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Vegetables That You Can Regrow Again And Again

No time or space for your own vegetable garden? No worries! You can still enjoy growing vegetables at home. There are some vegetables that you can …

Gardening: Damping off can be a problem for seedlings

Damping off is a very disheartening disease. Just as you’re getting excited about all the new little plants emerging in your planting trays or pots, …

Tip: Fix Your Hips, Fix Your Back Pain

Take this test to check your mobility, then learn how to fix it if there's a problem.<p>The 90/90 Test<p>This test can be used to check for imbalances, …

The Ingenious Technique That Makes Vanilla Extract in 1 Hour

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)<p>Here's something that's going to change your home cooking life: You can make better vanilla extract at home in about an …

25 Cookie Recipes You Won't Believe Are Vegan

Typically, cookies are not considered a vegan diet staple. Most recipes contain eggs or some animal byproduct that would violate the diet. That may be the case for most desserts or sweet treats, but these 25 cookie recipes are vegan-diet-approved and can even fool nonvegans just by how tasty they …

Dessert

This Essential Oil Stops Cancer In Its Tracks

Even scientists now recognize the power agents that exist within some essential oils which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells …

10 Surprising Ways To Use Hydrogen Peroxide In The Garden

Hydrogen peroxide is familiar as a household disinfectant and bleaching agent. This colorless liquid has a chemical formula (H2O2) similar to water, …

Tips for Growing in Low Tunnels

With a simple, inexpensive low tunnel, you can start seeds in the fall and be enjoying your first harvest by the time you'd normally just be able to …

Gardening

20 Reasons Why You Should Use Epsom Salt In the Garden

My dear German friends live in a picturesque little town of Waldenbuch near Stuttgart. And it was them who taught me some valuable lessons about …

Grow lamps were once massive, power-hungry, expensive and hot. Meet the amazing new LEDs<p>As a self-confessed science geek I am fascinated by technology. Yet in the world of gardening this is often synonymous with the gimmicky (fibreglass meerkat solar light, anyone?) or the hugely complex and costly …

Gardening

How Much Will It Cost to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

To DIY or not to DIY? That is the question. That is almost always the question. You can certainly paint your kitchen cabinets yourself. As long as …

Painting your house? A style expert’s advice on color, trim and painting trends

<b>By</b> , <i>The Washington Post</i>Style expert and Washington Post design columnist Elizabeth Mayhew joined staff writer Jura Koncius last week on The …

No green thumb needed: 6 drought-tolerant herbs that are almost impossible to kill

If you have dutifully swapped out your lawn and flower gardens for water-miserly cactus and succulents, you can be excused for feeling a tad nostalgic for the lush, the scented, the flowering.<p>"When I just see succulents, it can feel a bit sparse or stark," admits Kelly Fernandez. But she has a …

What Is the Best Way to Store Potatoes to Maximize Freshness?

Potatoes last longer on the kitchen counter than most fruits and vegetables, but eventually they start to sprout and lose some of their freshness and …

Gardening

Best Fruit to Grow in Your Garden

Wouldn't you love to grab a fresh, juicy peach or a handful of strawberries, from your own backyard? Below are some of the best fruits to grow in …

Plants

Do It Yourself Soil pH Test

We're always told to test for our soil pH. It's not one of the more fun or interesting tasks of tending a garden, but it really is crucial. Plants …

Gardening

These 15 Vegan Cheese Recipes Will Make You Quit Dairy Forever

Ask anyone what they think the hardest food to give up is and chances are, the answer will be cheese. And we get it. Whether you’re digging into a …

Recipes

Advice from a travel doctor: Plan ahead, pack your own utensils and don’t get drunk

You’ve spent hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars planning your upcoming vacation. The last thing you want is to be laid up in the hotel room — or worse, hospital — missing out on llama trekking, sunset gazing, mescal sipping and other adventures around the world.<p>While you can’t live in an …

Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

Blueberries are popular in home gardens because they can grow in a small space, even in containers. In fact, they are one of the easiest berries to …

7 Plants That Enrich Your Garden Soil

When it comes to enriching soil in our gardens, we needn’t resort to chemical or even organic fertilizers. Like in nature, plants will fulfill these …

Gardening

A Guide to Raised Beds, Gardening in Raised Beds, Square Foot Gardening: Gardener's Supply

This kitchen garden is DIY, made with conventional lumber and the Raised Bed Corners.<p>THERE'S nothing like a well-tended vegetable garden with rows …

11 Plant Combos You Should Grow Side-by-Side

It's part folklore, part science, but companion planting just may help your garden grow.<p>Step back in time to embrace some gardening wisdom your grandparents may have practiced: The concept of companion planting, or planting combinations of specific plants for their mutual benefit. "The theory …

Gardening

Upgrade Your Garden With a DIY Bean House This Spring

This makes growing veggies so easy.<p>Beans are a spring garden must-have! They're easy to grow, they require almost zero maintenance, and they're incredible high-yielding (you can expect to find and pick fresh ones every day). Though you could grow them in bushes, you'll get much more bang for your …

Gardening

Starting your own herb garden? Read this handy infographic

<b>If you've ever been a little unsure about which herbs you can grow yourself, or which herbs when mixed together make fantastic combinations, then</b> …

This Picture Looks Innocent, but There's a Detail Gardeners Don't Want to Miss

I'm new to kitchen gardening and learned something in a recent gardening class I took from Kate Frey, a master gardener, that made me hang my head in regret. I've been making a huge mistake each season and it's pictured above. At the end of each season, I rip the plants out, roots and all to make …

Gardening

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Everbearing raspberries (Rubus idaeus) produce fruit in the spring and again in fall. Unlike summer-bearing varieties, which may have purple or black fruit, most everbearing varieties produce red berries. Hardy and prolific, they are able to survive and even thrive in cold, wet weather. Everbearing …