Growing

The K.I.S.S. Approach to How to Make Compost

Add to Favorites By Mark Staneart – I imagine I first heard the word “compost” about 40 years ago. Around the same time, I first encountered the word “organic.” Since …

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How to Care for Apple Trees & Other Varieties

Add to Favorites By Elizabeth Crow Miller – If you’re wondering how to care for apple trees then you should first consider that trees should be fed just like your …

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The Benefits of Deep Mulch Gardening
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Willene Overfelt – I got tired of having to wait for the ground to dry out to be worked in spring and decided to try deep …

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Crop Rotation: Benefits and Why it Matters
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Not sure about crop rotation benefits? Here’s a science lesson for you. Our produce contains wonderful nutrients. After all, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are the reasons our …

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Winterize Your Garden with a Cover Crop of Austrian Winter Peas
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites As winter approaches and you harvest the last of summer’s vegetables from your garden, sowing Austrian winter peas is an ideal way to protect your precious garden soil through the winter while providing green manure in …

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Growing Valerian: Taking Root in the Garden
February 13, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites I have been growing valerian (Valeriana officinalis) for years in the medicinal section of my herb garden. Native to Europe and Asia, this calming herb also grows …

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Don’t Be Fooled: Growing Saffron is Easy!
February 13, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Life is short. Cook with saffron. My motto strengthened when I started growing saffron and stopped buying it. Ancient people plucked the reddish stigmas of Crocus sativus …

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10 Plants That Repel Bugs Naturally
February 13, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Originally published in Countryside May / June 2017. Subscribe for the full digital issue!  I have learned a lot through the years about plants that repel bugs naturally. …

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Coriander/Cilantro: Herb and Spice All in One
February 13, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites My first herb garden was planted years ago with familiar Mediterranean herbs including basil, parsley, mint, and thyme. I experimented with different recipes, and with each new …

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A Complete Essential Oils Guide

Add to Favorites By Millie Troth – Over the years I have submitted various articles on finding and how to use the best essential oils. Each time I do I receive numerous …

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Rosemary Benefits: Rosemary Isn’t Just For Remembrance

Add to Favorites By Millie Troth, Colorado Rosemary benefits go way beyond just the traditional “rosemary for remembrance.” Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like …

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Growing Catnip for Home and Medicinal Uses
February 13, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites A recent stroll around my backyard revealed that we are growing catnip among the wildflowers we planted several years ago. I was excited to discover this new …

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The Many Uses of the Chicory Plant
February 13, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites It’s getting to be that time of year when wildflowers appear a-plenty along roadsides everywhere. As I drive along, I like seeing the colors appear and trying …

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Growing Jalapeño Peppers
February 13, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites I remember well the first time I started growing jalapeño peppers in my vegetable garden. That was years ago, when growing jalapeño peppers was considered a novelty. …

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How I Learned to Care for the Lavender Plant

Add to Favorites By Joyce McGowan – My husband James and I were living in a large city and running a natural body care store. But the city was getting too …

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