Indoor Gardens and Cats: Keeping Your Pets Out of Your Crops

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A healthy garden requires care, patience, and protection from predators. One of those predators could be a feline. Cats can cause a great deal of damage to our gardens. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to protect our plants and crops without harming our furry little friends.

The Amazing Health Benefits of Holy Basil

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Holy Basil or Tulsi is one of the most powerful herbs alive. The name “Tulsi” means “The Incomparable One” because of its unique health benefits. The herb was a staple of Hindu mythology and considered sacred by the Indian royalty. Modern science has shown that this distinctive herb is incredibly good for balancing the mind, body, and spirit.

DIY Solutions for the Garden

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Upcycling with Do It Yourself Gardening Techniques Shelling out money for flower gardening supplies can be a real pain in the grass. For many homeowners, gardening expenses are some of the first to be cut when the going gets tough. Fortunately, do-it-yourself solutions to garden needs can be found all around the house. By recycling […]

Companion Plants for Organic Gardening

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When it comes to organic gardening, you want the best of both worlds. You want healthy, bug free plants without resorting to toxins or pesticides. However, garden pests don’t always cooperate. One great organic solution is to plant companion plants. These plants can help to ward off bugs and make the plants you love grow bigger and stronger. Here are some examples…

The Difference Between Heirlooms, Hybrids, and GMOs

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There is nothing quite like the taste of a fresh fruit or vegetable straight from the garden. To the eye of the gardener, this vegetable picked ripe off of the vine is perfect. They nurtured it, carefully tended to it, and then finally, get to enjoy the fruit of their labors. However, compare this vegetable to one at the grocery store and it is suddenly asymmetrical, small, not candy apple red, and even has, gasp!, a brown spot.

Urban Homesteader Produces 6,000 lbs of Organic Food on 1/10th Acre

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With over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year, they are able to produce over 90% food they eat, and they sell food on their front porch making about $20,000 a year.

LED Light Bulbs are an Economical and Green Alternative to Other Grow Lights

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A Purdue University study by Professor Carry Mitchel and doctorial student Celina Gomez shows that using LED lights instead of the conventional HPS lights (high pressure sodium) for growing tomatoes could give the same yields of fruit from the plants while using 25% of the energy the HPS lights use.

How to Start a Vegetable Garden – How to Grow Vegetables

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It’s easy enough to say you want to build an organic garden, but how does one actually get started? Before I get into my four beginning principals, let me say that these directions I’m writing are applicable to anywhere: backyards, smallholdings, allotments, farms. You can even apply them to containers you might only have space for on your apartment balcony. I’ve helped build and design gardens from small window sill pots to 200 acre properties. The elements are the same. Stick to the plan and you won’t go wrong.