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The Basics Of Beneficial Weeds

The Basics Of Beneficial Weeds

Weeds are often the bane of the organic gardener’s life. Even the most committed organic gardener can confess to being tempted to purchase a bottle of the chemical weed killer in order to get rid of the invasive creeping Charlie ...

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Growing Spring Bulbs

Growing Spring Bulbs

Nothing heralds the arrival of spring earlier than flowering spring bulbs. These perennial flowers bring beauty, fragrance, and color wherever they’re planted. With proper planning and minimal care, these perennials are sure to come back every year with bursts of ...

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Frogs and Toads in the Garden

Frogs and Toads in the Garden

True frogs and their dry-land relatives, toads, are semi-aquatic amphibians that are found on every continent except Antarctica. Toads are in fact a type of frog and are generally distinguished by their dry, bumpy skin, smaller hind-legs, stout bodies, and ...

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What You Need To Know About Root Vegetables

What You Need To Know About Root Vegetables

“Root vegetable” is a loose term that describes crops with edible root systems. These include crops like potatoes, garlic, turnips, and carrots, as well as more uncommon foods like parsnips, celeriac, and daikon. Root vegetables are important crops in the ...

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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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