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Compost Time

Garden bed turned over, ready for compost. It’s time to get to work preparing garden soil for the Spring. Growing fertile soil is the most important part of responsible self-sufficiency, and we’re tempted to neglect it to rush ahead to cooler activities we’re interested in. We have to resist this temptation. On our farm, we…

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Garlic

Garlic cloves are planted in the fall. More than just a source of flavoring, garlic is one of the most important plants in the garden. Pliny listed over 60 known remedies provided by garlic. Garlic cloves for planting can be purchased easily online. Note that “hardneck” varieties are recommended for colder climates and “softneck” for…

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One Shovel at a Time

When most families think about gardening and farming, they are tormented by two errors in their thinking. First, they start with ideas about farm life from movies, books and tourist attractions that are not realistic. Tourist attractions present images that are made possible by artificial funding. Historical farms and gardens, including stories in movies and…

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