Growing

Starting Your Own Seeds
January 16, 2021 · · Growing

Starting your own seeds saves considerable money over buying plants from a nursery. It also avoids introducing devastating bacteria and fungi to your garden.

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Early Spring Vegetables List: Don’t Wait on Winter Waning
January 13, 2021 · · Growing

The snow is melting and daytime temperatures are calling you outside. Leaf buds swell on trees and your hands long to feel the soil once again.

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A Market Garden Planner for Profit

Whether you’re using paper and pencil or an online market garden planner, why not start dreaming? It could be the start of a long-term, sustainable business venture for you!

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Anise Hyssop 2019 Herb of the Year
December 30, 2020 · · Growing

Add to Favorites The herb of the year for 2019 is anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum). A member of the mint family, this lovely, easy to grow perennial is native to …

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What is Rotational Grazing and Why is it Misunderstood?
December 28, 2020 · · Growing

Many people want to know what is rotational grazing and why is it misunderstood? Good grazing practices are often thought of as rotational grazing, but this is at best a half-truth.

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Making Herb Salts and Garlic Oil: Recipes for Imperfect Harvests
December 19, 2020 · · Growing

When insects attack your growing basil or your garlic doesn’t grow to a desired size, don’t worry, you can still make delicious infused garlic oil recipes and salts with your imperfect herbs.

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The Versatile Mint: Peppermint Plant Uses

Peppermint plant uses are endless; this versatile mint does a lot more than make a refreshing drink. Peppermint is indispensable in my herb garden and so vigorous I can pull handfuls up by the roots and it always comes back, as fresh as ever.

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How to Make a Soil Sifter
December 17, 2020 · · Growing

Our Tennessee garden is built on rocks and clay. Instead of continually fighting the rocky hardpan, we decided to construct permanent raised beds and fill them with our own raised garden soil mix.

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Scented Geranium Plants: Fragrant Herbs Indoors or Out
December 4, 2020 · · Growing

My love affair with scented geranium plants started decades ago. The proprietors of my husband’s restaurant cultivated an herb garden on the premises.

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How to Take Care of a Poinsettia Plant for Years of Blooming
December 4, 2020 · · Growing

The poinsettia plant has come to represent the holiday season in much of the world. Knowing how to take care of a poinsettia plant can mean years of growth and blooming.

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How to Grow a Christmas Cactus for Generations of Blooms
December 1, 2020 · · Growing

Like my grandmother, I have a hard time keeping any houseplant alive. She did know how to grow a Christmas cactus though.

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Growing Hemp on the Homestead
November 22, 2020 · · Growing

Recent interest in growing hemp as an agricultural crop isn’t as recent as you might think. Hemp is an ancient plant. Evidence points to the plant’s use 10,000 years ago where it has been used for centuries as a form of textile fiber.

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Winter Cover Crops And Green Manure Strategies
November 19, 2020 · · 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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The 6 Best Houseplants for Clean Air Indoors
November 18, 2020 · · Growing

We’re all aware of the rising health risks from indoor air pollution. It can be frightening and we may feel helpless to protect ourselves.

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Sea Buckthorn: It Started With a Prayer
November 7, 2020 · · 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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