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. Asalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakahtuh. This year will be our first year gardening. May Allaah make it a sucess ameen.

    So far my husband and son have built two 8×4 raised garden beds. Mashaallaah. I’ve ordered seeds from theseedguy.com and I will say they have excellent customer service and provided great info for us newbys. I also bought two window boxes for herbs and a box for some strawberries. I probably went a little crazy on the variety of seeds I bought but I just couldn’t help myself I’m so excited.

    We will get our soil mixture for the boxes this week insha Allaah from a local nursery. And then we will begin planting our cold tolerant seeds.

    I struggled and debated on whether or not to start indoors or plant direct in the ground and went with in ground. And I am patiently waiting our last frost which is supposed to be around the second week of April.

    Please keep us up to date I love reading your posts!

    1. Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
      Alhamdulillah, what a wonderful start you’ve made!! I have trouble whittling down on seeds as well, even with saving our own. There’s always something else I want to try, mash’Allaah. We have a rather large lawn area in the front that I am hoping to break up into garden spaces, insh’Allaah.
      I haven’t used theseedguy.com, I will have to look into that. Customer service makes such a difference, mash’Allaah. I ordered most of our seeds from Pinetree and Horizon Herbs this year, mash’Allaah. Last year most were from Baker Creek. We have always had very good germination rates on our seeds from all of those companies, alhamdulillah.
      Last year we had the most success with the direct planted seeds, alhamdulillah. The transplants were a mixed bag. This year I made up my own soil mix to plant in, and so far so good. I am worried that maybe they are growing TOO fast, mash’Allaah! If all else fails, there are two organic nurseries nearby, so I can cheat if I kill off all of my seedlings, mash’Allaah.
      Make sure you keep me up to date as well, insh’Allaah, as to what is happening there!

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