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Backyard gardening doesn’t have to be a grand display in the back yard. You can do that, or you can plant a couple pots of herbs and spices on teh windowsill.

Soil Mixture for Filling a Raised Bed Garden

Soil Mixture for Filling a Raised Bed Garden

Raised garden beds are quite popular in urban settings.  Small lots of neatly arranged gardens can produce a good amount of output if implemented properly.  Often there is a struggle to fill them with teh best soil and get the best growing results. There are many ways to fill a …

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Earthworms Are The OG Recycler

One of Earth’s original recyclers, earthworms are our planet’s greatest composters. Earthworms need few requirements to thrive; a dark, moist environment with plenty to eat is all they need. The result is nature’s perfect fertilizer. Your earthworms will consume old newspaper from your garage, coffee grounds, melon rinds, veggie scraps, …

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To Kill a Honey Bee

honey bee

To Kill a Honey Bee I was alarmed when I first heard about bee colonies collapsing in 2007; entire colonies of bees either dead or simply vanished. Fingers point to GMO crops, pesticides, parasitic mites, disease, etc. It’s such a dire situation apparently, Monsanto went on the offensive and publicly …

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The Mega Mini Hoop Hot House

Budget Building a Small Hoop House The springs here in Seattle aren’t all that warm.  Especially for growing things like tomatoes, Indian eggplants, lemon cukes, peppers, and similar hot loving plants that we all love to start early in the season.  This season I started plenty of seeds early in …

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Making Seed Starter Plant Mix

Making Your Potting Mix 1 part wet wood stove pellet (make sure its pure wood) 1 part fine pine bark 1 part peat moss (optional) can substitute coconut coir instead of peat 1 part coarse sand For a starter soil you want something fine and light.  You also want to …

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Collecting Celery Seeds

Collecting Celery Seeds To collect celery seed you need to wait until the seeds are dry and brown.  Hold a bowl underneath them as you roll the seeds between your fingers.  If they don’t fall out into the bowl then they aren’t ready anyway.  With some practice you can hold …

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Chicken Fueled Early Greens

Cold Frame Greens

Chicken Fueled Early Greens Here is the greens patch we grow a lot of micro greens and smaller leaf greens in. We have two of these made with scrap lumber and a polypropylene corrugated top. The top will lift back on those warmer days so that they don’t get overheated. …

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Seeds Started

Here is a typical tray of 6 pack starters.  These are easy to find and are very common in the nursery trade.  They are cheap, and reusable if you take the time to sterilize them between growings.

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New tool

My new favorite tool. Not sure what it’s called. It’s a Japanese hand tool. Really makes a difference planting starts.

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