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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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Growing Sweet Potatoes in Cold Climates
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites America’s favorite candied root vegetable has an ancient history of warding off famine. Sweet potatoes were domesticated in South America over 5,000 years ago but other civilizations …

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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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A Guide to Raised Bed Gardening
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Raised bed gardening is the ideal solution for overcoming both poor soil conditions and seasonal weather. Beds constructed on top of the ground may be filled with …

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Growing Cabbage: Discovering Oriental Varieties

Add to Favorites By Nancy Pierson Farris – When planning on growing cabbage, you have to ask yourself what kind of cabbage to grow. If you are planning for a cabbage patch that …

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Go Green with Sedum Roofs
February 26, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites Having a sedum roof or other live plants growing purposefully on your barn, coop or dwelling has many advantages. In addition to being aesthetic, these living roofs …

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Homestead Security May Include Estate Fencing
February 26, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites Estate fencing is on the rise in the off-grid community. You’re using an off-grid power source: solar, wind, hydro, or your own generator. You’ve removed yourself from …

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Is an Aquaponics System Right for You?

Add to Favorites Joe Cadieux – I personally believe that this aquaponics system can save the world. No, really. Being able to produce multiple vegetable crops and high-quality protein in close …

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Water like the Ancients did … It Works!

Add to Favorites By Mary Kathryn Dunston – The joys of gardening are what bring us back to the toils of weeding and insect bites, dirty nails and waiting. The anticipation …

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Heavily Mulched, No-Weed Gardening Saves Water

Add to Favorites By Anne Hart Lieb, Ohio Heavily mulched, no-weed gardening saves time, labor, and water. Believe it or not, there is an inexpensive, organic method of making your …

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Stress Relief Techniques: RX From Mother Nature
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites No doubt about it, stress is a normal part of life. But there’s good news: stress can be managed in the most basic of ways with a …

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Use a Hydroponic Grow System for Year-Round Produce
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Have you ever grown a sweet potato vine or avocado pit in water? If so, consider yourself a hydroponic gardener! My first experience with a simple hydroponic …

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