How to Prepare Fruit Trees for Winter

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Protecting fruit trees from harsh winter weather only takes a few minutes, and it’s absolutely worth the effort. Don’t ignore this important step to ensuring healthy growth and production the following season. Read more to learn how to winterize fruit trees in the garden, as well as those planted in containers.

How to Choose Flowering Annuals for Cold Climates

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Living in a cold climate doesn’t have to mean you can’t enjoy vivid colors in your garden. Learn how to select the best flowering annuals suitable for colder growing zones, and with minimal effort you can dazzle your neighbors with vibrant displays of color throughout the growing season. Read more now.

How to Harvest Hazelnuts

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There is nothing better than filling your kitchen with the nutty scent of roasting hazelnuts that were picked at the peak of ripeness from the trees in your yard. Fortunately, harvesting your own hazelnuts is so much easier than you might think. Read more now for the best tips on how to pick and preserve your own crop.

How to Grow Hazelnut Trees

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Hazelnuts, also known as filberts, are easy-to-grow compact trees that begin producing buttery sweet nuts in just a few years. Since they can be pruned to a shrub or tree shape, they are a great choice if you don’t have a lot of space but want to grow and harvest your own nuts. Read on to learn how to grow hazelnuts.

How to Compost Wood Ashes

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Unsure of what to do with that growing heap of ashes by the fireplace? Why not try composting them. Composting wood ash is an easy and effective way to increase the pH of acidic soil and add nutrients such as calcium and potassium. Read on to learn how and when to use wood ashes in the compost and in your garden.

How to Harvest Angelica

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If you are growing angelica in your garden, you may not know that all parts of the plant are edible. With a rich history of use in food and medicine, this fragrant herb has a variety of culinary and medicinal uses. Discover how to harvest and use the leaves, stems, and roots of your angelica plant. Read more now.

How to Grow and Use Motherwort

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Have you ever thought of growing motherwort? Or do you already have an abundance growing wild in your garden, and you’re unsure of what to do with it? This hardy perennial herb has a reputation for reducing anxiety and supporting women’s health. Read more to learn how to grow, harvest, and utilize this powerful plant.

How to Harvest and Use Stinging Nettle Root

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You may be familiar with the beneficial properties of nettle leaves, but did you know that the roots of this hardy perennial herb are also medicinal, and have some very special attributes of their own? Discover how to harvest, process, store, and use nettle root. Read more now.