indoor plants. It’s relatively easy to treat. Even organically. In this guide, I’ll explain how to identify the tiny silver bugs in your houseplant soil. I’ll also explain how to get rid of these tiny insects and…

  • Pine Straw Vs Mulch: Pros and Cons and Which is Better

    Pine Straw Vs Mulch: Pros and Cons and Which is Better

    There are many different types of mulch that you could use in your garden. One popular mulch option is pine straw. Other common types of mulch include bark, wood chips, straw, leaves, grass clippings, compost, etc. The best type of mulch for your garden depends on a number of factors including your budget, the type…

  • Mulching Vs Side Discharge Vs Bagging: Which Is Best?

    Mulching Vs Side Discharge Vs Bagging: Which Is Best?

    When mowing your lawn, there are three ways you can deal with the grass clippings. This guide lists the pros and cons of mulching vs side discharge vs bagging grass clippings.  Mulching mowers can mulch and fertilize your lawn with the clippings as you mow. Side discharge mowers offer powerful performance which allows you to…

  • How to Start a Microgreens Business: Growing Microgreens for Profit

    How to Start a Microgreens Business: Growing Microgreens for Profit

    Starting a microgreens business can be incredibly profitable. The startup cost is low. You could get started for less than $100. Microgreens don’t require much space. A garage, basement, or spare bedroom is sufficient to earn six figures in revenue. They also grow very quickly. Your first crop can be ready to harvest in less…

  • How to Dispose of Old Mulch: What to Do With Yard Waste

    How to Dispose of Old Mulch: What to Do With Yard Waste

    There are a number of ways to get rid of old mulch. You can put it in your yard waste bin or haul it to your local landfill or yard waste disposal center. You can compost it and use it as a soil amendment around flower beds and trees. Depending on the local laws and…

  • Should I Remove Old Mulch Before Adding New Mulch?

    Should I Remove Old Mulch Before Adding New Mulch?

    You do not need to remove old mulch before replacing it with new mulch. You can simply replenish your mulch by adding a new layer on top. That said, there are some cases where you may want to remove the old mulch for best results.  Mulching involves adding material over the top of your soil…