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How We Turn Plant Scraps, Rabbit Poop, and Worm Castings into Plant Gold with Composting

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This video talks about the benefits of using your own compost and how easy it is to do it right in your own backyard! We talk about our compost bin, growing comfrey, rabbit manure, worm castings, and horse manure. See details on how we built our compost bin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6CkYppC1iQ See details on how to test your compost for herbicide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9ccJOrn-MI&t=5s   Learn more about growing over 70 different foods, including how to manage various pests […]

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How to Start a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden in 4 EASY Steps!

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Friends that are interested in trying to grow some of their own food have reached out to me and asked what they should do to get started. Much like I was when I started, they’re often overwhelmed by all of the various information out there about how to grow food and have no idea where to start. Here are the four simple steps I give anyone that asks me what they should do to get […]

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Q&A – Is It Safe to Use Compost from a Municipal Compost Facility?

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Question Hello! I found your website today while researching a local Compost Facility. You guys are doing great work feeding your family good food! I noticed that you mentioned that you have gotten mulch from your local compost facility….have you ever used their compost before? We’re drastically increasing our garden size this year so we were considering getting some compost from ours. We are organic gardeners so we have some concerns about using their compost […]

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Save $ by Making Your Own Raised Bed/Potting Soil Mix

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One of the most common questions I’m asked is “how much money did it take to fill your beds? It must have cost a fortune!”. And they’re right, buying raised bed or potting soil mix from the store is insane. The Square Foot Gardening book introduced me to how to make my own and I’ve been doing that ever since.  Check out this video to see how I make our soil mix using peat moss, […]

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Testing Compost for Herbicide

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Most of our tomatoes and many of our beans were severely damaged from herbicide poisoning last year. I used horse manure from horses that had eaten from fields sprayed with aminopyralid, a broad leaf herbicide that passes right through the horse and can stay in their manure for up to 3 years. I learned my lesson last year and this year I tested my compost first. See how I tested it and the results of […]

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How We Get an Unlimited Supply of FREE Wood Chips!

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Don’t waste your money buying mulch from the hardware store. You can get them for free from your local municipal compost facility!  We use wood chips for mulching, smothering Bermuda grass, making compost, bedding for rabbits, and many other uses! We get them for free from the Norman Compost Facility (see map below). Check for a local compost facility near you and start saving money! 398 Bratcher Miner RoadView Larger Map

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Our 5 Biggest Rookie Mistakes in the Garden

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I read lots of “common beginner mistakes” blog post and articles when I started growing food, but that didn’t stop me from making them! Hopefully, this post will help you avoid the mistakes I made and avoid some of the pitfalls we encountered in our first two years. 1. Overwatering Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes new gardeners make and I’ve certainly been guilty of it myself. The roots need to be able […]