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Guide: DIY Garden & Preserving

Ultimate DIY Fermentation FAQ

Ultimate DIY Fermentation FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Fermentation for the DIY enthusiast. Our questions include dill pickles, hot peppers, kimchi, perserved lemons, salsa, sauerkraut, scrap vinegar, tomatoes and watermelon pickle rinds. Q: What is the difference between Pickling and...

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Guide to Growing Tea Herbs

Guide to Growing Tea Herbs

Grow Herbs for Teas at Home with our DIY Guide HERBAL TEA GARDEN GROWING GUIDE       If you are excited about the idea of growing herbs for tea, this article can help you to get started with recommended herbs and how to grow them. Follow the directions below to start...

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How to measure your carbon footprint

How to measure your carbon footprint

Calculating your carbon footprint: The first step in understanding your impact on the planet Practically all of our daily activities affect the environment, from the consumption of natural resources to the disposal of our household waste. By now we all...

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A Foragers Salad

A Foragers Salad

By Contributing Editor Nancy Hulse This past fall, we started a new bed in a shaded area along our driveway. We planted some red-twigged dogwood, ornamental grasses, several types of groundcover and mulched it heavily with compost. But the reality of any newly planted...

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PLAN YOUR GARDEN: DRAW A SHADE MAP

PLAN YOUR GARDEN: DRAW A SHADE MAP

If you're starting to plan a new garden, one of the first things to do is to establish where you'll find the maximum sun throughout the growing season. Especially if you're gardening in a small area, existing trees and structures cast shadows that can have a big...

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Getting started with vermiculture : how to raise worms

Why should you consider composting with Worms? Using worms in your compost will speed up the process to breakdown your compost, create higher quality compostable soil and save you money.   By putting worms into your compost the composting organic material is made...

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Starting a Container Garden

Starting a Container Garden

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Who says it takes forty acres and a mule to grow some of your own food? With a balcony, fire escape, or even a sunny windowsill, home gardening is perfectly accessible to the urban dweller. All you need are seeds, some basic...

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How to get started with seed saving

How to get started with seed saving

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain When frost has fallen on the garden, and your bean vines are hanging like last year's tattered birthday streamers from their supports, it's time to think about seed saving. Gathering matured garden seed at the end of the growing...

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How to make newspaper pots for planting seeds

How to make newspaper pots for planting seeds

By Contributing Editor Nancy Hulse Here’s a satisfying little project that’s quick and easy, and fun to share with kids. The only supplies you’ll need are a bunch of newspaper, a smooth dowel about 6” in diameter to form the pot, and some potting soil. Although you...

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