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Planning Your Shakespeare Garden

Add to Favorites By Lisa Ann Bargeman – As a big fan of Shakespeare, having my own Shakespeare garden was a MUST! In his works, many beautiful cultivated plants are mentioned. …

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Seed Saving 101: How to Get Started

Add to Favorites By Nino G. Cocchiarella – For us, one of the primary elements of a more resilient/sustainable lifestyle is growing and raising as much of our own food as …

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Growing Cauliflower from Seed

Add to Favorites By Nancy Pierson Farris, South Carolina Growing cauliflower from seed brings this healthy vegetable from garden to table. Cauliflower can serve as the focal point for a centerpiece …

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Anyone for Growing Okra?

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone Growing okra started with a grimace but became a garden and kitchen staple. I remember moving from Ohio to North Carolina with my …

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What are Heirloom Tomatoes?

Add to Favorites By: Anita Stone, North Carolina What are heirloom tomatoes? There has been a resurgence of interest in tomatoes in recent years, not the everyday luscious fruit, but …

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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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Growing Beets: How to Grow Bigger, Sweeter Beets

Add to Favorites By Nancy Pierson Farris – Have you ever tried growing beets? Beets can be planted early, harvested at any stage of their growth cycle, and do not require …

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Growing Cucumbers in a Greenhouse

Add to Favorites By Crow Miller – Growing cucumbers, like European cucumbers, can be a bumper crop in greenhouses. They differ from other types of cucumbers in many ways. The …

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The Goji Berry Plant: Grow the Alpha Superfood in Your Garden

Add to Favorites By Don Daugs – We introduced our experiences with growing goji berry plant, also known as the wolfberry, to Countryside readers with two articles in 2009. The …

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Extend the Growing Season with Cold Frame Gardening

Add to Favorites By Sue Robishaw – Whether we blame it on El Niño or the gods, chaotic weather is too often a part of the gardener’s life. While this …

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How to Grow Potatoes

Add to Favorites By Nancy Pierson Farris – What can be red, white, or blue, provides healthy carbohydrates, and grows underground? In my area, it’s known as the “Irish potato.” …

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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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How to Grow Rhubarb: Diseases, Harvesting and Recipes

Add to Favorites By Teresa Flora – In much of North America, spring is welcomed with the tart and tangy taste of fresh rhubarb. Rhubarb is one of the easiest and …

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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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How to Make Gourd Birdhouses

Add to Favorites Gourd birdhouses are not only both natural and unusual; they’re homegrown and homemade! What bird watching homesteader could resist a combination like that? If you are wondering …

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