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55 common foods from the kitchen for hens

Feeding Hens with Kitchen Scraps

There are plenty of common foods we eat all the time that are yummy and beneficial to chickens too. Integrating various foods into your flock’s diet helps give them balanced nutrition and keep them healthy, plus feeding hens your food scraps that would otherwise go in the garbage saves money and reduces food waste. Pam Freeman, author of the fabulous …

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finished greenhouse

Build an Old Window Greenhouse

It’s hard to believe, but this beautiful greenhouse used to be a bunch of discarded windows without a use. With a lot of creativity and a little know-how, they were transformed into the gorgeous structure you see here. You can learn to make your own old window greenhouse with the help of today’s guest blogger Chris Peterson. Chris is the …

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Collecting eggs

Backyard Chicken Breeds and Egg Color

Many people who are new to raising chickens hope for a myriad of different colors of eggs to try, but it can be difficult to know which chickens to choose and what kind of eggs they will produce. Why are some eggs white while others are brown, blue, or green? Is it the color of the feathers that determine the …

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Grow An Edible Wildflower Garden And Learn To Cook With Them

Edible Wildflowers: Grow it! Eat it!

Ontario’s Wildflower Farm director Miriam Goldberger has joined us today to share her passion for taming wildflowers, which is in fact the title of her book as well! In Taming Wildflowers, Miriam tackles the myths surrounding wildflowers which unfairly portray them as unkempt, uncontrollable weeds. Her goal is to introduce gardeners to a list of well-behaved wildflowers that conform to container, garden, …

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Intensive planting boosts yield and saves water

Intensive Planting Boosts Yield and Saves Water

Since I began gardening, I have been an intensive-planting gardener. Intensive planting helps to solve common garden problems like soil compaction, drainage issues, and poor yield. In addition, it helps to conserve water, reduce labor, and crowd out weeds, making gardens more sustainable. If I’m being honest, I could probably label myself more accurately as a plant hoarder. I pack …

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Planting an upcycled suitcase raised bed

How to Make an Upcycled Suitcase Planter with Gas Pipe Legs + Giveaway!

Imagine that great vintage suitcase you’ve been meaning to do something with spilling over with blooms all summer long. This upcycled suitcase planter is a nifty raised bed, a way to give new life to old objects you might have lying around, and a unique piece of garden art all rolled into one. With a few materials and a little …

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