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My First Garden - Week 12

I missed a couple weeks (very sick doggy), but I'm back and my garden feels like it is finally getting going!



It was warm and sunny there for awhile, then we hit a late cold spell. Everything survived, but it sure wasn't growing. Some bugs took advantage of this and had a pretty good feast, but the plants are growing again and the current round of bugs are slowing down.



I'm still a little concerned about the squash and melons as we are having a few days of warmer…

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Added by Fern's Garden on June 15, 2012 at 4:37pm — 2 Comments

Great Ideas For Community Gardens

Greetings Farm -Dreamers,

In our town in Glen Ellyn ,IL, one of the local churches had a great idea for a Community Garden. The plots were free for the season except for 10% of the harvest which is going to the local food bank. This is a great way to meet new people and also help the needy. Feel free…

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Added by Ryan Felt on June 14, 2012 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Lamb's Quarters - "God's Green Heaven"

Wild Wanderings Blog – June 14, 2012 

Hello once again my fellow farm-dreamers! I sincerely hope all of you are experiencing much Love and prosperity in your lives. Summer is right around the corner and aside from the numerous wild edibles (A.K.A. weeds) I’ve been eating…I am eagerly awaiting berry season! Yay!! Wineberries, blueberries, raspberries, elderberries and blackberries…

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Added by Earth School on June 14, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Growing the green movement; Doing the best you can. A new solution to an old problem.

By the end of last year I had had enough. Frustrated with my work and, (for a variety of social implications) my seeming inability to cut my umbilical cord to the conveniences of affluent suburban life I realized that I was making myself miserable. This realization came when a tray of artichoke seeds that had been carefully soaked, then sown into peat pots and placed on top of my refrigerator failed to sprout. I was so upset that the crown jewels of my soon to be perfect gardens were not…

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Added by Jared Walker on June 14, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Is home safety a part of your preparedness?

The Practical Prepper

If you think about it, improving your safety is a part of being prepared. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), June is National Safety Month. In addition, the former Home Safety Council (now part of Safe Kids Worldwide) had also named June Home…

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Added by Atticus Freeman on June 13, 2012 at 6:29am — No Comments

Got Garden Pests?

The Happy Homesteader

Well, for most of us gardeners, around this time of year we begin to include the daily garden chore of bug hunting. For me it includes a small bucket with a couple of inches of soapy water in the bottom and my gardening gloves because I hate touching bugs! I go out first thing in the morning because that is when I can find the most pests. I go down the veggie garden and each time I see a bug that is bothering my…

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Added by Daisy on June 12, 2012 at 6:06am — 3 Comments

Managing Enormous Lawn Disease

The Aspiring Farmer Blog



I don’t know why, but I had some perception in my head that farmers didn’t really do much yard work and that it was all about farming. Yards didn’t really exist. For some farmers that may be the case. In the future, I hope that’s the case for me. But right now some form of yard work takes up at least a few hours of my time each week.



The major culprit is mowing the lawn. The people that lived here…

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Added by Little Seed Farm on June 11, 2012 at 6:25am — 9 Comments

The Sit Spot – “An Experience for Life”

Wild Wanderings Blog – June 7, 2012

Hello ya’ll! Warm greetings from the great Smoky Mountains:)) The greenery and biodiversity here is almost beyond words. Western North Carolina is a great place to be indeed. Aside from my busy teaching schedule, I’ve been collecting and creating a vast photo library of wild plants, many of which (featured in my blogs…past, present and future) I hope…

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Added by Earth School on June 7, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Five more easy-to-grow plants for newer gardeners

The Practical Prepper

As promised in last week's post, we back with another five vegetables that are easy to grow, no matter if you're planning a traditional, larger garden or doing some …

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Added by Atticus Freeman on June 6, 2012 at 1:39am — No Comments

Gearing up for Canning

The Happy Homesteader



With the summer garden fully planted now and the plants growing quickly I know that the harvest is just around the corner. It's this time that I do the most canning. Of course, I'm growing and preserving food all year long, but the summer provides a bounty of fresh veggies and many of them lend themselves to canning as the best preservation method.



For those of you that are new to canning, first let…

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Added by Daisy on June 5, 2012 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

The Buckling

The Aspiring Farmer Blog

There aren’t too many male animals on our farm. I can count them on one hand. I like to joke with Sweetbreads about “my team” of guys around here. The house cat (Levon), the male guinea (Guinea-Cent), our Silkie rooster (Elvis), and that’s about it. Until Saturday we also had a little buckling that was still nursing off one of our milking does (Mayday). Mayday came to us with two one month old kids and for the…

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Added by Little Seed Farm on June 4, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Farmcast Episode 17: Farming Alone and Introducing New Animals to the Farm

This week's hour long podcast is now live. You can listen/subscribe directly here, or at itunes here. If you prefer to just hear this week's episode click here to listen right here, right now.

If you like these podcasts and want them to continue, please leave a review on iTunes. Don't forget to check out the new …
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Added by Dusty Bottoms on June 3, 2012 at 4:38pm — 1 Comment

The Day-lily – Nature’s Forgotten Food

Wild Wanderings Blog – May 31, 2012

Last week I covered one of many nutritious wild plants, the dandelion. There are so many edibles currently available that it’s hard to choose with one to cover next!…

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Added by Earth School on May 31, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

King's Hill Farm Tour - Mineral Point, WI

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Like many of you my wife and I are Farm Dreamers. We have decided to learn as much as we can on local farm tours. This will be the first of many. Please enjoy.…

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Added by Ryan Felt on May 31, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

Giving It Up (a copy of Sweet Potato Power) For Your Love...

...of storage roots…
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Added by Be Fatisfied on May 30, 2012 at 7:41am — 3 Comments

New to gardening? Try these five easy-to-grow plants

The Practical Prepper

Whether you're planning a traditional, larger garden or doing some container gardening, deciding what to grow might be challenging, especially if you're new to gardening. Here's a list of ten things that are pretty easy for newer…

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Added by Atticus Freeman on May 30, 2012 at 1:08am — 2 Comments

Flowers in the Garden

Before I started gardening I was able to close my eyes and picture a beautifully landscaped garden which was overflowing in vegetables.  For some reason the gardens I pictured were always quaint, inviting, and very decorative.  When I thought about growing home vegetables I didn't picture straight rows or mono-crops.  Instead there were flowers and trees interplanted with veggies, pathways, and garden statues placed around.  Little did I know that my instincts were right!  A "vegetable"…

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Added by Daisy on May 29, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Basics of Becoming a Beekeeper

This is a guest post and entry in Round 2 of the Farm Dreams writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

Door #1: A Travel Royal Berkey Walter Purification system from Directive 21. Valued at $228!

Door #2: Two…

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Added by Dusty Bottoms on May 29, 2012 at 9:27am — 9 Comments

Why Raw Milk?

 
"Why Raw Milk? WHY Would you want to drink that?” 



This is a question I hear quite frequently, and from educated people who spend much time…
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Added by Chisholm Family Farm on May 28, 2012 at 10:05am — 1 Comment

The Life of a Military Wife.. part one. :)

Like all of us here on this site, I have dreams.. dreams of being able to grow food for my family, to actually know that where it came from, what (if anything) has been put on it or around it, and to know I'm trying my best to provide for my family healthily. Unfrtunately, all I can grow curently is potted plants! My husband is active duty enlisted in the Army, and we are currently stationed in Hawaii.. For those who don't know, there are some serious limitations…

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Added by Christine Elizabeth Gibbs on May 24, 2012 at 3:56pm — 2 Comments

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