12 Gardening Hacks for New Gardeners

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With spring coming up in just a few weeks, it’s a great time to begin planning your garden. If you’re new to gardening, you’ll be glad to hear that there are many tips that can help make the process cheaper, easier, and more efficient. The great thing about the hacks in this article is that […]

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8 Simple Tips To Grow Your Best Tomato Crop Ever. Period!

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If you are like most avid vegetable gardeners, you are always searching for new ways to grow your best tomato crop ever. And with good reason! Ripe, juicy, tomatoes are amazing to eat, especially fresh from the vine. But a great

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5 Simple Yet Essential Garden Tools That Every Gardener Should Have!

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The best part of gardening is that it doesn’t take a lot of expensive equipment to have a great looking space. With that said, there are a few inexpensive tools that can really lighten the load when it comes to

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Managing Garden Expectations

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The Suburban Micro-Farm by Amy Stross I have created many gardens over the last 25 years. Big yard and small – I’ve done them all. We moved from Oregon to Texas and purchased our home just over a year ago.  I went right to work on my new garden, hiring a tractor to get the […]

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4 Season End Garden Tasks You Shouldn’t Skip

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It will be easy to just turn your back on the garden until spring. It can wait, you think, the season is over and you’ve worked hard. You’re done growing and have moved on to preparing for the holidays. But skipping these season end garden tasks will be a big mistake. If you will take […]

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7 Gardening Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Harvest

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Lots of people are planting their fall gardens right now, so it seems like a good time to talk about gardening mistakes–the kind that could ruin your harvest and make all that digging and planting feel like a total waste of time. Of course, a failed garden isn’t the end of the world–you can just […]

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The One Must-Do Fall Chore For Your Garden – Plant A Cover Crop!

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Without a shred of doubt, I can tell you that THE single most important key to our garden’s success each year is the planting of our fall cover crops. With one simple, quick, and inexpensive task – we help to recharge,

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5 Natural Garden Sprays For Combating Insects, Pests and Animals

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When you rely on your garden to provide a large portion of your family’s food – you want to make sure that the food coming out is as healthy and pure as possible. For us, that means using ZERO pesticides and

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The Secret To A Great Garden – Raised Row Gardening!

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As we head into our 6th growing season at the farm – I can’t imagine life without raised row gardening. For us – it has made all the difference in successfully growing the majority of our family’s food without spending all of

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7 Nifty Garden Tricks To Try This Year!

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It’s almost time for the garden to go in – and if you are anything like Mary and I – you’re more than ready to put winter behind and get those plants in the ground! It seems like each and

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13 Quick and Hardy Plants for Your Spring Garden

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Whether it is fall, early winter, or late winter, the best time to plan your spring garden is now. There are few better ways to bust the winter blues than thinking of what you can plant for awesome fresh food in the spring. Spring gardens, depending on your […]

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9 Methods for Hiding Your Survival Garden

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In a long-term disaster, your food storage will only last so long. Eventually you’re going to run out. But even if you don’t, you’ll be eating food that isn’t very nutritious. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a survival garden. It will give you more food […]

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101 Gardening Secrets The Experts Never Tell You

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Gardening seems simple enough. Plant seeds in the ground and water them, right? But if you’ve ever had a garden, you know better. Weeds constantly try to take over, plants don’t yield as much as you expect, blight wipes out one of your plants entirely, or all of […]

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The 2015 Garden Experiments – What Worked, And What Didn’t!

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We have had quite a few emails over the last month inquiring about our 2015 garden experiments.  Many wanted to know how the red plastic mulch in the tomato rows worked out – while others were curious about the method of growing all of our potatoes in crates. So we thought for today’s Sunday Farm Update – we would take a little time to go over the results and share some of the winners – and losers of the 2015 garden experiments. We have a lot of fun trying out new things each year in the garden, and just like in life – some work out perfectly – while others you simply chalk up to a lesson well-learned!  But as the old saying goes, when you stop trying – you stop learning – and where is the fun in that?! So with that said – here is a look at our 2015 experiments: What Worked: The Potato Crates After successfully experimenting last year with growing some of our potato crop in home-made wooden crates – we went “all-in” this year, planting our entire crop with the crate method. We planted them in a loose mixture of straw, compost and dirt – filling up the crate […]