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Rhubarb: An Old-Fashioned Vegetable

Rhubarb: An Old-Fashioned Vegetable

When I think of rhubarb, I always think of my grandmother. Like many gardeners of her time, she grew this large, old-fashioned, perennial vegetable in a sunny corner of the garden. The leaves, which are poisonous, were discarded, but she ...

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Understanding The Power Of Garden Soil

Understanding The Power Of Garden Soil

Vegetable gardening can be highly rewarding; it can also be sorely disappointing. Torrential rains followed by scorching heat cause a host of problems, from blossom end rot to dropping blossoms. Diseases and insect pests ravage the garden, and let’s not ...

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Combining Homeschooling With Special Interests

Combining Homeschooling With Special Interests

A recent study by the Home School Defense Legal Association (HSDLA) found that over 49 percent of homeschooling parents opt to homeschool for religious reasons. Other parents homeschool because the local school wasn’t meeting the educational or social needs of ...

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The Founding Fathers In Your Homeschooling Classroom

The Founding Fathers In Your Homeschooling Classroom

Visit any homeschooling conference and the curriculum options are downright overwhelming. Classical, traditional textbook, unschooling, Montessori—how do you choose? The Principle Approach is an ideal philosophy for those seeking a back-to-basics, Bible-based program steeped in early American history. The approach ...

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Asparagus: The Perennial Garden Favorite

Asparagus: The Perennial Garden Favorite

Asparagus, with its fresh, lemony taste and bright, tightly closed spears, has a reputation as a gourmet vegetable, but in many rural areas, the plant grows as a ditch weed. As a child, I loved hunting for asparagus along the ...

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Long Term Egg Storage Solutions

Long Term Egg Storage Solutions

Editor’s note: This article is for informational purposes only. Please follow all safe food handling processes and proper food preparation methods. You’ve stashed away wheat, sugar, and oil, and you’ve canned more quarts of beans, peaches, tomatoes, and pears than ...

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Easing Menstrual Symptoms Naturally

Easing Menstrual Symptoms Naturally

“That time of the month,” “on your period,” “Auntie Flow,” or “That special time…” Regardless of what you call it, your monthly menstrual cycle is probably your least favorite time of the month. Reactions to the monthly cycle are widely ...

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Elderberries: The Forgotten Survival Fruit

Elderberries: The Forgotten Survival Fruit

Elderberries don’t get much billing in modern gardens, but these attractive plants were common fixtures in early American gardens. In fact, elderberries were so common a century ago that early settlers viewed them as ditch weeds. Several varieties are native ...

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