Growing

A Simple Raised Bed Design
February 14, 2020 · · Growing

About a year ago, my wife and I moved across the country to acreage in Wisconsin. While we have many plans for the land, our immediate short-term goals were as follows: 1) Convert the existing garden into a chicken run and renovate a chicken coop, 2) Build raised beds close to the back of the house so the whole family can enjoy growing their favorite veggies and herbs.

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Recycling a Deck into Standing Raised Bed
February 12, 2020 · · Growing

Not wanting to add to the landfill, I started drafting up ideas on how I could transform my dilapidated deck into a standing raised bed. It was perfect timing as I wanted to expand my vegetable gardening, which was limited to a back corner of my property due to my poultry.

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A Market Garden Planner for Profit

Whether you’re using paper and pencil or an online market garden planner, why not start dreaming? It could be the start of a long-term, sustainable business venture for you!

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How Do Greenhouses Work?
January 31, 2020 · · Growing

Greenhouses are useful for growing produce out of season or starting seeds and cuttings earlier than your climate allows. This jump-start allows us to extend our growing season.

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Growing Herbs from Seed
January 28, 2020 · · Growing

Growing herbs from seed such as basil, thyme, and parsley is a simple, inexpensive way to get started with herb gardening. All you need is a packet of seeds, a spot in your garden that gets full sun, a trowel and some water.

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What is the Best Manure for Gardens?
January 18, 2020 · · Growing

The best manure for gardens is properly composted manure. It’s often called black gold, especially when it contains cow manure. When running a homestead, you have many different types of manure.

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A Guide to Growing Vegetables in Pots and Containers
January 17, 2020 · · Growing

How often have you strolled through a farmer’s market or eyed a friend’s fresh produce and wished you had your own garden? Perhaps you lack space.

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Early Spring Vegetables List: Don’t Wait on Winter Waning
January 15, 2020 · · Growing

The snow is melting and daytime temperatures are calling you outside. Leaf buds swell on trees and your hands long to feel the soil once again.

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Making Herb Salts and Garlic Oil: Recipes for Imperfect Harvests
December 27, 2019 · · Growing

When insects attack your growing basil or your garlic doesn’t grow to a desired size, don’t worry, you can still make delicious infused garlic oil recipes and salts with your imperfect herbs.

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The Versatile Mint: Peppermint Plant Uses

Peppermint plant uses are endless; this versatile mint does a lot more than make a refreshing drink. Peppermint is indispensable in my herb garden and so vigorous I can pull handfuls up by the roots and it always comes back, as fresh as ever.

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The 6 Best Houseplants for Clean Air Indoors
December 12, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites We’re all aware of the rising health risks from indoor air pollution. It can be frightening and we may feel helpless to protect ourselves. I have great …

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Sea Buckthorn: It Started With a Prayer
December 12, 2019 · · Growing

Studies have shown sea buckthorn is able to actually remove cholesterol from arteries. The seed and berry oil are used topically after radiation exposure due to medical treatments, accidental exposure or severe frostbite/sunburn.

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Black Raspberries (Rubus): 2020 Herb of the Year
December 11, 2019 · · Growing

The 2020 Herb of the Year is Rubus which not only includes black raspberries, but red raspberries, blackberries, and dewberries, too. I am going to specifically talk about black raspberries and how to grow, harvest, and store them.

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How to Take Care of a Poinsettia Plant for Years of Blooming
December 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites The poinsettia plant has come to represent the holiday season in much of the world. Knowing how to take care of a poinsettia plant can mean years …

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How to Grow a Christmas Cactus for Generations of Blooms
November 29, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Like my grandmother, I have a hard time keeping any houseplant alive. She did know how to grow a Christmas cactus though. Hers was on a plant …

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