Raspberries during a Glance

Growing raspberries that develop during opposite times is an easy approach to widen your hiss season. 

October/November 2012

By Barbara Pleasant 

The draft next offers tips for flourishing any form of raspberry, and a list of a hiss varieties we recommend. Learn some-more about organic hiss cultivation in All About Growing Raspberries.

Find hiss underbrush for your garden with a assistance of a Seed and Plant Finder. The Finder lets we well hunt by a offerings of hundreds of mail-order seed and plant catalogs.

Year-Round Gardening: Our Best Plans for Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, Cold Frames and More

Easy Cold FrameShorter days and acrobatics temperatures needn’t put a hindrance to your supply of homegrown food. When a flourishing gets tough pleasantness of Jack Frost and company, take movement by outfitting your garden with a homemade preference of season-stretching gear. The topping on a cake? Many of a inclination we make can also get things flourishing earlier come spring!

Here, you’ll find a best ideas and skeleton for DIY cold frames, greenhouses, hoop houses, low tunnels, cloches and other collection that can keep a harvests entrance via tumble and beyond. The dozens of projects operation from elaborate and permanent to discerning and simple, and many can be done from recycled materials. Have some extract or divert jugs? Turn them into quick cloches. How about some used windows? Fashion an easy cold support (see photo, right).

No matter a distance or character of your plot, you’ll find an effective garden-protection plan that fits your budget.

General Season-Extension Information

Garden Know-How: Extend Your Growing Season
February/March 2007
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant shares how to qualification an extraordinary array of season-stretching devices on a shoestring budget, including cloches, tunnels, a classical cold support and more.

14 Ways to Extend Your Gardening Season
June/July 1994
Savor furnish straight-from-the-garden, no matter a season, by regulating lifted beds, trellises, stand rotations and other flourishing strategies that enthuse year-round harvests.

Extending a Season
September/October 1985 


Undercover Device: The Cloche
September/October 1984 

How to Make Mini-Greenhouses
March/April 1977
Turn informed “throwaway” equipment — peanut butter jars, cosmetic divert containers, 1-gallon potion mammillae — into easy cloches to fight a chill of early open and late fall.

Cold Frames

Use Cold Frames to Grow More Food
December 2007/January 2008 

Cold Frame Gardening Success
February/March 1992 

Build a Cold Frame for All Seasons
November/December 1989 

How to Make an Inexpensive Cold Frame
March/April 1982 

Build a Ventilated Cold Frame for Winter Vegetables
January/February 1982
Exercise your right to homegrown salads year-round! This sturdy, frugal turn on a homemade cold support is ideal for flourishing winter lettuce, carrots, beets, chard and more.

Building a Cold Frame
March/April 1981

How to Build a Cold Frame and Hotbed
March/April 1976 

Hoop Houses

Build This Easy Hoop House to Grow More Food
October/November 2011
Extend your deteriorate like never before for reduction than $1,000.

Low-Cost, Versatile Hoop Houses
February/March 2003 

Low Tunnels

Use Low Tunnels to Grow Veggies in Winter: Quick Hoops
October/November 2009 


DIY, Low-Cost and Multipurpose Greenhouses
October/November 2009
This collection of hothouse ideas will enthuse we to pattern and build your possess hothouse from recycled or inexpensive materials.

The Amazing, Low-Cost, Multipurpose, Solar-Heated Greenhouse/Guesthouse
October 2009 

A Small Greenhouse From a Bus Stop Shelter
July 2009

Build a Greenhouse From Used Windows or Storm Doors
March 2009 

Earth-Sheltered Greenhouse
February/March 2004

Triple a length of your flourishing deteriorate with this simple, energy-efficient design.

Choosing a Greenhouse
February/March 2003 

Will’s Mini-Greenhouse
October/November 1997 

MOTHER’s Portable Garden Room
June/July 1997

Designing and Building a Recycled Greenhouse
December/January 1996 

How to Build a Window Greenhouse
November/December 1987 

You Can Build Your Own Add-On Greenhouse
January/February 1987 

Cut on a Hot Tin Roof
November/December 1985

How to Build a Low-Cost Greenhouse With Pine Poles
January/February 1985 

Greenhouse Growing: Tips for Basic Greenhouse Cultivation
November/December 1980 

MOTHER’s Backyard Greenhouse
September/October 1980 

Build a Solar Window Greenhouse
September/October 1980 

How to Greenhouse Garden
November/December 1976 

Build an Ecosystem: The Earth-Sheltered Solar Greenhouse
July/August 1974 

How to Build a Pit Greenhouse
July/August 1972 

Readers’ Season Extension Tips

Use Hog Panels for a Greenhouse Frame
April/May 2012
Heavy-duty handle fencing — also famous as sow panels — can be arched over an existent garden bed to emanate a simple, inexpensive hothouse support in a jiffy.

Raise Seedlings With a Greenhouse on Wheels
April/May 2012
Your car can yield a warm, nutritive sourroundings for seeds.

Inexpensive Mini-Greenhouse
February/March 2012
This lifted garden bed mini-greenhouse has tyrannise ties for the bottom and some throw timber and piece cosmetic as the cover.

Lightweight Plant Protector
October/November 2011
Use a lightweight fleece sweeping to strengthen your plants from early frosts.

A Frost-Free Garden Greenhouse
August/September 2011
This elementary hothouse pattern will let we get a large conduct start on open planting.

Simple, Heated Cold Frame
February/March 2011
Use a birdbath heater or a crock pot to comfortable adult a tiny cold frame, fluctuating your flourishing deteriorate even further.

Freezer Cold Frame
February/March 2006
Transform and aged chest freezer into a cold frame.

Build a Free-Standing Greenhouse
February/March 2004
Reader Clara Coleman of Woody Creek, Colo., designed and built this 200-square-foot greenhouse.

How to Make Compost

Choose from a many easy ways to make compost for increasing garden productivity: low-cost homemade bins, piles sans bins, duck power, pest-proof tumblers — even indoor worm bins!

How to Make Compost

Compost is a ultimate part for building fruitful soil. If everybody composted their kitchen and garden waste, a universe would be a cleaner place, and we would all suffer some-more prolific organic gardens. Some folks are intimidated by this unknown and clearly puzzling routine — though have no fear! Composting is zero some-more than running a healthy routine by that organic wastes decompose. You simply can't do it wrong. The usually plea is anticipating sufficient organic materials to make adequate black bullion to means your garden.


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Composting is so value a effort. Adding compost to your garden feeds a dirt food web and provides a delayed recover of nutrients to your crops.

Compost also vastly improves dirt structure, allows a dirt to reason in dampness improved and improves friability (workability).

After contemplating hundreds of MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers and checking out what a Facebook community had to contend during Compost Awareness Week 2012, we were blown divided by a many answers to a doubt of how to make compost during home.

Many households compost regulating mixed methods, and a techniques described here are a solution of strategies employed by MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers. Whether we have chickens, goats or other veggie-eating, manure-producing animals also has outrageous implications, since animals can figure so prominently in a composting loop. Making compost with critters will get a turn, though initial let’s demeanour during some of a many ordinarily used compost-making systems.

Composting Techniques

Most gardeners make compost by mixing their kitchen and garden rubbish in an outside compost raise and watchful for it to rot. There is no need to buy special activators or inoculants, since any passed plant and bucket of food rubbish combined to compost activates opposite strains of a naturally occurring microbes that foster decomposition.

Mangled coffee filters and their family can be unsightly, however, and aged leftovers infrequently attract neglected animals and insects in hunt of food. For these reasons, many composters obstruct their kitchen rubbish into an enclosed composter or a duck yard before they mix it with bulkier pulled weeds, spent crops, and other yard and garden rubbish in a delayed compost pile.

“To keep from feeding critters, a kitchen rubbish initial goes into 3 black compost containers until unrecognizable. Then we supplement it to a large fenced-in bin for yard waste. We make pounds and pounds of compost this way,” says reader Mary Conley of Omaha, Neb.

Non-Genetically Engineered Crops May be Vulnerable to Contamination

USDA-Appointed Committee due “co-existence” process that would mistreat required growers, discredit U.S. organic industry.

This essay is posted with accede from Center for Food Safety.  


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The Center for Food Safety (“The Center”) released a position paper currently vicious of proposals done by a Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21), a organisation allocated by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to suggest movement on organic and non-genetically engineered (GE) stand decay issues.  The Center’s pointy response comes as concerns mountain over AC21’s due “co-existence” recommendations, that would institutionalize an acceptable turn of transgenic decay in crops opposite a U.S.  If implemented, a offer would transgress on a rights of farmers to grow non-genetically engineered crops and need a victims of decay – organic and required growers – to buy word or recompense into a account to recompense themselves for neglected contamination, mislaid markets and other damages.

The Center submitted a paper to AC21 Chairman Russell C. Redding, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and cabinet members in allege of a group’s assembly subsequent week.

“Co-existence isn’t protection, it is forced genetically engineered contamination,” pronounced Center for Food Safety’s organic process coordinator Lisa J. Bunin, Ph.D.  “The usually reasonable insurance for organic and non-genetically engineered farmers is for USDA to charge a duration on a planting of new genetically engineered crops until it can denote that decay can be prevented.”

At a heart of a AC21 committee’s breeze news is a recommendation to prioritize “good neighbor-to-neighbor family as a pivotal to minimizing transgenic contamination.”  Claiming that farmers cite “voluntary creation and incentives,” a cabinet sidestepped a need to directly strengthen farmers by imperative decay impediment practices and regulations.  While improved family between neighbors can help, they yield no legal, contracting or arguable assurances that petrify impediment measures will be taken by a genetically engineered record users when disagreements arise and a concede can't be reached.

Choosing Heads for Fall Garlic Planting

Today is going to be a garlic kind of day. Walt and we have been scheming a garlic beds for autumn planting, clearing out a weeds, adding worm compost and worm juice, and we wish to start indeed putting cloves into a dirt someday tomorrow. Autumn planting is a usually approach to grow unequivocally vast heads around here, and garlic adores a complicated feeding of worm compost and worm juice! 

Garlic drying in greenhouse 

This year’s garlic heads are dry and slumbering cozily in paper bags in a study, and we have distant out a largest, choicest heads for replanting. After planting usually a largest, many strong garlic for a past 11 years, a garlic is utterly good blending to a sold garden, and final year’s roughly sum stand failure, due to flooding, caused many heartache. we finished adult planting what we would routinely have been eating, and we ran out of garlic before a new garlic was prepared to eat this summer, that was unequivocally frustrating. However, given we done sacrifices final year (and dug unequivocally low trenches around all a garlic beds), this year’s stand is spectacular. To counterfeit an aged saying: “Never eat your seed garlic.”

Walt and we eat what to many people contingency seem like wretched amounts of garlic, though we have grown so accustomed to garlic that we can hardly detect a reasonable volume of garlic when it is baked into a plate — if we am to commend it as food with garlic in it, it has to enclose a unequivocally vast volume of garlic, for instance a whole conduct in a pot of soup.

This year’s garlic gourmandizing has been aided and abetted by a nifty penetrating new tool that Walt only had to have when he speckled it in a super-discount store in Chicago final fall: it’s called a Leifheit Gourmet Cutter, and given we bought it, we’ve used it a smallest of once each day. This morning Walt baked a eggs over a bed of sliced garlic — YUM! I’m not many of a tool person, though we do conclude being means to cut paper skinny slices of garlic but garnishing them with pieces of my possess skin!

Next time, musings on filet gloves.

Hoss Garden Seeder Perfect for Home Gardens

Hoss Tools
If you’ve beheld an boost in home unfeeling gardens and
market gardens in your neighborhood, your regard is some-more than a little
correct. According to a investigate by a National Gardening Association, The Impact
of Home Community Gardening, US households with food gardens increasing by
19 percent or 7 million people from 2008 – 2009 bringing a count of US
food gardens to 43 million.

All of these food gardens need attention, a small sweat
and a right collection for superb results. Hoss Tools manufactures American-
made singular and double circle hoes and circle hoe attachments including plows,
cultivator teeth, oscillating hoes, sweeps and a new metal-frame seeder for the
home and marketplace gardener.

The Hoss Seeder simply attaches to Hoss (or Planet Jr) Wheel
Hoe. It’s not difficult to use, to insert or to change a seeder plates. The
seeder comes with 6 plane seed plates with opposite distance holes in the
plates to scale out a seeds including excellent seeds such as mustard, broccoli,
cabbage and turnips; plates for seeds such as okra and chard, honeyed corn, small
peas and beans adult to middle beans, peas and margin corn are partial of a package.
Additional plates with opposite sized holes as good as customizable plates are

The removable hopper to change out seeds and an adjustable
planting abyss of 0-1.5 inches helps make gardening easy. Other features
including a 3 ½ in. far-reaching closure wheel, chain-driven and a powder coated metal
frame broach a peculiarity product that will final for generations.

For some-more information, watch product videos or to order, go to HossTools.com 

This press recover is presented but modifying for
your information. MOTHER EARTH NEWS does not recommend, approve or validate the
products and/or services offered. You should use your possess visualisation and evaluate
products and services delicately before determining to purchase.

Mushed Paper Mulch

Make an easy mulch from journal and water.

Mushed Paper Mulch

I save newspapers to use as mulch in my garden. we put a newspapers into an aged concrete mixer, supplement H2O and let them decrease until they are mush.


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I afterwards use a mushed mulch around my pink trees to keep weed down and to keep dampness in a base zone.

This technique also works good around my tomato plants.

Paul Spears
Bossier City, Louisiana

Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home and Garden

Conserving H2O is apropos increasingly important, and it has spin a prerequisite in areas that are pang from drought. According to a UN, by 2025 (in reduction than 15 years), 1.8 billion people will be vital in countries or regions with comprehensive H2O scarcity, and two-thirds of a world’s race could be vital underneath water-stressed conditions, as a outcome of water shortages from meridian change and rising levels of H2O use due to a flourishing population.

Reducing your H2O use will not customarily revoke your H2O bills and assistance forestall intensity H2O shortages. It also reduces a aria on metropolitan H2O systems and infrastructure (e.g., sewer, H2O diagnosis and supply), that helps revoke a energy, maintenance, and a compared taxes compulsory to run and enhance those systems. Using reduction H2O also saves energy, given appetite is used to treat, deliver, and feverishness water. And it leaves some-more H2O in lakes, rivers, and streams for nautical species.

These are some of a ways that we can revoke your domicile H2O use, both indoors and outdoors: 


  1. Replace your toilets, faucets, and showerheads with high-efficiency (WaterSense labeled) plumbing fixtures, or during slightest supplement aerators to your faucets. Consider removing a dual-flush toilet. Switching to such fixtures formula in poignant H2O savings.
  2. Do not let faucets run longer than is required for your task. And when we spin a faucet off, make certain that it is incited all a approach off.
  3. Try to take brief showers.
  4. When regulating a garments washer or dishwasher, customarily rinse sincerely full loads (or name a light-load environment for tiny loads). If you’re shopping a new washer, name a high-efficiency, water-saving model. Front-loading soaking machines are typically some-more fit than top-loading machines.
  5. Wash unwashed dishes immediately or soak them before hand-washing, so that they can be cleared off some-more simply and fast (requiring reduction water).
  6. If a faucet is drizzling or if your toilet is using (for too prolonged after it has been flushed), have a leak bound right away. A leaking toilet can rubbish some-more than 50 gallons of H2O any day, and a drizzling faucet or showerhead can rubbish adult to 1,000 gallons of H2O per week (according to ResourceVenture.org). Also check for soaking appurtenance or dishwasher leaks (usually found where a hose is connected to a appurtenance or during a shut-off valve). Familiarize yourself with a H2O shut-offs behind your toilet, sinks, and soaking machine, as good as a H2O shut-off for a whole house, so that we know how to spin off a H2O when needed.
  7. Compare your water bills (or H2O scale readings) from month to month and year to year, to guard a formula of your charge efforts and to demeanour for any remarkable spikes in H2O use, that could be caused by leaks.

OUTDOORS (yard / weed / garden):

  1. If we have irrigation sprinklers, make certain that they are practiced so that they’re customarily watering planted areas and are not watering sidewalks or other paved areas. Also, sweep your sidewalks and drive (and other paved areas), rather than hosing them down.
  2. Water your yard/garden during a coolest and slightest breezy time of a day (usually early morning) to equivocate losing a lot of H2O around evaporation
  3. When we supplement new plants, trees, or other vegetation, name drought-tolerant or native/adaptedplants that need little, if any, irrigation. To get information on how to name a best plants for your area, click here.
  4. Putting mulch on your garden or landscaped areas can assistance a dirt keep dampness longer.
  5. Turf weed typically requires many some-more H2O than groundcover or shrubs, so a reduction lawn area we have, a reduction watering we will need to do. If adding or reseeding weed areas, name a drought-tolerant weed accumulation or cruise replacing a weed area with groundcover. As an combined bonus, many forms of groundcovers and some forms of grasses will customarily grow a integrate of inches tall, so they would frequency if ever need to be mowed.
  6. If we are installing an irrigation system, name a high-efficiency irrigation system. Drip, micro, and bubbler irrigation systems are some-more fit than mist or sprinkler irrigation, since they broach H2O directly to plants’ roots, minimizing evaporative H2O loss.
  7. If we have an irrigation system, make certain that all mist or season spouts are oriented in such a approach that they are watering planted areas only and are not watering a sides of buildings, pathways or other paved areas. In further to wasting water, permitting H2O to pool adult on cement can make it sleazy to travel on an can revoke a cement over time.
  8. Also, for irrigation systems, perform (or have an irrigation dilettante perform) unchanging system checksand maintenance, to make certain there are no leaking heads, pipes, or valves. Make certain a irrigation complement is not watering a lawn/yard/garden during (or immediately preceding or following) stormy days. Even on dry days, make certain a complement is not over-watering a plants or over-saturating a soil. Re-program a complement seasonally and as required to adjust to continue conditions. Winterize a complement before a initial ice of any year. If issues arise, cruise employing an irrigation veteran to do an irrigation audit.
  9. Consider adding rainwater collection barrels/tanks during downspouts (or putting a bucket in your shower, or installing a greywater system) for use in watering your yard/garden. 

At a broader level, dual of a many effective ways to revoke H2O use (indirectly though significantly) are: to reduce your appetite use (because the era of electricity typically requires huge amounts of water), and to revoke your expenditure of beef (because raising some forms of beef animals, quite corn-fed factory-farmed beef cows, requires huge amounts of water).

For some-more information on H2O conservation, revisit these websites:


Miriam Landman is an achieved writer, editor, and sustainability confidant with imagination in immature living, immature building, and tolerable communities. For daily links to tolerable solutions and success stories, bond to her Facebook page for The Green Spotlight. To accept concise, quarterly email updates from The Green Spotlight, sign adult here.

Edamame Soybean Plants Are Tough

I was never a outrageous fan of edamame soybeans, that is until we started flourishing them myself and detected a sweet, tasty deteriorate and pleasant organisation hardness of a ripening beans uninformed from a brush and afterwards fast steamed or boiled.

And it turns out that edamame soybean plants are among a fastest growing, many productive, and slightest insect- or disease-prone of all vegetables. They are super tough in drought conditions, in clay soil, and in some shade. Wow.

 soybean leaves 

Okay, so a soybean is a legume and not a loyal vegetable, yet soybean creates a good serve to possibly a customary unfeeling garden or a some-more nuanced succulent landscape. For, we see, not usually is a soybean plant healthy looking by itself and compared to other vegetables, yet soybean is so rare and low-growing (about 2 feet high) that it blends right in with showier plants.

 soybeans hidden 

If we consider there’s a possibility we can get between 60 and 90 days of flourishing deteriorate still this year, 2012, go for it. Plant a small patch of edamame soybeans and see how they do in that brief time. They wish comfortable soil, so because not try a late summer planting around Sep 1.

More good features 

When we plant soybeans, be certain to get a “edamame” form that is some-more proposal and reduction greasy than a stock feed soybeans. And there are many varieties of a edamame. Not all seed catalogs lift soybeans, yet here are a few sources we know about: High Mowing Seeds, Botanical Interests, Seed Savers Exchange, and R.H. Shumway’s, and one I’ll report below.

At several stages of a expansion a edamame soybean can be used as immature fertiliser (dig a plants underneath when a buds are forming), as rabbit or ornithology feed in a plantation environment (stems, bean pods, leaves, and all), or as soybean grain (the plants dusty in a object and baled).

 soybean pods closeup 

In a diet, a beans can be eaten in a immature theatre or processed into a textured beef surrogate or divert substitute, or done into a soybean spread called tofu. Asian cuisine has used soybeans for thousands of years. Edamame soybeans enclose about 40 percent protein, so they’re a good discount nutritionally.

So easy to grow 

Last season, in 2011, we grew some edamame soybeans for a initial time particularly as research, as we was perplexing to furnish specimens of 50 opposite unfeeling garden favorites for my new book due out in open 2013 (it will substantially be called Vegevore! 50 Great Vegetables from A to Z, and will be published by Gibbs Smith, Publisher). In that box we started with half a parcel of Sweet Sansei Soy Bean by New Dimension Seed, that was a soybean accessible during my internal garden center; cost, $2.95.

Round about Jun 1, once a dirt had unequivocally started warming up, we sowed half a parcel in my small garden, for a sum of dual shortened rows of about 4 feet each. The dirt was fine, yet we had to put them in a mark where a object didn’t gleam directly until early afternoon, and afterwards usually for a few hours. But about 10 days after adult popped a seeds, and when they all got to 2 feet high they set adult a garland of hairy immature small pods unresolved underneath a flattering leaves, any with dual or 3 “beans” apiece.

 soybean plate 

Alas, we was headed out of town, and flattering clueless, so we didn’t do most with a harvest.

This season, though, 2012, we was operative adult some new dirt in a empty lot my father and we have recently bought, and figured, let’s try a second half of that soybean parcel from final year. This time a mark was balmy all morning; a dirt a bit skinny looking, though, and there was no H2O solely rainfall accessible to means them.

In went dual rows of 3 feet each, about mid-June, spaced 2 inches detached in 1 in. of soil. Up they popped inside of dual weeks, grew usually to 2 feet high, and set bunches and bunches of pods.

Pick, cook, eat or freeze 

Once a soybean pods strech about 2 inches in length and plump up, they are prepared to pick. Generally a reduce partial of a plant ripens first, and there is indeed a enlarged collect duration of some weeks. Every eve recently we have left over to a empty lot with a separate and picked a few large handfuls of soybeans about dusk.

Then we come home, rinse them, put them on to boil for 5 or 10 mins in a small bit of water, and afterwards cool. Soybeans contingency be steam bloody or boiled for a small bit to mangle down an enzyme that prevents their easy digestion. Or during slightest that’s what we have read.

 soybeans boiling 

Once a beans cool, simply offer them with some dim soy salsa on a side. Pop a beans out of a hulls and eat. The seed parcel from New Dimension Seed includes a recipe for boiled immature soybeans with shells that includes spices like fennel seed and brook leaf, both easy to grow in a succulent landscape. Any approach we select to prepare immature soybeans, they are wonderful.

 soybeans to eat 

Now, to unequivocally widen a harvest, plant a whole lot of soybeans. More than we can unequivocally eat in a few weeks. Harvest frequently and steam or boil a pods as before. Then we can solidify a soybeans for winter use, possibly in a pod or shelled. And to go one step further, opening sign a packs before frozen to mislay atmosphere and boost effective freezer time. we have used an Oliso opening sealer and it’s flattering cool.

If you’re too late for soybeans this season, make certain to sequence them subsequent winter and be prepared to plant starting someday in June.

Nan K. Chase

writes and grows edamame soybeans during her home nearby downtown Asheville, North Carolina. She is a author of
Eat YourYard! Edible trees, shrubs, vines, spices and flowers for your landscape
and co-author, with Chris McCurry, of
BarkHouse Style: Sustainable Designs from Nature. She lectures frequently about succulent landscape design. 

Two Corny Videos: Learn How to Breed and Hand-Pollinate Corn

If you’re meddlesome in flourishing corn or plant tact in general, check out these dual useful videos from a Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society Farm Breeding Club about tact your possess corn. The initial video, “Planting Your Own Corn Breeding Nursery,” explains a techniques for formulation and planting a corn tact nursery. The instructions are befitting for the amateur home flourishing or rancher and the student corn-breeder. The video shows how to make true rows, neat aisles, seed correctly, and properly symbol pollination bags.

The second video, “Keeping OP Corn Using Hand Pollination,” explains how to say an open-pollinated accumulation of corn regulating sequence sibbing with palm pollinations. 




Love corn? For even some-more information on this crop, see the beam All About Growing Sweet Corn and the essay on one of the favorite pellet corns, Floriani Red Flint Corn Grain Corn: The Perfect Staple Crop for Every Homestead.


World’s Best Gardening Clogs

I (and many of a gardeners we know) scowl on low done gardening tools. Why buy or use something that I’m customarily going to have to reinstate subsequent year? That would not customarily be frustrating, though a rubbish of resources. Until recently, we never unequivocally suspicion most about how my opinion on collection carries over to my thoughts on gardening footwear. But it does — and it should.

Now, I’m not going to lie: On some balmy days we might find me in my garden with no socks or boots on during all. But when I’m out there doing genuine work (which is often), we customarily wear gardening clogs. I’ve attempted Gardening Clogssome low done clogs before, and they weren’t especially comfortable and didn’t mount adult to my complicated use during all.

For a past dual years, however, my feet have finally found a home in some gardening clogs that feel like a dream and that I’m flattering certain will mount adult to a lifetime of hoeing, broadforking, digging, weeding and walking. These clogs, done by BOGS Footwear, are easy to outing on and off. They don’t massage during all on a tops of my feet as we work since of a elastic element we can see on both sides of any clog. we even keep these boots on when I’m using errands (you never know when you’ll need to make a discerning outing to a garden center) or holding a travel around a neighborhood. They’re some-more gentle than some pairs of tennis boots I’ve owned!

If you’ve been looking for a good span of gardening or work shoes, we rarely suggest these BOGS clogs. They’d also make a good present for a gardener or homesteader in your life. The accurate character of clogs we have is called “Rue,” though they have dozens of styles of clogs and boots for guys, gals and kids.

Happy growing! Your arms might get tired, though hopefully your feet will stay feeling flattering good out there.

Photo from BOGS Footwear 

Testing Seed Starters for Spring Seedlings

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Description: Individual retard or round
pots done of pulpy peat moss and plant nutrients. A
renouned code called Jiffy Pots can be bought in connected
groups of 12, called Jiffy Strips. They are used with
customary cosmetic flats or specifically sized Jiffy Set

Durability: One-time use. Peat pots are
meant to mangle down in a soil.

Ease of use: These plant-it-all containers
have been renouned with home gardeners for a good while, but
we beheld a few intensity drawbacks. Round pots seem a
rubbish of space when compared to retard ones. Individual
pots are a pain to keep station when you’re stuffing them
(sets are easier). And a peat walls tend to wick water
divided from a soil. Granted, this does foster good
drainage and base aeration, though a additional waterings thus
compulsory foster algae growth, as well. You also need to
rip peat pots when transplanting (they don’t always break
down readily), and we should bury them
completely—any corner left above a aspect will wick
dampness divided from a base zone.

Access: Local garden nurseries and many
seed and garden supply catalogues, including Park Seeds
(Greenwood, SC7). Eight Jiffy Strips (a
sum of 96 pots) cost $5.95 and $1 shipping and

Rating: * * Peat pots need too much
watering and can be untimely to use.

Soil Block Maker

Description: Spring-loaded steel devices
used to furnish cubes of dirt for particular seeds. The
plant cubes are afterwards transplanted into a soil. Flats for
these dirt cubes can be wooden (with 3 walls to allow
easy retard removal), cosmetic or even a venerable
half-gallon divert crate (cut in half longways, any half
will reason accurately 8 cubes).

Durability: The retard builder should last
indefinitely if good cared for. Individual dirt blocks are
used usually once.

Ease of use: The pivotal to success with block
makers is a dirt brew we use. It contingency enclose adequate peat
moss to reason a cubes together but their becoming
adobe hard. Nick Woodin, a marketplace gardener in New York, has
had success with a reduction of 50% peat moss, 50% compost
and some orange to adjust a pH.