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Spring weather and extra time at home may have you thinking about putting in or tending to a garden. It’s something past generations always did in times of turmoil. Home gardens provide extra fruits, veggies and herbs when store shelves may be bare. During both World Wars, the U.S. government encouraged Americans to grow their own food to relieve shortages. Gardening...

There is an ever-growing body of scientific evidence that gardens and gardening are good for our physical, mental and social wellbeing. Having something to nurture brings a sense of unpressured purpose to our lives. And if you choose the right plants and design, you can enhance the wellbeing your garden provides. A considered, layered approach to planting can block...

I don’t know if fertilizer is flying off the shelves yet, but I am guessing a few more people might be interested in gardening this year … you know … stocking up! Growing your own produce is fun and eating it fresh from the garden is rewarding. Growing organically remains popular — so much so that each generation seems to think they invented it! Regardless...

A nine-year-old builds houses from scratch and they aren’t the kind for dolls.  When Hailey Fort was just five-years-old, it broke her heart to see a homeless man on the street. After asking her parents how she could help him, she’s been assisting the homeless by providing food and housing ever since. Hailey of King Fort, Washington is building a mobile...

Historically, farms and forests have been at odds. Conventional wisdom says we have to cut down the forest to make way for agriculture. But a growing movement called agro-forestry “capitalizes” on the free services forests provide farmers and gardeners. Not only do trees protect more delicate edible plants from the elements and extreme weather, they provide nutrients,...

In recent years, there has been a growing disconnect between children and their food. Most kids have never set foot on a farm or in an orchard, only ever seeing food go from the grocery store to their house to their plate. Thousands of children have never before witnessed the food they eat actually growing in the ground. What better way to introduce this concept,...

Old farmers would say of a farmer they admired: “He knows his onions.” Old farmers are few and far between these days, as is any urban gardener who knows his/her/their onions. In addition to the basic knowledge needed, producing globe onions (also called bulb onions) in our gardens is complicated by our many microclimates. But with a little planning, we can harvest...

Forests don’t have to be far-flung nature reserves, isolated from human life. Instead, we can grow them right where we are — even in cities. Eco-entrepreneur and TED Fellow Shubhendu Sharma grows ultra-dense, biodiverse mini-forests of native species in urban areas by engineering soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart natural growth processes. Follow...

  CLICK HERE TO ORDER LIVE WORMS ONLINE Are Worms Good For Your Garden?  YES! Worms can be very beneficial to your garden. Nutrient-dense, rich garden soil is crucial to a successful vegetable garden. Healthy soil may include plenty of underground animal & plant activity, such as earthworms and fungi. Worms effortlessly increase the quality of your soil...

Paris, France – Parisian mushrooms are reclaiming their space in the dark spaces under the City of Light. “When cars arrived in Paris in the 1930s they pushed out “champignons de Paris” (known in English as button mushrooms),” explains Jean-Noel Gertz, CEO of Cycloponics, the start-up that has transformed an abandoned car park into...

Limited space is no reason to keep you from having the garden of your dreams. From vertical gardens to mason jar and container gardens, with a little creativity you can utilize your space to effectively grow plants, no matter the limitations, said Kevin Espiritu, founder of Epic Gardening and author of the new book, “Field Guide to Urban Gardening: How to Grow...

Next time you carve a Jack-O-Lantern or cook a pumpkin for pie filling, save those seeds! Roasted pumpkin seeds are nutritious and delicious, great as a salad topping, and best of all, they’re easy to make. Pumpkin Seed Nutrition Pumpkin seeds are a good source of healthful oils, magnesium, and other nutrients that enhance heart health, bones, and other functions....

A group of young Peruvians has launched a project called ‘Bio Plant’, which creates disposable plates and bowls made entirely from banana leaves. With the financial sponsoring from the Innóvate Peru Program (through the Bio Challenge contest which backs the development of innovative solutions focused on sustainability), they were able to design and manufacture...

Setting up a garden in a cold climate zone is not that easy. Plants need sunlight and warmth in order to grow, so living in a cold area means you need to make an effort to have a healthy garden. Or you can just follow in the footsteps of this Yukon inventor, who created an off-the-grid greenhouse named Agridome. With the help of this invention, you can grow fresh...

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How many of you even think to reuse a Halloween pumpkin? Reusing my Halloween pumpkins is something I’ve been doing for many years. I guess I get it from my parents as I always remember the sad, droopy jack-o-lanterns getting a second life. Most of the time we fed them to our horses or wildlife, but occasionally, we made pies. And we ALWAYS saved the seeds to roast....

Nothing is more unfestive than a sagging, rotting Jack-O-Lantern on your front porch. To be sure your Trick-or-Treaters enjoy your pumpkin artwork through Halloween, we’ve put together some of the best tips to help prolong Jack’s life just a bit longer. First, try not to carve too early. The pumpkin is a fruit, and once it has been carved, it’s exposed to...

GREENFIELD — Winter is coming and as the frost begins to linger, bees and butterflies are searching for somewhere to survive the freezing months. On Wednesday, gardener, photographer and pollinator advocate Larri Cochran will give a talk entitled “Fall Gardening for Pollinators: Helping Bees and Butterflies Survive Winter,” during which attendees will learn...

You may have heard some terms thrown around describing certain garlic varieties but what do they mean? Below we’ll give you a brief description of what Hardneck and Softneck really mean in the garlic world. Hardneck Garlic: Hardneck garlic has fewer cloves per bud than the softneck varieties. They will produce a flower stalk, or scape, that will need to be...

If you’re like many people you might think of fall as the end of the gardening and landscaping season: time to rake the leaves and clear out the veggie beds. That’s definitely part of it, but there’s a lot more to fall gardening than that. It’s a good time to plant bulbs of course. It’s also a good time for planting trees and shrubs, and it may be the right...

“Back to Eden shares the story of Paul Gautschi and his lifelong journey walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive organic gardening methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The food growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of...