Raised Bed Gardening

Raised Bed Gardening

Raised Bed Gardening
Advantages of Raised Bed Gardening Using raised bed gardening methods, plants get more sun and air circulation and they can make better use of water. You often can plant earlier and harvest later, because raised beds warm up early in the spring and stay warm later in the fall. Raised beds also make ideal places to grow plants that can be invasive in a regular garden – such as mints and horseradish. But ease and convenience is the benefit many gardeners appreciate the most. If you get a bad back and sore knees every year from gardening, a raised bed may put an end to those aches and pains. Raised vegetable beds are excellent for gardeners who have trouble with their backs and older people who don't have limited flexibility.…
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How to Grow Cucumbers

How to Grow Cucumbers

Growing Food
Learn How to Plant, Pick and Preserve This Crisp Vining Squash Ever hear the phrase "cool as a cucumber"? Whoever originated the phrase knew their fruits; the inside of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air, making it the perfect snack or accompaniment to a mid-summer's feast. Although commonly thought of as a vegetable, the cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is classified as a fruit, belonging to the family of watermelon, pumpkins, zucchini, and other squashes. Cucumbers are at their best from May-July. Although commonly thought of as a vegetable, the cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is classified as a fruit. [caption id="attachment_2181" align="alignleft" width="237"] cucumbers grow on vines[/caption] History of Cucumbers Cucumbers are among the most ancient of cultivated vegetables and are thought to have originated in…
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Stop Rabbits from Eating Your Garden

Stop Rabbits from Eating Your Garden

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Need to stop rabbits from eating your garden? It has been a tough season for animal problems in the garden. On Feeding Rabbits... Did you ever raise rabbits as a child? I would be willing to bet that some of you did! I'd be hard pressed to think of an animal I didn't raise! But I was responsible for what they ate, they depended on me for sustenance. Now, I guess you could say, they STILL depend on me, as judging from my peas and carrots, I have no idea what they'd have done if I hadn't grown them this year! Now they feed themselves anything they want... in my garden! I don't mind lending a helping hand, but there has to be some order here. Some feedback we got…
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The Slug – The Adversary

The Slug – The Adversary

Organic Pest & Disease Control
The slug... your adversary Slugs can be a very serious problem to you if you live in a moisture laden area of country. A single slug can successfully remove an entire row of seedlings from your garden in no time at all; can turn a perfect plant into swiss cheese over night and return to the safety of his hideaway, leaving you to wonder what happened... As slugs wander about, doing their evil little slug deeds, they leave behind them a trail of slime which amounts to nothing less than a road sign for themselves and every other slug to follow to the grand feast. And wouldn't you just know it, slugs are hermaphrodites, they all have male and female reproductive systems. They can mate with themselves, and in the…
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