A Few Tips For Easy Weeding

a few tips for easy weeding

Weeding is the bane of every gardener’s life, an unending, unpleasant, onerous, exhausting chore. It can’t be eliminated, not entirely. And it can’t be made effortless. But it can be made much easier and less time-consuming.

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How To Grow Blueberries And Brambles

how to grow blueberries and brambles

When we bought our homestead 11 years ago, we made a five-year plan that included fencing in half an acre, establishing a miniature orchard, digging a quarter-acre garden, and planting raspberries and blueberries. I finally got the berry patches planted about four years ago.

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Intelligent Remodeling Ideas for Your New Garden

intelligent remodeling ideas for your new garden

Each year, Americans spend over $3.5 billion on landscaping and exterior home maintenance. Spending money on beautifying the outside of your home is worth it due to the appeal and value it will add to your residence. One of the best ways to showcase the beauty of nature is by growing a garden. Whether you use your garden for flowers or food, making this area as appealing as possible is important.

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Homestead Uses For Diatomaceous Earth You Should Know

homestead uses for diatomaceous earth you should know

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is one of the most useful products you can have at your homestead, small farm, or even around the house. That might sound like a pretty bold statement, but if you’ve never heard of DE and its wide range of uses, you’ve been missing out.

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How To Establish A Sustainable Food Source On Your Balcony

how to establish a sustainable food source on your balcony

When it comes to survival, everything starts from your mindset and preparedness. Your knowledge makes all the difference in what you can achieve.

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Growing Your Own Survival Garden Like In The Old Days

growing your own survival garden like in the old days

There seems to be a still commonly held belief that, in 1492, the first European explorers discovered two entire continents populated with nothing but primitive Stone Age “hunter/gatherers.” That, in turn, made it only logical that the settlers who followed would displace the Native Americans with their own version of “highest and best use” farms and towns.

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Everything You Need To Know About Mulch

everything you need to know about mulch

Perhaps the reason we don’t see many bare spots in the wilderness is that Mother Nature knows the uncovered ground is bad for business. When we manipulate our environment by growing something (plants, trees, flowers, vegetables), we can improve the ecosystem by covering up the resulting bare spots with mulch.

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Ten Tips For Water Efficiency In The Garden

ten tips for water efficiency in the garden

Plants need water; that is a fact. However, to make the most of this, often limited, resource, it pays to use it economically by understanding plants’ needs and using techniques to help limit water loss from both plants and soil.

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How To Get Started With Permaculture – Second Part

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In the first article related to Permaculture and how to get started with your sustainable, nature-based, and balanced garden, we covered the aspects related to its ideology and methodology.

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Critter Control Tips To Keep Your Garden Safe

critter control tips to keep your garden safe

There’s nothing that will make a gardener teeter on the verge of madness more than marauding wildlife. In the spring, rabbits, groundhogs, and ground squirrels (depending on your part of the country) can destroy a newly planted garden seemingly overnight. And throughout the season, wildlife does its best to harvest before you do.

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Tips For Planting A Survival Orchard

tips for planting a survival orchard

As a homesteader, you’ve probably learned that diversification is a great way to ensure success, but have you considered growing anything other than annual crops that must be replanted each year? Fruit and nut trees are perennials that can provide you with excellent sources of food with little effort past the initial planting.

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A Few Tips To Protect Gardens From The Japanese Beetle

a few tips to protect gardens from the japanese beetle

Growing along my front porch, a Virginia creeper rises up from the ground 10 feet below. It twists around 6×6-inch porch support, and once reaching the railing, branches are trained left and right to provide the south-facing porch deck some protective shade during the summer.

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Growing Healthy Eats With Grow Bags

growing healthy eats with grow bags

Containers can be tricky. They’re invaluable for those who don’t have garden space or whose soil is extremely poor. Even if you have space, there are areas where the soil is so poor or laden with heavy metals from historic mining or industrial use that you wouldn’t want to eat anything grown in it. Containers are the way to go in either situation.

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