Gardening with Straw Bales

Straw Bale Garden

Gardening with straw bales is like container gardening except that the container itself is compostable and provides the nutrients necessary for plant growth. With almost no work straw bales easily grow lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash or zucchini and beans. ...

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Snow Pea and Avocado Slaw


[divide style="3"] Total Time: 15 min Prep: 15 min Yield: 4 servings Level: Easy [divide style="3"] Directions Thinly slice 10 ounces snow peas lengthwise. Toss with 2 thinly sliced celery ribs (add the leaves, too) and some toasted walnuts. Dress ...

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How to Make a Worm Bin


Worms eat kitchen scraps and create worm castings, which are a valuable soil amendment and plant tonic. Though castings are often called fertilizer, they’re actually not very high in nitrogen, but they are full of plant-supporting nutrients. Sprinkle castings on ...

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Identifying Plant Nutrient Deficiencies


Not all plant problems are caused by insects or diseases. Sometimes an unhealthy plant is suffering from a nutrient deficiency or even too much of any one nutrient. Plant nutrient deficiencies often manifest as foliage discoloration or distortion. The following ...

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Naturally Fermented Dill Pickles

[divide] Ingredients 5 1/2 ounces pickling salt, approximately 1/2 cup 1 gallon filtered water 3 pounds pickling cucumbers, 4 to 6-inches long 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon dill seed 1 ...

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