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How to Transplant a Shrub or Young Tree

Texas Month-by-Month Gardening: Plant Care in November

When it comes to gardening, Texans have a greater range of climate and soil conditions than some small countries. For instance, a gardener in Dalhart (zone 6) in the Panhandle experiences midwinter lows in the -5 to -10˚F range, while Brownsville gardeners in the lower Rio Grande Valley (zones 9 to 10) can expect temperatures in an average winter to drop only a few degrees below freezing or not to freeze at all. Continue Reading »


Corn Soup with Walnut Pesto

Corn Soup with Walnut Pesto

Soup is delicious any time of year, but this corn soup from The Bay Area Homegrown Cookbook sounds extra-tasty when colder weather is beginning to creep into the kitchen. Walnut Pesto is a great recipe to have up your sleeve, too, since pinenuts can be hard to come by in some parts of the country. Continue Reading »


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Best Management Practices for Growing Healthy Plants, Anywhere!

As author William Moss illustrates in his book Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening, limited growing space might create some garden challenges, but it can also create some serious garden success. Moss is committed to reaping the benefits of efficient, effective gardening, and he's here to share some of the best management practices for achieving a healthy environment in which plants can thrive. Continue Reading »


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How To Build A Storage Bench

I love furniture items that do double duty. This may be because I have way too much stuff or because I live in a small house; regardless, if an ottoman pops its top to reveal blanket storage or banquette seats lift to expose storage for rarely used kitchen items, I'm super happy. Here is a great lidded bench project from the Black & Decker Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry. This bench can be used in a garage or breezeway or entryway. I use mine in the mudroom for storing hats and mittens. It is sized to hold grocery bags in case you want to use it for recyclables sorting. Because it is constructed of construction grade materials it is more suitable to painting than staining. It looks great with a distressed or antiqued finish. Continue Reading »


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Build Your Own Potato-Growing Box

You don't need a huge garden to grow potatoes. In fact, you don't need much space at all! In his book Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency, Chris Peterson proves that it's possible (and easy!) to reach your goals of a self-sufficient livelihood, including a vertical method of growing your own potatoes in a simple DIY potato-growing box. Continue Reading »


Country Skills

Installing Fence Posts Using a Tractor and Post Pounder

Before installing any horizontal parts of a fence, such as wire or boards, the fence's vertical posts need to be set firmly in place. Continue Reading »


Sustainable Living

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How To Build A DIY Solar Oven

As a kid in the 1970s I read a lot of really cool magazines that my parents subscribed to. Continue Reading »


Home How-to

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How To Build A DIY Solar Oven

As a kid in the 1970s I read a lot of really cool magazines that my parents subscribed to. Continue Reading »


In the Garden

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Garden Up: Vertical Gardening with Arbors

When you hear the phrase "vertical gardening," what comes to mind? You might think about roses scrambling up a trellis, or an overhead arbor dripping with wisteria. Continue Reading »


In the Kitchen

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Let Us Grow Lettuce - All Year Round!

Greens for Your Indoor Kitchen Garden

You don't need vast acreage to grow your own garden, and as author Elizabeth Millard explains in her book Indoor Kitchen Gardening, you don't even need a yard at all: you can grow a smorgasbord of veggies right there in your very own kitchen. Continue Reading »


Animals

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Housing Your Pigs

Providing Shelter for Pig Farms

If you're interested in raising pigs, author Philip Hasheider will guide you step-by-step through the process of planning for, purchasing, and caring for your herd. Continue Reading »