Growing Chia in Your Home Garden

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Chia has become incredibly popular due to its myriad health benefits and the sheer number of recipes the seeds can be used for. The seeds are high in Omega-3 and fiber and can be added to cakes and muffins, yogurt, desserts, drinks, and many other dishes. The best thing about Chia is how easily they germinate and grow. Chia are …

How to Get Rid of a Gnat Problem

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Gnats may be invading your home for several reasons:  food spills, over-watered grass, pipes leaking under the sink, garbage cans, or windows or vents with condensation. And once you have a single gnat, it can be hard to get rid of them because they breed so infrequently.  But there is a simple solution and one without chemicals. Create a trap …

Growing Your Own Edamame

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Growing beans is easy, and Edamame is no exception.  Edamame is a type of soybean, thought only the dried form is used for making tofu and other soy products.  Their popularity stems from the fact that they’re extremely nutritious. Edamame beans are packed with protein and vitamins, including vitamin E. They’re also rich in antioxidants and contain a lot of …

Why Your Garden Needs Nasturtium

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Nasturtium is a plant that vines out and is so attractive that many people plant them as additions to ornamental gardens. There are several varieties of nasturtium for just about whatever shape plant is needed: Some cascade, others climb, and still, others are bushy. They work well for borders, as pot plants, or for vertical gardening up walls or fences. …

You Should Consider Growing Wildflowers

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Wildflowers come in many shapes and sizes. They come at different times of the year, blending a huge array of colors across the landscape. They do all of this without being planted, watered or preened over at all. There are plenty of reasons to plant them. For one, they are pretty inexpensive. They’re self-seeding which takes the extra work off …


Why Aeration is Important for the Garden

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In soil, aeration refers to the extent of air gaps. Aerated soil will equate to happier plants with plenty of oxygen. That can be as important as water, sun, and nutrients. You can typically notice a lack of oxygen in the soil when you look at the plants’ roots. If the roots have an abnormal shape, this means that the …


Telling The Story Project Saving Lives

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Farmers, agricultural workers, and family and community members who’ve been impacted by injuries, fatalities, or close calls, want to make sure these life-changing incidents don’t happen to anyone else. That’s why a new project has been created to highlight personal stories and first-hand experiences. It’s called Telling the Story Project and it can be accessed on the web at …

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How to Grow Peach Tree at Home

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Peach trees come in all varieties and sizes. Dwarf (8-10 feet tall), Semi-Dwarf (12-20 feet tall) and full-sized trees up to 30-plus feet tall. So even if your space is small, you can still have your peaches. Rather than planting by seed, most people simply go to a nursery and buy a young tree. Ideally, the tree will be one-year-old, …