Growing

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Phil Williams

All About Parsnips

Tips for cultivation and use
Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 6:57 PM

Parsnips are not typically found in home gardens, but they should be. Parsnips are root vegetables, related to carrots, but larger, and white in color. They are more cold hardy than carrots, and have a slightly stronger taste, and smell. I actually like parsnips better than carrots when cooked, as they are sweeter, and I prefer the smell of fresh parsnips to carrots. » Read more

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How to Establish a Wildflower Meadow

Providing habitat and diversity to the landscape
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 2:49 PM

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been working to establish a wildflower meadow on the lower part of my property, zones 3 & 4. In time, trees may be added, but for now I would like the native meadow to provide habitat, diversity, nectar, pollen for my bees and the other pollinators, and beauty, all in a low maintenance package. » Read more

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7 Ways To Grow Potatoes

Select the right one that works for you
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 1:49 PM

A thorough look at various methods of growing potatoes - from traditional hilling to boxes and straw beds. 

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/7-ways-grow-potatoes

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How to Start Your Seeds Indoors

The basics of Spring seedling propagation
Friday, February 19, 2016, 5:21 PM

It’s that time of year when you can start planning for your planting!

Many people are beginning to plant vegetables and flowers indoors in order to transplant them outdoors when the weather is warm enough. This helps you get a head start on your spring garden. Check out the advice below to see what things you can do to start your indoor seeds. » Read more

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Phil Williams

How to Grow Shitake Mushrooms in Logs

DIY fungi gardens
Thursday, August 13, 2015, 6:29 PM

Over the past six years, I’ve enjoyed growing healthy fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs. One part of my diet that I’ve overlooked is fungi. Until now, I hadn’t thought of the benefits of including mushrooms as a regular part of my diet. Mushrooms are high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. On the negative side, fresh and dried mushrooms, like Shitakes are expensive. We as gardeners can get around that by growing our own. » Read more

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5 Northern Greenhouse Examples for Cold Climates

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 4:15 PM

An inspirational showcase of various greenhouse designs and styles for cold northern climates. 

http://waldenlabs.com/5-northern-greenhouse-examples/

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Vertical Gardening Tips

Maximize your growing space by going up!
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 6:58 PM

A bunch of handy tips and methods of growing vertically to get the most out our your growing space and select crops.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/vertical-gardening-zmaz89jazsto.aspx

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Growing Mushrooms at Home

The PF Tek Method
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 2:13 PM

An interesting technique to growing mushrooms at home (Shiitake and Oyster) using the PF Tek method that is great for beginners.  Article adapted from the book: The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms by Stephen Russell.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-mushrooms-at-home-ze0z1502zcwil.aspx?PageId=1

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Growing Bamboo

A Multi-Functional Permaculture Plant
Monday, February 9, 2015, 11:49 AM

Bamboo is actually a member of the grass family. There are over 1000 types of bamboo worldwide. Some grow as tall as 100 feet, and others only a few inches. Many do well in the tropics, but some can handle cooler weather. Colors and thickness of canes abound. Some grow in clumps, while others grow with their rhizomes extending out taking up more and more real estate. » Read more

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Feeling Queasy?

Ginger is the Best Remedy for Nausea
Thursday, August 21, 2014, 1:52 PM

A great article that discusses the many benefits of using ginger root to combat the feeling of nausea, upset stomach and as a digestive aide.  Fresh root is best but also having some in dried tea form works well too.  Keep in mind that organic ginger root can be planted in container pots and grown as a nice house plant.

http://readynutrition.com/resources/feeling-queasy-ginger-is-the-best-remedy-for-nausea_18082014/