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Flower Crafts - DIY Flower Candle Making

There are so many ways to utilize plants for your benefit. They are used in nearly everything! We eat them, wear them, sleep on them, and so much more. It’s no surprise that they provide an insane amount of benefits....

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How long do seeds last in packets?

Originally Published Nov 29, 2021 Updated Sep 27, 2022 Do Seeds Expire? Many people see a year written on the back of a seed packet and think this is an expiration date. While seeds do lose viability over time, they...

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What Are the Benefits of Buying Home Garden Supplies Online?

There is no doubt world events have changed the way people do their shopping. Why are so many people changing where they buy from, including their garden supplies? It's probably because of the many benefits available online, including better prices,...

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How to Ferment Your Vegetable Garden Harvest

Fermentation is one of the many ways to preserve your harvest. It is also one of the best ways to retain the natural nutrients in raw living foods. Unlike other preservation methods that require cooking to some extent, fermentation uses...

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Winter-Killed vs. Overwintering Fall Cover Crops

How to Plant Cover Crops Cover crops are a fantastic tool to keep your garden in tip-top shape. But how should a cover crop be planted? The most common way of actually spreading the seed is by broadcasting. Broadcasting means...

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A Tomato Shortage is Coming

The current growing season has made it evident that commercial tomato crops are struggling with the effects of climate change, extreme drought conditions, and rising water prices. The combination of these factors results in the supply of domestically grown tomatoes...

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Saving Your Own Seeds

How to Harvest Seed It is essential to recognize that seed harvesting and saving procedures may vary among different types of plants. However, this guide will provide you with the basics to get started. To collect a plant's seed, you...

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How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin Guide

Growing award-winning giant pumpkins is a sport. Giant pumpkin growers are as dedicated to their growth as athletes are to their sports. It is a world of its own! The current pumpkin world record holder is Stefano Cutrupi from Italy....

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Fall Cover Crop Planning

Cover Crops are a valuable tool for a home gardener to have. They protect soil from erosion, replenish nutrients between growing seasons, and improve soil health. If you want to learn the basics about cover crops and how they can...

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What is Organic Gardening?

Organic, sustainable, and natural are a few words that have been floating around for a while. But, what exactly do they mean when it comes to the home garden? There is a lot being said that we are hoping to...

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How To Control Weeds With Organic Home Garden Methods

There are more ways to deal with pesky weeds than pulling out the conventional herbicide spray. Here are just a few tips to avoid the synthetic products and control weeds using organic methods. Use Clean Seeds and Plant Starts Be...

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Where Do True Leaf Market's Seeds Come From?

Interview With Seth Peterson, TLM Seed Farmer Do you ever wonder where your seeds come from? At True Leaf Market, we look for reputable and responsible sources for our seeds. These seed farms range from thousands to just a few...

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Does True Leaf Market Test Their Seeds?

Interview With Katherine, TLM Seed Compliance Lead Did you know that True Leaf Market has a rigorous seed testing regimen to ensure that all seeds sold at True Leaf Market are of the utmost quality and standard? Recently we had...

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Planning Your Spring Cover Crops

When to Grow A Spring Cover Crop Cover crops are the perfect way to prepare your garden for a plentiful fall harvest if you are skipping the early spring vegetables this year. Instead of letting the weeds go rampant, reduce...

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Jay Wagner - 2022 Scholarship Winner - The Diversity of Corn

The Diversity of Corn If there is one thing that bothers a Midwesterner the most, it is the assumption that all corn is the same. Corn as a crop is just as diverse as the people who grow it, in...

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What is Miso Japanese Soybean Paste?

What is Miso? Miso is a Japanese seasoning used in a variety of different foods. Usually you will see miso as a paste. It has also come to be known as a Japanese superfood recognized for its high nutrient value...

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Cover Crops Provide Natural Feed For Free Range Chickens

Why Are Chickens Good For Gardens? Chickens have been a natural source of organic fertilizer since their existence began. Chickens provide nitrogen-rich manure to naturally enrich your garden soil. In addition to providing fertilizer, free range chickens also lightly till...

We've Got You Covered: A Guide to Cover Crops

We've Got You Covered: A Guide to Cover Crops

We've Got You Covered: A Guide to Cover Crops Cover crops offer a wide range of benefits to your garden or farm including preventing winter erosion when under-planting for weed control amid growing crops and revitalizing your soil with leftover...

Migratory Monarch Butterflies Are Now Red Listed As An Endangered Species By IUCN

Migratory Monarch Butterflies Are Now Red Listed As An Endangered Species By IUCN

*If you were looking for the "Identify Your Tomato Plant Problem" article click here *10% of your purchase of the Save The Monarchs Seed Collection goes to Monarch Joint Venture, partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration What Are Monarch...

Fresh Grown Zucchini

What Can You Do With Zucchini?

It’s hard to talk about the home garden summer harvest without talking about zucchini. Zucchini is so plentiful, did you know August 8th is National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day? Isn’t that amazing! Zucchini has its own...

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