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How to Kill Aphids Naturally, without harmful chemicals

As you can see, Aphids are devouring this tip off one of my potato plants.  I noticed that Aphids were tearing up my potato plants and were really going after some of my other crop vegtables like spinach, peppers, and even some of my tomatoes.  A long time ago, I read that one could mix up a …

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The Perfect Garden Soil

My wife and I (mostly my wife) are continually researching online the best and cheapest way to do things.  With gardening, we’re firm believers in Square Foot Gardening.  We’re new to it, but our first crops are doing well, as you can see in the picture of our greenhouse below. The soil is an extremely …

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How to Manually Pollinate Vegetable Plants

My vegetables are growing in a greenhouse that we build into our home.  This means I don’t have the benefit of insects pollinating my blossoming flowers and must do the job myself.  It is not difficult at all if you know what you’re looking at, so I am going to break down the process step …

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Grow Potatoes in an Expandable Potato Box

This is my first year growing potatoes, but I have read a lot about growing potatoes in various structures like a trash can or in stacked used tires.  I decided to try an idea I saw on the internet about potato boxes. Potatoes are a tuber, not a root, so the potatoes grow around the …

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Seed Starting – Make your own seed-starting trays out of eggshells

If you are careful cracking them to only open the tip end, you can save the eggshells from your daily cooking for use in seed starting.  Make sure to rinse them!  Just set them aside until you have enough to start enough seeds for your early spring planting. As you can see, they can add …

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Saving Eggs

Saving eggs – Hens do not produce many eggs during the colder months. During my first year raising chickens, I did not know that hens virtually stop laying over the winter.  This means the availability of fresh eggs is almost non-existent.  During the summer and into fall, I have more eggs than I know what …

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Preserve Hard Cheeses for up to 25 Years through Waxing

What you need: Hard cheese, preferably room temperature to avoid condensation moisture Cheese wax, preferably a dark color to block light. Double boiler using a pan you won’t use for anything else Waxed paper Brush with natural hair bristles such as a boar’s hair brush Food handling gloves Instructions: Wear food handling gloves and keep …

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How to Make Homemade Laundry Soap

This laundry soap works really well with both traditional top-load washers and high-efficiency front-load washing machines. It has a light, fresh scent that is almost undetectable after the wash cycle. It is very inexpensive to make, and produces 5 gallons of soap for each batch. The one factor to remember is that this is not …

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