How to Grow Microgreens Indoors

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If you’re wondering how to grow microgreens, you’re in luck because it’s simple. You can grow microgreens indoors year round, as a way to fortify your winter crops and food supply. I’m not sure why we didn’t think to do it sooner. Probably just an oversight of busy schedules, but as we snip the seedling … Read more

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Plant Old Seeds or Buy New Ones?

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Germinating and planting old seeds can save you time and money. Yeah… I know, the new Garden Seed catalogues have arrived and they are so darned alluring!  I had to restrain myself and take a step back to reflect. We get it. It’s a lot more tempting to peruse glossy new seed catalogs with glamorous … Read more

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Calculating Mulch, Free Sources and Wood Chippers

Mulch it! We’ve looked at the pros and cons, costs and variables, of wood chippers versus buying loads of mulch. We cover free sources for mulch, a mulch calculator and more here, including what to beware of, especially when importing mulch loads from elsewhere. There are many differing opinions on which mulch constitutes the best … Read more

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Winter Composting and Healthy Soil Microbes

If you thought your garden chores were at a virtual standstill with winter, you’ll want to read on. There are a few important things you can do toward nourishing your garden even now by attending to your winter composting. Keep Your Microbes Warm! Composting is a simple way to add nutrient-rich humus to your garden … Read more

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Poinsettia Care – How to Keep Poinsettias Alive

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The holiday poinsettias perform beautifully for a month or more. Then what? Do you toss it? And if not, how to keep poinsettias alive, well and blossoming red (and other colors) again come next season? Poinsettias: A Christmas Tradition Growing poinsettias takes a special environment and dedication to nurturing these tropical plants into their seasonal … Read more

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Growing Kale – One of the Best Superfoods

Popeye Should’ve Eaten Kale! If you aren’t already growing kale, try it! Not only is kale beautiful, delicious and nutritious, it can also be decorative. Ornamental kale is a beautiful addition to HOA restricted edible landscapes as well. There are many different types of kale and its close cousin, the cabbage. Ornamental kale and ornamental … Read more

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How to Make Black Garlic

Wow! Have you tried black garlic? It has an awesome flavor so we’ve been researching and talking to folks know how to make black garlic and now we’re sharing it here with you too. Now you probably already know about the amazing health benefits of garlic, right? For more on the health benefits of black … Read more

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How to Grow Kaffir Lime Tree from Cuttings

Propagate Plants from Cuttings – 4 Minute Guide to Clones and Cloning Propagating and growing a kaffir lime tree from cuttings is actually simple and easy. Nature is so cool! It’s so easy to grow one plant and from that plant’s seeds or stalks, to propagate an endless supply of more. Plant propagation can produce … Read more

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How to Heat a Small Greenhouse

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The most economical way to heat a small greenhouse to keep it warm overnight is to capture solar heat in mass.  The denser and darker the mass, the more heat it can absorb. Stone, tile, brick, water jugs, black painted cinder blocks and drums are all possibilities for storing heat mass.  We’ve added some of … Read more

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Types of Garlic and How to Grow and Harvest Garlic

Do You Know the Types of Garlic? Ah, garlic. Garlic growers and connoisseurs know that there are three overarching types of garlic. These are softneck, hardneck and elephant garlic. Softneck garlic Hardneck garlic Elephant garlic In this article you’ll not only learn more about the types of garlic, but also how to grow garlic as well … Read more

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