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How to Harvest Mint Leaves for Tea and Many Other Things

Mint is one of the herbs you must grow in your garden, or in containers around the house. It’s incredibly easy to grow and its versatility has no bounds. Here’s how to harvest mint leaves for tea, meals, and medicinal purposes. How to Harvest Mint Leaves There is no trick to harvesting mint leaves. Mint …

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Easy to Grow Vegetables

We don’t have to grow red tomatoes anymore, or yellow corn. Vegetables now come in the most beautiful colors, from deep chocolate to pink to zebra-striped. Here are my top 10 easy to grow, most beautiful vegetables to grow in your garden this year. Scroll down for more info on each variety! Radish Crayon Colors …

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Colville’s Glory Tree (Colvillea racemosa) – Growing Guide

I’m absolutely stoked today. After many years of searching, I finally found a Colville’s Glory tree (Colvillea racemosa)! Colville’s Glory is a stunning tree that puts on a big flower show from late summer to fall. Its flowers are a foot long of bright, spectacular orange. All that’s left is to find the perfect spot …

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9 Easiest and Most Beautiful Flowering Shrubs for Zones 7 and 8

These are my favorite, easiest, and most beautiful flowering shrubs for zones 7 and 8. I’ve included the gorgeous Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea, Spireas, Weigela, Viburnum, the amazingly fragrant Tea Olive, Azaleas, and some other flowering shrubs that are easy to grow. I promise there’ll be 1 (or 10) you want to add to your garden! …

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What Is Sod? How to Lay Sod for an Instant, Beautiful Lawn

Aside from being a cuss, what is sod? Sod is something you’ve probably passed time and time again while walking down the street. That neighbor’s well-tended lawn that you’ve been eyeing with jealously could even be an example of sod – pre-prepared grass, roots, and soil that you can lay down on a bare yard …

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How to Till a Small Garden Without a Tiller – 14 Ways of Tilling That Are Not Tractors

How do you till a small garden without a tiller? Even if you’re on a small plot, chances are you’ll still want to till your soil. Tilling makes it easier to plant seeds and seedlings, you can turn compost and fertilizer into the soil, and till weeds and plants that have finished growing into the …

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Yellow Flowering Herbs – 13 Most Beautiful Herbs With Yellow Flowers

Yellow, the color of the sun. There’s something about yellow flowering herbs. Somehow they make you feel warm and sunny, and they radiate goodness. It goes without saying that you can’t just go around eating every herb with yellow flowers, you need to make sure you know, without a doubt, which plant it is. Foraging …

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Bootstrap Farmer’s New DIY Pre-Bent Steel Hoop House Kit (All Metal Greenhouse)

Bootstrap Farmer is well-known across the US for its propagation supplies, seed trays, and hoop house/greenhouse kits. The greenhouse kits can be put up in one weekend and are well-priced, allowing you to build a professional-grade vegetable house or greenhouse yourself. Up to now, you would bend your own poles with a pole bender, using …

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Best Plants to Grow in Your Survival Garden Part 2 – 16 Must-Grow Perennial Edibles

Grow these usual perennials in your survival garden: they’re the plants that keep on giving! When building a survival garden, trying to organize planting schedules every year for your annual plants can get difficult. On top of that, if you don’t grow enough of something, or if you aren’t able to preserve the extra amount …

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14 Plants That Repel Fleas and How to Use Them (Safe for Pets)

We’ll look into plants that repel fleas AND are safe for pets! Plus, they’ll smell great in your garden. We’ll also include a couple of ways to repel fleas that are not plants – diatomaceous earth and electronic flea combs. For those of us who enjoy bringing our pets with us when we go outside, …

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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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Stihl MS 291 vs Husqvarna 455 Rancher Chainsaw Review – Updated May 2020

Forget the rakes, mowers, and trimmers. For true outdoor pros, gas chainsaws are where it’s at. And it doesn’t get much more pro than Stihl MS 291 vs Husqvarna 455 Rancher. These 2 chainsaws are 2 of the most popular models of all time. We’ll compare them to see which is the better buy. If …

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Best Gas Pole Saw 2020 for Chopping Backyard Trees

Ever tried climbing a tree to cut down those unwieldy, overgrown branches? Climbing trees is dangerous enough as it is, but add an electric or gas-powered chainsaw into the equation and you’re asking for trouble. This is where the best gas pole saw comes into play. You’ll be able to cut down those branches from …

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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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Stihl vs Husqvarna Chainsaw 2020 – Awesome Chainsaws but This One’s Best

Stihl vs Husqvarna chainsaw… Ah, the age-old question Humans have been pondering for years… Which is best, Stihl or Husqvarna? Should I buy a Stihl chainsaw or a Husqvarna chainsaw? Let’s find out. You could argue that chainsaws have been around since the 1830s, albeit being steam-powered or working by some other strange contraption. But …

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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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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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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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