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This category covers a wide range of topics focused around the benefits you will see when you learn to grow your own food. Benefits like self-sufficiency, health, cost savings, flavor, and fun!!

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This category covers a wide range of topics focused around the benefits you will see when you learn to grow your own food. Benefits like self-sufficiency, health, cost savings, flavor, and fun!!

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**Note: To help with self-sufficiency check out our facebook group where we have an active sharing community of beginning and experienced gardeners, all interested in sharing successes and failures. The group is called Grow Your Own Food at Home

14 Cost-Effective Vegetables to Grow | Gardening to Save Money

A vegetable garden can help keep your family’s grocery budget down, but which crops should you be growing? Let’s have a look at 14 cost-effective vegetables to get you the most bang for your buck! Gardening to save money is easy and fun. What defines a cost-effective vegetable? If you’re looking to grow a vegetable …

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Best 9 Flowers and 4 Herbs for Attracting Butterflies to your Garden

What’s a garden without a few bugs?! Especially when they’re as beautiful as the fluttering insects in the scientific class Rhopalocera, better known, of course, as butterflies. Wherever you live, your area will almost certainly be home to a number of native butterfly species, many of whose numbers are in decline. So why not help …

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Best herbal homemade tea blends to make from your garden

Have you decided to start your own herbal tea garden and managed to obtain your first harvest? Awesome, great job! But… how should you proceed now? Many herbs can be made into herbal tea (better known as a tisane) and enjoyed on their own, but not all of them taste that great. Some have well-tested …

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Best 10 Herbs to Grow for Homemade Herbal Tea Blends

Loose-leaf teas and expensive organic blends of tea are all the rage, but did you know there’s a cheaper (and more fun!) alternative? Most of the popular herbs used for herbal teas (better known as tisane) are actually a breeze to grow at home. Homegrown herbal tea blends are infinitely more fresh, which means more …

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How to Grow Eggplants from Seed: in Pots or the Garden

With its broad leaves and lavender flowers, eggplants are a beautiful plant that produce a unique fruit used in many dishes from Italy, the Middle East, and India. This guide will help you grow heirloom or hybrid varieties of eggplants from seed and then guide you to transplanting out to a container or the garden …

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How to Grow Blueberries in Pots for your Deck, Patio or Balcony

Growing blueberries in large pots is a perfect way to grow some of your own food at home when you are constrained by not having a large garden area, or if your garden area is shady (blueberries like full sun). This summary will give you the basic requirements for success! A how-to video is included …

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Starting Tomato & Peppers Indoors – LED vs Fluorescent Lights

There are very scientific, detailed studies available regarding indoor seed starting with LED lights. This post is a summary of my experience using both LED and fluorescent lights as grow lights for starting tomato and pepper seeds indoors.  5 Tips to Consider when Comparing LED Shoplights to Fluorescent Shoplights  I am going to summarize the …

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Preserving Tomatoes as Dehydrated Tomato Powder

There is no comparison between the sad tasteless grocery store tomatoes of winter and the fresh summer tomatoes which are packed with umami, a bit of sweetness and a touch of acid. There is an option however for that fresh tomato taste in winter. Dehydrating mid-summer tomatoes in their peak and then grinding them to …

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Preserving Fresh Herbs as Herbal Infused Salts (includes DIY video)

Summer offers an abundance and variety of fresh herbs that are not readily available in the Winter. There are many ways to preserve fresh herbs for year-round cooking, and making herbal salts is one of the easiest preservation methods. A step-by-step video is included in the recipe card. How to Use Herbal Infused Salts It …

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Preserving Fresh Herbs as Herbal Compound Butters

Dried herbs can’t compete with fresh herbs when it comes to cooking with flavor. If you have a garden, a nearby farmers market, or a good grocery store, preserving fresh herbs as herbal compound butters is my favorite way to ensure fresh flavor year-round. It’s very easy, you can create wonderful blends, and they’ll last …

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Heirloom Tomato Crostata or Galette with Herb Cheese

An heirloom tomato crostata (aka glaette) is a beautiful, savory way to enjoy the waning days of Summer. The crust is an easy biscuit dough, but if you want truly quick and easy, pick up some store-bought pastry dough. Just be sure and use the tastiest, freshest tomatoes available, heirloom tomatoes if possible. Crostata vs …

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