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About Gary Pilarchik
My grandfather taught me how to grow tomatoes and cucumbers and I have been gardening for the last 40 years. He helped me ignite a passion. My goal is to teach people how to have a better garden, become more self-sufficient, and simply share what I have learned over the decades.
A garden wants to give and all we have to do is learn how to help it along. Gardening takes work but it is not complicated. My book, blogs and videos are designed to help you get the information you need so you can enjoy and share your gardens.
If it wasn't for my grandfather taking the time to show me how to plant vegetables, I would have missed out on something I truly love. This is what I want to pass on to others. In 2011 I started The Rusted Garden by putting gardening videos on YouTube. 9 years later, I have over 1000 garden videos and have enjoyed meeting gardener's from around the globe. Good luck in your gardens!
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Modern homesteading is a lifestyle focused on living lightly on the land and increasing self-sufficiency. It doesn’t matter whether “home” is 50 acres in the country, a suburban corner lot, or an apartment in the city; all you need is a desire to reduce your footprint on the earth and live a more sustainable life. To be a modern homesteader, you don’t have to live off-grid and you don’t have to give up contemporary conveniences.
For most modern homesteaders, it all starts with making the conscious decision to reduce your reliance on the commercial food supply chain. In The Modern Homestead Garden, author and YouTube gardening star Gary Pilarchik of The Rusted Garden walks you step-by-step through the process of building a homestead garden. From laying out the planting beds,nurturing the soil, and starting seeds, straight through to cooking and preserving the harvest, Gary serves as your warm and accessible guide, no matter how large or how small your homestead is. With the guidance found here, you’ll move at your own pace, learn, share, and enjoy the journey as you slowly transform your home into an edible landscape.
- Practical advice to site and build your very first homestead garden
- Crop profiles to get you growing quickly
- Cost-effective ways to source seeds and plants
- The low-down on feeding plants in an earth-friendly way
- Methods for preparing planting beds and containers
- Soil prep advice every homesteader can use
- All natural trouble-shooting solutions
- How to include berries, cane fruits, vine crops, and fruit trees in your homestead plans
- Food preservation advice that's easy and delicious