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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, […]

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 ..

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 ..

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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 […]

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 ..

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 ..

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 […]

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 ..

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 […]

Gardening

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 ..