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On Heirloom Seeds

What is an Heirloom Variety?Simply put, an heirloom is exactly what it sounds like. In much the same way you might pass down a quilt or piece of jewelry from generation to generation in your family, seeds from heirloom varieties have been passed down through the years such that we have true-to-type seed from [...]

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The Wonderful Wabi-Kusa

Wabi-sabi isn’t easily translated into the English language—in fact, there is no direct translation. It is an all-encompassing term for the Japanese aesthetic school of thought that the imperfection, incompleteness, and irregularities of a thing are the qualities that make it beautiful. Wabi-sabi is the acceptance and appreciation of the natural state of [...]

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More Tips to Ending Waste with Your Garden

....You have stuff all over your home that can have a second life and save you both the money you’ve already spent on them AND money you might potentially spend in the future on a product you could make yourself with your discard. ...The key to limiting waste is creativity, and giving your garbage as [...]

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What's Going On This Earth Day?

April marks the beginning of Earth Month, and Earth Day is April 22 this year. We encourage all who are able to get out there and join the millions of others this month who will be celebrating the natural beauty of our planet and engaging in activities to clean up our Earth and educate others on how they [...]

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Seed Starting Basics

We are nearing the beginning of February, and gardeners everywhere are beginning to receive their first seed catalogs in the mail, scan the internet for new ideas and varieties, and prepare for planting day. While many of us have a wait until we can till up the garden soil and sow outdoors, we can [...]

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Ending Waste with Your Garden

Waste is a bummer. Waste, aside from being disappointing in general, is a huge source of money loss when we’ve missed the opportunity to reuse something and get more bang for our buck. This is particularly noticeable when it comes to food items, like fruit and produce, which we often purchase based on [...]

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Juice Gardening

Juice It Up!Juicing is a relatively new health trend gaining popularity throughout the U.S. But why? Haven’t we always drank juice?Turns out, the difference between the apple juice you find in the grocery store and the juice that comes from a juicer is great. Juicing your own fruits and vegetables allows you to closely monitor [...]

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Composting Basics: What Do I Need to Start?

As spring approaches, you may consider creating your own compost to make sure that your flowers, fruits, or vegetables are vibrant and healthy this year. Beginning a compost bin is an excellent idea for any gardener, regardless of experience—once installed, your compost bin or composter won’t require a ton of attention, as nature has [...]

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Composting Basics: What (and What Not) to Compost

Deciding what to add to your compost begins with understanding what different kinds of organic materials bring to the microorganisms that will be breaking them down. All living things—or things that have once been alive—contain carbon and nitrogen, and this carbon and nitrogen is what microbes consume to cause decomposition. Carbon is used [...]

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Composting Basics: Types of Composters

Worm CompostingWorm composting, or vermicomposting, uses earthworms on top of the microorganisms at work already in the decomposition process to turn waste into usable compost. Worm composters and composting systems keep worms contained, and as you supply organic materials for the worms to eat, they pass it through their bodies and excrete castings, or [...]

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