Growing

Is an Aquaponics System Right for You?

Joe Cadieux – I personally believe that this aquaponics system can save the world. No, really. Being able to produce multiple vegetable crops and high-quality protein in close quarters, all while …

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Building Your Garden with Upcycled Garden Ideas
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

A casual stroll through your local home and garden center will lead you to believe that gardening is an expensive endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be wallet-consuming. We’ve found …

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Avoid Plant Sunburn and Summer Garden Disasters
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

Plant sunburn, floods, heat and hailstorms. Planning now protects your garden from disaster later. When you started your first garden, did anyone tell you that Mother Nature might rake her …

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Water like the Ancients did … It Works!

By Mary Kathryn Dunston – The joys of gardening are what bring us back to the toils of weeding and insect bites, dirty nails and waiting. The anticipation during winter of …

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Vertical Farming Grows Skyward

By Anita B. Stone — Vertical farming has surged in urban areas for one big reason: you can grow a lot of food on just a little dirt. It is estimated …

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Building Elevated Planter Boxes for Easier Gardening

By Anita B. Stone Building elevated planter boxes helps bring plants closer. They’re great for children, disabled gardeners, or the elderly. Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding task, but sometimes …

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Why You Should Consider Wintering Geraniums

By Becky Pederson  Wintering geraniums not only saves money, it also saves special memories. As a warm October day arrives, I force myself to uproot blooming pots of geranium plants to …

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Heavily Mulched, No-Weed Gardening Saves Water

By Anne Hart Lieb, Ohio Heavily mulched, no-weed gardening saves time, labor, and water. Believe it or not, there is an inexpensive, organic method of making your garden free of …

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Stress Relief Techniques: RX From Mother Nature
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

No doubt about it, stress is a normal part of life. But there’s good news: stress can be managed in the most basic of ways with a helping hand from …

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Use a Hydroponic Grow System for Year-Round Produce
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

Have you ever grown a sweet potato vine or avocado pit in water? If so, consider yourself a hydroponic gardener! My first experience with a simple hydroponic grow system was …

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How to Grow a Christmas Cactus for Generations of Blooms
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

Like my grandmother, I have a hard time keeping any houseplant alive. She did know how to grow a Christmas cactus though. Hers was on a plant stand with tendrils …

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How to Take Care of a Poinsettia Plant for Years of Blooming
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

The poinsettia plant has come to represent the holiday season in much of the world. Knowing how to take care of a poinsettia plant can mean years of growth and …

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How Do Greenhouses Work?
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

Getting an answer to “how do greenhouses work?” will help you choose the most productive location, building and interior resources for your homestead’s greenhouse. Greenhouses are useful for growing produce …

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4 DIY Ideas for Watering Plants While Away
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

The holidays and summer mean travel for many people. As a homesteader, you’ve made arrangements for the chores and livestock. What about watering plants while away? Keeping the best houseplants …

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How to Plant Daffodil, Tulip and Other Bulbs in Pots
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

If you live in a condo, apartment or just don’t have space to plant spring-flowering bulbs in the ground, you can still enjoy continual color and fragrance from spring bulbs …

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