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Tool Care & Maintenance

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How many of you have gearheads for husbands, or are a gearhead yourself for that matter? Have you ever heard them utter the age-old adage; “take care of your tools and your tools will take care of you!” Well, the same applies to the tools you use in your garden. I know what you’re thinking; all I want to do after a day in the garden is kick my feet up and relax. Truth be told, your tools will thank you, and last longer if you take care of them properly. It doesn’t take much time to clean, sharpen, and […]
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Growing Herbs Indoors

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Most herbs worship the sun! As transplants from the Mediterranean, herbs do not take kindly to being grown in environments that do not replicate their origins, or in areas with less than sufficient sunlight, such as inside houses. Herbs do not thrive in east, or north facing windows, as these sides of the house seldom see adequate sunlight. Let There be Light: Even if you can arrange your herb gardens in windowsills that face south or west, and your plants are getting the required 4 hours of sunlight a day minimum, it is advisable to provide additional supplementary lighting. Choose […]
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Overwinter Geraniums Successfully

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Geraniums, for the most part, are grown in regions that experience harsh winters. Very few people realize that geraniums can be brought inside and tended to throughout those harsh winters, giving them the upper hand when spring rolls around again. Overwintering geraniums has long been a tradition in European countries. Geraniums will not bloom very much during the winter months, even when brought inside out of the cold and tended to daily. They will however sprout new greenery now and then, as well as a few splashes of red occasionally. The best part of overwintering your geraniums is that you […]
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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 […]
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Growing Tomatoes in Containers; Part #2

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Seed Selection: Seed selection is very important when growing food. I personally recommend avoiding GMO seeds at all costs, and I tend to shy away from hybrids as well. We grow all our crops from heirloom seeds, and we harvest seeds from our crops for future seasons. The same will apply to selecting seeds for growing tomatoes in container gardens. In laymen’s terms, there are generally two varieties of tomato plants; determinate and indeterminate. The determinate variety grows in smaller, bushier clumps. They will produce a bumper crop and then the plant dies. The indeterminate variety tend to be the […]
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Growing Tomatoes in Containers; Part #1

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Have you ever wanted to enjoy fresh, wholesome, deliciously homegrown tomatoes without occupying most of your property with unsightly and unruly tomato plants? When grown in a garden, tomato plants and vines can be difficult to contain; however, tomato plants grow quite nicely when placed into large containers. Tomatoes tend to be a favorite vegetable for most people. For those living in limited space conditions, such as apartment buildings, townhouses, or condos, being able to grow tomatoes on balconies, or even rooftops, is a blessing and one of the many reasons gardeners opt to grow them in containers. Here are […]
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Winterizing the Garden

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It’s late fall here in the south, or early winter as it were, leaves are changing color, dying off and falling to the ground. Squirrels are stashing nuts and berries to prepare for surviving winter, and life on the farm begins to wind down a bit. This weekend one of our main goals around the homestead will be preparing our gardens to survive the winter, as well as giving them a head start on being productive come next spring. Soil Prep Once the fruits of your labor have been harvested and stored for the winter, it’s time to tend to […]
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How to Harvest Sweet Potatoes

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Regardless of how you enjoy sweet potatoes, candied, mashed, or baked, there’s very little that can compare to the amazing flavor of a properly harvested sweet potato. To savor the flavor of sweet potato recipes you will need to do more than just growing and harvesting these tubers. In the grand scheme of all things gardening, it is common knowledge that sweet potatoes retain the nicest texture and greatest flavor if they are cured shortly after harvest and properly stored under the right conditions for a period of no less than 6 weeks. It is the combination of storage times, […]
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Grow Your Own Avocados

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If you are interested in eating healthy, then you have probably heard of avocados and how beneficial they can be to have in your diet. Do you enjoy guacamole? It is a guilt-free snack that can only be made using this fantastic fruit; didn’t know avocados were fruit? Well, now you do, and there are several advantages of eating them on a regular basis. Avocados possess an amazing amount of health-related benefits. In fact, those who are health conscious have not only added avocados to their diet plans, many of them are growing their own from the comfort of home. […]