Tips for Choosing the Right Lettuce to Grow at Home

Tips for Choosing the Right Lettuce to Grow at Home

This is an excerpt from an article on growing lettuce on Gardner’s Path by Amber Shidler. Most varieties of lettuce are fast-growing and thrive in cooler weather (45-80°F), making them great spring and fall crops for your garden – though you can also grow lettuce in containers, window boxes, or tucked in among flowers. There are numerous varieties of lettuce with varying leaf shapes, colors, and tastes. But to make things...

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Off-Grid Cooking Without Power

Off-Grid Cooking Without Power

By Sally Keys Thinking of going off-grid? Off-grid living is exciting, but can be scary at the same time. Incidents like storms and equipment malfunctions can occur with little warning and leave you without an electrical stove or oven for days, so having an alternative and electricity-free cooking method is the only way to truly be prepared for survival (plus it’s an excellent way to conserve energy and save money). And it’s easy...

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How to Create a Permaculture Garden

How to Create a Permaculture Garden

By Scott McDermott You may have heard the term before, but what is permaculture? Permaculture can be defined as a system of agricultural and social design principles that are directly modeled after patterns found in the natural world. Similar to organic gardening in some ways, the term, coined in the late 1970s by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison, means not only “permanent agriculture,” but also “permanent culture.” It...

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3 Amazing Off-Grid Cooking Techniques

3 Amazing Off-Grid Cooking Techniques

By Sally Keys Since human beings first discovered fire, they have been cooking without electricity or gas. Now, even though most people have access to the electricity grid, fire is still a simple, delicious, and fun way to cook food off the grid. Anyone can give it ago, and most do – in fact 75% of Americans own a barbecue and use it regularly. But fire isn’t the only effective method of off-grid cooking. The sun itself can cook a...

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A Quick Guide to Composting For Every Season

A Quick Guide to Composting For Every Season

By Kristina Phelan Many homeowners think that composting is just a spring and summer activity, but a well-groomed compost pile needs attention all throughout the year. That may sound like too much work, but it’s quite easy if you follow these simple steps to care for your compost pile throughout every season. Spring is When to Make the Most Out of Your Compost Most experienced gardeners use their matured compost pile in the spring to add...

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The Health Benefits of Gardening

The Health Benefits of Gardening

By Uma Campbell Many people choose to take up gardening because they enjoy seeing (and eating) the fruits of their labor once their plants begin to grow. But the beauty of blooming flowers and the taste of organic home-grown produce are not the only rewards that can be reaped from gardening. So what are these other, “hidden” benefits of gardening? 1. Gardening Improves Mental Health Numerous studies have shown that gardening can...

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