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07/01/2010
by: Michael Podlesny

Cucumbers are the second most popular vegetable grown in a home vegetable garden according the United States Department of Agriculture. Who can argue? They are a great vegetable to eat and easy to grow. They have but one drawback. They require a lot of space if you just let them grow and vine out (indeterminate varieties of course).

You are in luck though. Cucumbers will grow wherever you direct them and if you are limited with horizontal space that means you can send them vertically. Here are four methods you can use to make sure you have plenty of room for all of your other vegetables.

Tomato Cage
07/01/2010
by: Julie Jackson

Homeschooling, back in the day, meant that a parent had to literally become the child’s teacher and hold class (in their home) for the child to attend. This was time consuming for the parent, meaning that they were bound by the schooling and the time it takes to teach a subject to the child. Parents in today’s society are very busy and in most households, it takes both the parents to hold normal jobs just to make ends meet; which leaves no time to homeschool their child, or does it?
07/01/2010

By Jesse Wayne

For those who have fruit trees, it’s essential for you to know the way to prune them properly. Pruning is the removal of lifeless or unneeded tree branches to promote the formation of blossoms. Keep reading for some recommendations to show you how to get the job done right.

Very often, a tree will dedicate some of its resources to branches that don’t need it, at the same time giving short shrift to branches which are bearing more fruit. When you take away the branches that are taking more than their share of nutrients, you are going to notice that the other ones begin to flourish. Moreover, pruning evens out the tree’s shape by making sure that you have the same density of branches all over. An excessive number of branches on just one side can cause the tree to become permanently crooked.

06/01/2010

By Dale Higgins

So... you've decided to take on the fun filled hobby of backyard chicken raising?

Excellent!

I'm sure by now you've bought a batch of baby chickens from your local pet store or expo center and brought them into your home with joy and excitement. Everyday you've fed them and played with them and enjoyed just watching them chirp and make a mess of themselves. For weeks you've sat there and watched them grow, but now you've realized that they are just too big to have inside your house in those empty milk cartons or fish aquariums that you were using to keep them in. You've figured it is time to build a chicken coop and I couldn't agree more.

The problem is...

06/01/2010

By Tiffany Savage

When you start raising meat rabbits, you will find yourself with an abundance of meat...and a whole lot of rabbit poop. Healthy rabbits produce two kinds of poop: the medium-sized little balls that most people are familiar with and cecotrophes which are tiny grape-like clusters of poop which rabbits usually re-ingest anally (don't worry, we're not going to go into further details about that subject right now). The latter is soft and rather unpleasant to clean up, so it's more likely to end up in your compost bin with rabbit bedding and fur which will undoubtedly cake into it. But those lovely little firm balls of poop that you see even from wild rabbits are ideal not only for composting, but also to throw directly into your garden at any time of the year.

06/01/2010

By Camille Rodriquez

So you've been homeschooling faithfully all year. It's been an okay year, but you're tired. The weather has changed and it's getting more and more difficult to get up, open up the lesson planner or math notebook and put on the smiling face. You hear yourself saying, "I just don't think I can make it until summer. What difference does it make if I just stop now?"

Well it makes a lot of difference! There are three important reasons for holding on through this challenging month, when many teachers, homeschool moms, and even students are asking this same question. What you do know will teach more than you know and how you handle this "temptation" and mood shift will be a precursor to how your children view education in general.

06/01/2010
by hemant kumar

NATURE is very liberal in giving us materials that can be used by the children in their work or play with very little expense. In fact, we hardly realize how much we have ready at hand unless our attention is especially called to it.
The materials vary in different parts of the country; for instance, in the South there are the pine-needles, the palmetto, the corn-husks, and the blue grass of Kentucky, the wistaria, grape-vines, and the rushes. An ingenious teacher, mother, or child will find many others when the possibilities of those mentioned above are learned. For more details visit to www.greatindustrialguide.com .As one goes farther North, one finds more beautiful grasses, rushes, birch bark, twigs from the trees, willows, grape-vines, and also the corn-husks, which have very beautiful coloring. Nature is indeed good to us if we know how to use her wealth.
06/01/2010
by aprilrein20

Imagine yourself living in a limited space in the city and yet enjoying the greenery right at the comfort of your simple abode. Impossible you say, but not anymore.
Introducing to the world the modern day greenhouse: HYDROPONICS.
What is Hydroponics? Hydroponics is your solution to having your own vegetation or gardening contained in your restricted place of living. It only needs water, nutrients and lighting. You don’t have to own a huge place in the country to have your own gardening since Hydroponics does not need a big amount of space.
If you plan to have this modern day greenhouse, then all you have to bear in mind is the important materials to consider:
06/01/2010
by Abel Jones

My Grandfather was an old school farmer from way back who depended on his crops for his living. He, like farmers then and now, knew that the secret to optimum yield and plant health begins in the soil. If the soil was just right and other conditions were favorable, his yields were higher and he could make a descent living that would get his family through the rest of the year.

My grandfather also knew that the condition and health of the soil directly influenced the plants ability to resist disease and insects. Having to use any type of insecticide on his farm was virtually unheard of. And yet, he had no insect problem.

So the question of what is the secret to healthier and more beautiful plants should really begin with the question of what is the secret to healthy soil.
05/01/2010

By Hayley Amber Coxand Rachael Cox

One of the first renaissance fairs in the country was held in California back in 1963. The brainchild of Phyllis Patterson, this was an event held in the spring and fall of each year, and it represented a typical English village of the 16th Century. Thus was born the colorful and entertaining spectacle of re-enactment/craft fairs.

These days, the events are typically held over a weekend, although some have grown into permanent theme parks. They enjoy huge popularity, partially due to the uniqueness of the experience, with attendees being encouraged to dress in period costume and to remain in 'character' for the duration of their visit.

05/01/2010

By C. Burdick

Your neighbors will always appreciate the appearance of a sturdy fence on your lot in good repair. The average wood fence lasts only 12-15 years -- depending on the weather conditions in your area, your wood fence may not even last that long! If you recently purchased an older home, be sure to investigate the condition of each wood fence, and be prepared to make a repair or two.
Your wood fence endures a tremendous amount of wear-and-tear and is continually subject to natural decay. A high wind, a fallen tree, or even an out-of-control car can deal the dying blow to your once-sturdy wood fence. Most likely, several sections will require repair or replacement during your home ownership. Check out these helpful do-it-yourself steps to save the money you would pay a carpenter to repair your wood fence!

05/01/2010

By Sergio Sage

Square foot gardening is the method of planning a small planted garden. This practice follows other organic gardening ideas and this method is well suited for areas with really poor soil or novice gardeners or people with disabilities. The original method in this practice normally contains an open box with finite amount of soil, divided into grids.

Each grid is planted with different kinds of plants and the number of plants per grid varied depending on the plant size. Normally, single tomato occupy the whole grid, herbs such as basil, oregano, or mint can be planted four in number, and about 16 radish plants can be planted in one grid. Climbing plants like pole beans are normally plants along the northern row to avoid shading over other plants, and this is supported by netting or lattice.

05/01/2010

By Peter T. Gregory

Are you looking to plant your very own vegetable garden but you're not sure how to get started? Planting a healthy vegetable garden provides so many benefits including an abundance of healthy organic food and saving thousands on your grocery bills. I don't know about you but I still remember the days when a tomato from the supermarket tasted like a tomato, not anymore unfortunately. Let's look at some vegetable gardening for beginners tips to help get you started today.

Vegetable Gardening For Beginners - Tips
Preparation is the key to growing a beautiful and healthy vegetable garden. Planning is critical for setting up a vegetable garden that you can harvest every daily. Vegetable gardening for beginners does not have to be difficult with the correct planning.

05/01/2010

By Dan G Carter

More and more people are going back to basics and growing their own vegetables at home. Not only are they cheaper for them but better for the environment. Composting at home also has great benefits to the environment, and enables you to get rid of your food scraps. Composting this way provides you with healthy soil which will help you grow bigger and better crops.

05/01/2010

By Camille Rodriquez

As a homeschool family, if you had to change your life in such a way as to prevent you from homeschooling, what would you miss most? It's an interesting question to ask. Then, if you had to put that thought into a written sentence about that one thing, how would it read? That is my challenge to you. Limit yourself to one thing only, for the sake of this exercise, and don't think in terms of conjunctions and compound sentences, although I know you will be tempted to! Write out one sentence about the single thing that you would miss the most if you had to give up homeschooling. What does it say about you and your homeschool program?

04/01/2010
By Tiffany Savage

 

You may have been considering raising chickens, geese, ducks, goats, sheep or other small livestock for meat, but once you learn how easy it is to raise rabbits, you'll never consider another animal for a primary meat source.

04/01/2010
By Judie Brown

 

Within society, we often lose our way. As a result, many have taken it upon themselves to provide handbooks in order to help the rest of us find our way. There are handbooks available for most any situation, from how to survive in the wilderness to building a house out of surrounding materials. We can get the information we need to aid in our trek around the world seeking adventure and all that nature has to offer through handbooks. They have increasingly become an important part of helping us through life itself.

04/01/2010
By Dale Higgins

 

When building a chicken coop, it is suggested that you follow the guidelines below for a successful endeavor.

Element #1. - Appearance and Design:

Sketch out your design on a sheet of paper before you do anything else. Think of the colors you will paint the roof and chicken coop walls. Always keep in mind that if your chicken coop is clearly visible to your neighbors, (unless you live in a farm it will most likely be visible to your entire neighborhood,) it shouldn't ever serve as a distraction or defacement of its utmost surroundings. So make sure to design an aesthetically looking chicken coop so that your neighbors do not complain of its detracting appearance. Once finished, always remember to remove and dispose of any types of garbage or weeds from around your chicken coop. Try to maintain an appealing landscape around it to enhance its overall appearance.

04/01/2010
By Camille Rodriquez

 

One of the fundamental questions that every homeschool family will face at some point in their homeschooling is, "Are you using an accredited school?" or some version of that question. The topic and choice of accreditation is one of the "elephants in the room" issues that many homeschool families try to avoid, however, it is really a fairly simple question. When the emotion around this issue is removed, accreditation boils down to a few simple facts that should be considered in order to decide if this issue will affect your choice of curricula and programs in your homeschooling choices. If it does matter to you after learning the facts, then you will be able to make some informed decisions about your homeschooling program. If you decide that accreditation doesn't matter, then you will be able to address this topic easily and effortlessly with your friends and family who ask about it.

04/01/2010
by Abel Jones

This method of vegetable gardening is what I prefer. As you might have guessed, it doesn't involve digging. This method is particularly suited to older people or people with physical disabilities. But I just prefer it because I think it's better for the soil.

When soil is turned over it destroys the soil structure. When you create a no-dig plot you are not disturbing the topsoil at all, this means that the soil microbes, worms and creatures can continue doing what they do best in your garden.

For the best results in your garden, you want to aim for no compaction of the soil. Water, air and nutrients travel through the soil by pathways made by worms and plant roots. When soil is compacted these pathways are destroyed.
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