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Farm and Garden

Plants and produce from rural America

Planting Sprouted Seeds

By Nebraska Dave

Find out how to sprout your very own seeds easily and quickly, just in time for the summer planting season.

No Space, No Problem

By Lois Hoffman

If gardening is in your soul, even a small space will do.

Be a Frugal Farmer

Story and photos by Jonathan Olivier

Use the refuse on your property and in your community to stretch the funds for your farm and create healthy soil, plants, and animals.

Identify Wild Edible Elderberries

Story by John Moody

Before foraging, learn how to correctly identify American, European, blue, and red elder plants to avoid their toxic look-alikes.


Grow, Baby, Grow

By Keba M Hitzeman

Gardens can be hard work! Once the plants are in the ground, the hard work of keeping them healthy and growing begins.

My 2020 Garden Mantras: Better Late Than Never And A Little Bit Is Better Than Nothing

By Cheryl in Texas

Reintroducing Cheryl at Pasture Deficit Disorder and discussing this year's garden that almost wasn't.

Does Your Soil Need a Doctor?

By Lois Hoffman

What kind of soil you have and how rich it is in nutrients makes a lot of difference in how your garden produces.

How to Trench Compost in a Raised Bed

By Nebraska Dave

Check out this easier way of composting that you can do even in a raised bed!

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