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Hybrid vs. Heirloom Seeds

I am a diehard for plants grown from heirloom seeds, and I save most of my own seeds for our farm. I thought now would be a good time to give a lesson on the basic differences between hybrid and heirloom seeds.

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Avoid Plant Sunburn and Summer Garden Disasters
June 6, 2020 · · Growing

Plant sunburn, floods, heat and hailstorms. Planning now protects your garden from disaster later.

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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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Starting Your Own Seeds
April 6, 2020 · · Growing

Starting your own seeds saves considerable money over buying plants from a nursery. It also avoids introducing devastating bacteria and fungi to your garden.

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Homestead Heritage: Bringing Thanksgiving Back to the Farm

This year, when you go around the dinner table to share what you’re thankful for, consider your dinner plate and how it was influenced by the homestead heritage.

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A Guide to the Best Greenhouse Plants
June 30, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites After years of putting our gardens in the ground, we decided to build our own greenhouse and pick out the best greenhouse plants for extending our growing …

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What is the Best Mulch to Prevent Weeds?
May 19, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites All Photos By Shelley Dedauw The best mulch to prevent weeds depends on where the mulch lies, what else you need it to do…and, of course, cost. …

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Garden Hoops: Low Tunnels for Frost and Insect Protection
March 14, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites When you’re itching to get your hands dirty, garden hoops can extend the season enough to avoid disaster. Midway between full-sized greenhouses and the gamble of throwing …

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Making Spaghetti Squash for Dessert

Add to Favorites By Lenora Larson – We who combine gardening and cooking as collaborative passions continue our quest for the perfect crop. Our specifications are simple. The plant must be …

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Heat and Eat on a Wood-Burning Cook Stove

Add to Favorites By Gail Reynolds, Missouri – Among the most common of homestead essentials is learning how to cook on the wood-burning cook stove. For most Countryside readers, the ultimate …

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How to Store Vegetables Through the Winter
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites The garden has frozen over and your table sits heavy with food. Some food begins to wilt while others shine bright orange in the autumn light. Congratulations: your …

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Gourds For Farmers And Homesteaders

Add to Favorites 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; …

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Make Room in Your Garden With Climbers And Crawlers

Add to Favorites 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 …

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The Best Winter Vegetables List
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites The best winter vegetables list is far different from a summer list but growing cold season crops is very rewarding. Have you grown a winter garden yet? …

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