soil-moisture

Planting Kale in the Fall Garden

By Nancy Pierson Farris – Planting kale isn’t just a spring activity in our gardens. When spring crops wilt from summer’s heat, and we have the pantry lined with the …

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fencing for Sheep

By John Kirchhoff – People have mixed feelings about the use of electric fencing for sheep and other livestock. For people unfamiliar with them, the word “electric fence” conjures up images …

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Building Elevated Planter Boxes for Easier Gardening

By Anita B. Stone Building elevated planter boxes helps bring plants closer. They’re great for children, disabled gardeners, or the elderly. Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding task, but sometimes …

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Remote Simplifies DIY Electric Fence Maintenance

One morning when my husband and I went out to feed and milk our Nubian goats, we were horrified to discover the bucks paying an unscheduled visit to the does. …

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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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Important Factors that Affect Growing Tomatoes from Seed
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

It’s getting to be that time of year where everyone is forming their spring to-do lists and planning their upcoming vegetable garden. Why not add growing tomatoes from seed to …

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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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Water like the Ancients did … It Works!

By Mary Kathryn Dunston – The joys of gardening are what bring us back to the toils of weeding and insect bites, dirty nails and waiting. The anticipation during winter of …

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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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Unintended Consequences of Lawn Herbicides

By Aleisha Djuricic, Wisconsin, Zone 5B Lawn herbicides don’t just kill weeds. All broadleaf plants can be damaged. My modest urban homestead is located a short distance from the western shore of …

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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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