Wide Earth Smallholding

Wide Earth Smallholding

And Allaah has made for you the earth a wide expanse.(Qur'aan- 71:19)

Welcome to Wide Earth

It’s been a time of new beginnings for our family- starting a new life here in America after ten years in Yemen, trying out some new things in homeschooling the children, relearning how to drive, starting a garden, and so many others.

This is our last home in Yemen, seen at sunrise.

One of our new beginnings is this blog. In it we hope to share information, as well as our knowledge and experiences in healthy, sustainable living. We hope to make this a resource for others who are seeking to live simply and mindfully, and who want to work towards such goals as growing their own food, eating in a more healthy manner, building community, using alternative energy and growing methods, and becoming as self-sufficient as possible.

We welcome beneficial comments and ideas, and hope that you will join us in our journey, and share your knowledge and experience with us as well.


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  1. Assalamu alaikum

    How do you take care of the plants in the winter? We always try to plant stuff (just using fruit seeds or vegetable seeds/beans) with mixed success alhamdulillah. From the successes – a couple of date plants (gave one to a friend a year and a half ago and it is still growing strong alhamdulillah – she keeps it inside year round), cantelope (cantelope seeds grew realy well alhamdulillah!) and other things (though they die in the winter – I dont have places for all of them in the windowsills). We also have one plant in the window now – a baby but very beautiful – don’t know what it is. It is in a spot where it can get lots of sun and we water it.

    1. Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullah
      My growing experiences have been in Wisconsin, Colorado, upstate New York, and Ma’bar in the mountains near Sana’a, so I really know cold weather growing best, which is pretty clearly seasonal. In those climates we used coldframes, and of course greenhouses are a good option. Our garden here is our first “Southern” garden, so I am really still learning about the whole seasonal process. When our veggies stopped producing we planted a winter lettuce/greens mix which is doing nicely.
      Inside the house I have grown herbs, but not much besides that.

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