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Best Herbs for Beginners to Grow

Even if you don’t have room for a garden, you can grow a few herbs almost anywhere. Herbs can be grown in the ground of course, but they can also be grown in containers and even indoors in a sunny…
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Using the Deep Litter Method in Your Chicken Coop

While there are many ways to maintain your chicken coop, using the deep litter method with chickens is probably the simplest way to deal with poop in the coop. Learn the advantages (and the disadvantages) of using the deep litter…
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gardening books, earrings, lip balm, and homemade soap make great gifts for Mom

Easy Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

You love your Mom and want to celebrate her on her special day. But most Moms don’t expect elaborate gifts. This list of easy gift ideas for Mother’s Day has something to please any Mom. Whether Mom prefers jewelry, a…
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a rabbit beside an azalea

Ways to Keep Critters Out of Your Garden

Preview: It seems that whenever you start a garden, all of a sudden you have critters you’ve never seen showing up to eat your hard work. So what can you do to keep them away from your fresh vegetables? Here…
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cutworm on a leaf

How to Prevent Cutworms in the Garden

Cutworms can wreck havoc on your garden in just one evening. Learn what a cutworm looks like and how to prevent cutworms from destroying your garden. What is a Cutworm? First, let’s look at what a cutworm is. A cutworm…
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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.