Growing

The Fall and Resurrection of Hemp

By Karin Deneke, Colorado A COMMON CROP George Washington raised during the 1760s on his farms in Virginia was declared illegal in the 1930s. Known as cannabis sativa, or hemp, …

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Sweetgrass Holds a Special Place in the Hearts of Charlestonians

By Anita B. Stone Homesteaders, country crafts and cultural traditional art seem to thrive in a parallel universe across the globe. Regardless of location, everyone has become doorkeepers of their own …

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The Benefit of Growing Weeds

By Marshall Nych, Pennsylvania From personal experience, allow me to save you, the reader, any embarrassment associated with punching “benefits of weeds” into one’s preferred internet search engine. In addition to …

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Grow A Moringa Tree

By Kenny Coogan You might know Moringa oleifera by a different name, like benzolive tree, drumstick tree, horseradish-tree, West Indian ben, murungai, ben-oil tree or moringa. No matter what you call it, ben-oil tree, Moringa oleifera, …

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Genetically Engineered Crops Divide The Food Movement

By John Hibma Farmers find themselves squarely in the middle of the debate over genetically engineered (GE) crops and foods. Also referred to as genetically modified organisms—GMO—the concern over the genetic engineering of our …

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A Guide To Planting Banatka Wheat

By Benjamin Hoffman I ran across banatka winter wheat, a Hungarian landrace variety, in the FEDCO catalog, and it sounded like an interesting variety to play with. So I bought an ounce for …

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Protesters And The Eucalyptus Trees

By Christopher Nyerges Eucalyptus has been in the news because naked protesters are unhappy with the University of California-Berkeley’s plan to remove thousands of these Australian natives. When I was growing …

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Family Trees

By Heather Smith Thomas, Idaho Ron Kelley and his family are enjoying their orchard business in southern Idaho, near Weiser. “My father and grandfather were citrus growers in southern California, …

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Leaf-Cutter Ants Finally Meet Their Match

New clues have emerged in the battle to combat leaf- cutter ants, which can wreck havoc across gardens in North and  South America. A 15-year study of leaf-cutter ants and their …

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Grow the Cattail Plant in Your Farm Pond
March 13, 2019 . · Growing

The cattail plant is ubiquitous in many parts of the United States. In Ohio, it grows in drainage ditches and along roadsides, ponds, and lakes. There are two main varieties …

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The Curious Moonflower Plant
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

By Ann Tom – Last spring I was given a plant by my mother and she said it was called a moonflower plant (Ipomoea alba). I had never heard of …

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How to Use Vinegar as a Natural Weed Deterrent

By Becky Pederson – The history of vinegar is quite interesting. It is one of the oldest products used by humans dating back some 10,000 years. The Romans and Greeks …

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Propagating, Collecting and Saving Seeds

By Anita B. Stone; Photographs by S. Tullock Had the Pilgrims not brought and introduced abundant seed varieties to the New World, we would not be enjoying a diverse variety …

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Gourds For Farmers And Homesteaders

By Anita B. Stone, Raleigh, North Carolina There is a legend that says, “If you give or receive a gourd, with it goes all the best in life; health, happiness and …

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Make Room in Your Garden With Climbers And Crawlers

By Glenn G. Dahlem, Ph.D. Farmers with 1,500 acres available and urban backyard gardeners alike often have the same complaint: “If I only had just a little more space somewhere, I …

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