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Pumpkin and Marigold Centerpiece

This centerpiece is not difficult to make using a mid-size pumpkin, or even one a bit larger. It can be placed on the dinner table. A second can be made to be used as a mantle decoration. Materials 1 pumpkin sharp knife flower-pot to fit inside the pumpkin large spoon organic potting soil fresh Marigold […]

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Edible Flowers for Your Frugal Garden

Not every flower is edible, so it’s important to identify each correctly before consuming. Many flowers can be eaten raw or used in cooking, and quite a few are excellent for cake decorating. They are even said to have health benefits, particularly for emotional health. This list will be helpful when deciding which flowers to […]

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Quick Tip: Using Tea in the Garden

After reusing tea bags a couple of times, add the liquid and tea leaves to your garden. Let the liquid cool after pressing all the liquid from the tea bag, then add the liquid to the water you’ll use to water the plants with. Then, cut the tea bags open and add the leaves to […]

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Successful Harvests

My parents had a successful harvest this year, and they always seem to plant enough to share with my siblings and me. It started with the cucumbers that mom brought over, a couple of times. Once, because she knew I was visiting with my daughter, she sent some for me to take to her. There […]

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Best Ways to Save Money on Food While Keeping it Healthy

It’s difficult to eat healthy while sticking to a small budget, but it’s important we try. Our medical bills later on will be astronomical if we don’t, and the future of health insurance is unsure at this time. Grow as much of your own food as possible. Having an indoor window garden for growing herbs […]

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Create an Herb Garden on Your Windowsill

Having an herb garden will allow you to save a lot of money over the years, and will give you healthy seasonings for your meals. A windowsill herb garden can be grown year round. If your pantry or kitchen has a window, use that. If not, choose another window or two within the home. A […]

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Quick Tip: Save Money by Growing Your Own Herbs

As a quick note, I want to point out that it is far cheaper to grow your own organic herbs than to purchase them. Keep in mind that organic foods are healthier, and are not significantly more costly to grow than the alternative. Use organic soils, and organic seeds that have not been genetically modified. […]

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The $3.15 Garden

Yes, it can be done. There are ways to do it. This type of garden is not generally used when trying to eat in the healthiest manner possible, because it doesn’t account for organic seeds. But it will feed a family on significantly less money than what would be spent on the same produce at […]

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The No-Cost Food Garden

It’s all fine and dandy for me to tell you to use only organic seeds and soils, and that said seeds should be heirloom ones when possible. However, what is to be done when you have absolutely no money to start with, and you must get a garden in to help you with food costs […]

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Top 10 Vegetables for Your Frugal Garden

Growing vegetables, even organically, allows for saving a great deal of money at the grocery store each year. There are many choices available when deciding to plant a vegetable garden. Obtain seeds for the vegetables that you use most often as sides, in soups and stews, and in roasts and casseroles. The most important rules […]

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Top 10 Herbs and Spices for Your Frugal Garden

Herbs are expensive. When purchasing them dried in their little bottles or canisters, you don’t know exactly how old they are. When purchasing them organic, they still may not always the freshest. And just because something says it is organic, doesn’t mean there isn’t something added that is not. It’s tough to buy things and […]

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10 Fruits for Your Frugal Garden or Orchard

When choosing fruits to grow in a frugal garden or orchard, there are things that must be taken into consideration: Soil conditions: If there is not proper soil conditions, can it amended in an organic manner so the fruit will grow well in that area? Amount of sun: Determine if there is enough sun in […]

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Planting Chives from a Pot

When you buy potted chives at a nursery, you may choose to transplant them into your garden when you get them home. These chives are ornamental as well as edible. Indeed, every part of the plant can be eaten, either as is, or in recipes. Chives will grow well in an area of their own, […]

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How Much Room will I Need in Order to Grow Food for My Family

You’ll want to figure out how much space to set aside for planting, before beginning your garden. This will depend on factors such as the size of your yard, and how many people are in your household. Be sure to take into consideration fresh-eating foods, foods that will preserved, and whether you will want to […]

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Plums, Blueberries, and Tomatoes: Harvestable in July

Fruits and vegetables mature in the garden at different rates, depending on where you are and when each is planted. Some types of produce can be harvested earlier than others, to be eaten fresh or preserved. Plums Some plum varieties ripen in July. The Japanese varieties that mature during this month include Burbank and the […]

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A Few Tomato Descriptions and Their Estimated Harvest Days

When researching tomato varieties, it is important to consider descriptions of each type. Many gardeners also want to know how many days it will take for each variety to mature. Knowing certain types of information will help you determine which plants will grow well in your area, as well as which ones you are likely […]

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