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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
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