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Five Things To Do To Your Tomatoes RIGHT NOW

Use these five tips NOW for healthy tomato plants. Combat disease, prevent pests and catch problems before they take hold. Stop adding nitrogen fertilizers. Excess nitrogen encourages leaf growth at t... »

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Gardening WORD SEARCH Puzzle Downloads

Word search puzzles relax and challenge the mind. Download this fun new word search and try to find: amendment, borage, chard, compost, germinate, herbs, kelp, mint, orach, perlite, pollinate, potato,... »

recipe homemade deodorant

HOW TO Make Homemade Deodorant Chemical FREE and All Natural

Homemade, chemical-free deodorant is becoming more popular as we discover how synthetic ingredients in commercial brands interact with the human body. Plenty of studies have been initiated to detect a... »

Natural Cleaners Safe Kids

10 Natural Cleaner Recipes

Go no further than your refrigerator and your pantry to make your own natural, non-toxic cleaners. Avoid harmful chemicals in store-bought cleaners! They have been found to damage lungs, skin and othe... »

Sow Seed Early OUTSIDE

HOW TO Start Seeds EARLY OUTSIDE – Seed Starting Tips and Tricks

Too busy to start seeds indoors? Don’t have a sunny south facing window or enough artificial lighting to properly grow seedlings inside? Or maybe it’s already too late…Don’t gi... »

Homemade Healthy Dog Treats

Homemade Doggie Banana Cupcake Treats

These are the most delicious, homemade dog treats that your dog will ever taste! They are sugar-free, grain-free, and contain no artificial sweeteners whatsoever. Many of the items in these nutritious... »

Organic Gardening Tips, Get rid of aphids, Squash Bug, How to Kill Snails

Organic Pest Control Secrets

Synthetic insecticides, natural oils and homemade sprays can be toxic to your garden! Chemical and natural pest control applications upset the natural balance of “good” and “bad”. Before you crush up ... »

How to Quit Chewing Tobacco

Fake Chewing Tobacco Recipes – Healthy DIY DIP made from Herbs

Someone near and dear to me started chewing tobacco. He used it to stay awake while driving vehicles across the country, two trips in one month! To help my loved one, I concocted a fake snuff using pl... »

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How to Use Wood Ashes in the Garden

If you have spare ashes lying around from a backyard fire pit, recycle some of it into your soil! Two hundred years ago, ash was processed for use as a potash fertilizer source. Eventually, the produc... »

homemade seed starting soil

Homemade Seed Starting Mix and Simple DIY Potting Soil Recipe

You can make your own seed starting mix and potting soil at home with the same recipe! You’ll need: One regular sized brick of coconut coir. This will make approximately 2 gallons (8 quarts) of ... »

Fast Greenhouse Cheap

Build an Inexpensive Greenhouse in One Day

Would you love to have a traditional greenhouse but your budget and schedule prevent you from making it a reality? Are you confused by the all the choices and packaged kits on the market? What if I to... »

Best Companions for Tomatoes

5 Companion Planting Mistakes Tomato Growers Make

Are you unknowingly ruining your chances of a successful tomato crop? Want to avoid the biggest mistakes when placing tomatoes near other plants in the garden? There are several plants that may stunt ... »

Helicopter parenting at school

Helicopter Gardening

It was a balmy spring morning in a Southern California coastal community and tiny streams of leftover rainwater make their way around weed bumps in a suburban school garden. The fog is lifting and the... »

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Five Ways to Keep Pests Away in the Vegetable Garden

Organic Pest Control Tips for Chemical-Free Gardening If every growing season you struggle with garden pests that damage and even ruin your harvest, there are several critical steps you should take to... »

Raised Bed Plans and Instructions FREE DOWNLOAD

Raised Bed Plans and Instructions FREE DOWNLOAD

Download this simple 2-page guide to make your own raised beds fast. Raised Bed Plans Click on the link above to open the file and print. »

Coffee Grounds Fertilizer for Plants – Good Source of Nitrogen? Does it Acidify the Soil?

Coffee Grounds Fertilizer for Plants – Good Source of Nitrogen? Does it Acidify the Soil?

Let’s talk coffee grounds as a natural fertilizer for vegetables and other plants. A study from Linda Chalker-Scott entitled “Coffee Grounds-Will They Perk Up Plants?” shows some evidence that g... »

white pumpkins types and uses

11 Fun Pumpkins and Winter Squash and How to Use Them

My oldest and I are on the lookout for the most interesting pumpkins and winter squash. Check these out at your local farm stand and use our tips to help you choose the best ones for carving, cooking ... »

How To Make Pumpkin Crisps, Fries, Roasted Seeds and S’mores!

How To Make Pumpkin Crisps, Fries, Roasted Seeds and S’mores!

This season I’ll be experimenting with candied pumpkin rind! I’ll post my results soon. Also see my other post that shows you pictures and tips for 11 Fun Pumpkins and Winter Squash. Learn... »

Uses for straw and using straw for mulch in the garden

Difference Between Straw and Hay with Cartoons

Until recently, I thought hay and straw were the same thing. Hayrides, barn floors, over-stuffed scarecrows and cows munching on grass – that’s what I knew growing up in Maine. I went to t... »

How to make homemade garden markers with wood

Homemade Garden Markers Using Clay, Wood and Found Objects

Popsicle sticks work just fine in the garden to mark plants but when that creative streak strikes, use what you have around the house and found objects to bring new life to your labels. Tree Slices an... »

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