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Expert Tips for Growing Early Tomato Varieties

By Barbara Pleasant, In almost any climate, the best time to start most tomato seeds is six to eight weeks before your average last spring frost. This tried-and-true schedule provides juicy tomatoes by high summer, but many gardeners and cooks become impatient for sun-ripened tomatoes earlier. You can satisfy this premature tomato craving by learning how …Read More

Kill pests without pesticides

by Angela O’Callaghan/Desert Gardening, The beginning of fall is the time for garden cleanup. Tomato plants might have a few fruits that could be coddled until temperatures drop into the fifties, but other than that, its time to spruce up the garden and prepare for the next growing season, which can begin as early as mid-October. …Read More

A Homesteaders 5 Favorite Gardening Tools

By Anneli Carter-Sundqvist, To have correct and well taken care of gardening tools is a great place to start any gardening endeavor. Here at Deer Isle Hostel and Homestead we only use hand tools (non-powered) in our gardens since we find that we can get the job done easier and more efficiently with a more correct impact …Read More

Ways to Support the Local Foods Movement

By Crystal Stevens, Eating locally is a vitally important way each of us can contribute to a more sustainable community and food shed. Based on the Permaculture Zone Principles, charted in a bull’s eye pattern, each circle represents sustainable ways to access food in our own communities. According to these principles, it is best to grow …Read More

Citrus Fruits Are for Everyone – Organic Gardening

By Nan K. Chase, Citrus and Florida. Citrus and California. Citrus and Texas. Those are natural pairings. How about Citrus and the Appalachian Mountains. Citrus and Colorado. Citrus and New England. It’s time to rethink who can grow lemons, limes, blood oranges, and all sorts of other citrus fruits. The payoff with growing citrus fruits …Read More