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Make Your Own Seed Bank
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Scrolls, skeletons and seeds. That’s what the discovery of Herod’s Palace in Masada, Israel, revealed. Ancient history, preserved for future generations. Scientists carbon-dated the date palm seeds …

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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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Important Factors that Affect Growing Tomatoes from Seed
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites It’s getting to be that time of year where everyone is forming their spring to-do lists and planning their upcoming vegetable garden. Why not add growing tomatoes …

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Growing Shiitake Mushrooms on a Log

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone, North Carolina – If you ever wanted to grow mushrooms on the homestead and make a decent wage, growing shiitake mushrooms is the way …

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How Long Does it Take Tomatoes to Grow?
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites It’s fun to grow your own tomatoes. There’s pure joy in biting into a sun-ripened tomato that you grew yourself. And therein lies the question how long …

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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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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 Make a Cheap Greenhouse

Add to Favorites By Jay Rodgers – Two years ago I began to experiment with an idea that was spawned from the pages of Countryside and Small Stock Journal. Someone wrote …

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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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Growing Seedlings Indoors: What’s the Problem?

Add to Favorites By Crow Miller – Seed starting is a simple process. Though a few problems can crop up, it is not hard to avoid or correct them. Here …

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Winter Bird Feeding Tips
February 25, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Winter bird feeding is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy at a time of year when outdoor chores are at a minimum. It’s a …

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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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How to Compost Leaves

Add to Favorites By Crow Miller – Do you know how to compost leaves? If you have trees on your property, chances are, you’re missing out on an opportunity to add a …

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Digging Holes 101

Add to Favorites Since the dawn of agrarian culture, we’ve been inventing and reinventing ways to keep domesticated animals contained. Many things in our culture have radically changed such as …

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