Junk The Water Hose For A Simple $35 DIY Rainwater Irrigation System

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By Joseph Gleason Off The Grid News

One of my favorite summertime passions is gardening. I generally attempt to grow all the needed vegetables I consume over the course of the summer as a way of ensuring I am eating high quality products while also saving a little bit of money.

I already use landscaping fabric to keep the weeds to a minimum, and I employ a variety of other methods to help with water retention in the soil. I am always concerned with maximizing space and effective pest control measures to ensure the crops I am able to harvest are the best I can get.

But one of the hardest things for me – with a busy summer schedule — is keeping track of watering the garden. I do my best to make sure that each plant receives the necessary amount each day if there is no rain, but this isn’t always an option. Just like everyone else, there are days that I just can’t get to it.

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14 Drought-Resistant Vegetables To Plant If You Rarely Get Rain

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By Angela Counter Off The Grid News

In many parts of the country, a drought-resistant garden is more than just a neat idea; it’s a necessity. Choosing the right combination of vegetables, paying attention to planting dates, and modifying your approach to irrigation and planning can help you grow food despite less hospitable conditions. Don’t depend on nature to come through for you this year; plant a drought-resistant vegetable garden and be prepared if the rains don’t fall.

First Step: Planning

In drought-prone regions, the middle of summer is likely the worst time to attempt to grow vegetables. Capitalize on a warm climate by planting early in spring to harvest before the summer heat, or in early fall to harvest before winter sets in. Even if your region suffers from year-round lack of precipitation, planting in the more temperate seasons will prevent your garden from attempting to combat the heat and greater evaporation.

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Here's Why You Should Never Till Your Garden (And Here's What To Do Instead)

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By Stephanie Jansing Off The Grid News

As the weather warms and the days get longer, you are probably starting to plan your garden for the year. Perhaps you want to turn a new part of the yard into a productive vegetable garden, or maybe you’re dreaming up big plans for an already existing garden space in your yard. But before hauling that tiller out of the shed and beginning the hard work of preparing the spring garden bed, let’s take a closer look at what tilling does to the soil.

Most gardeners are aware that the health of the soil greatly affects the health of the plants in the garden. During tilling, garden soil is comprised of something called the soil food web, a complex network of microbes and organisms that work together to create a healthy ecosystem in your soil.  Lots of research is being done regarding the importance of keeping this soil food web intact for long-term soil health. Each spring, when we run the tiller through the garden to prepare for planting, we are essentially tearing this soil food web to pieces. Additionally, we’re bringing new weed seeds to the soil surface, where they will germinate and lead to further work throughout the growing season.

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7 Vegetables You Should Be Starting Indoors NOW!

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By Kristen Duever Off The Grid News

With gardening, there is always something to do, and when it comes to planting, this is especially true. Get a head start on your growing season by starting a few vegetables right now.

That’s right: You can start planting your vegetables during February and March – if not outdoors, then indoors with a goal of transplanting them later. Grab some seeds and get your garden on. Don’t know where to start? There are many types of vegetables you can be starting inside during the colder months.

The ‘Super Seven’

One good piece of advice is to read the seed packets and follow the instructions. Not all seeds are the same, and different vegetables have their favorite places to grow and amount of time in the sun.

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By Brett Rathbun – AccuWeather

Rain, snow and cold air will return to the Northwestern states into Thanksgiving.

A storm system will dive southward along the West Coast into Tuesday before tracking eastward across the Rockies into Thanksgiving Day.

The strength and track of this storm system will determine which locations will receive the heaviest snowfall on the cold side of this system.

The amount of moisture available with this system will be much less than the previous storms this month across the Pacific Northwest. While much of the lower elevations will deal with periods of rain, the threat for flash flooding will be low.

“Snowflakes will mainly just make an appearance in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, on Monday night,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. “The low elevations east of the Cascades have the better opportunity to receive accumulating snow on Tuesday into Wednesday, especially in eastern Oregon.”

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