Homesteading, Gardening, and Off-Grid Living

Author: Zac Friedman

  • 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…

  • Mulch Vs Lava Rock for Landscaping: Pros and Cons

    Mulch Vs Lava Rock for Landscaping: Pros and Cons

    When landscaping your yard, using some type of soil cover is a great idea. Two of the most popular options include organic mulch and lava rock. Both of these materials help to suppress weeds, maintain moisture, and reduce erosion. They can also improve the look of your garden. Organic mulches can release nutrients into the…

  • Bark Dust Vs Mulch for Landscaping: What’s the Difference?

    Bark Dust Vs Mulch for Landscaping: What’s the Difference?

    Bark dust and mulch are similar products but they aren’t exactly the same. Both have slightly different purposes and uses. Bark dust is used to retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and reduce erosion. Mulch is also used for these purposes. In addition, mulch adds nutrients to the soil. Both bark dust and mulch can be…