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Many civilizations have been interested in growing herbs and using them in a variety of different ways. The ancient Greeks and Romans used dill and laurel to crown heroes and in the Middle Ages mint was important as a cleansing agent. The early Chinese used others in medicine and still do so today, to prevent and even cure disease. The Benefits of Growing Herbs Many of the early settlers in America had a sunny corner…

Hydroponic gardening is becoming a very popular hobby due to the fact that you can grow your plants and vegetables without soil using nutrient-rich water. This means you can move the garden into a smaller space either indoors or outdoors. Benefits of Hydroponic Growing Well with hydroponic gardening you can be rid of those nasties which come with soil, you can avoid having to chemically spray your plants for garden pests, thus making what you…

Garden pests such as insects and animals can cause a huge amount of damage to anything that is growing in the garden. Nothing is more frustrating than having your hard work destroyed by unwelcome guests. Garden pests come in all shapes and sizes from the smallest creepy crawly to something the size of a deer and they can damage or destroy a small section or a whole plant. Every gardener will have to deal with…

There are 4 basic necessities for home composting – nitrogen, carbon, air, and water. So how do we get started, what can be recycled? Anything that’s lived before is a rule of thumb. Greens – Nitrogen rich materials, rapidly decomposing Fruit, vegetable scraps Raw table scraps Grass clippings – spread in layers to prevent bulking Scraps for home composting Flower cuttings & garden plants Young green weeds – as long as they have not gone…

With daily headlines and all the talk about environmental conservation and proper garbage disposal, home composting is at the forefront, along with fuel efficiency and water conservation. For most people, home composting is one of the most environmentally beneficial activities to get involved in. Home Composting Facts In the US alone, garden and food wastes make up 28% of the waste stream. What this means is that a large portion of your garbage can be…

Growing strawberries in your garden then adding them to ice-cream in a dish, just thinking about that terrific combination gets the taste buds racing, how often has the thought going through your mind, could eat these all day, every day! Ok, let’s stop daydreaming; growing strawberries is easy, and I’ll show you how to reap the benefits of this delicious healthy fruit. Let’s step into the garden, and choose a site that is protected from…

It can be so rewarding to grow seeds indoors and then to transplant into the garden. Following our guidelines below will provide you with healthier plants and an increases harvest. There are several reasons that you might want to grow your own vegetables or flowers from seeds: You can start them off early, when it’s still too cold outside, then transplant into the garden when the weather warms up. The harvest season can be extended.…

Growing vegetables in your backyard can provide you with the tastiest produce and at a much lower price than you would find in the store. It’s also a great activity that all members of the family can enjoy together. Growing Vegetables in a Raised Bed When planning for growing vegetables, consider that most plants producing fruit will require full sunlight. There are a few leafy varieties that can take partially shady conditions, but for the…

Balcony gardening is the ideal solution for people with little or no ground level garden areas to be able to enjoy the beauty of an outdoor space. This may include growing flowers, small shrubs, dwarf trees, fruit trees, herbs or even vegetables. Whether you live in a small home with an outdoor garden, an apartment, or in a high rise building you don’t have to miss out on the pleasure of growing your plants, you…