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Companion Planting Part 2 – Don’t Plant These Plants Together Too

Many gardeners know that some plants do well when they’re planted near each other. For example, When you plant basil and dill among tomatoes they protect the tomatoes from hornworms. Also, sage scattered in a cabbage patch reduces the impact of cabbage moths. But there are also plants that should not be planted near each […]

Companion Planting or What NOT To Plant Together

Usually when you see an article about companion planting, it discusses which plants to plant near each other. However, this is a nice twist. Mindi discusses which plants you should NOT plant close together in your garden. Here’s an example: Plants in the bean family does not normally thrive if planted near vegetables like onions, leeks, […]

10 Easy Jams & Pickles for Beginners (Recipes)

In this article,  Faith shares 10 different canning/preserves recipes.  There is something here for everyone. Refrigerator jams really are an easy and excellent way to start preserving the fruit from your garden. Faith then recommends trying pickled radishes or a small batch of dill pickles. All of the recipes are very clear and easy to follow.  […]

How to Make Homemade Lavender Hand Cream

Jami of the Happy Housewife shares her recipe for homemade Lavender Hand Cream.  She’s a gardener and finds that gardening makes her hands and cuticles dry.  She decided to make her own hand cream in order to use natural ingredients and to get a consistent cream that would work on her hands and also on […]

Natural Wasp Spray: Get Rid of Wasps without Chemicals

If you have wasps that you need to get rid of, Katie of Kitchen Stewardship has a fantastically easy and natural way to send them to the great beyond.  I can almost guarantee you have the two ingredients in your home right now. Katie also explains why her spray works so well. To see the […]

35 Reasons You Should Never Be Without Vinegar

Gaye of Activepost.com shares an article from Joe at SurvivalLife.com.  Joe has assembled his top 35 uses for vinegar.  In some cases he provides little, mini recipes. Also Gaye shares her recipe for Peppermint Juice, a cleaner for windows, floors, and general surface cleaner. I have used my own version of Peppermint Juice for cleaning […]

15 Surprising Uses For Eggshells

After you read this article, you’ll never look at eggshells in the same way again. Among the other facts about eggs that I learned in this post by Jillee of One Good Thing, is what causes the color of an egg shell to be white or brown.  I won’t give away the secret but it’s […]

DIY Solar-Powered Mason Jar Luminaries (Sun Jars)

Mason Jar Sun Luminaries are really popular for patio or garden lighting at night. They are also called Sun Jars. I have researched this topic quite a bit. They now have solar lids that you can get for mason jars, but they are $10 for one lid!  A complete mason jar luminary selling in stores […]

How to Grow Ginger at Home

You can grow Ginger indoors in commercially prepared potting soil. This post walks you through all of the steps.  By the end of the post you will know how to: Choose the right type of Ginger Find a suitable place Prepare the soil Plant/Grow Ginger Harvest/Prune Ginger Click on the How to Grow Ginger at Home […]

A Recipe for Homemade, Homegrown Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce

If you love easy and healthy ways to spice up your meals then I think you’ll like this recipe for homemade, homegrown cayenne pepper hot sauce Cayenne pepper plants grow well in containers as well as in an outdoor garden.  So no matter what your gardening set-up is you can grow cayenne peppers. In addition […]