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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

Kid Food for Leftover Turkey: Sopa de Fideo (Mexican Noodle Soup)

Mexico’s version of kid-friendly comfort food is Sopa de Fideo. Like mac and cheese in the US, it is a classic lunchtime dish that many kids in Mexico grow up on. Also like mac and cheese, this easy, creamy soup is a taste that a lot of adults never outgrow. There are, of course, many …

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Overwintering Plants Grown in Pots: Indoors & Outdoors

Summer is tapering off at the time of writing, and although the weather is still nice, us gardeners know that it’s better to start thinking about winter prep sooner rather than later. In cooler zones (USDA 4-5 in my case), that includes overwintering potted plants. How do you do it? Should they be outdoors or …

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Green Tomato Kimchi: End of Season Preserves

When tomato season starts to wane, gardeners find themselves with the desire to salvage the green tomatoes. There is only so many fried green tomatoes you can make however! We used our green tomatoes this year in a fermented kimchi and it was easy and great! A wonderful addition to have in the Winter pantry. …

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Indoor Vertical Gardening: a Beginners guide

We’re all well aware of the benefits of growing your own food: it’s tasty, it’s cheap and it’s fun. But what if you don’t have a big garden to grow your vegetables, fruits and herbs in? No worries if you’re a city dweller or lack space. Indoor gardening isn’t just for houseplants! You can grow …

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Growing Food without the Land: Vertical Gardening

This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Growing your own food isn’t just for people with huge plots of land. If you have a balcony, deck or small city garden, you can grow vegetables, fruits and herbs. Vertical gardening is the way to go, and it doesn’t have …

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Grow a Salsa Container Garden & make Salsa Roja all Summer

Home-grown beats store-bought every time, and that goes for salsa as well! If you’re short on space but would still like to be able to dip your tortilla chips in a homemade salsa made from veggies grown on your own balcony or deck, why not whip up a little salsa container garden? Here’s how to …

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Best Heirloom Tomatoes for Sandwiches: 12 Slicer Varieties

Summer picnics or beach outings often involves packing up hearty sandwiches, and the last thing you want is a tomato that makes your sandwiches soggy when you unwrap your carefully made sandwich. The key to not having soggy sandwiches is to choose the right tomato, one that is meaty instead of juicy. These 11 heirloom …

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Best Time to Plant Tomatoes & Vegetables: (aka Phenology)

Old gardener stories are often based around a science called phenology. “Plant potatoes on Good Friday; prune trees on Presidents Day, and never plant anything during the full moon.” Homilies or science? The Science of Phenology – when to plant Before starting our small farm in Minnesota, I went to a number of classes, seminars …

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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. Jump to: Considerations | Veggies to Buy | Veggies to Grow What …

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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. Jump to: Favorite …

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