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A hoop house can be a useful addition to any home garden. Hoop houses can be used to allow gardeners to grow year round. Clear hoop house covers allow for winter growing even in cooler climates, while shade houses can allow those in warmer climates to garden more effectively during the warmest part of the […]

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Garlic has been used for centuries throughout many different cultures for many different reasons. Some are proving to be very effective in modern times and of course, many more studies are being done as you read this. Ancient Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians used it in one form or another give their soldiers or athletes strength […]

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Want to use a wood cutting board because it’s more natural than plastic, but you’re afraid that it might not be the safest, most sanitary option? I was! After being a vegetarian for more than five years, bringing meat back into the kitchen was a little nerve-racking. Although you should always sanitize your cutting boards […]

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Ah, nostalgia…sweet sweltering Kansas summers and stinging nettle! I don’t know how but I always found the giant patch of stinging nettle. As we walked down to the creek bed my friends missed it but it always got me. Imagine my surprise when I realized what a wonderful herb it is. I can’t help but […]

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Rosemary, a wonderful tasting herb that is so much more than just a seasoning for meat. It can also help with things like digestion. It also has some healing properties such as being antimicrobial and antispasmodic. In medieval times people would send plants and flowers to each other instead of letters. Each plant held a special […]

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They say every profession has tricks of the trade. Why should gardening be any different? While it’s impossible to rush a plant’s growth, we can do many things that will either optimize conditions, or that will make our job as gardeners easier and less time-consuming. The trouble is, searching for intelligent and sensible gardening hacks […]

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This bright and beautiful flower graces many gardens, but few know how amazing this simply gorgeous flower is. Calendula does not just brighten your garden, it is beneficial for both health and beauty. Growing Calendula The Latin translation of Calendula is “little calendar” as a reference to its long blooming season. Calendula is considered a […]

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At the end of last year, I got a Hori Hori gardening tool. I think this is my new favorite gardening and camping tool. It’s a Japanese knife/shovel hybrid called a Hori Hori. The blade is about 7 in. long and ⅝ in. wide. So it’s much thinner than most shovels. It also has measurements […]

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Have you ever wanted to garden but the odds are stacked against you? Perhaps your soil is rock-hard or pure sand. Perhaps your growing season is very short. Perhaps you live in a dry desert environment. Perhaps burrowing pests such as voles routinely decimate your vegetables. Or perhaps your back or knees are too fragile […]

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Oh, basil! My first culinary herb. This was the first herb that I invited into my kitchen and my cooking. I am not much of a chef so using herbs in a culinary manner doesn’t always come easy to me. But oh man, basil! After using fresh basil from my own garden I will never […]

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