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7 DIY Seed Pots

From common household items for starting seeds indoors
Monday, March 2, 2015, 8:53 PM

7 wonderful ways to use common household items (some people call it trash) to serve as seedling pots and grow containers.  Get a jumpstart with your indoor seed starting with these great ideas.

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/diy-seed-pots-common-household-items-starting-seeds-indoors.html

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Edible Wild Plants

Wilderness Survival Guide
Friday, February 27, 2015, 5:01 PM

A great infographic on the various plants one can find in the wilderness to survive on and consume in emergency situations.

http://www.survival-spot.com/survival-blog/eat-wilderness-survival-guide/

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Ingrid Pullen Photography

8 Ways to Use Chickens in the Garden

Great ways chickens can help out
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6:49 PM

If you are contemplating the idea of getting started with backyard chickens, here are a number of great ways chicken can help in your garden and build better soil.

www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/02/chickens-in-the-garden.html

Also check out the Backyard Chicken Group for other ideas and interesting conversations. » Read more

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Pantry Food Storage

Pantry Items That Expire Way Before You Think They Do

Food storage time frames to keep track of
Monday, February 23, 2015, 7:43 PM

Learn about these 7 food items that have a shorter than expected shelf / storage life. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/23/pantry-items-expire_n_6723068.html

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Flow Hive

Flow Hive

Honey on Tap Directly From Your Beehive
Monday, February 23, 2015, 4:25 PM

Check out this new and innovative honey bee frame design that allows for easy access and extraction of honey from the hive.  The Flow Hive design team have now launched their Indiegogo funding page that will give you more information and the opportunity to invest and acquire the first flow hive systems. 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flow-hive-honey-on-tap-directly-from-your-beehive

Also check out our Beekeeping Group page to learn and exchange ideas.

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Scientists discover what’s killing the bees

and it’s worse than you thought
Friday, February 20, 2015, 8:10 PM

A new study and data set that points to the causes of the recent massive die off of honey bees and CCD. Take notice and take action to protect these most important pollinators.

http://qz.com/107970/scientists-discover-whats-killing-the-bees-and-its-worse-than-you-thought/

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ID and Prevent 6 Common Tomato Diseases

Protect your plants from these common ailments
Friday, February 20, 2015, 2:00 PM

Learn to prevent these 6 common diseases from damaging your tomato plants this season and know how to ID the symptoms.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/common-tomato-diseases-zm0z15fmzsto.aspx » Read more

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7 Tips for Seed Starting Success

Learn the secrets to growing healthy plants from seed
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 5:17 PM

Great tips for ensuring successful seed starting and making the most out of your spring plantings and garden.

http://homereadyhome.com/7-tips-for-seed-starting-success/

Also check out the article on setting up your DIY Indoor Seed Starting Station.

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Help Monarch Butterflies Thrive

Planting Milkweed as a food source for Monarchs
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 1:19 PM

This spring, help establish a food source in your garden for Monarch Butterflies by planting Milkweed.  As discussed in the Crash Course and the Accelerated Crash Course, Monarch Butterfly populations have been devastated in recent years by pesticide use and a lack of native food.  Take a look at this informative article about how to create Monarch friendly habitat and do your part to support this valuable species.

http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/butterfly-massacre-nearly-billion-monarch-butterflies-have-vanished-past-25-years.html

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Getting Started with Cast Iron Cooking

A basic set of cookware to get you started
Monday, February 16, 2015, 8:50 PM

If you have always wanted to take the dive into cooking with cast iron, here is an opportunity to get a complete and functional set of pans and a dutch oven from Lodge at a great price.  Cast iron is a daily use cookware in my own kitchen and every home should have a set - it lasts forever!   (hat tip to SHTF DAD for the link)

Lodge 5-Piece Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Cookware Set