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How to Save Pumpkin Seeds for Planting Next Year, From Fruit to Vine

Our tiny local shop has been doing a fine job of keeping our community well-stocked during isolation. I’m not just grateful for them, but for fellow community members too. Whilst in the shop yesterday, a local man had dropped off a heap of pumpkins, for the shop to give away for free. No better opportunity …

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Tea Plants for Sale – Grow Camellia Plants and Enjoy Homegrown Tea

I love tea! Growing your own tea plants is one of the most rewarding things you can do in your garden. Let’s look at some tea plants for sale, and how to grow the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). Tea has been a part of the human experience since civilization began. It is a great way …

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Best Plants to Grow in your Survival Garden, Part 1: The Basics

With feelings of food insecurity on the rise, starting a survival garden may have crossed your mind more than once. Even though we usually have enough food being produced and sold every day, the current crisis has reminded most of us of the possibility that shelves at the local grocery store may one day be …

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Seed Saving, the Secret to Survival of Your Vegetable Garden & Food Security

It’s all well and good to buy seeds, but what do we do when the shops run out of seeds? Seed saving is the answer here. Not only that, saving your own seeds is rewarding. It makes sure that special vegetable varieties remain available. Seeds are essential to life. Without seeds, we don’t have plants …

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Hydroseeding vs sod vs seed – What’s the Best Lawn for You?

Let’s look at the differences of growing a lawn using hydroseeding vs sod vs seed. Which is better for you? “The grass on my neighbour’s lawn looks so much greener” – a thought that has crossed the mind of pretty much every homeowner despite their pride in looking after their property, and in all honesty, …

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Why You Shouldn’t Grow Vegetables in Raised Gardens

There has been a lot of hype lately about growing plants and vegetables in raised gardens. Are they the right thing for you? Here’s why I say you should avoid raised gardens if you can.   I understand there are benefits of raised gardens and for some of you, it’s just the thing. You can …

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15 Sturdy Grape Vine Trellis Design Ideas for Your Backyard Arbor

Although they used to grow grapes without a trellis in the old days (and probably still do in many vineyards and gardens), I really prefer my grapes on a grape vine trellis (also know as a grape arbor), especially when they’re getting started. Grape vines can ramble a bit, so without a trellis to train …

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New Ooni Koda 16 vs Ooni Pro – Pizza Oven Feature Comparison

So, Ooni launched their brand new Ooni Koda 16 pizza oven yesterday! It’s their latest gas-powered outdoor pizza oven that can bake bigger pizzas than the last model, the Koda 13. The Koda 16 fires out 16″ pizzas because of Ooni’s new, largest-yet stone baking plate. Ooni Koda only came in 13″ pizzas up to …

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Best Gardening Apron With Pockets for Harvesting & Tools 2020

I realised today that I really need a gardening apron. I never wanted an apron for gardening, thinking it was just a little too “grandma” or I didn’t want to seem like I couldn’t handle getting dirty or something like that. But you know what, it’s actually not great getting mud on your clothes when …

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Best Pole Saws of 2020 – Gas, Cordless, Telescoping… Complete Review!

Chances are that if you’re reading this article, you’re looking for the best pole saws of 2020. I’m going to be honest with you upfront; most of these pole saws are older than that, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t the best. I’ve taken a pretty thorough approach to this review, given the sheer …

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Mittleider Gardening Method – More Food From Your Garden!

The Mittleider gardening method is based upon a scientific protocol of cultivating plants in the ground in either raised beds or grow boxes so they can garner the ultimate benefit from the 16 essential nutrients they need to thrive.  The gardening method, created after years of research by Dr. Jacob Mittleider, is centered around the …

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Best Wall Mounted Outdoor Heaters – Don’t Let the Cold Stop You!

The arrival of cold weather doesn’t have to be the end of outdoor parties. The best wall mounted outdoor heaters will keep the party going long after the leaves have fallen. From your basic element heaters, to models that can be adjusted by remote control, they’re small and unobtrusive yet powerful enough to keep your …

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Wild Lettuce vs Dandelion – What’s the Difference between Dandelions and Wild Lettuce?

There are some Dandelion look alikes to look out for when you’re foraging for Dandelion. For example, there’s Wild Lettuce, Hawkbit, and several Cat’s Ears species. It’s really important to know you’re foraging for the right plants, and to know what’s the difference between Dandelion and Wild Lettuce. Let’s compare Wild Lettuce vs Dandelion! Dandelion …

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Total Guide to Moringa – Why You Should Grow the Miracle Tree or Drumstick Vegetable

This is your total guide to Moringa, and why you really should grow the Miracle tree or Drumstick Vegetable! Moringa (also often spelled Morninga) is described as the new kale, for good reason. It is very rich in vitamins, minerals, highly-digestible proteins, and phytochemicals. It may not be all that much better in nutrition than …

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Thoughtful Gardening Gifts for Mom – Best Gifts for Gardeners

I’m a mom and for me, there’s no better gift than something to do with gardening. Plants are my favorite gift, they really are the gift that keeps on giving. A plant is something that will be in mom’s garden forever (well, for a long time anyway) and gives her roses, apples, lavender… Good stuff! …

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How To Keep Rabbits Out of the Garden – 5 Humane Solutions That Work

So, you want to learn how to keep rabbits out of the garden? I don’t blame you; they may be cute, but they’ll make short work of your garden. After spending an entire summer carefully looking after my veggie garden, imagine my horror when the local community of floppy-eared rabbits began chomping through my plants.  …

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The most helpful beekeeping books for beginner backyard beekeepers

I sometimes buy books just because they look nice. I might flick through them every once in a while, but they mainly just sit there and look pretty. The following beekeeping books aren’t the ‘sit and look pretty’ type, although some, The Beekeeper’s Bible in particular, looks stunning. The Beekeeper’s Bible – Richard Jones Beekeeping …

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5 Must-Grow Vegetables for Edible Self-Sufficient Gardens

You can grow a lot of basic food crops yourself, even though not many people grow them in their own gardens. You might be used to buying these foods from the shop, but they’re actually quite easy and productive to grow in your own self sufficient garden. How good would it be to not buy …

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Best Trimmer Line for String Trimmers – What is the best line for you?

Buckle your seat belts, as I’m here to tell you all about string. But this is no ordinary string; it’s specialized for using with your string trimmer as you tackle that overgrown garden. So, without further ado, here’s the best trimmer line for string trimmers.  Best Trimmer Line Top 5 Review Oregon 22-895 Magnum Gatorline …

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Best Self Propelled Lawn Mower Under 350 Review – Winner Is About $310!

Tired of lugging an old mower around the lawn? I don’t blame you; it’s the same reason I finally ditched my aging push mower. Self propelled mowers do all the legwork for you, so check out this list of the best self propelled mower under $350.  Best Self Propelled Mowers – Our Top 5 What …

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How To Grow a Wild Food Forest, Self-Sufficiency Garden

It was like all my Christmases came at once, when, a couple of months ago, my husband’s grandmother offered to pay for $400 worth of fruit trees. I spent a whole day browsing an online fruit tree nursery’s website, researching the varieties on offer, and researching whether they would grow here. Oh, the joy! Chill …

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Best KA-BAR Becker Knives Review – BK2, BK9, BK10, BK22, BK16 – Updated March 2020

KA-BAR is well known for making some of the very best fixed blade knives on the market. Their , for instance, has seen extensive service throughout global military conflicts and is held in exceptionally high regard. But today, we’re going to talk about a lesser-known type of KA-BAR knife, known as the Becker knife, or …

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Best Condor Knives Review – Tool and Knife For Bushcraft, Survival, and Home

Are you looking at buying a quality and relatively inexpensive knife that would be suitable for everything from camping to wilderness survival to general-purpose use at your home? If so, you might want to take a close look at Condor Tool & Knife. In this Condor knives review, we’ll take a closer look at what …

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