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Gardening How To - Urban Farmer's Guide

If you need to know how to garden, how to build a garden, how to grow a garden, how to plant a garden, or anything else related to gardens, this it the place to be. Our Gardening How To section will help you become a better gardener and grow your green thumb, whether you are a beginner, an expert, or anywhere in between.
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Raised Bed Garden

Raised Bed Gardens
Find out how to beat bad soil and make your own raised bed garden!
How to Make Garden Compost

Garden Compost
Reduce your waste and give your garden rich soil that will improve your soil texture.

Gardening How To

Planting a vegetable garden is a rewarding and healthy activity that will give your family great tasting food. Before you can plant seeds in your garden you will need to consider several things. Below are some things to consider that will help you get the most out of your garden.

How to Grow Coneflowers
Coneflowers grow a beautiful flowerhead with a round central disk surrounded by long, thin pedals. These plants are native to North America and they look lovely in home gardens. There three different varieties of coneflowers with a vast array of colors.

Black Eyed Susans are one of the most popular and beautiful flowers around. Grown as annuals and perennials depending on your location. Perennials if grown in zones 3-8 and annuals in colder climates. Black Eyed Susans are also known species names Rudbeckia hirta.

Growing marigold flowers is easy for just about everyone. Marigolds are a hardy flower that is simple to grow. Marigolds look good just about everywhere they are planted. Marigolds are an annual plant which means that they do not come up by themselves year after year.

How to Grow Daisies
Daisies are by far one of the most popular flowers in the home garden throughout the Unites States. Daisies earn their popularity for their attractiveness indoors and outdoors, as well as their easy to grow characteristics. Daisies are found outdoors along yard landscapes, beautiful gardens and containers.

How to Store Vegetables
A garden can be tough but knowing what to do with your vegetables once they're harvested can be hard. Many gardener's plant all their seeds at the same time, giving them a large harvest of vegetables all at one time. Knowing how to store your vegetables can extend shelf life for months, making sure all your hard work doesn't go to waste.

• How to Build a Cold Frame
Gardeners are master manipulators and have devised all sorts of ways to get a head start on spring and keep growing late into fall and winter. One way to beat cold weather is using a cold frame, which speeds seed germination and shelters plants from frost.

• How to Make a Raised Bed Garden
A raised bed garden can be used for yards that have poor soil and drainage problems. The idea of a raised bed is to build above ground, where you don’t have to battle against poor soil and bad drainage, where you have total control over the soil texture, contents and drainage. Find out how to make a raised bed garden!

• How to Make Garden Compost
Composting is an easy way to effectively reduce solid waste at home. Compost can be used as a valuable, natural soil amendment. Adding compost to your garden will enhance nutrients and improve your soils texture. Compost can both loosen heavy clay soils and increase the water-holding capacity of sandy soils.

• How to Make Tomato Juice
Tomatoes contain lycopene, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C and other nutrients. Tomato juice is know for many health benefits including lowering blood pressure to boosting immune function. You can make fresh tomato juice from store-bought tomatoes or from your own garden tomatoes.

• How to Dry Basil
Fresh basil is a tasty treat from any garden. By drying basil in the summer and fall you can ensure that you will have a steady supply all winter and spring long. Drying basil is very simple, and there are several tried and true methods for doing it. The two most common methods are air drying and oven for quick drying.

• How to Grow Square Watermelons
Have fun in your garden this year. Grow square watermelons! It’s fun and easy to grow fruits and vegetables in containers. Why square? Why not! By growing these cool watermelons you can have the whole family interested and participating in your garden.

• How to Start Seeds Indoor
One way to get a head start on the growing season is to start your garden seeds indoors! If you start your seeds at the right time you can have vigorous seedlings ready to go into the ground at the perfect time. In areas with short growing seasons, this can be the ideal situation to take make your season longer and more productive.