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GARDENING TIP:

Store your hand tools in bucket with sand and oil to prevent rust: 

Rinse tools. 
Mix motor oil, mineral oil or even vegetable oil with play sand (Lowe's) in 1:10 ratio (1/2 gal oil: 5 gal bucket sand), stir; bury blades of tools.
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GARDENING TIP:
Plant seeds in nutrient-rich eggshells!

Eggshells aren't only a cute nest for your seeds, they're nutritious and can go right in the ground. (The Garden Stamp)
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GARDENING TIP:
Sprinkle Cinnamon on your soil mix!

Add some cinnamon to your soil mix to use its antifungal and antimicrobial benefits. 
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Gardening in Michigan with Native Plants.
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Are you planning to start a garden this year?
Seed Starting 101 has begun!

Starting a garden off right, with healthy seeds sets the roots for how the garden will grow the rest of the year. Starting seeds indoors gives you a jump on the season and allows you to try more varieties than will be available locally.


READ MORE:
http://gardentherapy.ca/seed-starting-101/
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Improve Your Garden Soil Using Eggshells
Give Your Garden A Calcium Boost!

Just like grinding your food makes it easier to digest, grinding eggshells makes it easy for your garden to absorb the calcium egg shells provide.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxvCB6Kf8g4
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You can grow your own loofah!
8 Easy Steps to Grow Your Own Luffa Sponge


When luffa gourds are harvested young at 4"-6" long, they are a sweet, tasty vegetable that can be stir-fried, sauteed, or cooked with meats or tofu just as you would zucchini squash or okra. They can also be sliced or diced in a salad like a cucumber and mature gourd seeds can be roasted. Also, the young flowers and foliage can be cooked for greens (great with butter and a pinch of curry).


READ MORE:
https://www.gardenamerica.com/store/information/science/tip/growluffa
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Use Baking Soda to Get Sweet Tomatoes

Just sprinkle a small amount baking soda (less than 1/4 cup per plant) on the soil around your tomato plants being careful not to get the soda on the plant itself. (you can also use 1 tsp in a gallon of water and water the plants that way!)

The baking soda absorbs into the soil and lowers the acidity levels. This will give you tomatoes that are more sweet than tart. Be careful with young tomato plants and be sure to test on one plant before you try it on all of them. If your soil is already quite alkaline, you could alter it too much by adding too much baking soda.

Sprinkle the baking soda on the soil when the tomatoes are about 1 inch in diameter and then again when they are about half grown.

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Espalier your trees!
Want more fruit from less space?

Aside from regular pruning and shaping of the growing fruit trees (which you do to fruit trees anyway), the only real requirements are a minimum of six hours of daily sunlight throughout the growing season, and sufficient water. This makes south or east facing walls ideal growing locations.

READ MORE:
http://www.backwoodshome.com/want-more-fruit-from-less-space-espalier-your-trees/
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Espalier your trees!
Grow more fruit in less space!
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