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TAG : Iowa

A Few Seed Starting Tips You May Not Have Thought Of

The first time I started plants from seed, I actually had quite a bit of success. There were a few friends who stopped by my home that first year to take some transplants off of my hands that I had started, and they often expressed their sadness of how all of their plants had come up leggy. I ...

My Family’s Heirloom Popcorn

“One of the greatest days of my life is when I met you.” That is what Farmer Gene Mealhow said to my grandpa Richard Kelty in a Disney channel feature on popcorn farming called “Pass the Plate” that aired in 2014, less than a year before my grandpa passed away. There they stood in ...

Plan for Less Pests with Integrated Pest Management

When I grew my first vegetable garden, I was introduced to a method called "The Three Sisters." It is a Native American style of companion planting, which involves interplanting corn, beans, and squash so that they can all benefit from each other. The corn offers supports for the beans, the ...

A Zest for Life

No one ever said that life was going to be easy. And on a much smaller scale, the same can be said for cooking gluten free. You will never truly understand how many products contain gluten until a Celiac diagnosis forces you to read every single label in the grocery store aisles before you toss ...

Mother Earth Gardener

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