Category Archives: Self-Sustainability

Fermented Fertilizer DIY

FERMENTED COMPOST/MANURE TEA Keeping soil fertile with vital nutrients and charged up with beneficial micro-organisms is key to having good yield. Using commercial fertilizer gives you pretty veggies with very little of the minerals and other nutrients our bodies need, … Continue reading

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Tomato Worms, Assassin Bugs, and getting ready for fall planting.

I went out into my garden today and saw my poor tomato plants looked like skeletons. I searched and found at least 10 tomato horn worms, 3 of which were huge. I had a very good time popping them with … Continue reading

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Bees in the Garden

For the past several years the honey bee visitation in our garden here in Auburn has been very sad. Only saw a few now and then, seeing a cross section of the wild bee population coming to visit. But this … Continue reading

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Using the weeds around us – food and medicine.

For about 5 years I have been studying and researching almost every plant that grows wild in my area. It all started when I attended an herb walk with Patricia Kyrsti Howell, a very well known local herbalist in the … Continue reading

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Gardening in the heat of summer – tips for avoiding heat prostration or worse.

The weather here is getting hotter. Some of you may be new to the area and not used to our weather in the South East (I’m in Georgia) so here are some tips for keeping safe and healthy in the … Continue reading

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June Pests – Squash Bug aka ‘stink bug’ alert

This is a good time to check for ‘stink bug’ squash beetles and cucumber beetles on your curcurbin plants (all the pumpkin, squash, cucumber, melon and gourd family). Look on the leaves for bronze colored tiny rows of little round … Continue reading

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Early May at Hillside Gardens

Yesterday my intern Troy and my neighbor Rhys and I planted so many vegetables, and harvested a ton of organic garlic. If you want the best kind of garlic, I will be braiding them into garlic braids, let me know … Continue reading

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