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Tomato Seed Fermentation Steps

Tomato Seed Fermentation Steps

Five EASY Steps to Ferment Tomato Seed – IF YOU MUST Choose a healthy tomato from a healthy plant. Cut the tomato in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon or squeeze the tomato inside a cont... »

10 Tips to Control Aphids Plus a Flowchart Action Plan

10 Tips to Control Aphids Plus a Flowchart Action Plan

Help!  I Have Aphids On My Plants Right Now! What do I do? Before I gained a better understanding of how aphids work, the first sight of them turned me into a revengeful maniac. I wanted to annihilate... »

ladybug facts for kids

Fun Facts About Ladybugs

“Hi, I’m actually a lady beetle, not a bug. I chew my food instead of sucking it up. When something threatens me, I ooze smelly stuff from my legs to scare it away – like a tiny, goo... »

Tomato Hornworm – Fun Poem about a Pest

Tomato Hornworm – Fun Poem about a Pest

Tomato Hornworm – A Pesky Poem ©2013 Home Grown Fun Tomato hornworms are sneaky they take the garden cake for the most annoying four-inch pest devouring heirlooms of any shape. They work at nigh... »

HOW TO Kill Weeds With Vinegar – Plus a VIDEO

HOW TO Kill Weeds With Vinegar – Plus a VIDEO

Weeds are a Pain! Despite all the blogs and websites that rave about vinegar killing weeds, it’s not a perfect solution. In fact, boiling water will kill weeds, sometimes better than vinegar. Vi... »

Vertical Seed Starting – Easy, Fun, Saves Space and Money

Vertical Seed Starting – Easy, Fun, Saves Space and Money

It’s back to elementary school for some space-saving tips on germinating seeds!  No need for fancy seed starting domes, soil or spritzers. This method makes it fun to see how plants grow. In jus... »

Jack and the Borage Stalk

Jack and the Borage Stalk

Wow, this is our borage (starflower) this year. It grew so tall and full  there is enough for the kids and the bees!  Our girls feel like they are in another world poking around the borage bush. »

HOW TO Grow Healthy Roses

HOW TO Grow Healthy Roses

Water at ground level and deeply. Don’t soak the leaves. You’ll get black spots from the sun burning the petals. Better to water once a week really deep than surface watering every day. Bl... »

Using an Old Bureau as a Planter for Creative Raised Bed Gardening

TRASH TO TREASURE: Reclaimed Bureau Planter

This bureau works great as a pretty herb garden and raised bed. We’ve got lemongrass, tarragon, green pepper, carrots, flowers and a tomato growing in this chest of drawers! It was simple to sco... »

cooking with herbs

Homemade Soft Pretzels with Herbs

Herbs are fun to experiment with and we hit a home run with these homemade pretzels. Click here for a printable recipe using no herbs. Makes 16-24 pretzels, several pretzel sticks and a dozen small pr... »

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Grow your own loofah sponges with video!

We’ve wanted to grow our own sponges for years now ever since we learned about them from Chet at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California. A great place for old fashioned fun... »

How to Make an Easy Bean Teepee

How to Make an Easy Bean Teepee

Kids will dig this home grown secret hiding place! It’s fun to put together and the anticipation from the young ones is priceless.   A bean teepee can be made in less than an hour if the ground ... »

Pros and Cons of the Urban Compost Tumbler

Pros and Cons of the Urban Compost Tumbler

Urban Compost Tumbler We have the largest model (9.5 cubic ft) and it has given us compost in 4 weeks. The larger the better if you are serious about composting. If you would like to try it out, go fo... »

Learning about Lavender

Learning about Lavender

I like the video series by Sarah Bader on lavender. I easily remember her tip for pruning. Cut two inches above the start of the soft wood. If you don’t do this in the spring your lavender will ... »