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Crops

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Grow Great Garlic: Tips from Years of Growing

Photo by Sarah Joplin Any time you have even relative success in the garden, it is cause for celebration. I’ll admit that garlic is pretty easy to grow, but like anything, the added qualifier is: if you know how. We’ve grown garlic for a number of years and learned along the way. In turn, our yield has improved. Last year, my fiancé decided to get serious about growing plump, ...

Sarah Joplin | Jul 14, 2021

Do It Yourself

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Plant Breeding for Gardeners

  Audio Version available below Imagine that it’s harvest time, and you find a tomato that’s a bit larger than the others in your garden. Inspired by this, you decide to try breeding extra-large tomatoes. You begin by collecting the seeds from this large tomato, and the next year, you plant 20 tomato plants from those seeds. At harvest time of that year, you select the ...

Staff | Jul 21, 2021

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Flowers

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Notable Nightshades

When you think of nightshades, you likely think of potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. But tomatillos and ground cherries are part of the same plant group, and they yield delicious, healthy fruit that’s perfect for cooking, baking, and preserving. And did you know that there are many ornamental nightshades? Let’s look at a few interesting nightshades — some edible and ...

Staff | Apr 23, 2021

Fruit

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Bhumi Growers: Cultivating Citrus in a Cool Climate

Farming is about passion. The love of growing things and sharing them with others keeps us farmers going despite the challenges. One of the trials that many small-scale growers face is entry into the market, especially when competing with large, established farms already selling common items. For some farmers, growing a niche crop or a crop that’s not grown locally can put their ...

Staff | Jul 17, 2021

Herbs

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Growing Culinary Herbs

Nothing entices, enthralls, and brings back pleasant memories like the smells that come from a kitchen in full cooking mode. And those mouth-watering aromas owe much of their power to the herbs that grace the recipes. When cooking with herbs, using the freshest product makes all the difference in flavor and aroma. To make sure that you always have a supply of fresh herbs, why not ...

Claire Moore | Jan 22, 2021

Landscaping

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Lawn Mower Safety Tips

Since you’re reading this magazine, you’re most likely up close and personal with at least one type of lawn machine. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 60,000 injuries are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year because of unsafe operation of lawn mowers. Safety should be your first concern whenever operating these powerful ...

Grit Staff | Jul 20, 2021

Orchards

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Planting Your Cider Orchard

Gardening for the Homebrewer(Voyageur Press, 2018), by Wendy Tweten and Debbie Teashon walks through the cultivation, harvesting, and brewing processes necessary for making beer, cider, wine, and much more. As two seasoned gardeners, Tweten and Teashon know the fulfillment of growing food for the table and for the wine cellar. Assembling a brew book as a guide, the two ...

Wendy Tweten and Debbie Teashon | Jul 11, 2018

Pests

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(Don’t) Bite Me

If you’re bitten by a tick, it isn’t just Lyme disease you need to worry about. There are other tick-borne infections you can get from a bite, so it’s important to ensure you minimize the risk of encounters with ticks and the possibility of a bite. Tick Checks Checking for ticks is one habit that I highly recommend everyone adopt, whether you live rurally or in the city. I ...

Staff | Jun 27, 2021

Structures And Outbuildings

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Wash Away Rain Gutter Woes

Rain gutters may not be a topic that gets you out of bed in the morning, but if you live somewhere that receives average or more rainfall, it’s a topic that should grab your attention. Whether you have buildings located in heavily trafficked areas, set lower than their surrounding slope, or located near a septic field, or you’re interested in harvesting rainwater, a ...

Staff | Jul 23, 2021

Vegetables

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Grow Great Garlic: Tips from Years of Growing

Photo by Sarah Joplin Any time you have even relative success in the garden, it is cause for celebration. I’ll admit that garlic is pretty easy to grow, but like anything, the added qualifier is: if you know how. We’ve grown garlic for a number of years and learned along the way. In turn, our yield has improved. Last year, my fiancé decided to get serious about growing plump, ...

Sarah Joplin | Jul 14, 2021

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