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08/04/2010


By Steve Boulden

The word "espalier" is both a verb and a noun. It means to create a wall of fruit. That is done by creating a framework to support the limbs of the fruiting plant. The structure can be free-standing, in the middle of a lawn or garden plot; or it can be erected against an existing (preferably south-facing) wall that will provide warmth and shelter, as is often done in more northern areas.

08/01/2010


By Suzy T

Tomatoes are easy to grow making them very popular with home gardeners. They are a sturdy crop and can withstand fluctuations in weather conditions but when prolonged summer heat hits, it not only stresses people and power grids, it also causes problems for your tomato plants. If you plan ahead and follow these important tips, you and your tomato plants can weather the next heat wave without wilting in the sun.

Tomatoes thrive in warm, sunny weather but even the strongest tomato plant can be stressed if the temperature hovers above 90 degrees for too long. Several tomato plant problems become much more common in hot weather including blossom end rot, splitting, cracking and spider mites.

08/01/2010
By Piper Cox

 

Fall is a time when the garden is winding down, but the garden work isn't! There are things that need to be done that you really shouldn't put off until spring. If you want your garden to produce healthy plants next spring, there are some tasks you need to take care of in the fall.

 

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.

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.

07/28/2009

By Bruce A. Tucker and Michael C Podlesny

Who says you have to spend hours in the gym in order to lose weight? As the season for growing vegetable gardens come into full bloom, it also provides the opportunity to get some exercise in and grow your own health food.

Let's start with the obvious and that is the food that a vegetable garden yields. Many health experts, dieticians and nutritionists all agree on one principle when it comes to eating healthy and that is to ingest plenty of vegetables. Vegetables are filled with all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body requires in order to function and the best part is most of them are calorie free.

07/01/2009
By Neil Hunt

Vegetable gardening is one of the most rewarding experiences one can have in their own backyard, but if you don't have the space, there is a solution for you - grow them inside! The important thing to remember about vegetables is that they need lots of light, so there are a number of vegetables, especially ones that bear fruit, which will struggle inside.

The best vegetables to grow inside are the ones where you eat the leaves, rather than the fruit. This includes things like lettuces (and remember there is more to lettuce than iceberg!), chard, spinach or just about every herb ever discovered by man or woman.

If you're lucky, and have bay windows, then this is the ideal location for your containers, but any window sill that gets the morning or afternoon light is a good choice. Most vegetables need around 6 or more hours of sunlight a day, so remember that when placing your containers.

07/01/2009
By Bruce A. Tucker and Michael C Podlesny

When is it safe to plant vegetables outdoors?
You log on to the USDA website, find the frost map for the United States, look up your zone and low and behold it is time to plant. But wait there's more! The dates give for the last frost in your area are only a suggestion and the recommendation from most gardeners I talk to is two weeks after that date to avoid that rare case of cold weather that could wipe all of your indoor growth.

05/31/2009
By Bruce A. Tucker and Michael C Podlesny

Vegetable gardeners were going green long before "green" went main stream. We have been recycling food waste for decades, storing up rain water in barrels to use when the weather runs dry and so many other things.

But now that the world has finally caught on with the green movement, it is time to pass along a list of items that many might overlook and consider trash, but really are great to use in the vegetable garden.