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By using miniature greenhouses and winter sowing, our seedlings can survive freezing temperatures and be ‘cold’ hardy by early Spring! So, there is no ‘hardening off’ of young seedlings as you have to if started indoors. They are ready to plant in the ground directly after the last frost date. Native Plant Gardening, Native Garden, Native Plants, Gardening For Beginners, Gardening Tips, Miniature Greenhouse, Vegetable Seed, Vegetable Gardening, Growit
WINTER SOWING - Ultimate Guide (article & video)
By using miniature greenhouses and winter sowing, our seedlings can survive freezing temperatures and be ‘cold’ hardy by early Spring! So, there is no ‘hardening off’ of young seedlings as you have to if started indoors. They are ready to plant in the ground directly after the last frost date.
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One of the fastest methods you can do to quickly sprout seeds is to germinate them on a paper towel. I do this every year for vegetables as it is the fastest way to sprout seeds with minimal effort, as they germinate very quickly. It is also easy to transplant them to dirt after they sprout, as long as you to so gently. Sprouting Seeds, Seed Saving, Grow Your Own Food, Paper Towel, Sprouts, Basement Storage, Dirt
GERMINATE SEEDS ON PAPER TOWEL
One of the fastest methods you can do to quickly sprout seeds is to germinate them on a paper towel. I do this every year for vegetables as it is the fastest way to sprout seeds with minimal effort, as they germinate very quickly. It is also easy to transplant them to dirt after they sprout, as long as you to so gently.
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Composting is often thought of as a summertime, or at least warm temperature activity. And as compost being one of the most valuable soil amendments, it is a common concern to new gardeners as to what will happen to their compost in the winter or cold weather. Soil Amendment, Amendments, Composting, Concern, Complete Guide, Cold Weather
CAN YOU COMPOST IN WINTER?? Complete Guide
Composting is often thought of as a summertime, or at least warm temperature activity. And as compost being one of the most valuable soil amendments, it is a common concern to new gardeners as to what will happen to their compost in the winter or cold weather.
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Bluebirds are one of the most desirable birds to attract to your backyard. Their beauty, song, and the fact that they only eat insects are just some of the benefits Bluebirds bring. And adding a nest box is one of the best ways to attract them. Garden Fun, Bird Garden, Indoor Garden, Garden Party, Nesting Boxes Diy, Bird Nesting Box, Bird Houses Ideas Diy, Homemade Bird Houses, Backyard Birds
BLUEBIRD HOUSES - Complete Guide To Select & Install
Bluebirds are one of the most desirable birds to attract to your backyard. Their beauty, song, and the fact that they only eat insects are just some of the benefits Bluebirds bring. And adding a nest box is one of the best ways to attract them.
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By using miniature greenhouses and winter sowing, our seedlings can survive freezing temperatures and be ‘cold’ hardy by early Spring! So, there is no ‘hardening off’ of young seedlings as you have to if started indoors. They are ready to plant in the ground directly after the last frost date.
WINTER SOWING - Ultimate Guide (article & video)
By using miniature greenhouses and winter sowing, our seedlings can survive freezing temperatures and be ‘cold’ hardy by early Spring! So, there is no ‘hardening off’ of young seedlings as you have to if started indoors. They are ready to plant in the ground directly after the last frost date.
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One of the most common practices that gardeners do is to deadhead their flowers. While deadheading flowers keeps flowerbeds looking their best and adds to curb appeal, it also has some drawbacks. In this article we are going to examine the pros and cons of deadheading flowers. Deadheading Flowers, Dead Head, Pin Image, Wellness Tips
TO DEADHEAD FLOWERS OR NOT? Pros & Cons
One of the most common practices that gardeners do is to deadhead their flowers. While deadheading flowers keeps flowerbeds looking their best and adds to curb appeal, it also has some drawbacks. In this article we are going to examine the pros and cons of deadheading flowers.
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In this article I’m going to give you the process/procedure to clean and disinfect a birdhouse. The entire job should only take 10 minutes or so. Afterwards I will discuss in more detail the debate on whether cleaning out old nests is necessary, what kind of parasites/diseases can infest nest boxes and birdhouses, and some closing thoughts. Bird Houses/feeders, Nesting Boxes, Nests, Disinfect, Birdhouses, Winter Garden
HOW TO CLEAN A BIRDHOUSE OR NESTING BOX
In this article I’m going to give you the process/procedure to clean and disinfect a birdhouse. The entire job should only take 10 minutes or so. Afterwards I will discuss in more detail the debate on whether cleaning out old nests is necessary, what kind of parasites/diseases can infest nest boxes and birdhouses, and some closing thoughts.
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One of the fastest methods you can do to quickly sprout seeds is to germinate them on a paper towel. I do this every year for vegetables as it is the fastest way to sprout seeds with minimal effort, as they germinate very quickly. It is also easy to transplant them to dirt after they sprout, as long as you to so gently.
GERMINATE SEEDS ON PAPER TOWEL
One of the fastest methods you can do to quickly sprout seeds is to germinate them on a paper towel. I do this every year for vegetables as it is the fastest way to sprout seeds with minimal effort, as they germinate very quickly. It is also easy to transplant them to dirt after they sprout, as long as you to so gently.
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Purple Loosestrife is a highly invasive plant introduced to North America. Scientifically known as Lythrum salicaria, it typically grows 2-6′ tall and blooms densely flowered purple spikes in full sun and moist soil along pond edges or wetlands. Spreading by seed and rhizome, it can colonize and outcompete native plants in a few years and become dominant. Purple Loosestrife, Invasive Plants, Rhizome, Wetland, Trees To Plant, Compost
PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE - Invasive Plant
Purple Loosestrife is a highly invasive plant introduced to North America. Scientifically known as Lythrum salicaria, it typically grows 2-6′ tall and blooms densely flowered purple spikes in full sun and moist soil along pond edges or wetlands. Spreading by seed and rhizome, it can colonize and outcompete native plants in a few years and become dominant.
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Roots are the portion of a plant that interface with the ground. They perform three primary functions, anchoring the plant, absorbing water/nutrients/minerals, and also act as storage of energy for future use. There are generally two types of plant roots, fibrous and tap-root. Plant Roots, Types Of Plants, Portion, Minerals, Tap, Primary
HOW PLANT ROOTS WORK -
Roots are the portion of a plant that interface with the ground. They perform three primary functions, anchoring the plant, absorbing water/nutrients/minerals, and also act as storage of energy for future use. There are generally two types of plant roots, fibrous and tap-root.
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There are a lot drawbacks or logical contradictions that aren’t considered in all of the raised bed propaganda. So now I will list a few reasons why you shouldn’t build a raised bed garden, and some of the flawed reasoning behind raised beds. My goal here is to get you to at least consider in ground gardening, and make you aware that some of the ‘assumptions’ of raised bed gardening aren’t really true. Making Raised Beds, Building Raised Beds, Raised Garden Beds, Grow Butterflies, Butterfly Weed, Perennial Vegetables
RAISED BED GARDENS - Find Out Why They May Not Be the Best Choice For You.
There are a lot drawbacks or logical contradictions that aren’t considered in all of the raised bed propaganda. So now I will list a few reasons why you shouldn’t build a raised bed garden, and some of the flawed reasoning behind raised beds. My goal here is to get you to at least consider in ground gardening, and make you aware that some of the ‘assumptions’ of raised bed gardening aren’t really true.
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By using miniature greenhouses and winter sowing, our seedlings can survive freezing temperatures and be ‘cold’ hardy by early Spring! So, there is no ‘hardening off’ of young seedlings as you have to if started indoors. They are ready to plant in the ground directly after the last frost date.
WINTER SOWING - Ultimate Guide (article & video)
By using miniature greenhouses and winter sowing, our seedlings can survive freezing temperatures and be ‘cold’ hardy by early Spring! So, there is no ‘hardening off’ of young seedlings as you have to if started indoors. They are ready to plant in the ground directly after the last frost date.
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The Wheel Bug is a species of Assassin Bug found in North America with a painful bite. Scientifically known as Arilus cristatus, they have a semicircle spiny ridge behind their head which resembles a cogwheel or gear protruding up from their back. One of the largest Assassin Bugs, they grow upwards of 1.5″ (~38mm) by late summer and feed on garden pests. Garden Insects, Garden Pests, Assassin, Bugs, Species, Wheel
THE WHEEL BUG - A Species of Assassin Bug
The Wheel Bug is a species of Assassin Bug found in North America with a painful bite. Scientifically known as Arilus cristatus, they have a semicircle spiny ridge behind their head which resembles a cogwheel or gear protruding up from their back. One of the largest Assassin Bugs, they grow upwards of 1.5″ (~38mm) by late summer and feed on garden pests.
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Just because Winter is upon us doesn’t mean we can just rest by a cozy fire sipping coco. No, Winter is the perfect time to perform routine gardening tasks to better prepare flowerbeds and veggie gardens for the upcoming Spring. I’m going to list out all backyard maintenance that should be performed in cold climates for the Winter. Outdoor, Winter, Veggie Gardens, Gardening, Gardens, Ideas
17 WINTER GARDENING CHORES TO PREPARE FOR NEXT SEASON
Just because Winter is upon us doesn’t mean we can just rest by a cozy fire sipping coco. No, Winter is the perfect time to perform routine gardening tasks to better prepare flowerbeds and veggie gardens for the upcoming Spring. I’m going to list out all backyard maintenance that should be performed in cold climates for the Winter.
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I often see people asking questions on ‘how do I start a garden’ Facebook groups.  However, there are a lot drawbacks or logical contradictions that aren’t considered in all of the raised bed propaganda. So now I will list a few reasons why you shouldn’t build a raise bed garden, and some of the flawed reasoning behind raised beds.  My goal here is to get you to at least consider in ground gardening, and make you aware that some of the ‘assumptions’ of raised bed gardening aren’t really true. Portable Raised Garden Beds, Cheap Raised Garden Beds, Raised Garden Beds Diy Vegetables, Building Raised Garden Beds, Vegetable Garden Raised Beds, Vegetable Garden Design, Raised Bed Gardens, Raised Bed Flower Garden
Do NOT make RAISED BED GARDENS
I often see people asking questions on ‘how do I start a garden’ Facebook groups. However, there are a lot drawbacks or logical contradictions that aren’t considered in all of the raised bed propaganda. So now I will list a few reasons why you shouldn’t build a raise bed garden, and some of the flawed reasoning behind raised beds. My goal here is to get you to at least consider in ground gardening, and make you aware that some of the ‘assumptions’ of raised bed gardening aren’t really true.
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You can hot compost in Winter by making your piles much larger and using alternative green materials. Also, reducing the turning frequency to no more than once per week. And finally we can keep our temperatures up by continually feeding the pile when we turning it, until we notice that the brown materials are mostly decomposed. Garden Compost, Container Gardening, Compost Bucket, Uses For Coffee Grounds, Weed Seeds, Green Materials
HOW TO HOT COMPOST IN WINTER - Everything You Need to Know
You can hot compost in Winter by making your piles much larger and using alternative green materials. Also, reducing the turning frequency to no more than once per week. And finally we can keep our temperatures up by continually feeding the pile when we turning it, until we notice that the brown materials are mostly decomposed.
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An active hot compost pile can kill weed seeds. All species of weeds have different requirements in terms of temperature or duration at temperature for a ‘thermal death’. But as a general rule, a compost pile that can maintain a temperature of 130-140F (54-60C) for seven days will kill most weed seed exposed to those conditions. Weed Science, Pigweed, Composting Process, Portulaca Oleracea, Amaranthus, Food Garden
HOT HOT COMPOSTING KILLS WEED SEEDS
An active hot compost pile can kill weed seeds. All species of weeds have different requirements in terms of temperature or duration at temperature for a ‘thermal death’. But as a general rule, a compost pile that can maintain a temperature of 130-140F (54-60C) for seven days will kill most weed seed exposed to those conditions.
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Shrimp shells can be composted in regular backyard compost piles or bins. They are rich in Nitrogen, and should be considered a green material. In addition to being quick to decompose, the materials that make up shrimp shells also have antifungal properties, as well as other metabolic benefits to plants. Diy Help, Crab Shells, Decompose, Organic Protein, Diy Garden Projects
HOW TO COMPOST SHRIMP SHELLS
Shrimp shells can be composted in regular backyard compost piles or bins. They are rich in Nitrogen, and should be considered a green material. In addition to being quick to decompose, the materials that make up shrimp shells also have antifungal properties, as well as other metabolic benefits to plants.
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Traditionally, one of the last outdoor chores for a homeowner to do in fall before snowy winters set in is to perform a fall clean up on their garden and flower beds. The common practice of trimming all perennials down to the ground may look nice, but it also removes much habitat that can be utilized by native bees and other beneficial insects as well as eliminating food & cover for birds. So, perhaps you can read on and hear me out for not completely clear-cutting your flowerbeds come October! Leaf Mulch, Outdoor Chore, Fall Clean Up, Bee Hotel, Overwintering
6 REASONS YOU SHOULDN'T CUT BACK FLOWERS IN AUTUMN
Traditionally, one of the last outdoor chores for a homeowner to do in fall before snowy winters set in is to perform a fall clean up on their garden and flower beds. The common practice of trimming all perennials down to the ground may look nice, but it also removes much habitat that can be utilized by native bees and other beneficial insects as well as eliminating food & cover for birds. So, perhaps you can read on and hear me out for not completely clear-cutting your flowerbeds come October!
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You can compost egg cartons that are made from paperboard or cardboard, as these materials are made from wood pulp or recycled paper and are biodegradable. The carton can be torn into small pieces and placed directly into a compost heap or compost pile, where it will count as part of your ‘brown’ material for your C:N ratio. Plastic Eggs, Plastic Animals, Garden Soil, Recycled Plastic, Recycled Paper, Types Of Eggs, Cardboard Recycling
COMPOST EGG CARTONS - How To Guide
You can compost egg cartons that are made from paperboard or cardboard, as these materials are made from wood pulp or recycled paper and are biodegradable. The carton can be torn into small pieces and placed directly into a compost heap or compost pile, where it will count as part of your ‘brown’ material for your C:N ratio.
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The “Chelsea Chop” is a pruning method where you cut back taller perennials in Spring by one-half to one-third of their height. The result is stronger and sturdier stems as well as a more compact plant. It will help prevent certain perennials from leaning, flopping, or tipping over and provide an overall nicer appearance. Montauk Daisy, Sedum Plant, Joe Pye Weed, Short Plants, Echinacea Purpurea, Bee Balm, Chelsea Flower Show
CHELSEA CHOP - Keep your plants from flopping w/ this handy tip!
The “Chelsea Chop” is a pruning method where you cut back taller perennials in Spring by one-half to one-third of their height. The result is stronger and sturdier stems as well as a more compact plant. It will help prevent certain perennials from leaning, flopping, or tipping over and provide an overall nicer appearance.
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I often see people asking questions on ‘how do I start a garden’ Facebook groups.  However, there are a lot drawbacks or logical contradictions that aren’t considered in all of the raised bed propaganda. So now I will list a few reasons why you shouldn’t build a raise bed garden, and some of the flawed reasoning behind raised beds.  My goal here is to get you to at least consider in ground gardening, and make you aware that some of the ‘assumptions’ of raised bed gardening aren’t really true.
Do NOT make RAISED BED GARDENS
I often see people asking questions on ‘how do I start a garden’ Facebook groups. However, there are a lot drawbacks or logical contradictions that aren’t considered in all of the raised bed propaganda. So now I will list a few reasons why you shouldn’t build a raise bed garden, and some of the flawed reasoning behind raised beds. My goal here is to get you to at least consider in ground gardening, and make you aware that some of the ‘assumptions’ of raised bed gardening aren’t really true.
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This article will cover the finer points of specific materials, starting from a high level as to how your temperature and other conditions can effect what should/shouldn’t be composted. By the end of the article you should have a full understanding of what materials you can add to a compost pile. You can simply download a printable list of items to compost. Diy Compost, Composting At Home, Laurel Leaves, Magnolia Leaves, Plant Help, Natural Fertilizer
101 THINGS YOU CAN COMPOST - Free Printable
This article will cover the finer points of specific materials, starting from a high level as to how your temperature and other conditions can effect what should/shouldn’t be composted. By the end of the article you should have a full understanding of what materials you can add to a compost pile. You can simply download a printable list of items to compost.
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Learn how to compost with our easy method.  Simple, effective. Veg Garden, Edible Garden, Raised Garden, Small Garden, Backyard Garden, Compost Bin
COMPOSTING - Easy Method, No Bins Needed
Learn how to compost with our easy method. Simple, effective.
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I often see people asking questions on ‘how do I start a garden’ Facebook groups.  However, there are a lot drawbacks or logical contradictions that aren’t considered in all of the raised bed propaganda. So now I will list a few reasons why you shouldn’t build a raise bed garden, and some of the flawed reasoning behind raised beds.  My goal here is to get you to at least consider in ground gardening, and make you aware that some of the ‘assumptions’ of raised bed gardening aren’t really true.
Do NOT make RAISED BED GARDENS
I often see people asking questions on ‘how do I start a garden’ Facebook groups. However, there are a lot drawbacks or logical contradictions that aren’t considered in all of the raised bed propaganda. So now I will list a few reasons why you shouldn’t build a raise bed garden, and some of the flawed reasoning behind raised beds. My goal here is to get you to at least consider in ground gardening, and make you aware that some of the ‘assumptions’ of raised bed gardening aren’t really true.
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Recent studies have shown Tick tubes to be effective at reducing the population of ticks on rodents. Commercially available Tick Tubes have been shown to be very effective at reducing tick populations on rodents in New England. Tick Tubes, Wild Onions
TICK TUBES - DIY Guide
Recent studies have shown Tick tubes to be effective at reducing the population of ticks on rodents. Commercially available Tick Tubes have been shown to be very effective at reducing tick populations on rodents in New England.
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Looking for how you can reduce ticks in your yard? Follow our guide to learn how to make your own tick tubes for your yard. Includes video and diagrams. Tick Control, Pest Control, Fake Wasp Nest
How to Make Tick Tubes
Looking for how you can reduce ticks in your yard? Follow our guide to learn how to make your own tick tubes for your yard. Includes video and diagrams.
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Well, in this article I’m going to go deep into all the nitty gritty details of cardboard and newspaper – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m going list out the potential risks people bring up in regards to both cardboard and newspaper and try to address them in the most fact based way possible. Nitty Gritty, Need To Know, Cardboard, Improve Yourself
COMPOSTING PAPER & CARDBOARD - Is it safe?
Well, in this article I’m going to go deep into all the nitty gritty details of cardboard and newspaper – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m going list out the potential risks people bring up in regards to both cardboard and newspaper and try to address them in the most fact based way possible.
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Everyone seems to portray raised bed gardens as the way to go if you want the best garden, but is it? There are a lot of reasons why raised beds are not the best choice. Learn more in this article.
DO NOT MAKE RAISED BED GARDENS
Everyone seems to portray raised bed gardens as the way to go if you want the best garden, but is it? There are a lot of reasons why raised beds are not the best choice. Learn more in this article.
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Just about every gardener who has grown plants from seed will encounter an ‘over-sown’ pot. I have been separating seedlings for years and have developed my techniques for seedlings in any stage of growth. In this article I’m going to show you what tools and materials should have on hand before you get started, how to separate both small and more mature seedlings, and finally how to deal with transplant shock. Flower Seedlings, Tree Seedlings, Cardinal Flower, Farm Gardens, Small Gardens, Potting Soil, Sowing, Growing Plants
HOW TO SEPARATE SEEDLINGS
Just about every gardener who has grown plants from seed will encounter an ‘over-sown’ pot. I have been separating seedlings for years and have developed my techniques for seedlings in any stage of growth. In this article I’m going to show you what tools and materials should have on hand before you get started, how to separate both small and more mature seedlings, and finally how to deal with transplant shock.
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