Growing

Oh, Deer: Keeping Deer Out of Gardens

I’ve been exploring numerous strategies for keeping deer out of gardens on my property. Their grace and beauty are fueled by an insatiable appetite for my flowers, my garden, and the trees in my small woodlot.

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Avoid Plant Sunburn and Summer Garden Disasters
July 1, 2022 · · Growing

Plant sunburn, floods, heat and hailstorms. Planning now protects your garden from disaster later.

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Black Currants: America’s Delicious Forbidden Fruit
June 16, 2022 · · Growing

Black currants are easy-to-grow, requiring very little care, which was perfect for us! One spring, we were buying baby fruit trees at our local nursery and were excited about starting a small orchard on our 10-acre homestead.

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How To Build A Permanent Home Herb Garden 
June 7, 2022 · · Growing

Herb gardens are one of my very favorite things to have around our homestead. They serve so many purposes, including beauty, pollinator attractors, herbal teas, medicine, and seasonings.

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Be Careful With Plants: They May Be Toxic!
June 3, 2022 · · Growing

Some plants are toxic to people or pets. So before handling plants afield, bringing home that new houseplant, or growing that new addition to the garden, do research about any dangers that might exist.

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10 Best Herbs for Stress Relief
June 3, 2022 · · Growing

Are you stressed? These are 10 of the Best Calming Herbs for Stress Relief

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A Simpling Garden Offers DIY Herbal Remedies
June 2, 2022 · · Growing

In the early days of our country, certain herbs were grown and used for the household and for simple medicinal, herbal remedies. There was no drug store around the corner so whether one was rich or poor, every household had what was then known as a garden of simples.

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When to Add Perlite Soil to Container Gardens
May 27, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites What in the world is perlite soil anyway? Is it organic? I do a lot of container gardening, especially with my herb plants. Since I try to …

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How to Grow Blueberries in Containers
May 23, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Do you want to learn how to grow blueberries in containers? Blueberries are one of the most nutritious and versatile fruits you can eat. They fit almost …

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12 Plants That Keep Away Mosquitoes
May 16, 2022 · · Growing

Growing dual-purpose edible plants that keep away mosquitoes is beneficial and practical. From the annoyance of buzzing in your ears to the threat of Zika and West Nile, mosquitos are troublesome.

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Improve Your Soil: Know How To Lay Mulch
May 10, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Mulch, mulch, and then mulch some more. Knowing how to lay mulch is one of the greatest skills any gardener can have. Using organic mulch is how …

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What is the Best Mulch to Prevent Weeds?
May 9, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites All Photos By Shelley Dedauw The best mulch to prevent weeds depends on where the mulch lies, what else you need it to do…and, of course, cost. …

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Much Ado About Mulch

From flower gardens to homestead veggie gardens, mulching is an integral part of bed cultivation. But are you mulching the right way?

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All About Beans

Even in prehistoric times, our ancestors were enjoying the flavor and nutrition of beans. For thousands of years, beans have served us as a source of good nutrition, especially in protein, B vitamins, and fiber.

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Tips for Growing Sweet Corn

When I was a kid, it seemed like everyone in our rural community had tips for growing sweet corn as everyone grew it. I can remember that we planted a field full of it and harvest time was rather busy.

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