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Herbs in Containers

Forest Highlands Kitchen Garden

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Discover how a kitchen garden works in a cold, challenging climate. This 29 year old garden was put back into growing vegetables for the kitchen in 2015.
Bee on Buckwheat Blossoms

Cover Crops - Better Soil in a Month

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Cover crops – also called green manures – have improved soil for thousands of years. We look at what one month of growth provides in an average raised bed.
Candy Sweet Onions

Fall Onions Made Easy

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Growing fall onions usually comes down to one question - “What onions can be grown this fall?” Sweet onions are the safest bet, we'll show you why!
Buckwheat Cover Crops

Cover Crops FAQ

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Our cover crops have created lots of questions about how to use them, so we've made this article a Q&A format for the most frequent questions.
Crimson Clover Cover Crops

Planting Cover Crops for a Better Garden

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Cover crops are an easy, effective and inexpensive way to improve soil fertility and help manage weeds, pests and diseases. Don't let your soil go naked!
Tatsoi Mustard

Second Chance Gardening

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Fall is the "Second Chance" for an abundant crop of cool season vegetables. We share some unique planting tips to make your garden a success!
Biting Insect - Mosquito

Biting Insects Repellents You Can Grow

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Biting insects are the bane of gardening – just when it's perfect to enjoy the garden those annoying biting insects join the party. These 8 herbs will help!
Direct Sowing Anasazi Bean

Direct Sowing Your Garden Successfully

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Direct sowing can be done almost any time of the year - spring, summer or fall.. Read how to avoid common problems and set yourself up for success!
Seed Germination at Seed Savers Exchange

Easy Seed Germination Testing at Home

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Our easy and simple germination test shows whether your seeds are good or not with supplies in your kitchen. Stop guessing and know for sure!
Pitcher of Milk

Milk and Molasses – Magic for Your Garden

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Do you know the magic of milk and molasses in improving your garden? Plain old milk is a miracle for plants, soil and compost. Molasses boosts the benefits!
Ripe Vine Peaches

Vine Peach - Ancient Melon of Many Uses

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Vine Peach is a hardy, drought tolerant, prolific ancient baseball sized melon of many uses from shade & windbreak to secret cooking element & room perfume.
Seed Savers Exchange Garden

Easy Garden Ideas

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A garden can be easy and simple, with food, flowers, butterflies or just a spot with beautiful colors and relaxing, invigorating scents to relax after work.
Thai Basil

Heirloom Basil – So Much More Than Pesto

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Basil is much more than an Italian herb for pasta sauce and pesto. From sacred uses to food, medicine and aroma, it's easy to grow and highly beneficial.
Intercropped Lettuces

How to Grow More from Your Same Garden Space

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Growing more from the same garden space might seem impossible. We share a few proven and tested techniques perfect for today’s gardens, large or small.
Alpine Strawberries in Hand

Alpine Strawberries have a Sweet History

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Alpine strawberries have captivated our taste buds for a very long time. They are tiny yet hugely flavorful ancestors of our common strawberry.
Papalo Leaf

Papalo - Heat Loving Cilantro Alternative

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Papalo is a fabulous, unknown, ancient Mexican herb you should be growing. A heat-loving cilantro alternative, its flavors are both bolder and more complex.
Handfull of Achocha

Achocha - the Unknown Cucumber Relative

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Achocha is a delicious and unknown member of the cucumber family with almost complete immunity from the diseases and pests which attack other cucurbits.
Growing Bed Moved

Building a Recycled Growing Bed

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A growing bed can be made from many materials, but when you factor in the ability to make a growing bed from recycled components, then the opportunities become almost limitless.
Cucumber Seedling Germination

Seed Germination Observations

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Seed germination is affected by several factors – moisture, temperature, light, soil and time. We look at a recent test we did and lessons learned.
Kellog's Potting Soil OMRI

Potting Soils - the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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Potting soils come in all shapes and sizes, but do those potting soils really work as advertised and contain healthy, wholesome ingredients to help your precious seedlings get that critical head start they need?
Square Foot Potting Soil Closeup

Are Seed Starting Mixes Worth Your Money?

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Seed starting mixes can be confusing – what’s good and what’s junk? Is the extra expense worth it, or is the cheapest mix just as good? Let's take a look!
Heirloom Tomato

Determinate and Indeterminate Tomatoes –What’s the Difference?

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Are determinate tomatoes best for your garden, or would an indeterminate be better for you? How to tell, and what do the terms mean, exactly?
Potato Leaf and-Regular Leaf Tomato

Heirloom Tomato Leaves - Potato Leaf vs Regular Leaf

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Heirloom tomato leaves have two main different and distinct types of leaves – potato leaf and regular leaf. We'll show you the differences!
Heirloom Chile Inspection

Growing Quality Heirloom Chiles

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Take a short trip with us to see what goes into growing quality heirloom chiles from a world-class breeder.
Succession Planting

Succession Planting – Boosting Garden Production

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Succession planting is basically one crop following another in the same space to maximize the amount of food produced. We'll show you how to do it!
Bindweed Flowers

Controlling Bindweed in the Garden

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Field bindweed is one of the most invasive and destructive weeds in cropland and gardens. Read why it grows and how improving soil fertility controls it.
Bermuda Grass

Stopping Bermuda Grass in the Garden

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Bermuda grass: love it or hate it - most people fall into one of the two camps; there doesn’t seem to be much in-between.
Heirloom Seed Corn

Heirloom Corn Types & Planting Tips

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Heirloom corn is becoming popular as people taste the depths of flavors they offer. There is much more than just the sweet, fresh eating varieties!
Watermelon Dessert

Heirloom Watermelons – Size vs Flavor

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With watermelons, both size and flavor matter. Heirloom watermelons grown at home will give the absolute best flavor and taste, regardless of size.
Aquaponics Process

Successful Aquaponics Seed Starting

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Successful Aquaponics Seed Starting is fairly simple, but there are a few basic things to know before getting started. Here's how to start successfully.
Rabbit in Garden

Critters In The Garden Questions

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We share some of the best ways our customers have found of keeping critters out of the garden and your heard-earned veggies!
Fungus Gnat

Controlling Fungus Gnats in Seedlings

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Fungus gnats are more a nuisance than a real problem in seedlings, but we'll show why they show up, how to monitor and control them.
Seedling Damping Off

Damping off – Causes and Control

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Damping-off is a soil borne fungal disease that can attack almost all young vegetable seedlings. We show simple methods to control and treat damping off.
Cucamelon Tubers

Overwintering Cucamelons

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Cucamelons can be overwintered as a perennial if they produce tubers in their roots. This technique gives earlier and larger harvests the second year.
Heirloom Lettuce

Improve Lettuce Seed Germination

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Lettuce seed won't sprout in too warm soil, so it's ideal for early and late season planting. We'll show you when and how to plant for the best results!
Coconut Geranium on Seed Screen

Seed Quality from Two Perspectives

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Seed quality is important to the home gardener, small scale grower and large farmer. Make better choices and buy wiser by understanding seed quality
Squash Bugs

Late Season Pest and Disease Prevention

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Pest and disease prevention is a major topic for many gardeners and for good reason. We take a top down approach to manage for next season with easy tips.
Garden Tools

Garden Tool Cleanup

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Fall and early winter is a great time to do a garden tool cleanup, do any needed repairs and see if there is any other tools needed for next year.
Aphids on Leaf

Controlling Aphids Naturally

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Aphids are perennial pests that gardeners deal with, often with very mixed results. We'll show you both prevention and treatment methods for aphids.
Blossom End Rot

Blossom End Rot - What To Do

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Blossom end rot is a perennial problem for gardeners. We'll show you both preventative and immediate techniques to minimize this all-too-common disease.
Wild Galapagos Tomato

Wild Galapagos Tomato

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The Wild Galapagos Tomato (Solanum cheesmaniae), is very popular for its production and adaptability to extreme environments from hot to cold.
Good Seed Germination

What Happened To My Seed Germination?

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Seed germination issues happen every spring and challenge many new and experienced gardeners and growers. We cover the biggest hurdles and how to fix them.
Elephant Garlic

Seed Saving for Quality Interview

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Seed saving is very popular today, but planting those seeds can give very mixed results; understanding seed quality avoids disappointment and confusion.
Humboldt Elementary School Garden

Humboldt Elementary School Garden

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The Humboldt Elementary School Garden was started about 20 years ago by Linneal Nick, a former teacher who raised money for the original raised bed garden.
Mini Bottle Gourd

Gourds Today

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Gourds are well known today for their use in beautiful artwork and crafting. Historically gourds have been a part of many societies since ancient times.
Seed Planting

Seed Orientation During Planting Improves Germination

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Seed orientation during planting isn’t something that most gardeners pay attention to, but perhaps they should as it could improve their germination rates.
Raised Bed with Compost

Compost - What We've Learned

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Compost is one of those foundational cornerstones of any successful garden. It really is simple to make and we'll show you how we do it!
White Sonora Wheat
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White Sonora Wheat – Perfect Grain for the Home Gardener

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White Sonora Wheat is popular again as many claim it's the best flour for cakes, breads and tortillas.Easy to grow!
Mature Dill Seeds

Harvesting Dill

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Homegrown dill is delicious, easy to grow and easy to harvest. We'll show you how!
Elephant Garlic

Where Does That Plant Come From? Botany 101

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Many varieties of plants do not grow, or grow well, from seed. To help your understanding, here's a quick botany lesson on plants and how they reproduce.