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Beginner Gardening

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Bringing Back the Victory Garden

The War Food Administration restarted efforts to encourage gardening with the National Victory Garden Program established by US Agriculture Secretary Claude Wickard.

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Conserving Water with Rain Barrels

By simply constructing and installing a rain barrel, you can aid in the conservation of this resource.

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Growing Blueberries for Beginners

Blueberry plants are perennials, so once an initial investment is made, they will keep producing for years if properly cared for and maintained.

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Growing Strawberries for Beginners

As perennial plants, strawberries can be grown in the home garden, raised beds, high tunnels, containers or hanging baskets.

Striped and Spotted Cucumber Beetles feeding on a cucumber plant

Insects In The Garden

In order to know when pest damage is present, it’s critical to recognize what a healthy plant looks like.

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Low Tunnels For Beginners

Low tunnels are temporary structures that are approximately 4 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide.

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Planning Your Garden

Growing a garden can be a relaxing hobby and is an excellent way to provide food for your family.

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Setting Up A Garden

In these times of staying at home, growing your own food is seeing a surge in popularity. For the inexperienced gardener, selecting a proper site is the most important first step.

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Soil Testing for Beginning Gardeners

Soil testing determines the extractable soil phosphorus (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) as well as the soil acidity reflected as pH.

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Vegetable Gardening For Beginners

A successful vegetable garden requires time and attention. But, with the right direction and some patience, even a beginner gardener can have a bountiful harvest all season long.