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Creating the Planting Calendar

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One of the most important tasks for gardeners, especially those who are brand new to the task, is the creation of a planting calendar. What plants should you get started indoors and when? Which seeds should you plant directly in the ground and when? Do you have plans to plant cold climate crops? If so, you need to know when they can go into the ground. This is why the creation of a planting calendar is an important part of the gardening equation; without it, you may be risking all your hard work for nothing. Plant certain crops too early […]

How to Have a Green Thumb During Winter

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When it comes to winter gardening, there are a few things you can do to keep that “green thumb” going throughout the winter months. For those of you who live in climate zones that experience mild winter weather, it is possible to continue gardening successfully with less to worry about in the form of insects and pests. For those of you who live in climate zones that experience frigid temperatures and blankets of snow, the gardening concepts employed may have to be indoors, but you can still enjoy gardening and keep that green thumb ready for warmer weather. The single […]

3 Gardening Hacks to Get Your Garden Growing Faster & Leave Your Neighbors Green with Envy

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There aren’t many gardening hacks you can employ successfully when trying to get your garden to grow faster. There is, however, a ton of bad gardening advice available all over the internet. We are going to focus on 3 specific gardening hacks that will get your garden up and running quicker, get the plants themselves producing faster, and get the harvest done sooner. There are several reasons people get involved with gardening; some do it to improve the quality of food they eat, others do it to improve the overall health of the family by taking control over the source […]
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Diagnosing Common Problems with Plants

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People who are unfamiliar with growing plants normally experience one or more of the problems we will be covering today. This is a very simple guide for beginning gardeners to give them the opportunity to develop a “green thumb.” Seasoned gardeners have all experienced these problems with their plants at one time or another, and they are the ones from which much of this information was gleaned. With that in mind, if you know someone who always has a garden, or who always has potted plants when they are in season, you would be wise to befriend them and learn […]
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Stop Slaughtering House Plants

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Are you frustrated with trying to grow a lush indoor landscape full of healthy house plants? Do you find yourself accidentally killing the house plants you spend so much time and effort trying to raise? Believe it or not, this is quite common, especially among new indoor gardeners and people who may not necessarily have the “green thumb” most garden enthusiasts are born with. Thankfully, there are a few hints that can help you overcome the mistakes you are making, and allow you to become the indoor house plant host you always thought you could be. Be Aware of Bad […]
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Keep Your Plants Pest Free

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Planning! Planning is one of the most important aspects of the gardening process. Gardeners plan to plant their gardens in locations that are best suited for the plants they intend to grow; it is essential to growing a healthy surplus of edible food. However, even with the best laid plans, pests and disease can find their way into the garden, destroying all your hard work before you know it. The best prevention is early detection. If you are growing a garden, you should spend no less than a half an hour a day looking over each of the plants to […]
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Straw Bale Gardening Instructions

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First things first, if you’re going to grow a garden using straw bales, you need at least one straw bale. Hay can also be used if straw is unavailable. While hay has more nutrients to feed the plants, hay bales also cost more than straw. Straw is essentially the stalks of cereal grains that were left behind after harvesting the grains. Straw is not edible; therefore, it is often used as bedding material for livestock raised on the farm. Hay, on the other hand, is an edible food source for animals, so it is often baled for that purpose and […]
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Sustainable Straw Bale Gardening Solutions

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If you’re a traditional gardener, then there’s a better than average chance you’ve never heard of “straw bale” gardening. If you’ve heard of straw bale gardening, then you are probably just as skeptical as I once was when the idea first found its way across my desk. When I first read about straw bale gardening I was more than a bit skeptical. The piece was so well written I thought it must’ve been done as part of a prank to get unsuspecting new gardeners to buy “plans,” or “blueprints” depicting how to perform this magical feat of producing a surplus […]
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The No Dig Sustainable Gardening Concept

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If you’ve never heard of the “No Dig” sustainable gardening concept, don’t feel left out, I just stumbled across it myself. This is a non-cultivation concept that has gained popularity around the world. This is not a concept that you want to try everywhere. It is a solution for those who live in areas where the soil conditions are not up to par with growing a sustainable garden full of healthy food; areas that would otherwise be avoided for gardening, such as those consisting of compacted clay, or similar such soil structures. For compacted soil conditions, what you’ll want to […]
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Reflections on WWII Government Gardening Campaigns

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During regional natural disasters, such as the hurricanes that frequently slam into the American southeast, the tornadoes that smash through the American Midwest, and winter blizzards that cripple entire regions of the south-land unexpectedly, local grocers and big box stores run steadily exhaust their supply of resources as residents of the area ransack store shelves for anything they can find. These types of events expose the fragility of industrialized food chains. We witness this vulnerability firsthand when disaster strikes, yet return to relying on this same ineffective system, relishing in the complacency of depending on others to provide the essentials […]