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Tips for Germinating Seeds Indoors

Add to Favorites By Gail Reynolds – There’s probably nothing quite so rewarding for any gardener as the success of starting your own herb, vegetable, or flowering plants, indoors, from …

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Special Section — The Country Water Supply; Using Grey Water in the Garden

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 situations. Where water is …

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Building a Productive, Safe Greenhouse For Less Than $1,000

With the short growing season in Wisconsin and the price of some plants in the nursery, I came to the conclusion that I needed a greenhouse to start my plants from seed instead of buying plants every year.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Container Potatoes

Add to Favorites By Lori Fontanes I know what you’re thinking: what’s so special about potatoes? With all those ubiquitous orders of fries and mashed platters, why do I need to …

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Sack Plants: Go Landless

Add to Favorites By Anita Stone, North Carolina When you think about the cost of goods and work involved in traditional land gardening, the first item is ground soil, which has …

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Pruning Shear Options

Add to Favorites By Cherie Dawn Haas – When your grapevines return from their dormant state in the spring, you’ll want to get your hands on the best pruning shears you …

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Understanding Forage Production and Forage Quality

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – Forages are the foundation of all livestock diets. The production and feeding of high-quality forages will help ensure that livestock grows at an optimal …

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Growing Tepary Beans: The Most Heat-Tolerant Crop in the World

Add to Favorites By Kevin Geer – I grow beans every year on the ranch. One of my favorite meals includes fresh-picked Blue Lake Green beans. They’re so delicious! Just thinking …

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The Fall and Resurrection of Hemp Plants

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke, Colorado A common crop George Washington raised during the 1760s on his farms in Virginia was declared illegal in the 1930s. Also known as …

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Small-Scale Agritourism Ideas to Boost Profits

Add to Favorites By Barbara Berst Adams – On-farm visitors can help even the smallest farms increase the bottom line. Whether a farm is full-time or part-time, many very small farms …

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Old and New Methods of Agriculture in The San Luis Valley

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke, Photos by Chuck Reel and Karin Deneke The San Luis Valley’s farming legacy includes old and new methods of agriculture within a historically sustainable …

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10 Best Agriculture Schools

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger, Minnesota – Academia, I learned, is not all about laptops and college football games these days. In a few corners around the country, some of …

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Agritourism: A Money-Making Agriculture Business

Add to Favorites By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, Colorado Can inviting farm visitors fuel a successful money making agriculture business? It’s called agritourism and yes, it can! The words, “fun on the farm,” were …

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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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