How To – Starting your Garden indoors from Seeds

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    Starting your garden from seeds is an easy and inexpensive way to get a garden full of vegetables and flowers for not too much work.

    Vegetable and flower seeds are inexpensive and you can get packets in late winter and early spring at local stores or online.

    Starting your garden inside will give you a jump on spring but what do you need to start your garden indoors?

    First you should start by planting those vegetables and …

    How To – Dried Beans As A Long Term Storage Food Source

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      Long Term Food Storage is important for many reasons including emergency food sources and even for saving money but how long can dried beans really be saved?

      Adzuki, Black, Black-eyed, Black Turtle, Garbanzo, Great Northern, Kidney, Lentils, Lima, Mung, Navy, Pink, Pinto, Small Red, Soy, and Split-pea can all be dried and stored.

      A recent study has shown that Dried Beans can be stored for 30 years. This was the length of the study and it …

      How To – Harvesting Lettuce Seeds For Next Years Garden

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        When you plant lettuce in your garden unless you have a huge family or only plant a few seeds you are likely to have a few plants that start to get past their useability stage before you can pick them.

        You shouldn’t look at this as a bad thing because those plants will grow seeds that you can use in next years garden to grow a whole new batch of salads.

        Harvesting lettuce seed is not …

        How To – Don’t Waste Your Garden Weeds Use Them For Mulch

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          Weeds are every gardeners evil foe but did you know that you can use weeds to kill weeds?

          Like any plant material weeds can be used as a mulch material around the base of your plants. Large plants like tomatoes can benefit from mulch as can cucumbers, squash and any plant where the fruit is away from the ground.

          Lets face it after pulling weeds in your garden all day the last thing you want to …

          Millions Of More Homes Turn To Gardening To Lower Their Food Budget

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            A recent survey of Gardening Trends shows that 43 million homes are now using vegetable and fruit gardening as a way to supplement and offset the costs of feeding their families. This number is up from 36 million homes in 2009.

            The National Gardening Association says spending on food gardening including growing vegetables, fruit trees, berries and herbs jumped 20 percent in one year to $3 billion in 2009 and stayed at that level last …

            How To – Summer Fruit Tree Care & Watering Will Improve Your Harvest

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              Fruit Trees require care throughout the year in order to provide a great harvest in the fall or summer months. In addition to pruning back any damaged branches and protecting your trees from pests it is important to promote a healthy root system by watering and feeding during the dry season.

              Most trees can survive a normal drought but when the summer heat is harsh and you haven’t seen rain for a while your fruit …

              How To – When Is The Right Time To Start An Apartment Garden?

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                If you are lucky enough to have some space in your apartment where you can grow a few vegetables or flowers the time to start is in early spring.  Vegetables are normally available in starter packs at your local stores and home centers from March to April and the variety will change as the season progresses.

                Since you are starting a garden in your apartment you will need to plan your space and what containers …

                How To – Rabbit Fencing For Your Vegetable Garden

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                  If you have rabbits in your area and most suburban and rural areas do have them even if you do not see them all the time then you will need to protect your vegetable garden from these hungry furry monsters.

                  The interesting part is protecting your garden doesn’t take a lot of work and as you will see a 2 foot high wire fence is enough to keep everyone happy. Rabbits will not normally eat …

                  How To – Fall Garden Composting Improving Your Soil For Spring

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                    At the end of every growing season vegetable gardeners are faced with a large amount of plant material that needs to be removed. All season these plants have been sucking the nutrients out of your soil to grow the tasty vegetables you have been eating and now they can be recycled to improve not only the nutrients but soil quality for next year.

                    You should begin the collection of your compost throughout the growing season …

                    How To – Drying Herbs

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                      Fresh herbs are great year round but growing healthy herbs during winter months can be difficult if your location does not get enough sun. The easiest way to extend your harvest is to dry your harvested herbs and store them in air tight containers.

                      The simplest method is to hang the herbs in small bunches in a warm dark place until they dry naturally. This could take a few days to a couple weeks …