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Some Beginners Tips For Starting Your Organic Garden


Yes, It’s that time of year again. Time to get into gardening mode. I truly do love this time of year, the chickadee’s are singing the spring “fee-bee”song, the coyote’s are howling, the days are getting longer, and I can smell it in the air. As for my gardening preparation, I can’t do anything outside yet as the ground is still Check Out The Rest of “Some Beginners Tips For Starting Your Organic Garden” →

Planting Schedule


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I have had quite a few requests again this year to post a planting schedule, because of space restrictions on this blog it is far easier to post a link to Check Out The Rest of “When Do I Plant That ???” →

7 Veggies That Just Love To Start Out Early


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Green Peas

Here is list of 7 vegetables that can be started very early, most as soon as the ground can be worked. They are all very hardy or hardy and thrive in cooler weather. Don’t be afraid to set them out in the cooler weather. They really do like and can handle the frost !!

1.- Peas – are a very hardy vegetable that can be sown directly in the garden as soon as the soil can be worked. Which is usually 5-6 weeks before the average date of your last frost. Plant them about 2 inches deep and 2 inches apart. Provide a nice trellis for them to climb on . They like Check Out The Rest of “7 Veggies That Just Love To Start Out Early” →

7 of our Favorite Small Space Vegetables


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Edible container garden in NYC. Credit Tashian at Flickr

Spring is on it’s way and if you’re doing your gardening in a small space, especially in containers, or square foot gardening. You should be looking for vegetable varieties listed as ‘compact’ or ‘dwarf’. Great for the urban or suburban dweller where space is at a premium.
There are many different varieties of vegetables out there that you can use for compact container gardens or limited space you just have to Check Out The Rest of “7 of our Favorite Small Space Vegetables” →

Do-it-yourself Pole-barn Building


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Do-it-yourself Pole-barn Building

If you need to add shelter to your homestead easily and economically, pole barns are right for you. They’re the fastest, most cost-effective way to build permanent, solid shelter to store equipment, house livestock, or function as a garage or workshop facility. You can even use the pole barn approach to build a year-round home. A big part of the attraction is simplicity. There are only four steps involved in pole-barn building, and the first one’s even optional! None of the work requires fancy tools or finely honed skills.

The steps to pole-building success are simple: Create a level base pad (if you want more than just the earth underfoot), set poles vertically into holes in the ground, connect them across the top with beams and braces, then put roof trusses on top. No need for a complicated foundation, either. Even in regions with cold, frost-prone winters, pole barns endure well with nothing more than Check Out The Rest of “Do-it-yourself Pole-barn Building” →

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