3 Helpful Tips for Using Compost in Your Garden

3 Helpful Tips for Using Compost in Your Garden

Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a soil amendment and conditioner. Rich in nutrients, it is an invaluable addition to any backyard garden. Using compost enhances the fertility and structure of your soil and promotes the growth of healthy plants. However, the benefits of compost extend beyond just nourishing your garden. Read on to learn the three most helpful tips for using compost in your garden. Tip I: How To Effectively Compost You have complete control over the materials that go into the compost pile when you compost at home, ensuring your garden gets the… Read More »


Raised Beds vs. In-Ground Garden Beds: The Differences

Raised Beds vs. In-Ground Garden Beds: The Differences

The success of a prepper garden, designed to provide off-the-grid sustenance, hinges significantly on the type of garden beds employed. The choice between raised and in-ground garden beds can be the difference between a bountiful yield and a disappointing harvest. Read on to learn more about the differences between each type of garden bed. Raised Beds Raised beds refer to garden beds that are elevated above the natural ground level. They are typically enclosed by wooden frames, though other materials such as stone or plastic are also common. Raised beds are ideal for environments with poor soil quality or drainage… Read More »


Seed Saving

Learning how to save your heirloom seeds from your ARK Seed Kit may help you increase your self-sufficiency and grow healthier, more productive plants year after year. Each of our kits comes with a Seed Guide that outlines how to save seeds from your crops.  Continue to follow our blog throughout the fall to learn more about our upcoming seed saving tutorials.  Before we get there, there are some things you should know in order to prepare.   Why Spend the time? 1. Self-sufficiency. By saving seeds, you’ll be able to produce your own crops year after year.  2. Successful… Read More »


How Long Do Heirloom Seeds Last? What You Should Know

How Long Do Heirloom Seeds Last? What You Should Know

It’s no secret within the gardening community that heirloom seeds benefit from their longevity. These superior seeds remain viable for five years if stored using non-refrigerated methods and 10 years with refrigerated storage techniques! This impressive shelf life is just one of their many amazing characteristics. Read on to learn how long heirloom seeds last compared to regular seeds and additional information you should know before planting them in your own garden. Heirloom vs. Regular Seeds: Which Last Longer? Heirloom seeds have a longer shelf life than regular or hybrid seeds. They are passed down through generations of growers, carefully… Read More »


What Every Survivalist Should Plant in Their Garden

What Every Survivalist Should Plant in Their Garden

In a world that’s becoming increasingly unpredictable, the ability to grow your own food can be a game-changer. Whether you’re a seasoned prepper or just beginning to think about self-sufficiency, creating a survivalist garden is a step toward ensuring you and your loved ones have access to nutritious food, no matter what the future holds. With that, check out this helpful guide on what every survivalist should plant in their garden. Beans & Peas When it comes to survivalist gardening, beans and peas are an absolute must-have. These plants are not only easy to grow but also provide a rich… Read More »


3 Things To Consider When Buying Seeds for Your Garden

3 Things To Consider When Buying Seeds for Your Garden

Selecting the right seeds for your garden can be both an exciting and challenging exploration, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting to get into the hobby. With countless varieties to choose from, how do you decide which seeds will transform your garden into a thriving, vibrant haven? Read on to learn the three most important things to consider when buying seeds for your garden. Regional Considerations Where you live really does matter when it comes to gardening! Different plants thrive in different climates and soil types, so it’s important to know what works best in your area. You… Read More »


4 Easy Vegetables To Grow in Your Garden for Beginners

4 Easy Vegetables To Grow in Your Garden for Beginners

Growing vegetables can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, especially for beginners. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of harvesting fresh produce from your garden, knowing that you’ve nurtured it from seed to table. With so many vegetables to choose from, it’s essential to start with those that are easy to grow and maintain, ensuring a successful gardening adventure. Green Beans Green beans are an easy vegetable for beginners to grow in your garden, thanks to their compact size and natural hardiness! These prolific producers come in two main types—bush beans and pole beans. Bush beans grow compactly and don’t… Read More »


Four Tips for Summer Garden Maintenance

You planted your organic, heirloom seed kits and watched as they sprouted.  Now what?!  These are the four primary maintenance tips that we follow at Ark Farms. 1. Water, Water, WATER. Most plants prefer about one inch of water a week.  It has been especially dry in the Midwest, so we have had to rely exclusively on our sprinkler systems.  When we water, we focus our efforts in the morning.  Watering your plants in the middle of the day is ineffective because the light and heat cause the water to evaporate before it can be absorbed by the plants.  2.… Read More »


The Importance of Heirloom Seeds for Our Future

The Importance of Heirloom Seeds for Our Future

Gardening enthusiasts are always on the lookout for ways to enrich their backyard gardens and elevate the quality of their homegrown produce. One such approach is embracing the world of heirloom seeds, which not only adds a touch of history to your garden but also contributes to a more sustainable and healthier environment. Learn more about the importance of heirloom seeds for our future. How Heirloom Seeds Differ From Hybrid Varieties Heirloom seeds stand out from the typical garden seeds, otherwise known as hybrids, because of their unique genetic makeup and rich history. Passed down through generations, these seeds come… Read More »


Build Your Own Seed Kits

ARK Seeds is incredibly excited to start our spring planting (finally!).  We work really hard in April to start our very own heirloom seeds in the greenhouse.  From Brussel sprouts to basil to peppers, our team has been eagerly watching them grow in the greenhouse.  Now the time has come to transplant out to our 40-acre farm.  While ARK Seeds has been planting, growing and seed saving for quite some time, we know that learning and getting started for the beginner gardener can be intimidating – we were once beginners too!  ARK Seeds offers a build your own kit to… Read More »


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