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by Anita Sanchez Whether you love them or hate them, dandelions are among the most familiar plants in the world. They're one species that just about anyone can identify at a glance, as familiar to humans as the dog. Dandelions are, quite possibly, the most successful plants that exist, masters of survival worldwide. Nowadays, they're also the most unpopular plant in the neighborhood – but it wasn't always that way. To get us back on the right dandelion track, here are 10 dandelion-related facts. 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7. 10. Dandelions probably will never be eradicated, but we can learn to be more at ease with dandelions and other wild things – and maybe even to love them a little. Related:  Garden

Painter's Portal Top 10 Value Veggies to Plant | DIY Network Blog: Made + Remade “What should I grow?” It’s the first question for most people, beginners or experts, when thinking of planting a garden. It’s also something Mel Bartholomew, inventor of the Square Foot Gardening method, gets asked quite a bit. DK - Simple Steps to Success: Fruits and Vegetables in Pots , 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited Kim Roman, interim CEO of Square Foot Gardening Foundation, says that when she or Bartholomew talk to gardeners, they find that an underlying factor of that question is often cost. “After a discussion about garden goals – their likes and dislikes – we discover that what gardeners really want to know is what to plant to save money,” she says. Bartholomew’s latest book High-Value Veggies helps gardeners grow more efficiently and effectively. People often choose plants that are easy to grow, but that may mean they’re growing something that’s costing them money.

The Essential Herb & Food Pairing Guide - Personal Creations Blog Starting an herb garden is a great way to incorporate fresh flavors into your cooking. With new ingredients comes new ideas, but what if you’re stuck in a culinary rut? Lucky for you, we’ve taken some of the work out of finding new inspiration by pairing the 13 most commonly grown herbs with their ideal foods. Growing fresh parsley? Have a green thumb? For gardening lovers everywhere, browse our personalized gardening gifts to add fun to your yard. Share this Image On Your Site <p><strong>Please include attribution to with this graphic.

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Eglu Cube - Large Chicken House on Wheels The Brand New Eglu Cube Chicken Coop is the ideal way to keep up to 10 chickens in a town or country garden. Based on the same revolutionary technology as the original Eglu Classic plastic chicken house, with a slide out dropping tray, wipe clean surfaces, twin walled insulation, no maintenance and No Foxes Allowed protection. Inside the house the Eglu is fitted with comfortable roosting bars that are suitable for up to 10 smaller bantam breeds such as Pekins, 6-8 medium sized hens like the Gingernut Ranger as well as 4-5 large breeds like the majestic Cochin. The 6ft run is made from strong steel weld mesh, impossible for predators to break. A unique anti-tunnel skirt sits flat on the ground and prevents animals from digging in. The run has spacious vertical sides and gives your chickens plenty of room. Information and purchase: Ideally your garden should have a fence all the way round. Related Ever seen A Chicken Sneeze? Who knew chickens sneeze too? Comments

Flash in the Pan | Flash in the Pan I haven't purchased garlic since 1996. That's because I grow enough to eat a bulb of garlic every day, year-round. While most of my garden adventures are hobby-level attempts at self-sufficiency, my garlic crop is for real. Garlic is an overwintering crop, planted in fall and harvested mid-summer. So if you want to have a crop next year, it's time to think about planting. A year's supply of garlic hanging in your garage hints at many great meals to come, but by the time you reach that milestone the rewards have already been flowing for months. As spring continues, your plants will continue to skyrocket, and in late May—assuming you planted a flowering variety—you'll be treated to a funky display of garlic blossoms curling from the plant tops. The flowering varieties of garlic are collectively called hardnecks, so named because of their woody flowering stalks. The first step in growing your own garlic stash is getting your paws on some good garlic for planting. Ask Ari: Got milk options?

How To Graft A Fruit Tree | Permaculture magazine Are you bored of your one variety fruit tree? Is your tree an eratic cropper? Or does it never fruit at all? Instead of digging or cutting the tree down to plant a new one, use it as a root stock and graft on a variety you do want. Tom Spellman from Dave Wilson Nursery takes us through an easy step-by-step guide on how to bark graft multiple varieties to bring your tree back to life. Tom is easy to understand, explaining the reasons why you may want to graft, the importance of keeping tools clean and advice on only using non-patented varieties. It includes slicing the budwood or scions, the best way to slice the bark, using tree seal to keep the tree safe from disease and care methods for the future of the tree. This easy to understand guide is a great way to rejuvenate an old tree and provide you with better tasting yields. Further Recommended Resources Watch Wade Muggleton's 'A Practical Beginners Guide To Fruit Tree Pruning' Read 'Pruning Raspberries with Patrick Whitefield'

Organic Gardening Tips Square Foot Gardening Templates March 19th, 2009 A few of you asked about the template I was using in my photo yesterday, so I decided to explain what they are and how we made them. I use the Square Foot Gardening method in my raised beds. Which basically means that I break my raised beds down into square foot sections for planting. I don’t plant each square with something different as other people do, I usually plant large sections of different types of plants. This is how I like my beds organized. Basically these are a square foot piece of some scrap plywood we had laying around. I contemplated having him make ones that had dowels or small squares of wood nailed for spaces so I could “punch” the holes into the soil with them, but we didn’t have any dowels and these were much faster (I think they’re 2 inch holes). You could drill smaller holes in these, but I decided I wanted larger ones to have room to work and so I wouldn’t risk getting any splinters or anything. What method do you use for planting?

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How to Grow Asparagus, Asparagus, Growing Asparagus, Planting Asparagus You can plant asparagus in the ground, but it really thrives when planted in a raised bed. This design fits a 2x8 bed, such as our Cedar Raised Beds. this design holds about 14-16 asparagus plants — or "crowns" — planted in a staggered fashion about a foot apart. IF you love asparagus and want to grow some yourself, waste no time in getting started. Even with the best of care, an asparagus bed won't hit its stride for several years. In the old days, gardeners were told to prepare an asparagus bed by digging an 18" deep trench and then backfilling it with a mix of compost and soil. Before planting a new asparagus bed, it's critical to eradicate all the weeds and grasses from the planting area — even if this requires a full year of advance preparation. Asparagus crowns are usually available just once a year in early spring. Mix the compost and fertilizer with some garden soil and shape it into a little mound. To keep your asparagus bed productive, don't be greedy.

São José dos Campos, SP, quer transformar terrenos baldios em hortas comunitárias – CicloVivo As hortaliças produzidas serão destinadas para consumo em escolas e para famílias de baixa renda. 14 de fevereiro de 2017 • Atualizado às 13 : 09 A proposta é que as hortas sirvam como terapia ocupacional para idosos. | Foto: iStock by Getty Images Proporcionar terapia ocupacional para homens e mulheres da terceira idade, manter terrenos limpos e utilizados são alguns dos objetivos do Programa de Horta Comunitária, que poderá ser implantado em São José dos Campos, no interior do Estado de São Paulo. As hortaliças produzidas serão destinadas para consumo em escolas e para famílias de baixa renda. Segundo a vereadora, a medida prevê melhorar a qualidade da alimentação das pessoas com redução de gastos e ocupar cidadãos desempregados que moram nos centros urbanos. Agricultura orgânica O Programa da Horta Comunitária prevê que a produção seja feita a partir dos princípios da agricultura orgânica, sem uso de inseticidas e fungicidas tradicionais, o que garante mais qualidade ao que é produzido.