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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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A Heritage to Farm | Part 2 of 3

[Note: start from the beginning of this memoir series here.] 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 earth stretches and […]

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The Benefits of Barefoot Gardening

The reality, however, is that barefoot gardening—just as with gardening with your hands in the dirt—is not only therapeutic, but extremely beneficial to your health. The Benefits of Barefoot Gardening It’s A Natural Thing According to Patrick McKeon, a professor in Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, barefoot activities can greatly improve […]

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