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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

Do It Yourself

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How to Redeem Your Time with a Winter Hobby

This is a basket I made after teaching myself a new skill one year. Photo by Jenny Underwood Winter is fast approaching in our neck of the woods, the Midwest. Our average first frost is just around the corner and by the time you read this, I'm sure we'll have had several and possibly even be firing up the woodstove. There are parts of winter I dread, such as the extreme cold some ...

Jenny Underwood

Flowers

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Welcome Window Boxes

They are pretty, add charm to a house, are easy to maintain and are versatile. What’s not to love? I’m talking about window boxes. I have always loved them although I have never had them. They just seem to add so much to a place and give it that “homey” feeling. Personally, I have always thought that they make any home look like a cottage which, in turn, makes me think of ...

Lois Hoffman

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

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

Landscaping

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Design a Diversified Garden

Most farmers and other self-sufficient folks agree that a garden is central to self-reliance. And nowadays, with COVID-19 restrictions and shortages firmly cemented into many of our psyches, even more people are realizing this truth. But, how do you get started? Which vegetables and fruits should you choose? How big should the garden be? Let’s explore these questions as they ...

Staff

Orchards

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Black Walnuts: Fall Treat or Scourge?

Black walnuts ripen in late summer and early fall. Though hard nuts to crack, the both sweet and savory bold flavor is worth the effort. Photo by JamesDeMers on Pixabay Late summer and fall bring a treat — or scourge — to many people’s backyards, depending on your point of view. Black walnuts are one of the most valuable and fully utilized natural forest trees in the United ...

Lois Hoffman

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

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

Vegetables

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