Bright Idea For Indoor Growing⎜Simple DIY Grow Frame Plans

Growing plants

We grow lettuce, spinach, greens and different herbs indoors all winter long for our eating enjoyment. We also start our garden seedlings indoors, transplanting them in the garden when it gets warm enough outside. With a short growing season due to our northern latitude, starting plants indoors increases our growing season by several weeks. This…

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Hummingbirds⎜Excellent Garden Pollinators, Great Insect Control

female hummingbird

In the garden you might catch a glimpse of iridescent feathers reflecting brilliant color as a sunbeam ricochets off a flurry of wings. This thumb-sized jewel makes the faintest hum as it pauses in the air defying gravity then suddenly plunges head first as it all but disappears into a flower. But what is it?…

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Growing Tomatoes - Tips, Tricks, Health Benefits, Fertilizer

tomatoes on table

Being the crown jewel of many gardens, you like most people probably think of tomatoes when you think of growing a vegetable garden. Here on our homestead, the one plant we definitely have to grow in our garden is the tomato. I'm so amazed at the wonder and beauty of a tomato and the many…

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Amazing Edible Flowers You Can Eat And Their Benefits

Cake with borage flowers

Growing flowers in our gardens are not only for the beauty they bring to us while also helping to pollinate our plants, they can bring a splash of color and exotic taste to the plates on our table. If you love flowers like I do you might already have several different varieties of edible flowers…

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Productive Garden From Rocky Soil - The ABCs Of Success

Large Raised Bed

The ideal spot for a garden on our homestead happened to be where a previous owner had graded the lot before building a metal shop. The grading had removed the top soil and left hard rocky soil that grew a mixture of weeds and some low growing grass. There are several problems with rocky soil:…

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Tips On Getting An Early Start For The Spring Garden

seedlings

Here in the Pacific Northwest where we still have snow on the ground I find myself turning to thoughts of planning for our Spring garden. Having gardened for most of my life I know that planning ahead will help to have produce to harvest much sooner. What are some tips on getting an early start…

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DIY Easy Raised Trellis Planter For Your Garden - Free Plans

trellis's

A great way to increase your garden's output of produce without increasing the garden size is to use raised trellis planters. Raised trellis planters allow plants to grow up instead of out. You will learn how to make a simple raised trellis planter in a couple of hours. This trellis planter is simple to make. …

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How To Plan Your Garden For Success - Helpful Tips

Mixed plants

I've been gardening pretty much all my life and each year about this time I start thinking of what I would like to grow and where in our garden space I want to plant it all. Even though we still have lots of snow on the ground here in February, it hasn't deterred my desire…

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How To Build A Hoop House Style Greenhouse On A Tight Budget

hoop house

For the last four years we have been extending our growing season with a hoop house style greenhouse. The hoop house we designed and constructed is simple to make, has withstood winds in excess of 75 mph and will not break the bank to build. The benefits of a hoop house style greenhouse include: ease…

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