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  1. Instructions to grow Agaricus bisporus Mushroom Kit

    Growing mushrooms at home is a fun and rewarding adventure for the whole family. Everyone from Dad to the kids will enjoy watching these mushrooms pin and quickly grow into the tastiest mushrooms you’ve ever had.


    These mushrooms will, under the right growing conditions, produce multiple flushes of mushrooms every few weeks. Slowly, over time the mycelium will use up all of the nutrients within the compost. Once the nutrients are depleted from the compost the production of fruiting bodies will pretty much stop.


    This is when your bag of mushrooms becomes Spent mushroom substrate a great compost to add into your garden, flowerbeds, and compost pile. There are many uses for spent mushroom substrate, some of which were talked about in a previous blog 


    What follows below are the instructions that will come with the kit it’s a great resource to read before you even shop for a kit. We want to make sure when you get a kit for yourself or as a gift, that everyone knows what to expect and under what conditions these Agaricus bisporus mushroom kits will perform the best.



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  2. Start a Homegrown Cranberry Garden Holiday Tradition

    It's that time of year when many of the foods native to the Americas come out to shine in all their glory on our holiday tables. The history behind these foods goes back thousands of years and are apart of a long history of crop domestication in the Americas.


    Take for instance one of the world's most popular crops, corn. Corn was domesticated thousands of years ago through selective breeding of the best-sized kernels from a plant called teosinte. Over time like many of our crops, they have been bred to what we know of them today.


    Other crops that are native to the Americas that we use during our holiday meals are Turkeys, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins to name a few.


    Vaccinium macrocarpon

    I want to focus on Cranberries, or at least Vaccinium macrocarpon. This is the main species grown for production in North America, and mostly

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  3. ZZ plant basic care and tips for beginners. 

    Have you ever wondered how to care for a ZZ plant?

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  4. Monstera (Monstera deliciosa )  

    Monstera (Monstera deliciosa )


    Monstera (Monstera deliciosa )

     As the name notes, it's monstrous, both leaves and overall growth. When the Monstera is given plenty of bright light and room to grow, a single 16-inch pot with a few vines will fill up a large space, possibly 3 x 5 feet, with beautiful foliage. The compaction of Monstera depends on the amount of light the plant receives, the more available light, the more compact monsteras overall growth will be.  


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  5. windbreak

    A windbreak is a planting of one or more rows of trees, usually of a diverse set of species to provide shelter from the wind and prevent soil erosion. Below I will be talking about the trees, the benefits, and goals when choosing a windbreak on your property.


    Why a windbreak?


    Planting a windbreak on your property not only helps save money on yearly energy bills but with the right planning, a windbreak can be very astatically pleasing.  Overtime windbreaks can improve the value of your home. A good windbreak can also provide habitat for wildlife and even food crops. By mixing in multiple species of trees, shrubs, and herbs into a mini-ecosystem windbreak can become a bit more resistant to diseases and other stressors.


    Often, when thinking of windbreaks, the first pictures that come to mind are of perfectly manicured and

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  6. 13 essential nutrients that plants need to thrive



    The 13 essential elements for plants from A to Z. 



    Starting with the big three: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. 


    There are few elements that we hear about more than N-P-K, it is on every bag of fertilizer and some soil mixes. Those are considered the big three of all the elements which are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Knowing how each of these major nutrients, and how they affect the growth, ripening, and other processes of plants are crucial to success.


    Followed after N-P-K are the secondary nutrients, Calcium, Magnesium, and Sulfur. When growing tomatoes, observing the calcium levels, and adjusting properly prevents diseases that can wreak havoc without. Out of these nutrients, calcium does a lot to aid in the building of cell walls, magnesium holds importance

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  7. Growing mushrooms with Button mushroom kits.


    Farmer's markets are the place to be to get some of the freshest, most unique, and tasty vegetables, meats, and other goods including edible mushrooms of all kinds. They are also a great place to network and build community within your region among the many farmers and ranchers and the cities their work supports. Yet, over the winter a lot of these markets hibernate until spring, a few winter markets pop up here and there, but a lot of us are left with limited options to acquire farm-fresh food.


    There are a lot of resources and kits available to help individuals learn to grow, and easily grow various fruits, vegetables, and often mushrooms. Mushrooms kits come in all different sizes and varieties from the common button mushrooms to more exotics such as oysters, shiitake, lions

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  8. Growing Lettuce

    Lettuce is a fast-growing green that can be grown year-round indoors and out.


    It will grow best in the garden with cooler growing conditions, leaving a crisper and fresher taste. Rows can be spaced very close together, about 2’’ apart for loose-leaf lettuce, or plants can be given more space to grow out into full heads. It’s often recommended to start the season off with a few full heads. Once temperatures warm up in the summer, grow loose-leaf lettuce in a partial sun location.


    To grow a winter crop for those in colder northern states, start full-size head seeds in late summer and early fall. Starting the lettuce in late fall gives it enough time to obtain 70% of its full growth before light hours shorten too much for ideal growth. Utilizing cold frames, grow tunnels, or other sheltered locations can also extend the growing season for lettuce into the winter.


    There are a lot of different ways to gr

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  9. pileated woodpecker

    The pileated woodpecker is quite a beautiful bird, and probably the biggest woodpecker I have seen before. They are easily recognizable by their large size, around 17-19 inches in length, bigger than most common birds. They might also stand out by their fiery red crest on their head that looks like a mohawk of red.


    This bird is often heard by their loud cuck-cuck-cuckcuck call long before they are seen. This call is loud, once you hear it and know the call it's unmistakable. With both a loud call and body size, pileated woodpeckers are hard to miss.


    Range and habitat

    The pileated woodpecker has a range that extends across the united states and into Canada. They can be found from the northeastern provinces across to the west coast and down into California. Their range in the USA goes down across the great lakes into central Texas and deep into Florida. The pileated woodpecker is

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  10. Planting food forests while helping Build community

    Did you know that planting fruit, nut, and edible trees in your landscape provides all the spring blooms, color-changing leaves, and wildlife that landscapers and home gardeners are looking to achieve? Yet choosing to use fruit, nut, or edible trees creates a homegrown food forest, providing years of production, and possibly building an “insurance policy” in case of crisis.


    Beyond traditional tree choices that only provide color, privacy, and wind protection, planting some edible trees into a landscape can provide additional calories in nuts or fruit, it can also help build community. A full-grown apple tree or avocado tree can provide more fruit that a single family can use. This makes it a great way to share and connect with your neighbors.


    Sharing with neighbors and showing them what you have planted, when, and how to pick the produce can build relationships that strengthen the community. Not only that, but once a neighbor plants and sha

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