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Instead of using a calendar, manage planting and pest control with growing degree days.
 Try using growing degree days to plant your vegetables. This method measures accumulations of heat required for insects and plants to flourish.   Len Coop is an assistant professor...
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This Iowa woman went through a high tunnel learning curve
In 2010, Sara Pearson and a few of her girlfriends put up a high tunnel on her family’s farm in Wesley, Iowa. She planted vegetables and enjoyed the benefits of an extended planting and...
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Learn how to tell if it's still viable
I rarely use an entire packet of vegetable seeds every year. Garden seed gets expensive so I hang onto them, thinking I’ll use them again the next year but I’m never sure if they’ll...
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From hand tools to tractors
Efficiently and economically producing crops and vegetables on a small-scale commercial farm is highly dependent on the tools that help you do the job. Andy Pressman is a sustainable agriculture...
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Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds says these 14 heirloom seeds will be some of the most popular for the upcoming year!
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Featured in our latest issue, Pick. at Garden Patch Farms is run by Tony Ndoca and Lexie Miller, two siblings from Illinois. Learn about their pick-your-own style farm!
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Good planning and support are the keys to success
I have a good friend who got her Master Gardener’s certification, and developed a school garden project at her daughter’s elementary school. Michelle‘s hard work is paying off with...
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If you grow and sell fresh produce, you might have to comply with some new regulations
According to the Centers for Disease Control, fresh produce accounts for about a-third of all food-borne illness outbreaks in the United States. The Food Safety and Modernization Act was created to...
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This plant is packed with nutrition from the leaves above the ground, to the roots below
My mother had a big vegetable garden when I was a kid and the crop I remember the most is her beets. She’d slice up and pickle those round, purple roots and they were actually quite tasty....
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Spring is here! Now let's get to work!
April showers bring May flowers, and April garden chores help determine how your garden will fare all summer. Here's a list of chores broken down by region: Pacific Northwest Southern...

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