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Kenny Coogan

Kenny Coogan is a food, farm, and flower columnist. Coogan leads workshops about owning chickens, vegetable gardening, animal training, and corporate team building on his homestead. His newest book 99 ½ Homesteading Poems: A Backyard Guide to Raising Creatures, Growing Opportunity, and Cultivating Communityis now available at kennycoogan.com.
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Articles by Kenny Coogan

When The iGeneration Gardens
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

Photos and Story By Kenny Coogan, Florida Turning off your televisions and mobile devices and spending some uninterrupted time with your family and yard may not only be good for …

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Boost Profits and Prolong Growing Season with Japanese Vegetables
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

Whether you are looking to boost profits at a farmers market or extend your growing season, Japanese vegetables are the way to go. Japanese vegetables should be grown on the …

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Growing and Cooking Tangy Tomatillos
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

Tomatillos have a tangy, slightly herbal flavor and are most often used in salsas and sauces. A tomatillo can be eaten raw, making for a great salad topper or side. …

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Growing a Community with School Garden Grants
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

School garden grants are only a piece of what makes a plot sustainable. Much like a child, it takes a village to care for a school garden, especially a sustainable …

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A Guide to Pepper Plant Diseases
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

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 with plant blight, …

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Cucurbita Moschata: Growing Butternut Squash from Seed
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

Growing butternut squash (Cucurbita moschata) from seed, which is categorized as a winter squash, is similar to that of pumpkins, cantaloupe, and cucumbers who all reside in the same genus, …

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

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 can help reduce …

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Growing Squash in Containers: Green Striped Cushaw
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

Growing squash in containers, or small defined areas, came easy for my friend MJ. One morning she woke up and saw a splattered squash on the street. Looking directly above …

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10 Alternative Agritourism Ideas for Your Small Farm
February 25, 2019 . · Homesteading

As a young entrepreneur, I tried many agritourism ideas. When the neighborhood kids were selling lemonade for pennies I created a lucrative program named, “Name a Duck for a Buck.” …

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12 Tips for Starting a Nursery Business from Home
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

Starting a nursery business from home, whether small or large, means knowing the best ways to propagate and sell plants. I purchased my one-acre homestead for its location, mature trees, and …

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Saving the Meishan Pig and Ossabaw Island Hog
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

The Meishan and Ossabaw pig breeds are two very dissimilar breeds. They are both at a critical juncture in their history. While one breed is from the United States, the …

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Top 10 Witch Hazel Uses
February 13, 2019 . · Growing

Available in lotions, pads, distilled extracts and even suppositories, witch hazel uses are widespread. Earlier this summer I was weeding in shorts, and I was stung or bitten on my …

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