a little farming
Try Puhwem 'Mother Corn,' a revered Native American corn variety. Our latest MotherEarthNews.com 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.
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!
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!
Stinging nettles are fantastic. Only available for a short time in late winter early spring. I like to boil them in salted water, chop them up and fold it into a cream based pasta dish. Very earthy flavor but less bitter than most greens. Even more delicate than spinach. Very important to cook them through as they do sting.
Things you MUST have in your garden/yard! a list of 10, but only starting with Garlic, Nettles and Elderberry!
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.
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!
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.