garden-soil

A Guide to Pepper Plant Diseases
July 17, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Hot, sweet, purple, yellow, wrinkly or bell – I love all peppers. If you find yourself wanting to harvest your peck of peppers, but are having trouble …

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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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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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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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Recycling Water at Home: Grey Water for the Garden
April 13, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Using pure fresh water in the garden — while sending only “slightly used” grey water into the septic or sewer system  — is considered wasteful in some …

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Early Spring Vegetables List: Don’t Wait on Winter Waning
March 24, 2022 · · 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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The Joy of Growing Horseradish (It’s Great With Almost Anything!)

Add to Favorites By Sue Robishaw – Cold-climate gardeners can boast few crops that prefer their freezing winter abode, but the sturdy horseradish not only prefers it that way, it requires …

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Growing Bay Leaves is Easy and Rewarding
June 8, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites My first bay laurel tree was a tiny four-inch seedling from the nursery. I found out quickly that growing bay leaves is not at all difficult. I …

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Why Rotating Vegetables in the Garden is Crucial
May 6, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Could over a million lives have been saved between 1844 and 1846 by rotating vegetables in the garden? Several factors contributed to the Great Famine. Irish families lived …

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What is the Best Manure for Gardens?
April 15, 2021 · · Growing

The best manure for gardens is properly composted manure. It’s often called black gold, especially when it contains cow manure. When running a homestead, you have many different types of manure.

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How to Vermicompost At Home

Even homesteaders on a tiny urban plot make a lot of waste. Our multi-faceted approach to recycling sends most yard waste through our chickens to start the composting process along with both an outdoor, hot composting system and an indoor worm bin.

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Poop for Profit? How to Sell Manure

Add to Favorites By Mary O’Malley, Honeysuckle Farm, Silver Spring, Md. Learning how to sell manure can turn an unpleasant byproduct into more than garden gold. When people decide to …

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DIY: Make Peanut Butter

Add to Favorites Grow Your Own Peanut Butter! By Jim Hunter, Arkansas Peanut butter is one of our favorite foods. We became disenchanted with the commercial brands after seeing other …

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Homemade Pickled Beets

Add to Favorites By Jerry Hourigan I watch the Food Network channel a lot and I have yet to see my old buddies Alton, Ina, Paula or Rachael ever add …

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Foods You Should (And Can) Produce Yourself And Why
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Gail Damerow New outbreaks of illnesses and even deaths (an estimated 9,000 annually) due to food poisoning are constantly reported in the news. Most of these outbreaks …

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