Starting Seeds Indoors

Seedlings are fun to grow!
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Gardening from seed has several benefits. There are more varieties available to you, you know what’s going into your food and flowers because you are growing them, and you’ll save money by purchasing seeds rather than plants. But I caution you, it can get addictive! Starting seeds is simple and very rewarding. It is easy […]

Vegetable Planting Schedule, Hardiness Zone Look-up, & Germination Temperature Chart

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Vegetable Planting Schedule & Hardiness Zone Look-up: If there’s one thing that every gardener learns, — timing is everything.  The path to a healthy harvest always starts with basic foresight and planning.  The Vegetable & Herb Timing tables below provide the basics for scheduling your conventional and vertical Garden Tower plantings.  And don’t forget to check out […]

Food Freedom Experiment! Does the Garden Tower® 2 Really Work?

Garden towers maximize space
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With seeds of hope and dreams of food abundance, my wife, Andrea, and I purchased a 4.5 acre homestead in south-central Indiana this Spring. For fun, we’ve gardened together a few times before, at the apartments we’ve lived in and at our city-house where we were the neighborhood weirdos, killing our grass to build garden […]

Vermicomposting Essentials

Red composting worms
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Getting Started With Composting Worms Whether you live in an apartment in the city or a farm in the country, we can all make an effort to compost our organic waste. Composting in our urban and suburban areas is becoming more common, with local government councils getting on board with organic waste collection. Small-scale worm […]

How to Successfully Raise Mason and Leafcutter Bees (Crown Bees part 2)

Garden Tower Bee Cabin Leafcutter
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Crown Bees Guest Blog, Part 2 This is the second of three guest blogs by our pollinator-supporting friends over at Crown Bees of Woodinville, Washington. Mason and leafcutter bees are solitary hole-nesting bees. They carry pollen loose and dry on their hairy bellies, which makes them effective pollinators. Both types of bees are easy to […]

Introducing Native Hole-Nesting Bees to Your Garden (Crown Bees part 1)

Blue orchard mason bee
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How to Support Your Garden and Bee Community Without the Effort of Raising Honeybees This is the first of three useful guest posts by our pollinator-supporting friends over at Crown Bees of Woodinville, Washington. Planting a food garden is a labor of love. Gardeners put a lot of time and effort into the work of […]

Pathways to Food Security

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Earth Connections Garden Centre is about twenty minutes west of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada, on forty acres of land mostly made up of natural prairie grasses. Although beautiful to look at, the land is mostly sand (89%), which makes growing vegetables a challenge. When our community was looking for a way to grow healthy food, […]

The Protein Salad Diet

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Part of my job as a fitness trainer is to help people lose weight. Most people are good at exercising, but when it comes to dieting many people fall short. In order to lose weight, you need the right combination of exercise and proper nutrition. One type of diet I recommend is the Protein Salad […]

Eat Your Weeds

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Spring is here in Indiana (Planting Zones 5 & 6), and our lawns are turning to green again. We are getting excited for gardening season, which brings the inevitable return of weeds to our lawns, containers, and gardens. Did you know that some of these so-called weeds can actually provide nutrition and other health benefits? […]

How To Plan A Garden Part 2: To Sow or Not to Sow?

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I am often asked if it is better to start seeds indoors and transplant them later or to sow seeds outdoors directly into the garden. And what about just skipping seed starting all together and purchasing transplants from a local farmer or garden center? Which is better? Where should I start? Indeed! The uncertainties of […]