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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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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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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 […]
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How Good is Gardening for Your Health

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Welcome to the Age of Technology, where information is the new currency that controls the majority of our lives. Rather than making life on this planet, most will agree that technology has made life a bit more difficult, and a heck of a lot more stressful. If this about sums it up for you, then don’t feel bad; you are not alone! A recent study conducted by the University of Gothenberg, located in Sweden, provides significant data that indicates young adults 18-24, who spend a great deal of time tied to their smartphones, exhibit more mental health conditions than those […]
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Therapeutic Horticulture

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Landscape architects and DIY garden designers have always developed their structures as sanctuaries; places where people can retreat from the stress and anxiety of everyday life. Most cities have botanical gardens, while others offer enormous green spaces, like Central Park in New York City. Although people are encouraged to enjoy the gardens, or get in touch with nature through the use of these facilities, recent studies indicate that there is far more therapeutic benefit to actively growing and maintaining plants yourself. “Therapeutic Horticulture” is a recognized treatment to combat stress, depression, and anxiety in several countries and across a broad […]
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Making the Most of Micro-Greens

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Haven’t heard of microgreens yet? Chances are you’re missing a golden opportunity to increase the amount of nutrients present in your diet regimen. Recent research conducted by the USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) in conjunction with the University of Maryland, discovered that leaves found on microgreens have far more nutrients than fully grown leaves from the same plant. Making matters even more promising, you can grow microgreens yourself. What are Microgreens? Microgreens refers to the initial leaves the seedling produces shortly after being planted, normally within the first 14 days. These leaves are immature and short in stature, averaging between […]
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Purslane—The Health Boosting Power Plant

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Purslane, also known by a bevy of other names, such as pigweed, red root, and hogweed to name a few, is often considered a weed here in the United States; however, it was originally cultivated as a leafy vegetable in the regions of India and Persia. Today it grows in several countries. You’ve probably seen purslane growing wildly if you live in the United States. It has rounded broad leaves and will sometimes sprout yellow flowers. Even if you have seen it and are familiar with its appearance, there’s a good chance you are not aware of the nutritional value […]
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Organic Farming Gains New Ground

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GOOD NEWS: The amount of available organic farmland in the United States has hit an all-time high. Per data furnished by the USDA, as recently as 2015 records highs for organic farming peaked with over 4.4 million acres being available and used for one aspect of farming or another. Approximately 55{693caeddec125ac0dffc6900ebb304e7b3460b245f839692e81e846f79eb42e4} of this arable land is being used for crop cultivation; the other 45{693caeddec125ac0dffc6900ebb304e7b3460b245f839692e81e846f79eb42e4} reserved for pastures, or wide open ranges. Although organic farming continues to gain ground, the United States still cultivated over 175 million crops compromised by GMO’s, maintaining its place as the world’s largest producer of GMO […]