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At one time the majority of mankind survived mainly on subsistence farming so growing or raising food was not a luxury, it was a necessity. It could be a hard life but as long as no drought or devastating weather event hit the area, people were able to keep body and soul together...some years maybe even thrive. There are parts of the world today where this way of life is still the norm.

For the rest of us, we're learning once again to appreciate growing our own food--maybe on a hobby level for most but awareness is creeping in: we're losing skills and knowledge that really shouldn't be lost. We want to control the chemicals that touch what we feed our families. We want to make room in urban settings for creatures so they have space to thrive (birds, bees, ladybugs, etc.). We are slowly realizing that the supply chains we depend on to feed our loved ones can fail sometimes, resulting in rows and rows of empty shelves in the grocery stores (let's hope we never have to experience that again).

Whether you are digging into a kitchen plot, a vertical setup on the balcony or a full sized garden producing more than enough food for the whole block, there's a lot in this section to assist your efforts. Plenty of introductory/general advice for beginners, some neat-to-know tricks for the more experienced green thumbs plus a few creative ideas & inspiration too. There's room to expand, and plenty more planned to come so you may want to bookmark this page for future reference. Lots here to browse through!

Budding Home Farmer? 25+ Clever Ideas To Check Out

Making Sense Of Fertilizer Labels & NPK Numbers

7 Nutrient-Rich Elixirs Seedlings Will Be Thankful For

An Introduction To Organic Mulches

When To Sow & Set Out Transplants: {Reference}

Clever! Unwanted Grass Or Weed Patches? Try Solarization

The Magic Of Manure & How To Use It

Try Wood Ash As A Soil Fertilizer: {Good To Know}

6 Companion Plants To Battle Those Dreaded Potato Bugs

Can Blueberries Be Grown In A Pot? Sure!

How To Test pH Levels In Soil

15+ Lovely Ideas For Incorporating Succulents Outdoors

Easy To Achieve: Your Own Bounty Of Zucchini

Yes – Easter Lilies Can Indeed Be Saved & Thrive Outdoors!

Earth Friendly: Homemade Weed Killer Recipes & Solutions

Love Strawberries? Why Not Clear A Patch & Raise Some!

Friendly Visitors: Attracting Hummingbirds To The Yard

Bounty Of Garlic Crops In Flourishing In The Backyard: Try It!

Speed Up Tomato Ripening With These Helpful Hints

Instructions: Planting Tulips For Beautiful Spring Blooms

Guidelines For Cutting & Hardening Fresh Flowers

Bury The Pit In Soil & Voila! An Avocado Tree

Saving Tomato Seeds From Prized Heirlooms

Make A Delightful Moon Garden Haven

Invasion Of Garden Slugs? Here Are Ways To Combat Them

Keep The Blooms: Extending The Life Of Potted Hydrangeas

Petunias: A Lovely Option To Add A Burst Of Color

An Easy, Old-Fashioned Favorite: Geraniums

Peonies Question & Answer Sheet

Tips For Growing A Bumper Crop Of Tomatoes

Enjoy Potted Basil Year-Round: Thrives Inside & Out

Instructions: Sterilizing Soil & Organic Potting Mix Recipes

Effective Way To Store Seeds For Next Year’s Season

Harvesting Rose Hips For An Assortment Of Uses

21 Natural & Homemade Pesticides That Work: {Recipes}

Want Greener Grass? Try Epsom Salts, Beer (oh my) & More

Old-Time Tips For Garden Tenderfeet

Gardener's Hand Care 101: Protection & After Care

How To Prep & Pot A Plant (And When To Repot It)

Helpful Notes For The Medicinal Treasure: Aloe Vera

A Few Fall Cleanup & Winter Preparation Chores

Spoil Kitty With Home-Grown Catnip: He’ll Love It!

Daylilies & Irises: Help To Divide & Transplant