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Gardening Tips: 12 Common Gardening Mistakes to Avoid
July 11, 2019 . · 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. Here are …

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What is the Best Manure for Gardens?
May 28, 2019 . · 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 …

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Designing Your Ideal Homesteading Land

By Ken Wilson – Homesteading land is neither a farm nor a rural residence; therefore, it presents design challenges that are different from the others. A rural residence is basically nothing more …

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Poop for Profit? How to Sell Manure

By Mary O’Malley, Honeysuckle Farm, Silver Spring, Md. Learning how to sell manure can turn an unpleasant byproduct into more than garden gold. When people decide to raise sheep, they’re …

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DIY: Make Peanut Butter

Grow Your Own Peanut Butter! By Jim Hunter, Arkansas Peanut butter is one of our favorite foods. We became disenchanted with the commercial brands after seeing other ingredients on their …

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Homemade Pickled Beets

By Jerry Hourigan I watch the Food Network channel a lot and I have yet to see my old buddies Alton, Ina, Paula or Rachael ever add beets to their …

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Foods You Should (And Can) Produce Yourself And Why
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

By Gail Damerow New outbreaks of illnesses and even deaths (an estimated 9,000 annually) due to food poisoning are constantly reported in the news. Most of these outbreaks can be traced …

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Safety in the Garden
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

While gardening is a healthy and fun pastime, it’s important to remember there are risks involved. Enthusiasm for getting out in the garden and completing a task sometimes leads people …

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Anyone for Growing Okra?

By Anita B. Stone Growing okra started with a grimace but became a garden and kitchen staple. I remember moving from Ohio to North Carolina with my family several years …

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Early Spring Vegetables List: Don’t Wait on Winter Waning

By Anita Stone, North Carolina – 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. And …

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A Guide to Pepper Plant Diseases
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

Hot, sweet, purple, yellow, wrinkly or bell – I love all peppers. If you find yourself wanting to harvest your peck of peppers, but are having trouble with plant blight, …

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A Guide to Raised Bed Gardening
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

Raised bed gardening is the ideal solution for overcoming both poor soil conditions and seasonal weather. Beds constructed on top of the ground may be filled with the garden soil …

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Heavily Mulched, No-Weed Gardening Saves Water

By Anne Hart Lieb, Ohio Heavily mulched, no-weed gardening saves time, labor, and water. Believe it or not, there is an inexpensive, organic method of making your garden free of …

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How to Take Care of a Poinsettia Plant for Years of Blooming
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

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 of growth and …

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Growing Seedlings Indoors: What’s the Problem?

By Crow Miller – Seed starting is a simple process. Though a few problems can crop up, it is not hard to avoid or correct them. Here are a few …

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