Spring Garden Checklist

The First Step in Providing for Your Own Food

"Let's start at the very beginning.... It's a very good place to start..."  -- Yes, I am singing the "Sound of Music: Do-Re-Mi" song in my head as I am writing this.   Want to provide your own food?  Want to start your food planning process, but do not know where to begin?  This should …

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Growing Fall Broccoli and Brassicas

By Barbara Pleasant Thick mulch will help keep soil cool, a boon to fall broccoli and brassicas like this kohlrabi seedling. Photo by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff Is there some secret to growing good fall crops of broccoli and other cabbage family crops? I start the seedlings indoors, but as soon as I set them …

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15 Herbs You Should Try Blending for Your Next Cup of Tea

These are the herbs you need to make your own tea blend. Once you're familiar with the flavors and properties, feel free to mix and match!   By Rosemary Gladstar and Tania Hannan The following herbs are well-known for their effectiveness, versatility, and safety. Together, they make a wonderful apothecary for any budding herbalist. As …

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Herbalists’ Favorite Herbs

Discover outstanding herbs for a wide range of health concerns with these recommendations from five herb experts. Compiled and edited by Mother Earth Living staff We asked some of our favorite herbalists to name their favorite herbs for a variety of maladies. The result is a list of five herbs that can come in handy …

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65 Pieces of Survival Wisdom From the Great Depression

By: The Survival Mom It was the best of times, it was the very worst of times. America’s Great Depression of the 1930s was a time of starvation and subsistence survival for many families. Decades later, many survivors of those years hold on to the survival lessons they learned, from hoarding pieces of aluminum foil …

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3 Chores to Do Now to Prep Your Garden for Winter and Spring

These basic moves will revive your soil, renew your tools and make for a fruitful harvest next year Aislin Suparak Gibson                         September 7, 2017 Design Director of Modern Hive. As fall arrives, the days get shorter, and the rhythms of school and work return. Now is the time to clear the garden and plant for …

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Layout Tips for a Successful Vegetable Garden

Layout Tips for a Successful Vegetable Garden Want to harvest your own tomatoes, lettuce, basil, and more? Read on for essential how-tos in planning a vegetable garden layout. By Kelly Roberson Planning a vegetable garden and successfully harvesting your own produce is easier than you might think. The layout of a vegetable garden can make …

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The Heal-Everything Herb That Doubles As Bandages … And Toilet Paper

Written by: Erin Goodin It was brought to the Americas by European settlers and is now considered to be naturalized to North America. The settlers, in fact, had good reason to carry it with them: It has a long list of medicinal qualities. It is mullein, which grows all over the forests of North America …

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Seed Saving 101: How to Save Seeds

Seed Saving 101: How to Save Seeds Preserve your harvest from year to year with these easy seed-saving basics. [repost: http://www.motherearthliving.com/vegetable-gardening/seed-saving-how-to-save-seeds.aspx?newsletter=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=03.03.16%20MEL&utm_term=MEL%20eNews%5D By Tabitha Alterman September/October 2011 Growing an organic garden from seeds you saved yourself is the ultimate in gardening self-reliance. But that’s only one reason to take up this hobby. In addition to the …

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Growing Salad Year-Round: The Right Way To Do It

Written by: Kristen Duever Spring and summer bring a bounty of wonderful fresh vegetables to enjoy and for many, salad greens become a staple. But in the fall and winter, you might feel like you’re missing out if you can no longer enjoy fresh greens from your garden. For the most part, salad greens such …

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