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Beginner Gardening Series: Gardening Zone

When you first get into gardening, you need to understand that not everything will not grow everywhere!  This concept is critical information.  Despite how much you may want to grow something most times, it is not happening.  That is because plants originated in different areas of the world and were then brought to America or other countries.  Plants are native to certain areas meaning they are adapted to perform best in certain places.  Citrus does not handle extended freezing temperatures, so you're going to have a hard time growing oranges in places like Minnesota.  To assist farmers and gardeners, the...

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Beginner Gardening Series: Chill Hours

Have you ever looked to purchase a fruit tree?  Let us take a peach, for example, google peach tree; you get hundreds of sites selling thousands of varieties.  First, you need to know your gardening zone, and what's this thing about chill hours?Chill hours are defined as any temperature below 45F.  Depending on who you talk to, some will tell you the temperatures have to be between 45-34F.  Sometimes people make things more complicated than they need to be.  Why are chill hours critical?  For some plants to produce flowers and fruit, they need a dormant period.  This dormant period...

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Beginner Gardening Series: FROST DATES

Frost dates As a beginner gardener, the term frost dates is something you will hear or see often.  Every seed catalog and website you come across will have these two terms First Frost date and last frost date. These terms are essential for gardeners.  Misinterpret or neglect this information and you run the risk of reduced or decreased harvest, stunted growth or even worse killing your plants.  Your frost date is determined by where you live.  Each USDA gardening zones frost dates differ.  Since we are talking about nature, it is difficult, if not impossible, to be exact.  So when...

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Growing Mustard Greens

I have always heard the saying, faith of a mustard seed.  Before gardening, it was hard for me to put that into perspective.  But, have you ever seen how small a mustard seed is?  It is pretty impressive what power is in a seed.  Plant this little seed, and within 60 days, you could be harvesting.    Mustards are fast-growing greens from the brassica family that are grown for their leaves. Their leaves are one of the healthiest and most nutrient-dense of the leafy greens produced.  Most people associate mustard greens with southern culture, but don’t be fooled; these nutrient powerhouses...

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Elderberries

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Have you heard of elderberry?  Well, it is one of the few plants that can be found on almost every continent on the earth.  It has a litany of medicinal properties.  The berries and flowers are amazing.  Not to mention it is a superfood!  It is said that Hippocrates raved about all of the health benefits of this plant.  Are you interested in growing it now?Since Elderberries are grown all over the world in varying climates, it is safe to assume that it is relatively easy to grow.  If you are planning on growing is a shrub, realize that it...

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