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Plants that Grow in the Shade

Plants that Grow in the Shade

Plant Ideas for Shady Landscape Areas Every landscape has a challenge or two that a gardener must overcome, a shady area is one such challenge. Not to be outdone by the shade or leave the area undeveloped, try some of these plant ideas and beautify the shady area with these flowers, trees, shrubs and vegetables.Shade Loving FlowersHellebores (Helleborus), also known ...

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Paracord Survival Bracelets

Paracord Uses

Bracelets That Can Save Your LifeTalking about fashion with purpose, believe it or not, a little natty piece of jewelry might save your life. If you are stuck in the great outdoors busily preserving your life, a woven paracord bracelet might just be a life saver for you. Originally developed by firefighters, soldiers and outdoor backpackers for practical use, paracord ...

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Coreopsis is a common flower that birds love

How to Grow Your Own Bird Food

Flowers can do more than just look pretty, they can also provide food for the variety of birds that will fly by your yard. Beautify your landscape and feed the birds for free without any additional effort on your part, now that’s positive, sustainable living that’s good for both you and the birds. Plant some of these flowers and grow ...

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Control Japanese Beetles with a few simple tricks

Japanese Beetle Control: Protect Plants from Insects

Concord Grapes: 1 Japanese Beetles: 0If you live anywhere in the Northeast of the US and you love growing grapes, then you should be familiar with a little thing called Popillia japonica. Oh, I’m sorry, I mean Japanese beetles. Yes, those lovely darlings that come visit my garden every summer. In droves!Hundreds of them descend on my Concord grapes. Not ...

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Raised Garden Beds

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed, by Cheezers

Setting up a Raised Garden – A Labor of Love(Summertime)  You are so good to me.  Warm, breezy days.  Birds chirping.  Bees buzzing.  Butterflies a-fluttering.  And then me, with the crazy idea that I could plant a garden, from scratch.  Why, oh, why did I think this was going to be a piece of cake?  Don’t get me wrong.  I ...

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Canning Tomatoes

Canning Tomatoes

Aaah. This summer was pretty much my first attempt. At canning tomatoes, at gardening, at everything! It started with setting up our plots (from scratch), sowing the seeds, weeding, the whole shebang. Even my dog got involved. Smile Daisy! We got the beds set up, planted, and waited, and waited, and waited. And waited. AND WAITED. Pic ...

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Plant and Grow a Medicinal Garden, by GA Writer

Plant and Grow a Medicinal Garden, by GA Writer

Grow your own medicine instead of buying it. Sounds overly simple, but growing medicinal plants is as easy as growing your own food. Consider what ails you, like skin irritations or high cholesterol, research the health benefits provided by different herbs and flowers, then select some medicinal plants that would best meet your health needs. Select a sunny location, prepare ...

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How to Make Leather Britches with Garden Green Beans

How to Make Leather Britches with Garden Green Beans

If you are curious as to how one can make an article clothing, namely leather britches, from edible green beans, you’re in for a shock because that’s not what this article is about. Leather britches is a term given to home-dried green beans and it’s a means of preserving the garden bounty without canning or freezing.The name of the finished ...

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How to Plant and Grow Cabbage

How to Plant and Grow Cabbage

Cabbage is a cool season vegetable that most home gardeners can grow twice a year - one crop in the spring and the second crop in the late summer. Easy to grow, easy to preserve and a wide variety of ways to use this delicious vegetable, so what’s not to love? Use these planting and growing tips so you get ...

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What if your power went out???

Power Outages in 14 States

It took most of the day for you to realize the hot water tank even existed and even longer to comprehend that it was full of water? You paced by the utility room at least a dozen times before you noticed the spigot on the bottom of the water tank. Forty gallons of tepid water was in the tank and ...

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How to Store Fresh Garden Vegetables and Fruit Over Winter

How to Store Fresh Garden Vegetables and Fruit Over Winter

Wouldn’t you just love to enjoy fresh potatoes from your garden in January? How about the crunch of home-grown carrots, beets and apples all winter? You can, the secret is in the after-harvest storage. Use these ideas for storing fresh garden vegetables and fruits so you’ll be eating good from your own sustainable stock pile of homegrown produce all winter ...

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Survival Is Many Times about Your State Of Mind, by G.B.

Survival Is Many Times about Your State Of Mind, by G.B.

Too many people are convinced that they can survive any situation by using their wits and cunning. Unfortunately, with the immediate access to information today, people are convinced they are smarter than they really are. This is not to say however that people are less intelligent than they were, say four decades or so ago. People today do have the ...

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Butterfly Garden

Tips for Creating a Butterfly Garden

The best gardens provide both beautify and function, and a butterfly garden tops the list for both beauty and function. Butterflies need four things to attract them - flowers for food, moisture for puddling, sun for energy and plants to host their offspring. All the basic elements to attract ‘flying flowers’ to your landscape can be found in your existing ...

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Locations of nuclear power plants in Japan

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, by G.B.

 The disaster at the Fukushima power plant was called an energy accident. It was initiated by a tsunami caused by the Tōhoku earthquake on March 11, 2011. The accident caused a meltdown and the release of radioactive material. The first thought of course is the dangers of radiation and the long-term health effects on the population as well as the ...

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Dry and save vegetable garden seeds

How to Save and Store Garden Vegetable Seeds, by A Georgia Gal

If you grew a particularly flavorful vegetable variety this garden season, or if you just want to save a little money next spring, save and store some garden vegetable seeds from your own produce at the end of gardening season. You can even use this seed-saving method for harvesting, saving and storing seeds from vegetables bought at farmer’s markets or ...

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Plants that Grow in the Shade

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Plant Ideas for Shady Landscape Areas Every landscape has a challenge or two that a gardener must overcome, a shady area is one such challenge. Not to be outdone by the shade or leave the area undeveloped, try some of these plant ideas and beautify the shady area with these flowers, trees, shrubs and vegetables.Shade Loving FlowersHellebores (Helleborus), also known as the Lenten or Christmas Rose, is an evergreen flowering plant that will grow in…

Paracord Uses

Paracord Survival Bracelets

Bracelets That Can Save Your LifeTalking about fashion with purpose, believe it or not, a little natty piece of jewelry might save your life. If you are stuck in the great outdoors busily preserving your life, a woven paracord bracelet might just be a life saver for you. Originally developed by firefighters, soldiers and outdoor backpackers for practical use, paracord bracelet is now a fashion statement by both outdoor aficionados and common urban “fashionistas”.  Paracord…

How to Grow Your Own Bird Food

Coreopsis is a common flower that birds love

Flowers can do more than just look pretty, they can also provide food for the variety of birds that will fly by your yard. Beautify your landscape and feed the birds for free without any additional effort on your part, now that’s positive, sustainable living that’s good for both you and the birds. Plant some of these flowers and grow your own bird food almost every month of the year. Black-Eyed SusanCommon flower with an uncommon…

Japanese Beetle Control: Protect Plants from Insects

Control Japanese Beetles with a few simple tricks

Concord Grapes: 1 Japanese Beetles: 0If you live anywhere in the Northeast of the US and you love growing grapes, then you should be familiar with a little thing called Popillia japonica. Oh, I’m sorry, I mean Japanese beetles. Yes, those lovely darlings that come visit my garden every summer. In droves!Hundreds of them descend on my Concord grapes. Not on the grapes themselves but they were all over the leaves. Every last inch of…

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed, by Cheezers

Raised Garden Beds

Setting up a Raised Garden – A Labor of Love(Summertime)  You are so good to me.  Warm, breezy days.  Birds chirping.  Bees buzzing.  Butterflies a-fluttering.  And then me, with the crazy idea that I could plant a garden, from scratch.  Why, oh, why did I think this was going to be a piece of cake?  Don’t get me wrong.  I loved every step of it.  I’d do it again in a heartbeat just to reap…

Tips for Home Canning, by Georgia

Preserving your garden harvest through home canning is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to feed your family. Home canning is also a messy, labor intensive task. To make the labor of love less labor intensive, use these tips that make home canning easier.Wrap it UpBefore getting started with peeling and paring, cover kitchen surfaces with aluminum foil to help make cleanup go faster and to protect the surface. Cover the entire stove…

Canning Tomatoes

canned-tomatoes

Aaah. This summer was pretty much my first attempt. At canning tomatoes, at gardening, at everything! It started with setting up our plots (from scratch), sowing the seeds, weeding, the whole shebang. Even my dog got involved. Smile Daisy! We got the beds set up, planted, and waited, and waited, and waited. And waited. AND WAITED. Pic 1: Daisy, the garden dogPic 2: The Better Boys growing on stakesPic 3: The Yellow Cherries growing on…

Plant and Grow a Medicinal Garden, by GA Writer

herb garden

Grow your own medicine instead of buying it. Sounds overly simple, but growing medicinal plants is as easy as growing your own food. Consider what ails you, like skin irritations or high cholesterol, research the health benefits provided by different herbs and flowers, then select some medicinal plants that would best meet your health needs. Select a sunny location, prepare the planting site, plant, water and in a few weeks you will be reaping the…

How to Make Leather Britches with Garden Green Beans

leather-britches-green-beans

If you are curious as to how one can make an article clothing, namely leather britches, from edible green beans, you’re in for a shock because that’s not what this article is about. Leather britches is a term given to home-dried green beans and it’s a means of preserving the garden bounty without canning or freezing.The name of the finished product comes from the resemblance to leather that the hull of the green beans takes…

How to Plant and Grow Cabbage

how-to-plant-and-grow-cabbage

Cabbage is a cool season vegetable that most home gardeners can grow twice a year – one crop in the spring and the second crop in the late summer. Easy to grow, easy to preserve and a wide variety of ways to use this delicious vegetable, so what’s not to love? Use these planting and growing tips so you get start producing your twice-yearly harvest of versatile cabbage heads.Start from SeedsCabbage can be grown from…

Power Outages in 14 States

What if your power went out???

It took most of the day for you to realize the hot water tank even existed and even longer to comprehend that it was full of water? You paced by the utility room at least a dozen times before you noticed the spigot on the bottom of the water tank. Forty gallons of tepid water was in the tank and you wondered about purity. You decided to err on the side of caution, filled up…

How to Store Fresh Garden Vegetables and Fruit Over Winter

storing-vegetables

Wouldn’t you just love to enjoy fresh potatoes from your garden in January? How about the crunch of home-grown carrots, beets and apples all winter? You can, the secret is in the after-harvest storage. Use these ideas for storing fresh garden vegetables and fruits so you’ll be eating good from your own sustainable stock pile of homegrown produce all winter long.How to Store PotatoesPotatoes are a staple garden item that can be easily stored and…

Survival Is About Seeing the Future, by G.B.

Humans have the ability to reason. You can look at a situation and take what knowledge you have of it in the present and combined with the history of the situation you can make predictions. Previously the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was discussed. A nuclear power plant was essentially breached by a tsunami caused by a massive earthquake. Could this have been predicted? It is not as if Japan has never had an earthquake, or that…

Survival Is Many Times about Your State Of Mind, by G.B.

state-of-mind

Too many people are convinced that they can survive any situation by using their wits and cunning. Unfortunately, with the immediate access to information today, people are convinced they are smarter than they really are. This is not to say however that people are less intelligent than they were, say four decades or so ago. People today do have the tools and they know where to look for answers whereas years ago, people had to…

Tips for Creating a Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

The best gardens provide both beautify and function, and a butterfly garden tops the list for both beauty and function. Butterflies need four things to attract them – flowers for food, moisture for puddling, sun for energy and plants to host their offspring. All the basic elements to attract ‘flying flowers’ to your landscape can be found in your existing vegetable or flower garden, just add a couple of components and you will be attracting…

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, by G.B.

Locations of nuclear power plants in Japan

 The disaster at the Fukushima power plant was called an energy accident. It was initiated by a tsunami caused by the Tōhoku earthquake on March 11, 2011. The accident caused a meltdown and the release of radioactive material. The first thought of course is the dangers of radiation and the long-term health effects on the population as well as the effects on livestock along with marine and plant life. It will take years of study…

How to Save and Store Garden Vegetable Seeds, by A Georgia Gal

Dry and save vegetable garden seeds

If you grew a particularly flavorful vegetable variety this garden season, or if you just want to save a little money next spring, save and store some garden vegetable seeds from your own produce at the end of gardening season. You can even use this seed-saving method for harvesting, saving and storing seeds from vegetables bought at farmer’s markets or the grocery store. You can dry and save flower seeds too.Harvest Overripe VegetablesNear the end…

Canning 101: Home Food Preservation Fresh from the Garden

Canning tomatoes

You planted it, grew it, harvested it, ate your fill and you still have an abundance of fresh garden vegetables. That’s a good thing and canning all that fresh goodness to enjoy later is the next step in becoming self-sufficient and living off the land. Home food preservation is simple and with a few basic items and instructions, you will be able to can any fruit or vegetable you can grow or meat you can…

Gardening Year Round, by G.B.

greenhouse-gardening-2

In most areas of the country, there are growing seasons. This means you get the plants in the ground in the early spring and harvest throughout the summer and fall. Then cooler weather sets in and you wait until spring again. If you had a large, enough garden and the means to preserve any surpluses you may be able to put enough food back to see you through the non-growing seasons. This is laborious however,…

How to Plant, Grow and Preserve Garden Tomatoes

garden-tomatoes

Tomatoes are the favorite garden vegetable grown by home gardeners. The easy-to-grow vegetable can be grown in a barrel, a container, a bucket, a raised bed, in-ground and even upside down. No matter how you decide to grow tomatoes, use these tips for planting, growing and preserving so you’ll ensure that great home-grown flavor is on your table year ’round. Sunny LocationWhatever you plant tomatoes in, make sure the location receives at least six hours…

Gardening Tips to Extend Growing Season, by A Georgia Gal

Other greens grow after summer is over

Don’t put you garden to bed for the winter while there is still time to grow food in the late summer and fall. When the hot season garden favorites, like tomatoes and cucumbers, are done producing, there is still plenty of warm weather left to grow another cool season crop in their place.Prepare the SoilGarden soil nutrients have been depleted during the summer growing season and will need a little TLC so it can nourish…