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3 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Homestead Garden

Growing herbs is a simple way to improve homestead sustainability for both beginner and seasoned growers. This is because most herbs are simple to grow, harvest, and preserve. They are also multi-purpose plants with culinary, aromatic, and medicinal benefits. If you are looking for a low-maintenance garden addition, consider one of these easy-to-grow herbs.  3 […]

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Cultivating Green Thumbs: The Importance of Involving Kids in the Garden

Our society is dominated by screens, sounds, and digital distractions. Each year, it becomes increasingly more important to connect children directly with their food source and instill in them a love of nature. One effective way to do this is by involving kids in the vegetable garden.  Not only does gardening provide a hands-on learning […]

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Seed Starting & Transplanting | Paul Hutcheson of Windmill Heights Garden Center

It is the time of year when gardeners begin to get the itch to start seeds.  Depending on your zone, you may have already begun the process of sprouting seeds for your future garden.  Whether you are already watching tiny sprouts emerge or you have many weeks left to wait, you will love this conversation with Paul Hutcheson, owner of Windmill Heights Garden Center.  He breaks down how to achieve the perfect timing in starting seeds and transplanting, how to pursue ideal conditions, plus some incredible advice for new gardeners.  Join us for this rich conversation as we look forward to spring and summer gardening.

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How to Start Seeds for the Homestead Garden

Do you know how to start seeds for your garden? Seed starting doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow this how-to guide to get started! Is it really necessary to start seeds indoors? Well, no… you can grow food without starting seeds, BUT  if you are looking to grow an efficient, sustainable, and highly productive garden, […]

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8 Benefits of Mulch in the Garden

Many gardeners believe that mulch is reserved for flower beds surrounding the home to increase curb appeal or for someone using the Back to Eden gardening method. In reality, mulch can be an incredible asset to any garden. Let’s talk about what mulch is and the benefits of mulch in the garden.  Uses and Benefits of […]

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Backyard Compost: From Start to Finish

You may already know that backyard compost is the most valuable addition to any garden. You may also know that compost changes soil structure in the very best ways, converting your average garden soil into one that’s friable and fertile. Finished compost adds nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, making soil nutritionally rich. It acts as a […]

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Growing Herbs for Bees

Herbs are very beneficial for honey bees in the homestead apiary! Learn which flowering and medicinal herbs for bees you should grow in your garden. The buzzing of pollinators in a garden—it’s a sound every gardener loves to hear in the spring. It means healthy plants and vegetables will soon arrive, and our little bee […]

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My Favorite Garden Tips

I have had so many great people teaching me about gardening, I picked up many helpful and fun gardening tips for a healthy & fruitful garden. by Allison Ervin Gardening is one of my all-time favorite summertime activities. I love planting seedlings, watching them grow, taking care of them, and eventually, harvesting the wonderful things they bring […]

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Winter Garden Planning: The Secret to Success

Winter Garden Planning: The Secret to Garden Success

“The most efficient and effective way to guarantee summer success is through planning your garden during the winter.” January and February, traditionally the coldest, bleakest months of the year, have one highlight… something like the gardener’s version of the swallows returning to Capistrano: The arrival of seed catalogs in the mail. The timing of these […]

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