Worm Farms for Beginning Gardeners

By Richard Godke Worm Farms for Beginning Gardeners provides a quick and easy instructional video on how to start a worm farm for beginning gardeners. Why Raise Worms? You can turn food waste into an Eco-friendly, economical, organic fertilizer. The worm castings are superior over traditional compost because it includes living organisms like microbes, bacteria, [...]

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Starting Seeds for Dummies

Starting Seeds for Dummies – Beginners

By:  Richard Godke Starting seeds for dummies can be easy, cost-effective, and fun for the whole family. As a gardener you are no longer held hostage by the plant suppliers. Starting seeds at home allows you to choose the vegetables and varieties you prefer, including heirloom and non-genetically modified organisms (GMO) varieties. By starting plants [...]

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Easy Hydroponics - Floating Garden with Growing Lettuce Root System.

Easy Hydroponics for Beginners

By: Richard Godke Easy hydroponics are a passive system that produces a large amount of vegetables, very quickly, in a small space. Hydroponics is the process of raising plants without soil. How can this be? The plants are started in a soil-less medium like: rockwool, foam cubes, or compressed peat pellets (Jiffy-7). To start the [...]

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Vegetable Garden Recipes

Vegetable Garden Recipes From the Spirited Chef Stephanie Stephanie Godke will be sharing vegetable garden recipes to the Home Gardening for Beginners website. She is a cook book author, caterer, restaurant consultant, college cooking instructor, grocery store educator, and TV featured food presenter. She is a long time gardener. Stephanie is an expert at preparing [...]

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Vegetable Salad Recipes Lettuce

Vegetable Salad Recipes Lettuce

Vegetable Salad Recipes Lettuce Vegetable Salad Recipes Lettuce of the Month Recipe Florida Spicy Orange Salad Dressing     Difficulty: Easy Time to prepare: 5 minutes Ingredients: 1-1/2 cups fresh orange juice 1/4 cup olive oil 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon Tobacco Sauce Preparation: Combine in a sealed container; orange juice, [...]

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Indoor Gardening Tips - Herbs

Indoor Gardening Tips for Raising Herbs

By Richard Godke Make your home more beautiful, meals more flavorful and improve your home environment by raising your own herbs with these indoor gardening tips. Raising your own herbs is easy, fun and can yield tasty rewards. Picking fresh herbs in your kitchen for cooking can lead to a sense of accomplishment. Use the [...]

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Fall Garden Soil Prep

Fall Garden Soil Preparation Tips

By Richard Godke Fall is the best time to prepare your garden soil for next spring.  Soil is the most important factor in raising a successful garden.  There are five basic fall soil preparation components that you will need to explore to maximize soil fertility.  These components are: soil pH; soil structure; and the levels [...]

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Worm Facts for Beginning Gardeners

Worm Facts for Beginning Gardeners

By Richard Godke Fall is a great time to start a simple family worm farm (vermicomposting) under your kitchen sink or cabinet. Trust me this will not stink up the house. Watch nature take food waste and turn it in to an ecofriendly, economic, organic fertilizer for your garden. Children love to see the transformation [...]

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How to Compost Leaves

How to Compost Fall Leaves?

By Richard Godke “What do I do with all those leaves?”  Look at the beautiful fall leaves that pile up as future plant food.  People have been asking how to compost fall leaves.  Composting is a great way for beginner home gardeners to prepare for next year’s garden, save money, and help the environment.  Garden [...]

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Fall Garden Ideas Includes Lettuce

Fall Garden Ideas Help Beginners

Here are some fall garden ideas that will get the beginning vegetable gardener started without waiting for spring to arrive. August and September are perfect times to start a fall garden in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4B and higher. The warmth of summer gives the new vegetable plants a quick start and can provide some [...]

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Tallest Corn Plant

Growing the Tallest Corn Plant

I am a Midwest boy that was trained by some of the leading corn professors in the world. After building a 20 foot tower with a grow light inside an upside down garbage can in my back yard with; full sun, 5 feet topsoil, and the best corn fertilizer program available. My corn plant reached [...]

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Bucket Garden

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Unique Garden Decor

Unique Garden Decor Ideas

By Richard Godke Unique garden decor materials can move your lawn and garden from “so-so” to great. You can select the finest plants available and hire the best lawn care personnel available. You can spend countless hours fertilizing, pruning, and watering, and your lawn and garden can still appear to be missing something. If you [...]

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Best Vegetables for Kids To Grow

Best Vegetables for Kids to Grow

Finding the best vegetables for kids to grow is a great way to get your family outside away from the screen — TV or video games. Get them involved in an educational activity that results in trying vegetable fresh from the garden and getting some exercise. Most people start with a garden that is too [...]

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Bag Gardening After 3 Weeks

Bag Gardening for Home Vegetables

Bag gardening is raising vegetables in the bag the soil comes in. This is an easy, convenient and a fun way to get your family involved with growing your own food (Figure 1). The bag gardening method is easy, low cost, and a quick way to get started with a garden. It takes no digging, [...]

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Garden Party

Garden Party Five Easy Ways

By Richard Godke Spring is here and among other things that means it is time to host a garden party.  However, if the last few years are anything to go by, the weather cannot be trusted and if you want to throw open your patio doors to your guests then you will not have the [...]

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Tomato Pie

Recipes – Tomato Pie

Recipes – Tomato Pie By the Spirited Chef, Stephanie Godke, author of the cook book Tour De Fork Sour Cream Pastry Ingredients: 1 ½ cup flour ½ tsp. salt 2 tsp. baking powder ½ cup shortening ½ cup sour cream   Procedure: Combine the dry ingredients and then cut in the shortening. Last add the sour [...]

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Budget Food Costs Rising

Food Costs Rising? Try a Home Garden

Food costs rising? As United States food costs and family grocery bills hit new highs, interest in home gardens are blooming. So what is the cost of starting a home garden? Calculating the cost of raising a 4 by 4 foot small home garden is similar to budgeting for a large farm. A farmer amortizes [...]

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soil calculator for raised bed

Soil Calculator for Raised Bed Novices

By Richard Godke A good soil calculator for raised bed is the most important decision a beginning gardener. It starts you on the right road for producing lots of high quality vegetables. I recommend the square foot gardening method that concentrates the production in a smaller space using less soil. Learn the important math calculations [...]

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Home Gardening Questions for Beginners

How do I choose a garden site with the most available sun? As a County Agent I was called out to a location where the gardener was having a problem with her tomatoes not producing fruit. When talking to her on the phone she told me the tomato plants were in full sun. When I [...]

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Beginner Gardening Tips For Everyone

There are reasons why people choose to build a garden. Some wish to experience the brilliant and astounding beauties of the garden at their home front yard. Some for economic reasons want to be self-sufficient and save money on vegetables. Some use gardening as a form of relieving stress from their busy work schedules at [...]

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Are You Starting a Home Vegetable Garden?

Starting a Home Vegetable Garden?

Are you starting a home vegetable garden?  Are you tired of being cooped up inside? Tired of the kids doing nothing but watching TV and video games? Then maybe you should get started planning a garden for this spring. Everyone has time for a small garden, even you. The trick is to start small and [...]

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Organic Gardening Tips For Everyone

Trying to decide on the right type of chemicals that are safe to use in your garden can really be a chore. If you are starting a garden for the purpose of growing your own food, then you may want to look into organic gardening. Organic gardening doesn’t involve the use of any sort of [...]

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Flower Garden Tips For Anyone

Flower gardens are one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see and spring is the time of year to get started taking care of yours. If you already have a flower garden you would like to brighten up and restore, now is the time to add new plants to enhance the existing ones. [...]

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Top Ten Organic Gardening Tips

Organic gardening grows more and more popular each day, and for good reason. Organic gardeners avoid the use of synthetic chemicals to keep their yards healthy and hazard-free. The methods of keeping plants growing vigorously without the heavy reliance on environmentally unfriendly sprays are the true success of organic gardens. The most important aspect of [...]

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Rose Gardening Tips To Try

There is a lot of work involved with rose gardening but, done well, the results can be excellent. The first thing of all is to decide which varieties of flowers are going to be used, how many, and finding an appropriate sunny space in the garden for them. When it comes to planting the rosebush, [...]

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Garden Lights “?” Ideas And Innovations

There are no two opinions that garden lights can enhance the beauty of your garden and the lawns tremendously. Garden lights are available in a bevy pf patterns and trends. From increasing the safety of your interiors to adding up the aesthetic beauty of your living space, the functions of garden lights may vary. Solar [...]

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Growing Innovative Garden Design Ideas

A garden is medicine to the sore eyes and with proper planning the garden design ideas can help create a paradise. An awkward shaped garden can be converted into a most beautifully laid out garden. Garden design ideas help to hide the weak points by covering them up with ingenuity. The awkward shape can be [...]

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Perennial Flower Garden Ideas

Perennial Flower Garden Ideas

Perennial flower garden ideas are a combination of different factors. One is the design aspect, and the other involves proper plant selection. Among the most important components that make up a garden are flowers. In fact, many suggest that a garden with only a lawn, fountain, or trees will look incomplete until flowering plants are [...]

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Helpful Gardening Tips for Beginners

Gardening is a great way to relax and spend time outdoors. Gardening can be a joy whether you work on a kitchen herb garden or tend heirloom roses. These gardening tips will help you cultivate your own patch of greenery. If you are just starting out, it’s a good idea to begin small. You can [...]

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Landscape Gardens Sydney – Small Garden Design Ideas

Small Yard Design Suggestions Are you one of those Sydney people considering having an amazing small garden design? The landscaping ideas for small garden vary from other garden designs. It is essential that you consider the area when landscaping a small garden. It should not look very crowded and still give perfect ambience to the [...]

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Kitchen Garden Composting Tips

The first thing you should do is find a shady spot in your yard. The area you choose should have soil that drains well where you can place a composting bin. You can make a bin or buy one. There are many commercial composters on the market. This will make it easier to get started [...]

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Australian garden design ideas | Australian garden design

Ideas for Landscaping a Hill – A Few Suggestions First and the foremost thing that a hill landscape architect has to consider is the steepness of the hill. He has to develop the idea for landscaping the hill based on incline of the hill. Landscaping ideas for a gentle incline and a steep slope would [...]

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Garden Decking Tips

With the recent economic turn-down, many people are looking to their gardens as a way of adding value to their homes. Having a fantastic garden not only opens up the space for your house more, it also serves as an extra area in which to entertain guests or just to relax and have an oasis [...]

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Herb garden design ideas | Herb garden design

It is of utmost importance to visualize the layout of your garden in accordance with the available space. To begin with, you could take a piece of paper and make a rough sketch of the layout you’ve planned for your garden. Having a blueprint of ideas and designs that you could implement in your garden [...]

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Garden designs and idea

Garden design is a feature that the Japanese perfected long years ago. Garden beauties outside a house always fascinate the people around and create a soothing experience. This is the one reason that people are nowadays going with garden designing and landscaping. This allows people to get closer with Mother Nature and relax the sunshine [...]

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Garden Edging Tips

Garden edging serves more than one purpose.  The typical reason that it is used is to create a boundary between the lawn and the garden.  This greatly enhances the appearance of the area and makes it look neat and tidy.  Another reason that edging is practical is to keep the grass from spreading into the [...]

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Garden designs and idea

Garden design is a feature that the Japanese perfected long years ago. Garden beauties outside a house always fascinate the people around and create a soothing experience. This is the one reason that people are nowadays going with garden designing and landscaping. This allows people to get closer with Mother Nature and relax the sunshine [...]

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Herb Garden Design Tips

Herb gardening is fun and easy to construct. They put colors and add beautification to your homes. It generally contributes in having a terrific landscape and includes harmony to your place or even your garden. There are many ways to design your own herb garden, may it be situated inside your house or outdoors. You [...]

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Garden Gazebo Tips

A garden gazebo can be one of the best choices you ever make for your garden or backyard. They look stunning and add a wealth of beauty to your garden or backyard. For a long time now, the garden has been a thing of beauty. The gazebo is a way to add to that elegance [...]

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