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What is Soil?

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What is Soil?
Did you know that soil was alive?   Many people do not realize this, something that on the surface may look look dead, but upon closer inspection is bustling with life!  The first and most important step in improving soil health is to recognize that soil is a living organism and all parts of our ecosystem depend on it – it is vital to our survival, the growth of our food and maintenance of our ecology.

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Is All Seed the Same?

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Is All Seed the Same?
How can you tell if a seed company is good or not?  Simple, if you can call them and have them provide you with where their seed crops have been grown.  Most small seed  houses would be more than happy to provide such information, as it proves that the consumer is going the extra mile to ensure where their seed source truly comes from.  You will be surprised to learn that not many seed companies grow their own seed, which leaves the consumer to trust each company for providing seed that has vigor, traits and characteristics signature to each seed.

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Fall | Winter Seed Varieties

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Fall | Winter Seed Varieties

 Interested in extending your bounty through fall and well into winter? Planting in the late summer is the perfect way!  Enjoy harvesting fresh herbs and vegetables to enhance your meals throughout the holiday season and into the new year! Cold weather can sweetens certain vegetables and remove bitter and spicy traits. Some flowers also require a period of vernalization and prefer to overwinter and blossom in the spring. 

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Perfect Flowers To Plant in the Summer

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Perfect Flowers To Plant in the Summer

The Summer Solstice has just passed us by and the peak of summer is here.  Your vegetable garden is beginning to bring beauty and life to your home.    Did you know that you can still plant flowers, in time to enjoy them, before the cool nights of fall appear?  Not only will they bring you joy but they will also attract many of our friendly pollinators that our gardens need for all of our veggies to properly pollinate, but they will grace us gardens with their presence! Don't have a veggie garden?  Don't fret, a small flower patch will...

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How To Invite Pollinators to Your Garden

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How To Invite Pollinators to Your Garden
Inviting pollinators to your garden is not as hard as it may seem. You don’t need a large piece of land or a large garden. Flowers in pots, containers, and even windowsills can offer forage, food, and fodder for many of our migrating and permanent pollinators. There are many flowers to be planted now,  see list below, that will continue to flourish and flower well into the fall.

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