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My Favorite Garden Tips

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 to the table (pun intended!). It is fun in every way to me – gardening draws me outside and into the warm sunshine and fresh air each […]

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Paper Gardening: How To Grow A Successful Garden Now

by Patrice Lewis, Lehman’s Hardware 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 catalogs is no accident. Amidst the snow and wind, these beautiful, […]

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A Heritage to Farm | Part 2 of 3

[Note: start from the beginning of this memoir series here.] By Tom Reese III A woodpile sits just outside the back door, firewood soon to be rendered useless because Spring is on the horizon: birds are singing their songs, the creek is running pretty well after a few showers, and thunderstorms are on the forecast. The […]

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Herbs and Honey Bees

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 friends are helping us along the way. Bees are essential to any homestead. In fact, they are like tiny herbalists that create natural concoctions that […]

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How To Start a Medicinal Herb Garden

When you begin your homesteading journey, you typically start because you want to become more self-sufficient. It often looks like getting a few chickens, maybe some goats. You then venture into dairy cows, beef herds, turkeys, large garden plots, canning and preserving, and other expeditious skill sets. But the one thing I most often find […]

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Composting: From Start to Finish

  You may already know that 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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The Benefits of Barefoot Gardening

My son is a barefoot child—wild and free. He most likely inherited it from me, his mother. When that springtime weather hits, I’m in the garden barefoot. Of course, I’mt not walking all over gravel and through the woods like he is, but I absolutely love gardening barefoot. There’s just something extraordinarily human about it—feeling […]

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