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Using Food Scraps In Your Garden

Using Food Scraps In Your Garden

Using food scraps to grow your garden is the sensible thing to do on two different levels: Scraps can be composted (decomposed) into rich soil full of nutrients. Scraps can be used as soil fertilizer, pest repellent, and to give ...

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Making Maple Syrup

Making Maple Syrup

Maple syrup-covered hotcakes on a cold winter morning are hard to beat. If you use your own maple syrup, your hotcakes will taste even better, and you’ll save money on your groceries. Maple syrup isn’t something you actually make; you ...

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Utilizing Microclimates For More Diverse Gardening

Utilizing Microclimates For More Diverse Gardening

To establish a more diverse, efficient garden, many gardeners are turning to microclimates for assistance. Microclimates are small areas, usually from a few feet to a couple miles across, that have different conditions from the surrounding area. These isolated pockets ...

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Growing Your Own Exotic Crops

Growing Your Own Exotic Crops

Exotic tropical plants can be grown for more than just their lush beauty. Some of these plants are edible as well, and even in the middle of winter they can reward a patient gardener with unique spices or sweet fruits ...

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Planning For Spring: Seed Shopping

Planning For Spring: Seed Shopping

You’ve likely got most things taken care of in the garden and most of your garden tools put away for the winter.  If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to begin thinking about what you want to ...

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Do-It-Yourself Mini Greenhouses

Do-It-Yourself Mini Greenhouses

For those of us living in areas not blessed with a long growing season, we have to get creative. While many people do not have the space or resources to build a full-fledged greenhouse to extend their growing seasons, there ...

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Setting Up Espaliered Trees

Setting Up Espaliered Trees

It can be difficult to embody the practices that are important to you in terms of producing your own food if you have a small plot of land or simply face logistical constraints due to pre-existing infrastructure on your land. ...

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