Seed Saving Basics: How to Save Seeds for Beginners

Saving your own sounds super easy. And it is to a degree – but there are some things you need to know to get it right. Otherwise there’s a strong possibility that your saved seeds won’t germinate, won’t produce fruit, will deliver a poor or mutated crop, or otherwise won’t be stable. Learning how to […]

Plant Problems – Onion White Rot

Onion white rot – Stromatinia cepivora (syn. Sclerotium cepivorum) — the unforgiving fungal pestilence of the allium family. There is nothing so annoying as expectantly walking up to the lovely crops you’ve grown, picking your first onion, and looking at it in dismay, wondering what happened to it. This happened to me this week as I picked my […]

Plant Problems: Basil Diseases

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Plant Problems: Bindweed

Bindweed, or bellbind, is a regular problem in gardens. This weed is incredibly frustrating for gardeners as it literally chokes fruit and vegetables. It is very difficult to control as it attempts to take over the world, or at least the garden, with its winding vines that just want to grow up everything in the […]

Pest Profiles: The Squash Bug, Anasa tristis

The bane of many gardeners life, the squash bug, Anasa tristis, is commonly found throughout the US. Their damage is limited to members of the gourd family including squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins. They attack plants in large numbers and like to gather on the leaves, vines, and fruits of the plant. The bugs cause damage to the […]

Plant Problems – Blossom End Rot

n style=”font-weight: 400;”>Blossom end rot – not caused by a pesky insect or a disease, but it is caused by adverse growing conditions. Although it most commonly occurs in tomatoes, it also appears on squash, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and melons. What Causes Blossom End Rot? Blossom end rot occurs in plants when there isn’t enough […]

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Pest Profiles: Tomato Hornworm

n style=”color: #000000;”>As the gardening season progresses, we all have to be alert and ready to tackle those annoying little insects that can decimate our crops and leave us devastated that all the hard work we put into growing our fruit and vegetables was a waste of time and money. For many growers, one of […]

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10 Fascinating Facts About Slugs

Slugs. An absolute menace in the vegetable garden. The swines will devour just about anything. None of our fruit or vegetable plants are safe. Controlling them naturally is a continual battle and you can find out how by checking out “How to Control Slugs Naturally“. Slugs are, however, pretty interesting little critters. Frustrating and intensely […]

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How to Control Slugs Naturally

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Fall Gardening Tasks to Make Life Easier Next Spring

The autumn garden is bitter-sweet. You’re drowning in gluts of beautiful fruit and veg like apples, pears, and squashes, which is, of course, wonderful. And, if you preserve them properly – whether you’re a master canner or you’re the queen of dehydrating, your bountiful harvest will see you right through the winter and into spring – […]

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Ants Farming Aphids & What to do About It

Ants farm aphids. They care for them, offer protection, and literally “farm” them – much like humans farm their livestock. Picture ants wearing the frayed straw hat, dirty blue dungarees or coveralls, and the good ol’ fashioned wellies. This prime example of mutualism is fascinating, annoying, and often brutal. And it can be exceptionally troublesome […]

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How to Control Aphids Naturally

They‘re a menace. A total nightmare in ornamental and edible gardens alike. The bane of many gardener’s lives, these tiny pests wreak havoc, and can weaken or destroy huge numbers of crops. But don’t despair and reach for the expensive, harmful, and pretty useless chemical pesticides just yet – we’ve got quite a few different […]

Companion Planting – The Three Sisters

Whether you’ve got a sprawling rural ranch or a tiny urban yard, growing your own organic food is definitely worth the work you put in. But, if you can grow your own organic food, and get a higher, healthier yield per foot, that makes the whole process even better. As long as you’ve got 4 […]

9 Organic Fertilizers to Make at Home – Without Spending a Penny!

ref=”/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/organic-fertilizer.jpg”> Whether you’re growing fruit, vegetables, or flowers, you want them to perform at their best, yielding an abundance of high quality produce. However, in a bid to lower your environmental impact, and because you really don’t want you and your family to consume a bunch of harmful chemicals, you really don’t want to use […]

8 Foods to Regrow From Kitchen Scraps

Every day we throw away or compost piles of fruit and vegetable peelings. But did you know you’re actually wasting an awesome source of free food? No, we’re not suggesting you suck on potato peelings! Regrowing food from your kitchen scraps – and knowing which foods you can buy once and grow forever – is […]

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6 Genius Ways to Grow Strawberries

Strawberries are delicious when they’re fresh off the plant and yes, you can grow them directly in the ground if you have enough space. But planting strawberries at ground level is like ringing the dinner bell for every pest in a 5-mile radius. Aside from destruction from rats, mice, squirrels, slugs, birds, and just about […]

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10 Ingenious Ways to Use Old Coffee Grounds

ref=”//realselfsufficiency.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/coffee.jpg” rel=”attachment wp-att-624″> Many of us adore a cup of steaming, freshly brewed coffee – whether it’s Colombian, Italian, or Kenyan. And many people can’t function without several cups a day. But what do you do with the grounds? Chances are, you throw them away – but wait – there’s a whole bunch of ways […]

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10 Things To Do In The Garden In Fall and Winter

We all know that gardening is more enjoyable in the spring and summer. But, for those who want to maximize their crop yield, there’s plenty to do in the garden during fall and winter, too. Whether you’re growing fruit and vegetables or flowers, getting outside in the colder months is good for your health and […]