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When the chickens come home, they need a place to roost

When the chickens come home, they need a place to roost

This structure began life as a dog house, and now it's home to a small but growing flock of chickens. Watch a short video, download sketches, and enjoy the story.

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Rooting Herb Cuttings

Rooting Herb Cuttings

While cleaning up the herb garden and harvesting plants for preserving, now is a good time to take some cuttings and bring them indoors for rooting. Rooting herbs is easy, fun and you are making your own new plants!

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Canning Tomatoes, Step by Step

Canning Tomatoes, Step by Step

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Home-canned tomatoes have flavor that simply can't be found with store-bought canned tomatoes. Canning tomatoes is easy, and you put a little bit of summer in every jar.

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Planting Large Seeds in a Raised Bed

Planting Large Seeds in a Raised Bed

It's Fall planting time again! Here I show you how I plant large seeds in a raised bed.

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A Lazy Gardeners Recipe for Pickled Beans

A Lazy Gardener's Recipe for Pickled Beans

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Having a hard time keeping up with the garden harvest? Too busy to can from scratch? Here’s a lazy gardener’s easy way to pickle beans.

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Raised Bed Pest Cover - Redux

Raised Bed Pest Cover - Redux

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With Fall planting right around the corner, it was time to re-cover my raised bed "defense system".

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Video: Creating School Raised Bed Gardens

Video: Creating School Raised Bed Gardens

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Our Camarillo Community Gardens members, members of the Master Gardeners, school staff, parents and students came together to create a new batch of raised bed gardens at a local school. The response...

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The Victory Garden Composter - Part 2

The Victory Garden Composter - Part 2

With the new compost bin in place, it was time to harvest my "black gold".

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All About Compost

All About Compost

Composting turns kitchen and yard scraps into a marvelous soil amendment, and you don't have to do much to accomplish this stunning transformation. Follow the links to learn all about the benefits of composting, composting systems, building a compost bin, managing your compost, compost tea, and worm composting.

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The Victory Garden Composter

The Victory Garden Composter

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A compost bin is simply essential in your garden. This two-bin design is simple, efficient, and won't break your budget to make.

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Got Weird Veggies or Funny Fruit?

Got Weird Veggies or Funny Fruit?

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The Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit contest is on again this year to find the strangest looking vegetable or fruit you've either grown in your own garden or found at your local farmer's market.

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Save It For Later

Save It For Later

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Now's the time to get into save-mode for anything you might need for the upcoming seasons.

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DIY Seed Packet Storage Box

DIY Seed Packet Storage Box

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Here's a great way to organize your seed packets by the month. It's a great improvement over the "shoebox" method.

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Raised Beds: Who Has a Cool Design?

Raised Beds: Who Has a Cool Design?

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Looking for raised-bed design ideas? Check out the photos posted by VegetableGardener.com members, and show us your own creations.

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These Babies are Fun to Grow

These Babies are Fun to Grow

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The growing trend toward container vegetables has produced some new options for small-space gardening, like these Garden Babies.

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Herb Blends to Grow for the Cooks Delight

Herb Blends to Grow for the Cook's Delight

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This weekend I will be giving a demo featuring ‘Herbal Blends from Around the World’ at the Thrive! Summer Festival at the U.S. Botanic Garden. It has inspired me to think about growing small gardens or containers featuring herb blends.

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Scarecrows are a Gardening Tradition

Scarecrows are a Gardening Tradition

Farmers have used scarecrows for thousands of years to protect their crops from flocks of hungry birds. Today’s modern gardeners can continue this tradition by creating their own scarecrows using recycled clothing and materials.

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Perfect Plant Pairings

Perfect Plant Pairings

Just like pairing wine with food, vegetables can be matched with their most compatible herbs. A good pairing brings out the flavors of each to help you get the most from your garden.

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DIY Food Scrap Digester/Composter

DIY Food Scrap Digester/Composter

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Here's an easy to make pest-proof food scrap digester/composter.

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A Passion for Cooking with Peppers

A Passion for Cooking with Peppers

Every kitchen garden needs several different kinds of peppers to use in summer-time recipes. Here are five varieties to add a little spice to your cooking life.

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