Growing

Growing Peas for Winter Greens
September 25, 2020 · · Growing

No matter what variety of vegetable pea plants you are growing in your garden, all parts of all varieties, including the buds and blossoms, are edible.

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Growing and Marketing Bulb Plants
September 24, 2020 · · Growing

Experimenting with new ways to earn an income from our small farm, we recently discovered the possibilities of spring flower bulb plants.

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Using Natural Fertilizers on the Homestead
September 23, 2020 · · Growing

Gardens are hungry creatures, demanding endless applications of fertilizer to keep vegetables, fruits, and flowers growing throughout the season. Unfortunately, many find their plot’s needs increase each passing year despite frequent feedings.

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How to Craft with Grapevines
September 12, 2020 · · Growing

By Cherie Dawn Haas – One of the beauties of homesteading is learning how to use everything that’s available to us in some way, and if you grow grapes for wine or jelly, that resourcefulness includes making grapevine crafts. I discovered this firsthand a few years ago after pruning hundreds of our vines one season.

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Propagating, Collecting and Saving Seeds
September 11, 2020 · · Growing

Had the Pilgrims not brought and introduced abundant seed varieties to the New World, we would not be enjoying a diverse variety of popular plants in the agricultural world and our homesteads would lay barren. Collecting and saving seeds is easy and rewarding.

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How to Plant Daffodil, Tulip and Other Bulbs in Pots
September 9, 2020 · · Growing

If you live in a condo, apartment or just don’t have space to plant spring-flowering bulbs in the ground, you can still enjoy continual color and fragrance from spring bulbs by learning how to plant daffodil, tulip and other bulbs in pots.

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How to Make Natural Deer Repellent
August 30, 2020 · · Growing

Perhaps your garden had some unwelcome attention from foragers last year, and your crops suffered. Maybe you have tender, young trees on the property and worry about deer stripping bark from their trunks in the cold, bare days of early spring, or pushing them over as they rub the velvet from their antlers in the fall.

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Aphids and Ants on Apple Trees!

If you have infestations of ants on apple trees, you could also have an aphid problem.
I got home from a long trip for work and hear that one of the new apple trees isn’t doing so well.

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Preserve the Harvest Giveaway
August 17, 2020 · · Giveaways, Growing

Our Preserve the Harvest giveaway is BACK! Win food preservation these trusted brands:
All-American Canner
Dripping Springs
Pomona’s Universal Pectin

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Self-Watering Planters: DIY Containers to Combat Drought
August 14, 2020 · · Growing

What holds five gallons of soil, uses 80% less water and costs less than a dollar? Self-watering planters! DIY instructions are simple and most materials can be recycled.

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Oh, Deer: Keeping Deer Out of Gardens

Whitetail deer are charismatic, beautiful animals as they leap in graceful 20-foot bounds through your neighbor’s bean field. I like to watch them.

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Planting Kale in the Fall Garden

Planting kale isn’t just a spring activity in our gardens. When spring crops wilt from summer’s heat, and we have the pantry lined with the fruits of our labors, we till up the soil and plant a fall garden.

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Black Currants: America’s Delicious Forbidden Fruit
August 1, 2020 · · Growing

Black currants are easy-to-grow, requiring very little care, which was perfect for us! One spring, we were buying baby fruit trees at our local nursery and were excited about starting a small orchard on our 10-acre homestead.

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Mullein, Not Just a Common Weed
July 31, 2020 · · Growing

You will find mullein, a woolly-leafed, tall-stemmed biannual, along roadsides, in meadows, and riparian corridors throughout the United States and Canada.

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Milkweed Plant: A Truly Remarkable Wild Vegetable

Milkweed plant isn’t your average weed; in fact, I feel guilty calling it a weed at all. The common milkweed, Asclepias syriacqa, is one of the best known wild plants in North America.

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