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How to Grow Incredible Tomatoes 

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How to Grow Incredible Tomatoes 

When it comes to tomato diseases, disorders, and pests - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! You will learn something new every year - our gardens are always sending us new challenges and opportunities for learning, right? If you feel overwhelmed by plant care, just remember to bring it back to basics - high quality seeds and plants, healthy rich soil, and organic practices. 

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The Three Sisters Garden: A Sustainable Polyculture

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The Three Sisters Garden: A Sustainable Polyculture

The Three Sisters Garden is a perfect example of successful companion planting.

Corn being the eldest sister, at the centre, the corn offers beans needed support.

Beans are the giving sister, pulling nitrogen from the air into the soil, to benefit all three. As the beans grow up towards the sun, curling around the stalks and vines, they pull the sisters close together.

Squash, with its large leaves and sprawling vines, protect the three by shading and cooling the soil, keeping it moist and preventing weeds. The spiky leaves also deter predators.

Together, all three come together in a sustainable polyculture, building soil fertility and providing nutritious food.

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The Incredible Seed Guide to Backyard Composting

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The Incredible Seed Guide to Backyard Composting

Good, rich, organic compost is as good as gold to the organic gardener or farmer, and soil health is critical to environmental resilience. Composting - and educating others about it - is one action you take against climate change!

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Guide to Succession Planting

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Guide to Succession Planting

Taking the time to succession plan now, while things are still slow, will help keep you on track when things get busy in May and June.

Succession planting is a fantastic and creative way to make the most out of your growing season and your garden space. Instead of planting once in late Spring and harvesting in late Summer, you can enjoy a steady, continuous harvest throughout the entire growing season!

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Cold Hardy Perennials for Zone 4

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Cold Hardy Perennials for Zone 4

Perennial edibles are so satisfying to grow. Every Spring you will have the pleasure of welcoming back old garden friends! These friends come back year after year to feed not only our eyes and hearts, but our families as well. With very little input compared to annual crops, edible perennials are an easy, minimalist way to increase your homegrown bounty. Isn’t Nature’s gift economy great?

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