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Trading Eggs for Produce – The Best of Chickens, Bees and Gardens

Trading Eggs for Produce – The Best of Chickens, Bees and Gardens

Living in a vibrant local food producing region is a definite blessing, there is no doubt. Having a lovely small flock of chickens who produce more eggs than we can… Read more »

Vegetable Seeds: Heirloom, Conventional, Organic, and Hybrid – Oh My!

Vegetable Seeds: Heirloom, Conventional, Organic, and Hybrid – Oh My!

Vegetable Seeds – Selection Information & Resources for the Home Gardener Getting to know vegetable seeds production and seed type, first the big four: Conventional Seeds Organic Seeds Hybrid Seeds Heirloom Seeds Conventional and… Read more »

Our DIY Hen House Fibonacci Style

Our DIY Hen House Fibonacci Style

Our vegetable garden provides us with delicious fresh vegetables, but we were looking for more… So we took the big leap and added chickens! Once we made up our mind… Read more »

The Vegetable Families: Who’s Who in the Vegetable Garden

The Vegetable Families: Who’s Who in the Vegetable Garden

Getting to Know the Vegetable Families Makes it Easier to Plan Ahead Planning, planting and growing a vegetable garden does not require that you know everything there is to know… Read more »

Pallet Planter and Tub Garden – Build Your Own Garden Planters

Pallet Planter and Tub Garden – Build Your Own Garden Planters

Garden Planters Here are three simple and inexpensive garden planter designs requiring minimal carpentry skills. Each of these designs can be built using recycled or easily located second-hand materials. Pallet Planter… Read more »

Last Frost Date & USDA Planting Zones: Calculating Your Growing Season

Last Frost Date & USDA Planting Zones: Calculating Your Growing Season

What is the Last Frost Date for my Planting Zone? Caution: Using your planting zone to determine your last frost date is a very inaccurate way of figuring out when… Read more »

Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom is generally defined as seed which pre-dates the bio-tech industry and is not hybrid seed. Rather it is seed which has been grown and used and selected for existing… Read more »

Hybrid Seeds

Hybrid Seeds

Hybrid seeds are seeds which have been specifically propagated, or ‘bred’ to achieve desirable traits in the next generation of plants. Hybrid seeds are the result of plant breeding which… Read more »

Organic Seeds

Organic Seeds

Organic is a strict classification of seed production which requires the seeds to have been produced in a certified organic environment, according to organic certification protocols. The European designation for… Read more »

Conventional Seeds

Conventional Seeds

Conventional, in the context of garden seed really means ‘unspecified’ or, not disclosed as to what chemicals, processes or growing methods were used in the production of the seed. There… Read more »

Black Soldier Fly Larvae – The Big Protein Surprise Hiding in the Compost

Black Soldier Fly Larvae – The Big Protein Surprise Hiding in the Compost

Ever since we got our chickens and ducks, we’ve been interested in starting a black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) harvesting program.  We’ve looked at DIY projects, the BioPod and done… Read more »

Fish in the Garden – Improving Soil Fertility

Fish in the Garden – Improving Soil Fertility

As a serious student of soil fertility and vitality and an all-things-organic gardener, I have had an ongoing love affair with everything ‘ocean’ in the garden. The cold-pressed fish, seaweed… Read more »

Mulch – It Does a Garden Good

Mulch – It Does a Garden Good

One of the common differences between long time expert gardeners and those just taking up gardening is the use of mulch. The gardeners who have experience and success over the… Read more »

Double Duty for Bulb Planters: Transplanting Vegetable Seedlings

Double Duty for Bulb Planters: Transplanting Vegetable Seedlings

Transplanting seedlings into the garden can be a long and arduous task if you have a larger garden. Whether you’re planting out peat pots or taking seedlings out of six… Read more »

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