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Heirloom Seed Preservation and Heritage Horticulture

Try Puhwem 'Mother Corn,' a revered Native American corn variety. Our latest blog by Garden Editor Shelley Stonebrook discusses this fascinating corn, one of the tallest Native American corns known. A huge plus? Its height makes it racoono-proof!

Mason Bees. Boost your garden's productivity by providing a happy home for peaceful, non-stinging Mason bees. Slightly smaller than honeybees, mason bees are incredible pollinators. Each one visits as many as 1000 blooms per day — 20 times as many as a honeybee! Hang this natural bamboo house against a tree or wall where it will get morning sun and attract bees. Female bees fill the bamboo tubes with their eggs, and nectar and pollen for the young to eat.

The Essence of Permaculture Gardening - good article to learn about Permaculture basics

A great idea for growing salads and herbs right next to where your outdoor cooking area sits!

Snip your carrot tops rather than thinning them to prevent carrot fly!

Five things you will need if you're planting seeds for the first time

Nice article on how to grow a vegetable garden and landscape it for beauty as well as efficiency in a small space from decorology: Decorating for your garden!

Lady bugs are a natural pest control. Keep more of them around by filling a 4"x1' long tube with sticks. The lady bugs will make it their home and watch over your garden.

How to plant garlic (one clove produces up to twenty more) - you can always have fresh garlic!

Have you heard of succession planting? Ira Wallace tells how to have fresh produce all year 'round using this technique.

Plants have best friends just like people do. Marigolds help tomatoes and roses grow better. Nasturtiums keep bugs away from squash and broccoli. Petunias protect beans from beetles and oregano chases them away from cucumbers. Geraniums keep Japanese beetles away from roses and corn. Chives make carrots sweeter, and basil makes tomatoes even tastier

How to propagate rosemary and lavender; also works for basil

Carrots are easy to grow in pots. great for small spaces or questionable ground soil. Good to know!

Got milk? Researchers in South America have found that a foliar spray of milk controls powdery mildew

Gardening with Chickens: Does It Really Work? Plus, how to introduce new chicks to an existing flock.

Crop Profiles, Growing instructions from Hobby Farm Home Magazine.

Almost Organic Weed Killer Spray Recipe From Your Kitchen: 1/2 gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar 1/4 c table salt 1/2 tsp Dawn liquid dish soap Mix and pour into a spray bottle Spray weeds thoroughly. It makes 1/2 gallon for around $6.40 It worked better than Round Up & killed the weeds on first application. The Dawn dish soap strips the weed of it's protective oils so the vinegar can work with deadly force. Safe to use a yard used by pets.

Artichokes as an edible hedge (via HipChickDigs)

Survival Gardening - this guy has lots of tips for growing food