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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

Extend the Tomato Season: Harvest & Frost Prevention

In many zones the tomato season is all too short. There are some tried and true ways to extend the tomato season however, whether it be protecting them from frost or making the best use of an early harvest. Here are some simple ways to get the most from your tomatoes, especially if you live …

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Indoor Vertical Gardening: a Beginners guide

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. 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. …

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Best Father’s Day Gifts for the Gardener

It’s June again and Father’s Day is right around the corner! If you still haven’t found anything to gift to your Dad this year, fear not. The list below contains 9 great Father’s Day gift choices for gardener Dads that he’s sure to love. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 1. High-quality …

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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 Rojo 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: 11 Favorite 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. 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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