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Growing Strawberries Organically

Add to Favorites By Tim King – I am a strawberry enthusiast. In fact, strawberries are my favorite crop. The fruit is stunningly beautiful. It’s more than delicious. At their …

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Pumpkins and Winter Squash Varieties
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites People who are new to growing pumpkins often don’t realize how many varieties are available. They also don’t realize that pumpkins are winter squash varieties. Within North …

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Decoding Catalogs from Top Seed Companies
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Shopping for seeds sounds easy, doesn’t it? But when you open catalogs from the top seed companies, you’re assaulted with foreign terms. VF, OP, F1, PVY. How …

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Staghorn Sumac: The Wild Lemonade Berry

Add to Favorites By Sam Thayer – Sumac is a common, well-known and easily recognized feature of the rural North American landscape. Staghorn sumac trees with thick twigs and an almost …

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What’s The Big Deal About Heirloom Tomatoes?
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Each year, I see the sales ads: Heirloom tomatoes on sale, only $2.99/lb. Customers flock to them. The pictures show huge, lumpy, full-color tomatoes instead of the …

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A Guide to How to Grow Gourds

Add to Favorites Why grow gourds? The short answer is: Because they are easy and a good friend gave me a single gourd plant which has not reached the true …

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How to Keep a Pumpkin From Rotting so it Lasts All Season
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Drea Damara – I used to run a produce business and this time of year as people searched our stock for the pumpkins they chose to …

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Homestead Fencing For Your Garden
February 26, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites When it comes to protecting your garden from being consumed by the local wildlife, homestead fencing options are numerous. We’ve always been DIY fence installation people when …

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Growing Squash in Containers: Green Striped Cushaw
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Growing squash in containers, or small defined areas, came easy for my friend MJ. One morning she woke up and saw a splattered squash on the street. …

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A Guide to Growing Seedlings Indoors

Add to Favorites By Nancy Pierson Farris – If you garden north of the Mason/Dixon line, your last frost date may come after Easter. To harvest mature tender vegetables before …

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pH: What’s the Big Deal?

Add to Favorites By Nancy P. Farris, South Carolina Potential Hydrogen (PH) is measured as a scale of 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. At pH 7, soil contains …

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Bring Back Life to Your Soil with Organic Gardening

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe Organic food has become widely popular in recent years and in part has fueled the success of local farmer’s markets. Maybe you’ve even thought …

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Composting And Compost Bin Designs

Add to Favorites By Kenny Coogan With spring cleaning behind us, it is time to start the odd jobs of summer. Composting is a fundamental aspect of homesteading and is …

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Mulching Benefits All Year Long
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites In my dream world, every gardening season starts with a blank slate of properly prepared, weed-free beds just waiting to be planted. Of course, that’s not how …

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How to Revive Soil with Organic Gardening

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe Knowing how to revive soil and encourage beneficial microbial growth are keys to healthy produce. And it can be done with organic gardening. Organic …

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