Ascent Solar Kickr IV Portable Solar Charger Review

My continued quest to maintain independence during grid failure. I’ve been in dozens of situations that make me uneasy. The last one being a five day outage at home due to a wind storm in Southern Oregon. From then on, I’ve been on a quest to provide my family with uninterrupted power when (not if)… Read More

Make Your Own Seaweed Fertilizer

Seaweed is rich in trace elements. Some say it will release over 70 nutrients into your soil. It can be one of the most beneficial things you can do for your plants. Collection is fairly easy. I just grab a 10 gallon bucket, walk down to the beach at low tide and scoop up handfuls… Read More

Jalapeno Carelessness

I have been de-hybridizing a jalapeno pepper for about 4 years now. Every year I have saved the seeds and replanted. The first year I was very careful when handling the seeds. I wore gloves and carefully placed the seeds in plastic envelopes. I did however test the seeds for heat the first year and… Read More

I Grew A Square Tomato

Yes I did. In my previous post, I showed how to do it. Even though I started this project on a hybrid, I finally got the results I wanted. You may be wondering why I did this on a cherry variety. Well, I wanted to do this inside so I could keep an eye on… Read More

Purple Tree Collard Cutting Amazes Me

It is no surprise to my subscribers how much I love the tree collard. Not just for its looks but for its usefulness. One thing that people will tell you though, is that it almost never goes to seed. This is true. However, I planted a few cuttings from one of my largest plants. I… Read More

3 Natural Homemade Weed Killer Recipes Tested

I am testing the three most popular all natural weed killers from the internet. Many people swear by these. I will say that the methods did kill the grass to a certain extent. Although it’s a good thing to want to use natural methods to kill weeds, we have to remember that if we kill… Read More

Plant Problem Solver

  if you find any errors or would like us to add to this database, please contact us. check back often as we continually update Plant Problem Possible Cause All Plants Seedling Dying soil disease, temperature, bug damage, no air circulation, irregular watering All Plants Slow Seedling Growth compacted soil, no aeration, root bound, too… Read More

Propagating Container Grown Strawberry Plants

The life expectancy of a strawberry plant is usually only a few years. The plant knowing this is aware that it most have offspring. I’m not suggesting that plants are self aware, but this mechanism is built into its genetic code. That’s the way the plant works. Container grown plants are unable to propagate themselves… Read More

Ultrafire Cree XML T6 2000 Lumens Flashlight Review

If you’ve ever been in a power outage, I’ll bet the first thing you did was run to kitchen to grab the candles and matches. Because, I know that running to the nightstand for the flashlight is futile since it isn’t there. Who knows where it ended up. Besides, the last time I used it… Read More