soil-health

What is Rotational Grazing and Why is it Misunderstood?
May 28, 2019 · · Growing

With Spencer Smith – 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 …

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

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. What is the …

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Homesteading For A Living

By Kenny Coogan “Our original goal was to produce as much of our own food as possible,” Landis Spickerman, 53, of High Bridge, Wisconsin, says. She and her husband Steven, 56, began living …

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A Complete Guide to How to Compost at Home

By Frederick C. Michel, Jr., Joe E. Heimlich, & Harry A. J. Hoitink – If you are interested in learning how to compost at home, here is some helpful advice. Mow …

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Silvopasture Explained

Silvopasture, also known as agroforestry, is a farming method that includes the use of timber, livestock, and forage together in the same section of land. It is used to expand …

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Farming, to the Nth Degree

By Doug Ottinger, Minnesota Academia, I learned, is not all about laptops and college football games these days. In a few corners around the country, universities and colleges are training …

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The Role of Minerals In Preventing and Treating Sheep Illnesses

By Alethea Kenney – You don’t usually think about sheep illnesses when you look at a flock of sheep to assess the overall health of the flock. The first thing that …

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Going Organic Saves Me Work

By Anita B. Stone, The Homesteader’s Bits & Pieces I was a bit skeptical to try organic agriculture because I thought it meant more work for me. But I found that …

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10 Best Agriculture Schools

By Doug Ottinger, Minnesota – Academia, I learned, is not all about laptops and college football games these days. In a few corners around the country, some of the best agriculture …

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Bring Back Life to Your Soil with Organic Gardening

By Kay Wolfe ORGANIC FOOD HAS BECOME widely popular in recent years and in part has fueled the success of local farmer’s markets. Maybe you’ve even thought about switching over …

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Winter Cover Crops And Green Manure Strategies

By Anita B. Stone Cover crop strategies refer to cover crops scheduled into a crop rotation plan. Organic farming relies on soil health and cycling of nutrients through the soil using …

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Improving Soil with Cattle and The Best Green Manure Crops

By Heather Thomas, Salmon, Idaho  Holistic grazing and the best green manure crops naturally improve soil. Add legumes or rotational cattle grazing to revitalize land. Many of our crop and pasture …

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Fertilizer Numbers and the Basics of Fertilizing Vegetables
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Fertilizer numbers are something that I learned about when I was a biology major in college. Both my chemistry and biology classes taught me the importance of having balanced nutrients …

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Soil Health: What Makes Good Soil?

By John Hibma – What makes good soil? Virtually every person on this planet sooner or later comes in contact with earth and soil. Whether they are a farmer, a …

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Soil-Borne Pathogens Can Cause Plant Blight and Disease

By John Hibma – 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— …

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