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How to use 80% less water for your garden

When I was a kid, my grandfather had a garden that he tended regularly.  I remember between he and my mom, they always seemed to be watering that garden – and in the hot summer sun the soil was always…

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Weeds can tell the condition of your garden.

It seems no matter how much attention you put into your garden, the four letter word always comes up…WEED. However, weeds can be beneficial if given a chance and a little know how.   Different weeds can be used as…

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Managing Insects with Insects

Most gardens may harbor the same insects year after year. Some of these insects common to our region are aphids, cutworms, cucumber beetles, squash bugs, tomato horn worms, potato beetle and Japanese beetles. These insects can be controlled by learning…

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How to Reduce Weeding & Watering.

How to Reduce Weeding & Watering. When observing how organic mulches work, we only need to see how nature works.  Nature provides dead leaves, plants and twigs to the ground where they break down, decompose and create a natural ground…

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How mulching improves soil

If you’re trying to find ways to avoid hours of watering and weeding, mulching would be a good option. Mulch can be anything that restricts moisture loss from the soil improving nutrients and plant growth. Organic mulches such as grass…

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Nitrogen Fixing – and Sugar Snap Peas!

During the second week of April and observing the last quarter of the lunar cycle, we planted some sugar snap peas.  Peas are a member of the legume family, including beans, clover, vetch and alfalfa for example.  These peas are…

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So easy a child can build it!

How hard is it to build a Keyhole Garden?

How hard is it to build a Keyhole Garden? So easy – a child could do it. (Seriously!) Here’s a couple of really cute photos of Lynne Hanrahan’s grand-daughter who was a huge help in putting together Lynne’s new African…

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What do plants want? (NPK)

So what do plants really want?  What components are the lifeblood of a healthy plant lifestyle and encourage them to produce strong abundant produce? There are 3 major macro-nutrients that are required for healthy plants:  Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium.. Nitrogen (N)…

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Composting – What method is the best for you?

Choosing the right method of composting depends on each individual and as you can imagine, there are pros and cons to each. Aerobic Method (Requires air)  If you are an active gardener who produces a large amount of yard waste…

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Soil Science!

How to make succulent soil! Soil is made up of three major components: Sand Clay Silt These components make up about 45% of the soil volume. Water and air makes up 50% and organic matter the final 5%. Organic matter…

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What is Keyhole Gardening?

Keyhole gardening is an ingenious gardening technique that was discovered and practiced by Africans.  Many areas in Africa have poor soil conditions as well as very little rainfall.  Every natural resource is a precious and utilized. They have found a…

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How to make broccoli sprouts.

8 Steps to Making your own Broccoli Sprouts Place 2 Tbsp of seed in a 1 Litre mason jar. Take the lid disc out of the lid and replace it with a round metal screen the same size Fill the…

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