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How To: Make a Raised Bed Boulevard Garden Using the Square Foot Method

by Alicia Lacy

How to make a raised-bed boulevard garden

Last month we told you all about our raised bed garden plans, and today we're back with all the juicy details. In a nutshell, this was a huge project in terms of the research and planning, and the easiest when it came time to actually do it. It was a great lesson in "preparation is everything". We're so grateful to Duluth Trading Co. for giving us a motivational kick in the pants to get this project done.

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How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

by Capree K

How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?).  Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years.  Fortunately, the Internet exists.  And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done!  Ready to start putting those groceries to new use?  

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10 Tips for Starting a Simple Garden.

by Chris Gardner

Briana Feola of Brainstorm Print & Design. is a full time artist with a huge passion for gardening. She's assembled ten great tips for Indie Fixx on getting started with your own food production garden.

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1) START SMALL

2) START PLANTS INSIDE

3) COMPOST!

4) OBTAIN APPROPRIATE SUPPLIES

5) PICK SEEDS AND PLANTS NATIVE TO YOUR AREA
6) GET PROPER FENCING TO KEEP CRITTERS OUT

7) GET THE SOIL READY

8) DON’T PLANT TOO SOON

9) DON’T FORGET TO...

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Ginormous Vegetables

by DIY Maven

Ginormous Vegetables

In some parts of the world, they grow 'em big. I mean REALLY big. Take, for instance, Lebanese farmer Khalil Semhat grew an astounding 24.9 pound sweet potato, which, frankly, looks very little like a sweet potato at that size.

We hear about gigantic pumpkins every Halloween, but they're usually not as big as this monster grown in Rhode Island, which clocked in at a hefty 1689 pounds.

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Recycle Your Onions Into an Endless Supply of Scallions.

by Chris Gardner

Recycle Your Onions Into an Endless Supply of Scallions.

I've been doing this ever since I've had a patch of dirt in which to grow 'em. Next time you grab a bunch of scallions/green onions at the supermarket, hold onto the root ends.

Then, simply plant them about one inch into the dirt (in the garden or a pot). Water well, and wait for the greens to return. The more you snip them, they faster they'll grow.

You can also do this with whole garlic bulbs and use the green sprouts in pastas...

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How To Start Seedlings in Egg Cartons.

by Chris Gardner

Paper egg cups make the perfect container for starting seeds and growing transplants.

How To Start Seedlings in Egg Cartons.

Simply cut off the top half/the lid of the cartons, and fill each cup with potting soil. Place them on a sheet pan filled with water, and the set the pan in the sunshine or under grow lights. When the seedlings are ready for the garden, just cut the cartons into indiividual cups, and place the whole things in the soil. The cartons will dissolve, just like...

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How Does Your Garden Grow: Seeds and Transplants.

by Chris Gardner

Read Part I: Assessing Your Soil.

Part II. Seeds and Transplants.

How Does Your Garden Grow: Seeds and Transplants.

If you planned on starting your own transplants from seeds, you’re a bit behind for this year. However, the schedule below details the best dates for starting transplants; use it in subsequent years, or to determine whether you should purchase seedlings or try it from scratch.

Early March: onions, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, morning glory, cypress vine...

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Curbly Video: How to Make Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

by Chris Gardner

How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs Using Fruits and Vegetables


This Easter season, head to the produce aisle and dye your eggs with nature.

 
Materials

 

 

  • Free-range eggs
  • Alum powder (available at the supermarket in the spice aisle)
  • White Vinegar
  • Vegetables and spices, see step one
  • Cooktop
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon and slotted spoon
  • Vegetable oil, wax, electrical tape, leaves, stickers, etc (optional)
     
Step

Choose which colors...

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How To Plant a Winter Garden.

by Chris Gardner

Super-cool gardening magazine Mother Earth Living maintains, "With a few seed packets and a little planning, you can enjoy fresh salads, cooking greens and other garden treats year-round." They offer a series of tips for planting and growing hearty greens, lettuces, and root vegetables.

How To Plant a Winter Garden.
  • Plant in mid-August to mid-September. (Right now!)
  • Use leaves to keep soil warm.
  • Keep out bugs and critters.
  • All sorts of nutrional benefits. 

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