Growing

How to Make Natural Deer Repellent
September 23, 2021 · · Growing

Perhaps your garden had some unwelcome attention from foragers last year, and your crops suffered. Maybe you have tender, young trees on the property and worry about deer stripping bark from their trunks in the cold, bare days of early spring, or pushing them over as they rub the velvet from their antlers in the fall.

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Seed Saving 101: How to Get Started
September 23, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Nino G. Cocchiarella – For us, one of the primary elements of a more resilient/sustainable lifestyle is growing and raising as much of our own food as …

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Winter Cover Crops And Green Manure Strategies
September 23, 2021 · · Growing

Cover crop strategies refer to cover crops scheduled into a crop rotation plan. Organic farming relies on soil health and cycling of nutrients through the soil using natural processes.

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Using Natural Fertilizers on the Homestead
September 15, 2021 · · Growing

Gardens are hungry creatures, demanding endless applications of fertilizer to keep vegetables, fruits, and flowers growing throughout the season. Unfortunately, many find their plot’s needs increase each passing year despite frequent feedings.

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Growing and Marketing Bulb Plants
September 15, 2021 · · Growing

Experimenting with new ways to earn an income from our small farm, we recently discovered the possibilities of spring flower bulb plants.

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Growing Peas for Winter Greens
September 15, 2021 · · Growing

No matter what variety of vegetable pea plants you are growing in your garden, all parts of all varieties, including the buds and blossoms, are edible.

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Sea Buckthorn: It Started With a Prayer
September 8, 2021 · · Growing

Studies have shown sea buckthorn is able to actually remove cholesterol from arteries. The seed and berry oil are used topically after radiation exposure due to medical treatments, accidental exposure or severe frostbite/sunburn.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Garlic
September 8, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Growing garlic in your garden is one of the easiest things you can do! Cultivated since ancient times, garlic receives mention in the Book of Numbers in …

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Goldenrod Uses for Herbal Home Remedies
September 8, 2021 · · Growing

When most people think of goldenrod, they don’t necessarily think of goldenrod uses for herbal medicine and home remedies. Goldenrod is usually thought of as something that causes seasonal allergy symptoms like runny nose, puffy eyes and sore throat.

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How to Craft with Grapevines

By Cherie Dawn Haas – One of the beauties of homesteading is learning how to use everything that’s available to us in some way, and if you grow grapes for wine or jelly, that resourcefulness includes making grapevine crafts. I discovered this firsthand a few years ago after pruning hundreds of our vines one season.

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Propagating, Collecting and Saving Seeds

Had the Pilgrims not brought and introduced abundant seed varieties to the New World, we would not be enjoying a diverse variety of popular plants in the agricultural world and our homesteads would lay barren. Collecting and saving seeds is easy and rewarding.

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How to Plant Daffodil, Tulip, and Other Bulbs in Pots
September 1, 2021 · · Growing

If you live in a condo, apartment or just don’t have space to plant spring-flowering bulbs in the ground, you can still enjoy continual color and fragrance from spring bulbs by learning how to plant daffodil, tulip and other bulbs in pots.

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Growing Cold-Hardy Vegetables
August 22, 2021 · · Growing

Many of us put our gardens to bed once winter arrives. However, by using an abundance of strategies and knowing which cold-hardy crops to plant, we can harvest food, even in snow-driven territories where temperatures may drop to zero degrees F.

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Planting Bulbs in Fall for Early Spring Flowers
August 22, 2021 · · Growing

You will find that planting bulbs in fall will bring great joy come spring. Discovering the first crocus emerging from the barren ground in late winter gives us a clear message that spring is not far behind.

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Springing Through Fall and Winter With Cover Crops
August 22, 2021 · · Growing

Cover crops are named because of the role they play in preserving soil health. They cover the ground to reduce exposure and the negative impacts that come with it.

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