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Screen Capture: Jack Spirko

How to Plant Trees

Spreading Roots Properly and Sheet Mulching
Friday, March 18, 2016, 4:35 PM

A series of great videos from Jack Spirko about his advise and method for planting trees.

http://waldenlabs.com/how-to-plant-trees/

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10 Flowers To Grow With Vegetables

Companion planting for Spring
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5:39 PM

Learn about 10 beautiful flower varieties that make great companion plants for all the veggies growing in your garden. 

http://www.my-garden-school.com/10-flowers-to-grow-with-vegetables/

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Help Monarch Butterflies Thrive

Planting Milkweed as a food source for Monarchs
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 2:19 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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Garlic Clove

How to Grow Garlic

A simpler primer on adding garlic to your garden
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10:24 AM

Garlic is an extremely versatile cooking and medicinal herb. It is a great herb to grow in the backyard, because it is relatively easy to propagate at home, and it is expensive to buy at the store.

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4 Vegetables you can plant now for a fall harvest

Get those last minute garden veggies planted
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 4:37 PM

With Fall upon us, there is still time to get in a few fast growing crops into the garden.  Here are 4 ideas to get you started.  Don't forget about your kale!

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/4-vegetables-you-can-plant-now-fall-garden-harvest.html

What Should I Do?

Planted Herbs

Herbs for Every Herb Garden

Tips for selecting and planting your first herb garden
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 11:19 AM

Last year I moved my herb garden right next to my front door, and just off my front walkway. This made it extremely convenient to harvest fresh herbs for cooking as I needed them. I also installed an herb spiral to allow for a wide diversity of herbs to be placed in a small area. Denise and I definitely used more herbs, just because of the convenience factor. Denise can pick herbs without having to put on any outdoor shoes. I did make one mistake when I installed my herb garden. I transplanted some St. Johns Wort very close to my front step. » Read more

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CC BY 3.0 Rob Ireton

6 Perennial Vegetables To Plant Once

Reap their harvest year after year
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:28 PM

As you look to plant your current garden this spring or start breaking ground on a new one, consider planting the following 6 plants to give you great produce year after year. 

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/plant-some-these-perennial-vegetables-keep-giving-year-after-year.html

Also check out the WSID Article on Planting Asparagus.

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Growing Herb Spiral

How to Build an Herb Spiral: Part 2

A guide for what to plant
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:13 PM

An herb spiral is not meant for large scale production. It is meant to provide many different microclimates in a small space. This is beneficial because you can pack many different varieties of herbs into a small space close to your kitchen, so you can conveniently pick them as you need them. It is also garden feature that can be admired simply for its beauty. » Read more

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How to Grow Seed Potatoes

Learn to create you own seed potatoes
Monday, March 3, 2014, 4:52 PM

Learn how to harvest and save part of your potato crop as seed potatoes for your next planting.

http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/how-to-grow-seed-potatoes-start-to-finish/

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Planting Asparagus

How to get your first aparagus patch in place
Friday, January 17, 2014, 3:58 PM

Asparagus is one of my favorite garden plants. It is the first vegetable to harvest in the spring, it’s perennial, and it tastes great. What more could you ask for?

Most people establish an asparagus patch with bare-root asparagus plants. It is best to plant in early spring as soon as the soil is warm enough to work. I would not harvest any asparagus spears the first season. Just let it grow, and cut it back in the late fall when the ferns go brown. You should be able to harvest the following spring. The herbs caraway and basil make nice companions. I will be seeding in caraway amongst the patch in mid-April and basil after the fear of frost has past. (Video at the bottom of the article) » Read more