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Hugelkultur Raised Bed Gardening 101

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Notice the growth and enriched soil projections

Hugelkultur (pronounced HOO-gul-culture), is roughly translated from the German phrase “hill culture” and refers to a raised gardening style that takes place over mounds or—you guessed it—hills. This lasagna-style garden bed consists of layers of mulch material with one invisible secret: its important wood base.

This type of gardening is ideal for wooded areas where branches and logs, even rotting ones, are abundant. If you’re interested in Hugelkultur, this article will provide a basic understanding of its benefits and technique. Are you a Hugelkultur expert? Show us some photos (or even drawings!) of your Hugel bed!

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How to Grow a Sassafras Tree

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Sassafras tree

The sassafras (Sassafras albidum) is a small, handsome deciduous tree with a height of about 30 feet and a spread of about 20 feet.  It can be grown in U.S. Hardiness Zones 6 to 8. It is beautiful as a stand-alone feature in your landscape with yellow flowers in early spring before leaves appear, attractive foliage late spring until fall, bright yellow to fiery orange coloring in autumn, and lovely bark and  interesting branching for a pretty winter silhouette. Continue reading…

10 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

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  Pumpkins mark the arrival of the autumn harvest.  While most of us scout around for perfect pumpkins to carve and display, some of us dream of the many delicious ways to enjoy this often overlooked super fruit.  Beyond the traditional pumpkin pie, pumpkins are a squash that can be used tastily for breakfast, lunch […]

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How to Grow an American Persimmon Tree

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  The botanical name for persimmons, Diospyros, means “fruit of the Gods.” If you haven’t had the privilege of tasting the American persimmon in particular, imagine that you can stand under a tree, and dessert will fall from its branches right into your hands. In this case, dessert is in the form of a bite-sized, succulent, […]

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4 Strange DIY Raised Bed Garden Ideas You Could Build Yourself

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Even the most attractive raised beds aren’t necessarily difficult to build. A simple raised bed can be constructed from logs, decorative brick, or cinder blocks and will serve its purpose well. However, if you’re into yard conversation pieces, consider trying one of these weird DIY raised bed gardens. Have you built an even stranger raised […]

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21 Easy-to-Grow Vegetables

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Still trying to decide which vegetables to grow this spring? Take a look at this list of 21 easy-to-grow vegetables for some ideas.

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4 Vegetables You Can Easily Grow in a Container

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Poor soil? Low sun exposure? No garden? You can still grow vegetables! Almost any vegetable can be grown in a container, but varieties that work the best are “compact” or “bush” plants: plants that have a confined growth habit. Here are steps to grow four popular vegetables in containers. 

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Heirloom? Organic? Hybrid? Types of Vegetable Seeds, Explained

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Spring is an exciting time for gardeners, especially new ones. Fantastic, colorful displays of seed packets can be found almost everywhere during this season. But choosing seed types can be quite overwhelming, especially if you’re attempting to garden according to specific principles. We’ll help differentiate between options so you can choose the right seeds for […]

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A Guide to Growing Winter Squash

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The wonders of winter squash are all too often overlooked. From a nutritional standpoint, many varieties of winter squash weigh in as superfoods with super flavor. Rich in Vitamin C, potassium, beta carotene, dietary fiber, and carotenoids, these guys are the perfect nourishment to warm up with as the weather cools down. They are fun […]

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How to Grow Hardy Kiwifruit

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If you love kiwi from the grocery store, you might try growing its relative, the hardy kiwifruit, at home.  Sweeter in flavor when compared to the commercial variety, the hardy kiwifruit (Actinidia arguta) can be grown in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 4 through 7.  Like its name implies, the plant can tolerate […]

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