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Old Farmers

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 […]
House Plant Problems

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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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 […]
Straw Bale Gardening

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 […]
No Dig

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 […]
Gardening Kids

Get Your Kids Into Gardening

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If you are the parents of children, one of the more difficult tasks you might encounter will be getting your kids to eat a balanced diet full of healthy food. One of the best ways to encourage your kids to enjoy those healthy foods is by getting them out into the garden with you. In this day and age, with modern gardening concepts for urban gardening becoming more popular by the minute, you no longer need an enormous plot of land. You can experiment with container growing a few vegetables in a raised bed, or planting a few of your […]
Vertical Gardening

Vertical Gardening & You

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Gardening is an activity that millions of people around the world enjoy. Unfortunately, there are several millions more who are unable to garden because of their current living conditions; they reside in one of the many concrete jungles that make up metropolitan urban areas. Thankfully, a handful of the heartiest urban gardeners were able to devise methods of overcoming the multitude of obstacles that face people in their living conditions, such as container gardening, companion gardening, and vertical gardening, which we will be discussing today. Vertical gardens require very little horizontal space. As long as you can continue building the […]
Gardening Mind

Gardening; Medicine for the Mind

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It’s January, and here in the United States that means the days are starting to get a little bit longer with each passing day as we march towards the growing season, which is great news for those of us who garden. It shouldn’t be long now before we can get out in the garden and start sowing seeds in the soil, but we still have to get through the rest of winter, and although February is the shortest month on the calendar, it seems to take the longest to get through, holding onto Old Man Winter as if they were […]
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5 Tips for Beginning Gardeners

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Every experienced gardener got their start somewhere and most of them, myself included, committed every cardinal sin in the big book of gardening that first go around. I sat down the other night to try and recall all the mistakes I made my first year. After a couple hours of jotting down notes, I decided to put together a short list of tips to help get you and your garden started and headed in the right direction. BABY STEPS: When you catch the bug to start growing a garden, whether it be flowers, food, or a combination of both, it […]