Learn2Grow Cowgirl's Country Life Seed Starting Tips for Beginner Gardeners - MrBrownThumb Over the past few years, I have amassed a number of posts here about growing from seed that should be helpful to beginner seed starters. While these seed starting tips are aimed at beginners hopefully, they will be of use and interest to more experienced gardeners who may not have done much seed starting in the past. These tips on seed starting cover what items you can repurpose in your home to make seed starting pots, seed germination, and the types of seed staring mixes you can use. If you find that there’s a seed starting question that has not been answered you can leave a comment below or try my seed snatcher search engine which is exclusively devoted to information on seed starting and seed saving. Organize Your Seeds Before Seed Starting The first thing I do in preparation for starting seeds is to take inventory of my seeds. Seed Starting Soils Last year I tried Jiffy-Mix from Ferry Morse and it worked fine. Seed Starting Pots Biodegradable Seed Pots Do You Need Seed Starting Lights?
Trees of Antiquity The Half-Acre Homestead: Tools In conjunction with a talk I'm doing at the Bay Area Makers Faire in San Mateo, Calif, and at The Mother Earth News Faire in Puyallup, Washington - titled "The Half-Acre Homestead in the 21st Century" - I picked some time-tested tools that we use in our daily lives. -Lloyd Kahn Listen to Lloyd's Half-Acre Homestead podcast. See Lloyd's two articles in The Mother Earth News related to homesteading: Coping with Critters Protect your home and garden from termites, skunks, gophers, hawks, mice and more The Truth About Septic Systems Vested interests are making on-site wastewater disposal more costly than it needs to be.
10 Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests 10 Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests Please be sure to Join our email list and receive all our latest and best tutorials daily – free! Background photo – Yummifruitbat (Wikipedia) lic. under CC 2.5 We’ve been doing some research into plants that repel pests and have compiled a list of 10 plants that can be planted together with other plants as a simple form of insect control. The idea of selecting plants for insect control is not a new one – and is part of the overall subject of companion planting. As time passes by, it seems that more and more people are getting concerned (rightly!) Another of the ironies of the use of insecticides is that not only do they kill the “bad insects” (the ones that eat crops), but they also wipe out “good insects” – the ones that feed on the bad insects! Companion planting for insect control can work in two ways a) plants that deter the pests and b) plants that attract the “good insects” that eat the ones that harm the plants. Marigold Borage Carrots Dill Sage
Seed Savers Exchange - Organic, Heirloom Garden Seed Info & Store baume Edible Landscaping Plant Sale: Buy plants online from our garden center and plant nursery Get Smart About Sustainable Agriculture Let’s face it. The way the world goes about the business of agriculture is changing. Take corn, for example: A crop that once was grown only for food now triples as fuel and even a component of biodegradable plastics. This increased demand, along with many other factors, is forcing us to consider the sustainability of our current farming practices. Sustainable agriculture is defined by the U.S. Apprenticeships, Volunteering and Workshops If you seek hands-on instruction, consider becoming an apprentice or intern at a nearby sustainable farm or ranch. Volunteer opportunities range from part-time work on a local farm or a community garden, to traveling across the globe through organizations such as World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). Many organizations offer regular workshops to get budding new farmers started, such as Kansas City, Kan. Formal Coursework When You’re Ready to Farm Believe it or not, this is just a sampling of what’s available.
Easy Make-Your-Own Vitamin C Supplements Cold and flu season is upon us, and the best way to fight off viruses is to strengthen the immune sy... Cold and flu season is upon us, and the best way to fight off viruses is to strengthen the immune system. Vitamin C is perhaps one of the best ways to do just that! This important vitamin can detoxify the body, promotes healing, and helps us deal with stress. Vitamin C supports the healthy bacteria in our gut, has anti-viral and anti-bacterial compounds, kills cancer cells, and neutralizes free radicals, just to name a few. Everyone, especially children, can benefit from consuming more vitamin C. You might not know that almost all vitamin C supplements are made from GMO corn. As you might imagine, eating foods that contain vitamin C is a much smarter, and a more potent, form of this vitamin than those store bought supplements. Well, when it comes to watermelon, you would have to eat the whole thing and that’s not exactly something most people can do every day.