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Gardening Tip: Compost Heap Alternative

Gardening Tip: Compost Heap Alternative

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If you don't have a compost heap, here's a simple way to recycle vegetable scraps in your garden beds.

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Plant Some High-Yielding, Low-Growing Peas

Plant Some High-Yielding, Low-Growing Peas

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Dwarf peas are a great choice for the home gardener. Learn how to select the best varieties, when to plant them, and how to support them for best results.

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Video: How to plant a bare root cherry tree

Video: How to plant a bare root cherry tree

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My patio container garden was missing something, fruit so I planted some cherry trees this year. Watch the video to see how I did it!

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Grow Sprouts for the Perfect Indoor Crop

Grow Sprouts for the Perfect Indoor Crop

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Whether you're new to gardening, a budding homesteader, or a die-hard farmer there's no need to wait for nice weather to grow food crops - grow sprouts!

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Kids Can Make Bird Feeders Out of Sunflower Heads

Kids Can Make Bird Feeders Out of Sunflower Heads

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Sunflowers not only attract pollinating insects while they're blooming, but at season's end they become an excellent food source for wild birds.

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Plant a Green Manure or a Cover Crop This Fall

Plant a Green Manure or a Cover Crop This Fall

My perception of cover crops and green manures is they're right in line with compost bins, vermicomposting, grasscycling, and even mulch - they're all a form of composting. In other words, they're all about turning natural resources back into nature.

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Grow Chamomile for Tea

Grow Chamomile for Tea

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Plant chamomile seeds after danger of frost and harvest the flowers as they appear. Use them fresh or dried to make chamomile tea.

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When Blight Wipes Out Your Tomatoes, Eat Beans

When Blight Wipes Out Your Tomatoes, Eat Beans

Like investors, gardeners should diversify their portfolios. So when the tomato "market" crashes, you will still have something fresh to eat.

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Grow a Sunflower House for Kids

Grow a Sunflower House for Kids

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Don't let the kids keep the magic for themselves. When the morning glories begin blooming, get into that sunflower house, lie on your back and admire the glowing blue sky that you and your kids planted.

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Video: Harvesting, Part 1

Video: Harvesting, Part 1

It's harvesting season. Watch the first in a series of harvesting videos I've produced.

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How to Grow Great Gooseberries

How to Grow Great Gooseberries

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Still the rage in England, these sweet-tart berries are making a comeback in America. Learn how to plant, prune, and propagate these delicous berries and keep them free of diseases and pests.

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Plant a Second Crop for a Bountiful Fall Harvest

Plant a Second Crop for a Bountiful Fall Harvest

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The radishes are long gone, you've harvested the last of the lettuce, and the garlic and onions are out of the ground. What are you going to do with all that empty space? Plant a fall garden, of course.

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Cold Frame Gardening

Cold Frame Gardening

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A cold frame with a glass top can give you a 12-month growing season, even in Maine, and it's the easiest and most economical way to extend your harvest. Build the one described here, and you're on your way to fresh veggies year round.

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Peas: The Cold Weather Legume

Peas: The Cold Weather Legume

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Weren't we just talking about summer vegetables? Don't freak out on me, we still have plenty of lovely weather left this season and there all the summer lovelies that need harvesting for weeks yet. But, it's always nice to get a little jump on the coming planting season and at least begin to think about what we'd like to see in our fall and winter gardens.

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For the Fall Vegetable Garden, Think Kale

For the Fall Vegetable Garden, Think Kale

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Kale is a cool-season green that can be started from seed at midseason for a fall harvest. It's delicious sautéed with garlic or served in a hearty soup.

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QUESTION: Whats living in my compost??

QUESTION: What's living in my compost??

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I have some unidentified worm-like creepies living in my compost...is this normal?? I've been very careful to only add veggie scraps, and there is no foul smell...

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Growing Plants in Greenhouses

Growing Plants in Greenhouses

For one, I live in Northern California where the temps can really get down there but face it, we're not Minnesota. Don't get me wrong, I have lost my share of plants due of lack of vacancies in my house for overwintering plants. I thought I'd give them gave them a shot at winter life in the greenhouse. Try not to be shocked, it's not the first time I've been wrong.

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Video: Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants = Healthy People

Video: Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants = Healthy People

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The healthier your soil, the better your vegetables will grow. Watch this video to see what makes healthy soil.

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Grow Black Tea in Your Garden

Grow Black Tea in Your Garden

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If you're going to have a caffeine addiction, getting the "wake up" into your blood stream by way of black tea just may be the most respectable way. According to the Order of Caffeine Addicts in America (OCAA), caffeine by way of tea is considered to be one of the classiest addictions among the whole substance-dependency lineup. You can look that up or you can just trust a group that bears the motto, "Proud to be; wired with tea."

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Vegetable Gardening Tips

Vegetable Gardening Tips

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Often it's the little how-to tip that can help you solve a gardening problem effectively and efficiently. Get tips on planting, watering, pest control, plant support. Post your own tips, and they'll be added to the list.

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