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Growing Your Own Popcorn

Growing Your Own Popcorn

Popcorn has more than 100 strains that vary in flavor, tenderness, presence, color, shape, and hulls. Regardless of the color of the kernel, once popped, all corn is white – don’t let commercial cheese or colorings fool you. There are two strains of corn most often chosen for popping—mushroom and snowflake. Mushroom pops small and round and is preferred by companies that make caramel corn. Snowflake pops up large and fluffy. It is served at the movies and sold for home use.

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Growing Beautiful Melons

Growing Beautiful Melons

Melons have been enjoyed for more than 4,000 years. They originated in the hot valleys of southwest Asia, specifically in India and Iran. Early American settlers grew honeydew and casaba melons from seed brought with them from home as early as the 1600s. The first mention of melons in recorded history was found in John Ayto’s Dictionary of Word Origins in 1395. It suggests that the word was derived from the word Melos (the Greek Cyclades Islands, best known for...

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Saving Seed For Future Harvests

Saving Seed For Future Harvests

Maybe you are too young to remember, but there was once a time when packaged seed was rare. In those days, next year’s harvest depended on successfully harvesting seed from this year’s vegetables. Saving seed may not be as necessary ...

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Organic Weed Control

Organic Weed Control

There are many reasons for killing weeds organically besides just environmental concerns—asthma, allergies, children, and pets. Whatever your reason, chemical-free weed control is possible. We can provide you with several options for combating the weeds in your yard and garden. ...

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The Kitchen Herb Garden

The Kitchen Herb Garden

Start building your herb beds with whatever bed style that you like best. Clear the bed of any weeds and debris that may have accumulated over the winter. With your hand cultivator – claw – loosen the soil down six ...

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Making A ‘No Dig’ Garden

Making A ‘No Dig’ Garden

“No dig” gardening is an easy way to organically grow your own fresh veggies, no matter where you build your bed. This type of garden plot can be built almost anywhere in a few hours and will require little to ...

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Gardening and Your Zone

Gardening and Your Zone

USDA Zones Planting zones have very little to do with gardening; they were designed to measure average winter temperatures throughout North America and which plants survive when planted in those zones. The official name for these zones is the USDA ...

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