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Best Heirloom Vegetables for Beginners

Heirloom vegetables are often considered the holy grail of gardening. They often taste better than their hybrid counterparts which is one of the reasons so many people are interested in growing them. If you are new to growing heirlooms these…
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Best Mulch For A Vegetable Garden

Preview: There are many different types of mulch suitable for use in a vegetable garden. This posts shares the pros and cons of each type to help you decide the best mulch for a vegetable garden. With so many kinds…
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chicken coop in the morning sun

How to Control Flies in the Chicken Coop

When raising chickens, flies can be a problem. As soon as warm weather arrives, it seems like the flies show up too. However, there are many ways you can control flies in the chicken coop. But before we cover how…
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an heirloom tomato

How to Grow Tomatoes

The first vegetable (fruit?) most gardeners decide to grow is tomatoes. Even if you don’t grow a large garden, many people will keep a tomato plant in a pot on their back deck. Why are tomatoes so popular? Well…there is…
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a permanent chicken coop

Building A Chicken Coop

Do you know what you need when building a chicken coop? Keep reading to find out what you must have in your chicken coop for happy, healthy hens. Those fluffy chicks you brought home earlier are getting bigger. They have…
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small garden accessories for the beginner

Essential Tools for Beginning Gardeners

If you are just getting started growing a garden, looking at the tools you may need can be overwhelming. Well let me tell you a little secret…you don’t actually need ALL the tools. This list of essential tools for beginning…
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Hey there! I’m Julie B. I want to help you learn to be a bit more self-sufficient, no matter where you live. From growing your own food to DIY projects for yourself or others, I’m here to help you learn a few new skills. I’ll show you how to raise chickens in your backyard or grow a small container garden. Even if you live in the city, you can grow a few herbs or make your own lip balm. Let’s cultivate a good life…wherever we live.