Learning Self-Sufficiency Through Community Organic Gardens

Learning Self-Sufficiency Through Community Organic Gardens

Look around your neighborhood.  In a ten block drive, how many places can you count that could potentially become a community organic garden? Experts say community garden initiatives are a great way to give a parent and family a sense of self worth. They also bring people together so they can get to know their neighbors - something that's becoming rarer in the era of tablets and cell phones.

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Simply Berry Jam Recipes

Simply Berry Jam Recipes

Late summer is an exciting time for the hobby or pro gardener. Why? Because for many fruits and veggies, it's harvest time! But did you get even more than you wished for? If you have an overabundance of berries, we have just the solution for you. Make a wonderful jam you and your family can enjoy all through the autumn and winter months.

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Conventional Gardening? Organic Gardening? The Differences

Conventional Gardening? Organic Gardening? The Differences

As home gardeners, there is a tendency to focus on the plants and practices in our own yards and on our own tables. But as you probably already know, there's so much more to gardening. Example: our readers often ask, "What's the difference between organic and conventional gardening?" It can be a confusing subject, especially as different organizations, different farms, and different gardeners may have very different definitions. Let's break things down when it comes to organic vs. conventional gardening.

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Want Gorgeous Fall Color? Plant Now

Want Gorgeous Fall Color? Plant Now

Is your garden ready for fall? You may be thinking it's too late for bulbs, but you do have fall flower choices - and you're going to love what we have in store for you. Plant your fall garden in advance so you can bring the gorgeous colors of autumn into your own yard. Here are our top pics for autumn magic in your own little slice of heaven.

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How to Make Trellises for Your Vegetable Garden

How to Make Trellises for Your Vegetable Garden

We were honored to recently have Gary Pilarchik of the The Rusted Garden try out his skills with our bypass pruning shears and ratchet pruners. In this video, he talks about how to make inexpensive or even free trellises for your vegetable garden using only branches and twine ...

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5 Essential Watering Tips for Gardeners

5 Essential Watering Tips for Gardeners

It seems so simple: water your garden when it's dry, and you're good to go.

But actually, there is a right way to water (and quite a few not-very-right ways). Knowing proper watering techniques will not only keep your garden growing, it will help your plants grow stronger roots and resist disease. And you'll save money, too.

Here are our favorite tips for watering your garden and helping it look its very best.

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Tomato Troubleshooting: Easy Fixes for a Beautiful Harvest

Tomato Troubleshooting: Easy Fixes for a Beautiful Harvest

Tomato problems got you down? Luckily, there are fixes to some of the most common tomato problems. Here are the issues you're most likely to face - and how to salvage your harvest for delicious yields all summer long.

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5 Easy Ways to Plant Edibles in Your Landscape

5 Easy Ways to Plant Edibles in Your Landscape

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When and Where to Use Liquid Organic Fertilizer

When and Where to Use Liquid Organic Fertilizer

When it comes to fertilizing your garden, have you considered liquid organic fertilizers? These are growing in popularity due to their ease of use and low risk of harm to plants. And you can even make your own! Here’s the dig on this category of fertilizers, and when to add them to your garden.

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Five Ways to Use Your Blueberry Harvest

Five Ways to Use Your Blueberry Harvest

Blueberries are wonderful when they're fresh-picked. But that's not the only way to eat a blueberry! Here's how to use your harvest...

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How to Create a Beautiful Butterfly Garden

How to Create a Beautiful Butterfly Garden

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Improving Your Soil with Organic Matter

Improving Your Soil with Organic Matter

Any gardener will tell you: most flowering plants perform best in soils high in organic matter. Enriched with organic materials, soil becomes loose and easy to dig and plant. Adding compost is one of the easiest ways to add organic matter to your soil, and you will see the results almost immediately. This is how you create compost ...

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Spring Designs: Create Your Perfect Decorative Garden

Spring Designs: Create Your Perfect Decorative Garden

Spring is all about color, and all about growing, living things. Greet spring with a gorgeous decorative garden that's all your own. With a good plan, your own tastes and a healthy sprinkling of creativity, you can grow your most gorgeous spring garden ever. Read the full article on how to get started.

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Your Essential Vermicomposting Guide

Your Essential Vermicomposting Guide

Vermicomposting (literally, using worms to speed up the composting process and make it more complete) is an easy, fun and interesting way to get things cookin' on your compost pile. Before you know it, you'll have rich, nutrient-rich compost for mulch, fertilizer and garden soil. Want to learn more?

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Your Spring Gardening Checklist

Your Spring Gardening Checklist

Spring is just around the corner.No, really. It is. It may feel like the middle of winter, but before you know it, you’ll wake up to that first sunny day…and realize gardening season caught up with you. This year, be ready for the change of seasons with these 7 super-easy, low-cost spring gardening steps!

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5 Best All Natural Pesticides

5 Best All Natural Pesticides

For one thing, not all “natural” forms of pest control are non-toxic, particularly to other animals such as favorite pets. For another, some bugs are beneficial but might be wiped out along with the “bad guys.” On the opposite side of the coin, a too-gentle method won't really do anything at all. What's an organic gardener to do? Read to find out!

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“Organic” or Not? Your One Easiest Tip to Know For Sure

“Organic” or Not? Your One Easiest Tip to Know For Sure

Organic gardening. What IS it? Organic has different meanings to different gardeners…and even has varying interpretations depending upon the actual product, the processing, the country of origin and more. So how DO you know you’re really organic gardening? Read the full article to find out more!

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5 Early Starters to Have in Your Decorative Garden

5 Early Starters to Have in Your Decorative Garden

Today, I live in a locale that receives sun, warmth and plant growth-friendly condition. I used to live in Zone 5. And while that meant amazing, beautiful seasons, it also meant waiting like forever for flowers to poke through winter’s chill. But there were a few exceptions. Read the full article to learn more!

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5 GREAT Head-Start Landscape Ideas for Spring

5 GREAT Head-Start Landscape Ideas for Spring

In a colder climate, it’s hard to wait for spring. Winter, though often beautiful can seem to drag on and on, with nary a green shoot in sight. But spring always does come. Are you ready? This year you will be – with these five easy, awesome head-start ideas. Click to reach more!

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Gardening Boosts Cancer Survivors' Self-Worth, Study Says

Gardening Boosts Cancer Survivors' Self-Worth, Study Says

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Prepping Your Lawn for Spring: The Organic Edition

Prepping Your Lawn for Spring: The Organic Edition

Spring lawn prep is easy. Clear things out a bit and put down some fertilizer and a great weed-killing mix. Except if you’re an organic gardener. If you are, what do you do? What fertilizer should you use, and if it’s a natural preparation, is its application different from commercial grade soils? And what about those weeds? Read the full article to find out more!

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Growing Vegetables on a Trellis

Growing Vegetables on a Trellis

Looking to save space in your garden? Consider trellis gardening! A trellis works for virtually any smaller space. Trellises are eye-catching, too, bringing nature and springtime into your space, no matter how large or how small. Want to read more?

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Terrace Gardening Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)

Terrace Gardening Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)

When I lived in an apartment (more than once, actually), my green thumb didn’t quiet down just because I was short on space and absent of an accessible yard. Nor did my desire to continue to eat food I knew was organically grown simply by virtue of the fact that I’d grown it myself. That’s when I first investigated terrace gardening. View more!

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6 Garden Tools You NEED in Your Shed

6 Garden Tools You NEED in Your Shed

Spring is coming. Is your shed ready? Here's the scoop on what you need to make Spring 2018 really bloom. Click to read more! 

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