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How to Treat Plant Diseases Organically

During the dog days of summer plant disease tend to thrive. With a little care and watching your plants you should be able to cure any disease that could damage or kill vegetables, fruits or landscape plants. Any plant can fall victim to some type of plant disease. But before you resort to drastic measures or harsh chemicals, try a few forms of organic treatments. Organic gardening and landscape methods are easier and safer for the environment...

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Hay Bale Gardening Techniques

There has been a recent move in gardening to plant in hay bales. I have used bales on and off for about 10 years. One year when I was having trouble getting my garden tilled I heard that some people used hay bales to plant in and being one to try the new and unusual decided I should give it a try. And to my surprise the bales were a success and they had a unique look. photo credit: Valerie Everett I prefer straw bales as they contain less seed...

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Natural Insect Control Recipes and Tips

As many of us are about to start gardening, its time to think of those garden pests that try to take over you garden if you let them. It’s been many years since I used chemical sprays in my yard but sometimes you need a way to control insects. I use natural insect control methods only. Here are a few techniques that work for me. photo credit: Arthur Chapman First if you keep weeds down in the garden (mulching is great) the insects will not...

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Grow Heirloom Seeds in your Gardens

 For those of you who visit my site often you know I like to grow unique or odd seeds. I also enjoy growing heirloom seeds. Heirloom seeds are seeds with a rich historical background that have often been saved and passed down from one family generation to another. Many of these seeds were brought over on the Mayflower or when people immigrated to the United States. photo credit: Antoaneta There are two very important reasons to grow heirloom...

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The Gardener’s Rake Weekly tip: November 3, 2008

As winter tries to creep in there are still a few gardening chores that need to be done. If you haven’t planted the last of your perennials and shrubs you need to get that done this week. At least you do in NW PA. photo credit: cliff1066 It’s also important to cover garden areas and around plants and shrubs to protect the ground. If the frost gets into the ground too deeply around newly planted plants, shrubs and trees the frost will...

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Home canning basics – Part one

Canning food gives you the opportunity to keep your garden produce for later use, to save money and to know the food you put on your table is as chemical free as it can be. Canning is easy once you have done it several times but you must always use care to make sure your end product is properly canned. Improper canning can lead to food that spoils or contains bacteria. The following series of you tube videos will show you different types of...

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