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Seed starting: Easy setups for home gardeners

Mother Earth News / Shelley Stonebrook / December 2015/January 2016

Growing your own seedlings indoors can save you big bucks, as well as open up a whole new world of crop variety options. When you start seeds at home, you aren’t limited to the, well, “garden variety” plants available at most garden centers. You can order seeds of anything you desire to try — such as disease-resistant, organically bred, regionally adapted or rare heirloom varieties — from the many mail-order seed companies across the United States, and then sprout them yourself.

The range of setups you can use to start your seeds is nearly as diverse as the plants you can grow. We reached out to our readers to find out what seed-starting setups work well for them, and this is a roundup of their ideas.

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6 ways to grow food year round in any climate

Mother Earth News / Destiny Hagest / 19 December 2016

How do we make it so even people in hardiness Zones 5 and below can realistically (without tons of electrical input or expense) grow enough food to sustain themselves year round?

Solutions abound — it’s more than possible, no matter where you are, to take control of your food again, and bring your supermarket home. Here are some simply brilliant solutions to challenging climates, so that everyone, everywhere, can start producing their own food.

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How to sharpen and maintain gardening tools

Mother Earth News / Shelley Stonebrook / 29 April 2016

Where would we be without our trusty gardening tools? With a little tender loving care, there’s no reason they shouldn’t last for many years.

You can easily maintain your gardening tools to keep them as good as new. Keep the following tips in mind.

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Farming the neighborhood

Mother Earth News / Kristi Quillen, K.C. Compton / December 2016/January 2017

Sarah, her husband, Jeremiah, and their four daughters turned their lawn into garden and began growing their own food as a solution to the family’s health concerns and the cost of organic vegetables — and they achieved a lot at their 1⁄5-acre backyard homestead in Loveland, Colorado. In fact, they were among MOTHER’s 2014 Homesteaders of the Year. Eventually, though, they began to run out of space and dreamed of expanding, but couldn’t afford to buy a big piece of land.

“I was looking longingly at farms because of the space, but we love living in our neighborhood that’s so close to downtown,” Sarah says.

Then she had an idea: Why not farm the neighborhood?

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Township mayor supports backyard animals

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 12 December 2016

Mayor Joe Baptista wants residents to be allowed to keep such small farm animals as goats and chickens in the backyard of their homes in his Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.

Baptista notes that the township is a rural one, yet an existing bylaw prohibits landowners on fewer than five acres from keeping farm animals.

He has asked council members to debate his idea of asking staff to come up with zoning changes to allow residents on small residential lots to keep pigs, goats and chickens, among others. The new rules could regulate the size, number and types of animals depending on the lot size he said.

Baptista said township staff should have no problem finding sample zoning rules from other municipalities because backyard animals have become a trend in North America.

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All about garden seeds

Mother Earth News / Cindy Conner / August 201

The mission statement of Seed Libraries (New Society Publishers, 2014) by Cindy Conner is to introduce a movement that keeps seeds in the hands of the people while revitalizing public libraries and communities. Seed libraries preserve and protect the genetic diversity of a harvest by keeping the seeds in the community. The members of the seed library will bring their own seeds back to the library to share with the rest of the members.

Seeds are basic to life. They have the potential to not only grow into food, flowers, bushes, and trees, but to reproduce themselves abundantly. Some cultures hold them sacred, as all cultures should. If we don’t value our seeds, we don’t value all of life surrounding us. Seeds connect us with our past and with our future.

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