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Is your green thumb calling? Do you have some delicious recipes that use fresh spices and flavors? Growing your own herb garden has never been easier. In this quick and easy lesson, you’ll learn how to layer mason jars with pea pebbles and perlite to create a drainage system that keeps your plants healthy and happy. Then, you’ll just need to add some organic soil and a sprinkle of seeds. Follow along and you’ll soon be enjoying the taste of homegrown basil, oregano, and other herbs!


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Want to make an easy and nutrient-rich garden bed without any digging? Discover sheet layering or 'lasagna gardening', a slow compost process that makes a bed with no tilling required. Grow Organic explains how layering nitrogen-rich and carbon-rich composting materials will create a nutritious and easily tended bed that will be ready in three to six months (or cheat and plant now by adding compost on top). This garden can be created at any time of the year.


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Want to keep your container garden looking fresh? While there is no single answer for how much you need to water and fertilize your plants, this lesson shows you a simple test to determine what your plant needs. As a bonus, get a few seasonal gardening tips: how to use a frost blanket in the winter months, and how to transition between seasons seamlessly with forward-thinking design and plant choices.


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Do you want to reduce your landfill waste by 30% while making your garden grow healthier and more fruitful? If so, learn how to compost! In this lesson from Grow Organic, Trisha walks you through the process of creating your very own compost pile, beginning with how to select a container (if you want one), to what kinds of materials belong in your pile and which ones don’t. Take good care of your pile, and in a couple of months you’ll have beautiful, nutrient rich compost for your garden!


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Did you know that transplanting plants at the wrong time of day or into dry soil conditions can send them into shock? For many plants, the trip from the nursery to your container garden can be a stressful experience. Sunset Magazine shows you how and when to transplant so that your plants thrive in their new home.


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Want to plant a container garden, but don’t have lots of room? Make use of empty wall space and install a vertical garden! Despite the challenges of growing vertically, there are a few products on the market that are capable of providing your plants with the water they need to stay healthy and beautiful for the long haul. Sunset Magazine lets you in on their vertical container gardening product: Plantasy, a grow medium made from peat moss and coconut coir.


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This summer you may feel besieged by flies, mosquitoes, wasps, gnats, and tics. But it is possible rid yourself of these pests without compromising the integrity of your garden! Grow Organic teaches you how to use natural, organic methods such as parasites, traps, bats, and garden-friendly concoctions that will you allow you to enjoy the great outdoors again without resorting to pesticides or other harmful chemical solutions.


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Succulents come in a variety of shapes and stunning colors, and are versatile enough to fit in deep or shallow containers. Create a beautiful container garden showcasing these gorgeous plants, and add interest to your porch or patio! Learn how to prep your container, what kind of soil to use, and how to maximize the 4” pots of succulents you’ll buy. Single-container succulent gardens also make unique and thoughtful gifts—whether your creation is for a friend or yourself, it’s sure to be enjoyed.


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Whether you are starting from seed or seedling, Sunset Magazine shows you how to choose, grow, and harvest edible plants. Pick the right container, sow seeds, and transplant your crops without damaging the roots; before you know it, you’ll be feeding your family healthy veggies straight from the garden. This lesson features chard, beet greens, and lettuce.


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Interested in cultivating a container garden? Sometimes the hardest step is choosing a container. Sunset Magazine breaks down the best container material, size, shape, and color for your space. You’ll also learn how to position your plants for optimal growth, set up effective drainage for any pot, and install irrigation with a drip system.


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Protect your tomato plants from wind, rain, pets, small children, or just weak stalks by constructing these homemade tomato cages. Why buy a flimsy cage from a garden center when How I Pinch a Penny demonstrates how to make a quick, easy, and sturdy cage with just gloves, bolt cutters, and five feet of steel re-mesh? See how to create and install these homemade cages.


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With your pots, soil, drainage, and irrigation ready to go, it’s time to design your container garden! Sunset Magazine shows you how to choose plants for your containers based on sunlight, water needs, and aesthetic principles. After learning these professional tips, head over to Sunset’s Plant Finder to start brainstorming the perfect garden!


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Asparagus is a nutrient rich vegetable, and if planted correctly, can provide a harvest for a period of up to 20 years! Grow Organic demonstrates how to prepare a raised bed or garden for either asparagus seeds or crowns. Depending on where you live, you’ll want to plant between January and April. Though this crop won’t actually yield a harvest until the second year of cultivation, it’ll prove that patience is a virtue, and that growing great food is easier than you think.


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Besides being nutritious and delicious to eat, tomatoes are also fun to grow! In this lesson from Grow Organic, Tricia shows you how to plant and grow tomatoes, whether you are growing them in containers, a raised bed, or the ground. Discover why kelp is an excellent fertilizer for your soil, how you can easily and effectively improve your plant’s root system, how to prevent blossom end rot and late frost damage, and finally, how to provide the best support for a productive plant.


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Don’t know what to do with the last of your fresh tomatoes? Try making your own tomato paste! With a stock pot, a food mill, and your harvest of tomatoes, you’ll never need to buy tubes or cans of tomato paste again. This recipe yields a rich and smooth paste that is perfect for pizza sauce, ragù, and various soups and stews. Use it immediately or freeze for future use.


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Roasted red peppers taste delicious on sandwiches, pizza, and many vegetable dishes. Skip the expensive store-bought roasted peppers and learn how to make them at home on your gas stove! Place a pepper onto an open flame and turn it with tongs to char the outside and cook it all the way through. Wrap it with plastic or a paper bag while it steams and after about ten minutes, the outer charred layer will rub right off. Pull out the seeds, slice, and enjoy.


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Can you jam to this? This lesson shows you how to make and can peach jam. Start by mashing peeled and seeded peaches, then mix with the other ingredients for a tasty topping. Follow Sarah’s jam recipe and boiling instructions carefully for the best results - even if you have never canned preserves, you’ll have properly set jam in no time. Use your choice of mason jars and be sure to listen for the popping lids to make sure your cans are sealed properly.


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There’s nothing quite like biting into a vine-ripened organic tomato—no store-bought fruit can compare! Tomatoes are not a high maintenance crop, growing quickly given adequate sun and water. But to ensure high fruit yields as well as a healthy plant, learn about pruning and diseases that affect tomatoes. In this lesson, California organic gardener Trisha teaches you when and how to prune your plant, and how to avoid common problems like cracking or leathery skin, blotchy ripening, and blight.


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Sarah pinches pennies by growing and drying her own oregano. You can, too! Find out when to harvest your oregano and how to clip the stalks into bunches. Tie them together and hang them upside-down, preferably outdoors. Cover them with a bed sheet and let the oregano dry for three days. Then strip off the leaves and sift your fingers through your personally dried oregano!


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