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Why You Should Grow Baby Vegetables, and How to Do It

3:00 am PDT, October 21, 2019

Last year we had so much rain in our area that for months, farmers in my area had a hard time growing full-sized produce to sell at local markets. Things were just taking too long to mature. So farmers harvested baby vegetables early just to be able to have something to offer their customers. Frankly,...

How to Create an Exotic Edible Landscape in Your Greenhouse

3:00 am PDT, October 20, 2019

If you are considering getting a greenhouse or trying to figure out how to make good use of the one you have, what about using it to create an exotic, edible landscape? Thinking of a greenhouse as merely a tool to get a jump on growing vegetables outdoors is a very limiting way to look...

Growing Shallots: Best Varieties, Planting Guide, Care, Problems, and Harvest

2:00 am PDT, October 20, 2019

I learned about shallots when I got my first CSA basket years ago. I encountered a slew of vegetables that I had never heard of before, shallots included. In my household, shallots were often the name given to sliced green onions. Now that I know the difference, I always have shallots growing in my garden....

The Essential Guide to Making Compost Tea (and 4 Recipes to Try)

3:00 am PDT, October 19, 2019

Compost tea is a fabulous soil conditioner and plant fertilizer that you can create right at home. Not only is it inexpensive to make from your own ingredients, but you can tweak recipes to meet the specific needs of your plants. If you're new to compost tea, make sure to get familiar with the process...

How To Improve Your Clay Soil the Easy Way

3:00 am PDT, October 18, 2019

Clay soil can be frustrating. It doesn’t drain in the spring and cracks like the Grand Canyon in the summer. Red clay soil makes it difficult for many southern and northwest coast farmers to produce a good crop. If you have it, you're probably wondering how to improve clay soil. Most likely, when you bought...

How to Take Care of Baby Goats – Everything You Need to Know

3:00 am PDT, October 17, 2019

There’s no sweeter sound than a newborn kid bleating for the first time. If you’ve had a successful kidding, and your doe has been attended to, you might be wondering, what’s next for the kid?  In the coming days, and weeks, you’ll watch your baby goat become stronger, more curious, and playful.  There are a...

About Minorca Chicken: White Faced, Mediterranean Oddities

2:00 am PDT, October 17, 2019

If you are interested in this chicken’s sister breed, the White-Faced Black Spanish, you may have heard of Minorcas. Minorcas have been used in many breeding projects and played a large part in the gorgeous dual-purpose breed, the Black Australorp. Anyone who has seen the Minorca has probably kept the clown-like image in their head...

Understanding Goat Behavior and the Dynamics of a Goat Herd

3:00 am PDT, October 16, 2019

Goats are smart, curious critters and if you don't have a good handle on goat behavior, you may find yourself outsmarted.  When you understand the dynamics of a goat herd, you'll be ready to solve any problem these lovable little stinkers throw at you. Understanding the Behavior of Goats  First and foremost, it's important to...

Modern Game Chicken: A Leggy and Unique Breed

2:00 am PDT, October 16, 2019

When I see the Modern Game Chickens the first word that comes to mind for me is ‘prehistoric' as they proudly sport their long legs and dinosaur-like poses. I don’t think there is anything too modern looking about these birds, but they certainly have a unique appearance. If you’re after a good meat or egg...

How to Start a Three-Sisters Garden: An Ancient and Proven Method

3:00 am PDT, October 15, 2019

While there are many different types of companion plantings, the three-sisters planting method is one that has been used for centuries by the Iroquois (a Northeast Native American tribal group). At the time, these individuals did not understand why this system works but now we do and using this knowledge is not only smart but...