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Farm And Garden

Crops

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Discover Uncommon Berries: Saskatoon, Honeyberry, Gooseberry and Currant

Saskatoons grow as a bush, and they're pretty tolerant of conditions. Photo by Holly  Stockley Summer means berry season, and U-pick farms abound offering strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. But there are some new kids on the block offering new flavors and extending the season by ripening before even strawberries. And there are also some old-fashioned berries that are ...

Staff | Aug 23, 2021

Do It Yourself

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DIY Chigger Bite Relief

I hate chiggers. These miniscule mites turn impromptu summer hikes and fishing jaunts into adventures in dermatological disaster. The little pests just LOVE me. The other day I noticed the fish hitting the surface of our pond. Looked like an ideal time to toss a fishing line in to catch some supper! I got my pole out of the garage and trotted to the pond. Well, the fish weren’t ...

Staff | Aug 26, 2021

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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Creating Microclimates With Windbreaks

  Creating a Microclimate You cannot change the weather, but you can modify its effects by creating microclimates. A beneficial microclimate is an area that is protected from the worst effects of wind, weather, and temperature. It often tends to stay frost-free when surrounding areas are not, or it may offer protection from a hot sun in July. Examine your farmland to ...

Ron Macher | Jul 28, 2021

Orchards

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Discover Uncommon Berries: Saskatoon, Honeyberry, Gooseberry and Currant

Saskatoons grow as a bush, and they're pretty tolerant of conditions. Photo by Holly  Stockley Summer means berry season, and U-pick farms abound offering strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. But there are some new kids on the block offering new flavors and extending the season by ripening before even strawberries. And there are also some old-fashioned berries that are ...

Staff | Aug 23, 2021

Pests

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Battling Root-Knot Nematodes in the Summer Garden

Photo by Lori L. Stalteri on Flickr In the Sacramento region of California, where I live, my spring and summer garden started out growing at a remarkable rate. I planted the second week in April and started getting zucchini by the end of May. Not that everyone is thrilled with an over-production of zucchini, but my friends love my zucchini-pineapple bread and that’s a good enough ...

Karen Newcomb | Sep 23, 2021

Structures And Outbuildings

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Greenhouse Alternatives for Crop Protection

Jerome Osentowski, director and founder of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, shows how to design and build successful greenhouse projects in The Forest Garden Greenhouse (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015). Learn how to use passive and active solar heating strategies to create tropical or Mediterranean climates even at high altitude or in cold climates. The following ...

Jerome Osentowski | Aug 30, 2021

Vegetables

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Battling Root-Knot Nematodes in the Summer Garden

Photo by Lori L. Stalteri on Flickr In the Sacramento region of California, where I live, my spring and summer garden started out growing at a remarkable rate. I planted the second week in April and started getting zucchini by the end of May. Not that everyone is thrilled with an over-production of zucchini, but my friends love my zucchini-pineapple bread and that’s a good enough ...

Karen Newcomb | Sep 23, 2021

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