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March 2014

Turn Barren Soil into Black Gold: 9 Simple Steps to Sheet Mulching

If you want to turn a barren lot into a permaculture paradise, you’ve got to start from the ground up. Sheet mulching is an easy way to start. You start with a biodegradable weed barrier like cardboard, and from there build a thick, layered substrate for your garden with compost and mulch. As the materials […]

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Perennial Gardening: Grow More Food with Less Work!

Perennial vegetables are a food gardener’s dream. Plant them once, treat them well, and they’ll keep feeding you year after year. If you’re looking for some new crops to liven up your garden and your palate, give perennials a chance. You’ll have plants you never dreamed could be dinner. We’ve included below some perennial inspired projects […]

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6 Reasons Why You Need to Plant Perennials…Like Now

If you’ve ever debated about whether perennial plants are right for your landscape, author Ben Falk is here to help. And, as a recent winner of an American Horticultural Society 2014 Book Award, you can be sure to trust his expert advice. Falk’s award winning book, The Resilient Farm and Homestead, offers readers the lessons he’s learned […]

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Building Your Backyard Permaculture Paradise

The award-winning Paradise Lot takes a behind-the-scenes look at how two plant geeks transformed a desolate urban backyard into a permaculture paradise. At the same time, the pair were hoping to each find their own Eve for this special garden adventure. They succeeded on both fronts–creating an urban, food-producing oasis on a tenth of an acre, and […]

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Four Perennial Vegetables Perfect for Shady Spots

Perennial vegetables are a food gardener’s dream. Plant them once, treat them well, and they’ll keep on feeding you year after year. Eric Toensmeier, author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and coauthor of Edible Forest Gardens, is the reigning expert on these easy-to-grow crops, and his new DVD takes you on a plant-by-plant tour […]

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Hemp, Hemp, Hooray! Get Ready for America’s Next Agricultural Revolution

You can eat it, drink it, read it, tie it, wear it, drive it, live in it, and make money growing it, all while saving the soil and protecting the climate. What is it? Hemp. That’s right, hemp. How can a single plant possibly live up to all this hype? Glad you asked. Here’s just […]

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Think You’re Hip to Hemp? Take Our Quiz

Looking for something to talk about at your next dinner party or social gathering? Impress your friends with some hemp trivia by taking this pop quiz. You’ll have interesting facts to share like how long ago humans started using hemp and which hemp farmer became Kentucky’s first millionaire. Trust us, people will think you’re cool. […]

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Hemp History 101

The historical prominence of hemp can be seen in dozens of American towns that still bear its name, including Hempfield, PA, Hemphill, KY, Hempstead, NY, Hempfork, VA, and more. How did humanity’s longest utilized plant, that has more than 25,000 uses and so many towns named after it, end up nearly extinct in the U.S.? […]

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The Buzz: Bee Buyers Beware

Beekeeping has been on the rise in recent years, and Ross Conrad’s book Natural Beekeeping has become a must read for enterprising apiculturalists who want to learn how to care for bees holistically and organically. This is the second of two adaptions from the revised and expanded edition of Conrad’s book, which examines different ways […]

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Spring is Here! Get your Garden Started

Congratulations, you survived another long winter! It is officially spring and time to get your garden started. Let us help you on your way with some of our key gardening books. Learn tried and true techniques from our expert gardening authors so you can reap a plentiful harvest this fall. We’ve included some tips and […]

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