How to Attract Beneficial Bugs to the Garden

How to Attract Beneficial Bugs to the Garden

When I hear people say that organic gardening isn't possible, I have to scratch my head and wonder how we got so far away from our roots.  Organic gardening is all I've ever known, primarily because that's the way my dad taught me.  My father always pointed to nature to correct itself and to make it's needs known to us.   We are only managers of the environment, and when we understand what nature needs, we can do a much better.  Here's "How to Attract Beneficial Bugs to the Garden"! We simply don't have as much control over nature as...

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How to Start Seeds Indoors for Beginners

How to Start Seeds Indoors for Beginners

  Why buy plants every year when you can easily learn "How to Start Seeds Indoors for Beginners"?!  I just finished up my order form with White Harvest Seeds  for heirloom, non-GMO seeds and I can hardly wait to get planting when they arrive! You will need: * A tall sturdy shelf, preferably metal. * Seed trays (I re-use my trays year after year, until they fall apart) with covers *Potting soil (I prefer organic) *Good quality seeds (I buy some but save seeds as well) *Plastic garden markers or Popsicle sticks *Permanent marker I like to take my seed starting trays outside and pour the potting soil...

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5 Ways to Avoid Garden Burnout

5 Ways to Avoid Garden Burnout

As the seed catalogs flood our mailboxes, glorious thoughts of beautifully colored fruits and vegetables surround our minds.  We picture ourselves strolling through weedless gardens, as the birds sing, plucking the fruit of our labor, with just a glow of perspiration on our face!  Psht.  The reality of the garden is much different that the fantasy described above.  The truth is that manure must be spread, seedlings die, bugs come, equipment breaks and tools get lost, and the WEEDS.  Can anyone relate??  Let's get real and discuss "5 Ways to Avoid Garden Burnout"! How to Have a Weed-Free Vegetable Garden Over...

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weed free lettuce patch

How to Prevent Weeds in a Vegetable Garden

Weeds...the bane of every gardener's existence.  But did you know that you can have a (relatively) weed-free garden?  Let me show you "How to Prevent Weeds in a Vegetable Garden"! While no method can guarantee absolutely no weeds, you can definitely kill the weeds in your vegetable garden before you even plant it! It takes a little forethought before the growing season.  You will have to spend some time out in the cold and mud, but it will be worth it. Preparing for the growing season is part of weed-free gardening!  There is no success for those who just put plants in the...

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How to Grow Garlic Indoors

How to Grow Garlic Indoors

Who doesn't LOVE garlic??  Ever wondered how to grow garlic indoors? The beautiful thing about nature is that much of our food can be easily reproduced to create more food!  Such is the case with garlic! First things first, let's understand that while you can grow garlic indoors, the entire head of garlic will not develop until it's outside in some cold weather and can go dormant.  So, at some point, you'll need to put your pot on the balcony or patio, or plant in the ground for a nice long freeze.  But in the meantime, you can enjoy garlic greens! And...

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how to start boxed plants inside

How to Start Boxed Plants Inside

You've just begun to see them...those boxed plants are showing up everywhere they sell gardening supplies!  But, what exactly are you supposed to do with these boxed plants when it's far too cold to plant outside?  By learning "How to Start Boxed Plants Inside", you get a jump on the gardening season and be ready to plant healthy, beautiful plants come Spring! Many times, people purchase boxed plants and put them in the ground immediately.  My experience has been that the plant usually dies.  Keep in mind, those roots have been in stagnant conditions for months, without any new nutrients. ...

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how to find a farm sitter

How to Hire a Farm Sitter

There are times when we need to be away from the farm and  will need to know how to hire a farm sitter.  Perhaps it's for a well-needed vacation, but other times there are weddings, funerals, business trips and college visits that require us to leave town.  Don't worry!  Let's talk about everything you need to know about how to hire a farm sitter! Finding a farm-sitter that you can depend upon to take good care of your property and animals isn't easy, I've been through a few of them. I've got some advice and tips about how to hire a...

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how to grow the best strawberries with chives

How to Grow the BEST Strawberries with Chives

As Spring approaches, I am so excited that it's almost strawberry season!  Want to get even BIGGER and BETTER strawberries from your plants this year?  Let's learn about "How to Grow the BEST Strawberries with Chives"!  Strawberries are such wonderful perennials to grow on your homestead!   Each strawberry plant is capable of producing a quart of fruit!  With just 10 or so plants, you can grow enough strawberries to make jams, jellies and even freeze for the future. What Conditions do Strawberry Plants Need? Strawberries can grow from zones 2-10, with at least 6-10 hours of full sun and good drainage.  They need...

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How to Overwinter any Tomato PLant

How to Overwinter Any Tomato Plant

You might be asking yourself what to do with your tomato plants in the winter!  Can you bring your tomato plant inside for the winter?   Do tomatoes regrow every year?  Well, I've got the answers for you!  Let me show you "How to Overwinter Any Tomato Plant"! You can also do this in the Springtime by taking just one or two purchased plants and propagating all the new plants your heart desires!  You'll save a lot of money this way! While it would be quite impossible (and somewhat crazy!) to bring your entire plant inside, you can easily regrow that tomato...

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