Growing

12 Plants That Keep Away Mosquitoes
May 24, 2020 · · Growing

Growing dual-purpose edible plants that keep away mosquitoes is beneficial and practical. From the annoyance of buzzing in your ears to the threat of Zika and West Nile, mosquitos are troublesome.

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5 Tips to Developing a Permaculture Food Forest
May 24, 2020 · · Growing

Food forests, also known as edible permaculture forest gardens, are growing in popularity worldwide. A food forest is taking the old-fashioned monocrop orchard and adding many more layers of utility to it, while making it more self-contained and lower maintenance.

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Building Your Garden with Upcycled Garden Ideas
May 10, 2020 · · Growing

A casual stroll through your local home and garden center will lead you to believe that gardening is an expensive endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be wallet-consuming.

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Vertical Farming Grows Skyward

Vertical farming has surged in urban areas for one big reason: you can grow a lot of food on just a little dirt. It is estimated that by 2050 about 80 percent of the world’s population will live in urban dwellings; that’s about three billion people to feed.

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When to Plant Vegetables – Charting for Success all Summer
May 6, 2020 · · Growing

You can have food throughout the entire growing season as long as you vary what you plant, when you plant, and always have something in every space.

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12 Tips for Starting a Nursery Business from Home
April 27, 2020 · · 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 potential to grow rows and rows of vegetables.

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Why Raised Bed Gardening is Better

End-of-summer gardening is a hectic time of harvesting, preserving, and enjoying the fruits of your many labors. But as the final vegetables are gleaned from the ground, it’s also a great time to think about doing a bit of work now that you and your garden will appreciate in the spring.

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What is Rotational Grazing and Why is it Misunderstood?
April 21, 2020 · · Growing

Many people want to know what is rotational grazing and why is it misunderstood? Good grazing practices are often thought of as rotational grazing, but this is at best a half-truth.

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Try Perennial Peanut Grass Hay as a Healthy Alternative Forage
April 18, 2020 · · Growing

You might never have heard of perennial peanut grass hay, but it’s one of the best-kept forage secrets of the southeastern United States. It’s also an excellent forage for livestock, including pigs, horses, dairy goats, sheep and rabbits.

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Using Natural Fertilizers on the Homestead
April 14, 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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Growing a Traditional Victory Garden
April 14, 2020 · · Growing

During WWI and WW2 the vast majority of people grew some of their own food. It was not only expected, it was patriotic and a symbol of helping to win the war.

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Improving Soil with Cattle and The Best Green Manure Crops

Holistic grazing and the best green manure crops naturally improve soil. Add legumes or rotational cattle grazing to revitalize land.

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Soil-Borne Pathogens Can Cause Plant Blight and Disease

The crops we grow, especially vegetables, are subject to a number of different diseases and plant blight caused by soil-borne pathogens. Soil is full of organisms — both good and bad. The good organisms include worms, slugs, snails, beetles, ants, and spiders as well as gophers and moles and even snakes.

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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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Gardening Tips: 12 Common Gardening Mistakes to Avoid
April 9, 2020 · · Growing

Gardening can be a fun and easy way to put food on your family’s table. But it can also be frustrating when things don’t grow as you expected.

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