Vicki Mattern

Good storage conditions for your garden seeds are essential. These tips will help you learn how to store seeds.
If you’re getting ready to build a home or begin a woodworking project, consider building with sustainable wood products. With help from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council databases, you can locate sustainably harvested wood.
Learn what to do when you spot garlic scapes growing on hardneck garlic types, and discover how to use garlic scapes that you remove from plants.
Gardeners in certain regions frequently ask about how to improve clay soil. Lighten up your heavy clay soil by using organic matter, sand and other soil conditioners.
What does “Certified Organic” mean? Food labels can be befuddling, but we’re here to help. Learn the standards that guide the “Certified Organic” label.
Dig in to our wealth of food preservation resources to learn how to keep fall crops edible well into winter.
Safely eliminate mice in your home with these house mouse control tips.
Learn how to identify the right time to butcher laying hens for meat.
Growing pine trees from seed will allow you to produce lots of trees very economically. Follow these instructions to propagate pine trees from seed.
These natural cold and flu remedies will help you build up your immune system and reduce the duration and discomfort of colds and flu.
Using leaves in the garden will boost the soil’s organic matter.
If you want a live Christmas tree, plan ahead and take steps to help it prosper after the holiday season.
Catching and moving chickens is a cinch if you train them from the start and use these chicken-catching tips.
Get rid of fire ants — without using heavy-duty chemical pesticides — with these tips for fire ant control.
These beekeeping resources will help beginning beekeepers get started raising bees.
Growing organic apples isn’t impossible! Follow these tips and methods for avoiding pest damage and growing apples organically.
Many wood finishes contain toxic solvents or heavy-metal drying agents. Learn which nontoxic wood finishes are best to use on decks, fences and unfinished, wood-sided homes.
Learn what to do when you come across onion flowers and garlic flowers in your garden.

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