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Matthew Riland
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
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Backyard Gardener
A bit about me:
Trying to grow a year round harvest in our backyard garden.
If we can build it, make it or grow it, then there is no need to buy it.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Homemade pizza with swiss chard and spinach, but every meal at home is the greatest.
Currently reading:
Mother Earth News
Currently listening to:
Zac Brown Band and Phish.
My latest DIY project:
Tomato Ladders and Cucumber Trellises.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
Roaming the net.
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Protecting Your Transplants

A broccoli plant protected by a milk carton.

If you have ever transplanted young plants into your garden, you know all of the challenges of keeping those plants alive so they can develop into hardy, mature vegetable plants. Over the years I have tried several ways of protecting the young plants, but the best method I've found so far is to simply place a milk carton around the plant. This was something…


Posted on March 15, 2016 at 7:03pm

Starting Seeds with Soil Blocks

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about starting your seeds indoors. It’s a great way to get a jump on spring. For the last few years I have been using soil blocks to start my seedlings. They are a great alternative to those plastic seed starting cells. There is a small initial investment in purchasing the soil block molds, but once that’s complete your done. Unlike the plastic cells you need to buy every few years.

If you are considering using soil blocks to start your…


Posted on February 27, 2016 at 6:25pm — 1 Comment

A Simple Seed Starting Stand

Wire shelf seed starting stand.

Depending on your location and planting schedule, it may soon be time to start thinking about starting those seeds indoors. If you are considering trying this for the first time, here is a simple stand that you can build quickly to get things started.

For the last seven years I have been starting seeds indoors with great success. My previous seed starting set-up…


Posted on January 29, 2013 at 9:18pm — 2 Comments

Building a Low Tunnel

One of the biggest challenges in having a winter garden is protecting it from the weather. Most people do not live in regions where the weather is perfect all year-round. So, in order to have a winter garden, most gardeners need some level of protection for their crops.

There are so many ways to protect your crops from the winter weather:…


Posted on September 27, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

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At 1:19pm on July 27, 2012, Jennifer said…

Hi, Matthew! Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here (site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content). Seems like you’ve already started finding your way around HOMEGROWN. I love it that you’re already so active on the site! I’ve grabbed a few of your photos for our new album Hey, I Grew That!—and I hope you’ll post more! We’d love it if you kept us updated on how the year-round harvest is going by posting to our member blog, The Stew. It's A-OK to re-post from elsewhere if you’ve got an existing blog.


You can always find the latest additions to the site at the very top of the homepage, and if you’ve got questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment on my profile page or email me at wehunt@farmaid.org. I’m so glad you found us and hope you feel right at home!

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