Perfect Tyme for Thyme

By Lora Krall Perfect Tyme for Thyme | Herbal Living Winter is cold, full of sickness and not much energy, it is the perfect tyme for thyme! The Greek word for thyme was said to mean “fumigate” for its strong balsamic odor.  It was often used as an incense to dispel illness and germs in …

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5 All-Natural Tricks To Save Your Garden From Fungus

Written by: Steve Nubie I’ve been gardening for more than 40 years. I’m particularly fond of vegetable gardening, although my wife is an avid gardener with flowers and decorative plants. Both of us, though, have confronted the challenge of various forms of fungus growing on leaves, and we’re both very hesitant about any chemical sprays. …

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11 Unique, Lightning-Fast Vegetables You Can STILL Grow From Seed

Written by: Mary Dyer Survival Gardening [ repost: http://www.offthegridnews.com/survival-gardening-2/11-unique-lightning-fast-vegetables-you-can-still-plant-from-seed/  ]   By the time August ends, your vegetable garden likely has a number of bare spots. This is a good thing, indeed, and a sign that the bounty of a successful harvest has enriched your dinner table and replenished your cupboards and freezer for the …

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Winter Hoop House Harvest Schedule

By Pam Dawling If you don't yet have a hoop house (high tunnel), this winter and spring harvesting schedule should give you encouragement to get one. We are in Zone 7a, so if you are in a colder climate, add inner tunnels (we don't need them), and adjust the dates to see what you can …

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Farmhouse Cheddar for Beginners

Farmhouse Cheddar By Ricki Carroll Ingredients: 2 gallons whole milk  (You can use raw milk or store-bought) 1 packet direct set mesophilic starter or 4 ounces prepared mesophilic starter 1/2 teaspoon liquid rennet (or 1/2 rennet tablet) diluted in 1/4 cup cool, unchlorinated water 1 tablespoon cheese salt Cheese wax (optional) [repost: http://blog.cheesemaking.com/farmhouse-cheddar-beginners/%5D Directions: 1. …

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Hatching Your Own Chicks

[ reposted from my Cappers Farmer blog: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/blogs/falcos-poultry.aspx ] Hatching out your own chicks using an incubator can initially seem to be a daunting task.  My preference is to allow hens to hatch their own chicks, but you may want to use an incubator until you have a few great broody hens willing to do …

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Mushrooms: The Perfect, Indoor, Fast-Growing Winter Crop

Written by: Jacki Andre The idea of gardening indoors during the winter can be daunting. It’s easy to feel defeated by the low levels of sunlight and the limited amount of space. But some crops are excellent choices to grow inside during the winter, and mushrooms are one. They will happily grow in a plastic …

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This Water Pump Is Propelled By The Water It Pumps

With a ram pump, you don’t have to worry about being waterless if your electricity goes out. [by Jesse Frost April 27, 2016 repost: http://www.hobbyfarms.com/this-water-pump-is-propelled-by-the-water-it-pumps/%5D Moving water has been a challenge for farmers since time immemorial. Water wants to flow downhill, and often, you need it to flow uphill. Your animals need it. Your garden …

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5 Small Vegetable Garden Plans

As homesteaders, we tend to equate self-reliance and food production with acreage.  While acres surely help in self-reliance, they are not completely necessary...  at least at the beginning.  I do not specialize in small gardens, but I wanted to offer these plans as inspiration for everyone just getting started.  Urban homesteading is most certainly on …

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10 Edible Greens to Plant Now

In most climates, leafy greens such as lettuces, arugula, spinach, chard and mustard greens grow best planted in late summer or early spring, where the plants thrive in the warm daytime temperatures and cool nighttime ones. In mild-winter areas, or with the help of cold frames and frost blankets, you can grow these crops throughout …

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