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10 Tips to Getting Kids Hooked on Gardening

Guest Written by – Whitney from MIgardener Gardening with Kids! What kid doesn’t like to play in the dirt? I know mine do! I take advantage of this by getting them involved with our garden. Getting kids excited about gardening The following tips will get your kids excited about the gardening bug, and once they […]
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4 Tips I Learned From Experience For Any Beginning Gardener with Whitney from MIgardener

Hello there! My name is Whitney Carnecki. I am a wife, a mother to four awesome kids and a part of the MIgardener team. My husband Joe and I have had many different hobbies throughout our 22 years of marriage. Gardening and raising our own food is something we enjoy doing together. As a mother, […]
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How To Have a Weed Free Garden With No Work!

How To Have a Weed-Free Garden With No Work! Have you ever thought of a weed free garden and thought to yourself,  “impossible!“. Well think those thoughts no more. Hundreds of thousands of gardens go left and neglected because gardeners get discouraged by weeds. What I am going to explain in this blog post just […]
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Complete Trifecta+ Application Guide

In this guide we will cover the majority of plants you may be needing to fertilize. If there is something not listed then simply look for plants of similar association.  PLANT  Amount per plant  number of feedings / season  Asparagus  1/4 cup  2 (early spring, late fall)  Artichoke  1/4 cup  1  Basil 3 Tbs.  1 […]
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Seed Store Featuring .99 Heirloom Seed!

Everyone always asks me where the best place to buy vegetable seed is. My answer: MIgardener.com of course! MIgardener.com was our way of saying, “We are gardeners, and we know what gardeners want”. We were tired of shopping on sites that had thousands of varieties of seed since it was overwhelming! We also were tired […]
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Clean Your Mouth and Home for Free Using Thyme!

Using Thyme to Clean Your Teeth and Your Home This is NOT a substitute for brushing our teeth and we actually advise brushing your teeth in combination with this super simple garden life hack. Take a teaspoon full of fresh thyme leaves and chew them thoroughly. Spitting out after chewing for 1 minute is suggested as […]
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Why are bees not pollinating my Urban Garden?

This is a question I get a lot on the MIgardener YouTube page. I get asked, “Why are my plants in my patio (or rooftop) garden not attracting any honeybees?” The answer is simple. Honeybees are opportunistic creatures. They go for patches of flowers. When we grow a garden, we make sure to plant a minimum of 10 plants of the […]
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3 Essential Oils To Protect your ENTIRE Garden

EASY Essential Oil Pest Deterrent  Everyone knows that to have an organic garden you are making a sacrifice for beautiful pest free garden in exchange for higher quality, healthier vegetables. This was the common thought until I discovered this super simple spray that is safe, cheap, quick, and most of all EFFECTIVE. This recipe is […]
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How to Test Your Soil Simply and for Free in Minutes!

Testing soil can be time consuming and expensive! Often times as gardeners we send in a soil sample to try and find out the quality of the soil, what the pH is, and what nutrients can be found. For a beginning gardener, this information is extremely valuable to know, and can truly mean the difference […]
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Growing Guides For Growing Perfect Organic Vegetables

How to Grow Lettuce Spacing – 6 inches between plants Preferred NPK – 5-3-4 Optimal temperature – 50-65 *F Soil pH – 6.0-7.0 Soil type – Sandy loam Exposure – Partial/ full sun (5-7 hours) Planting method – Direct sow OR Start indoors 3 weeks before last frost Patio friendly: YES Video Growing Guide How […]
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Diversity Is The Best Organic Pest Control

Kind of seems like a weird concept to think about, but it is true. The diversity of a garden has scientifically been proven to be the best control method for garden pests. There is no need for even organic pesticides with this method, it is just letting nature do what is does best. So HOW […]
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5 Great Organic Soil Amendments For The Home Gardener

Soil is an interesting thing, It is never the same! It can very from yard to yard even. Soil is the composition of sand, silt, and clay that is the universal growing medium for all plants. However soil is not complete without the fourth ingredient, and the one that makes soil growable – Organic matter. […]
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10 Quick Tips For A Successful Patio or Apartment Garden

  10 quick tips for a successful patio garden 1. COMPOST Start with good compost! If there is any tip I could give anyone that is starting a patio garden, it would be growing medium! Soil soil soil! You need to focus on this step, because with any closed system garden (i.e. potted garden) you […]
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The Role Of Calcium In The Garden

 The Role Of Calcium In The Garden  Calcium is the most abundant mineral on earth. Every living cell is made up of calcium. In it's natural form it is chalky and white. Calcium can be in anything from Tums tablets to charcoal. Lime is another great source of calcium, but it is in a form plants […]
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The Role Of Potassium In The Garden

                          The Role Of Potassium In The Garden             Potassium is used in the garden as the plant soluble form called potash. It Is one the most commonly forgotten nutrients most likely that is because it is used by the symbol K, […]
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4 Great Organic Sources Of Nitrogen Found in Every Home

  4 Great Organic Sources of nitrogen for the garden   1. Grass clippings – When composted, grass contains about 3% nitrogen by weight 2. Coffee grounds – Used fresh or composted, coffee grounds contain about 5% nitrogen by weight 3. Manure – Rabbit, cow, horse, goat, sheep, and chicken manure are VERY high in nitrogen and can be anywhere from 4% […]
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10 Quick Tips For the Every Day Organic Gardener

   10 Quick Tips for the Organic Gardener   1. If your growing onions specifically for cooking, add some rock sulfur to your beds! adding sulfur makes your onions hotter and much more potent! 2. If you are having problems getting bigger potatoes, try lowering the ph. potatoes need very acidic soils to grow well. […]
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3 Simple Ways to Prep Your Garden For Winter

                        Winter/Fall Garden Prep     A Garden is great, but as gardeners we all realize that all good things must come to an end. At some point the garden will die off, or begin to die off, and you will be left with barren […]
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Prevent Squash Vine Borer Effectively & Organically

 How to Prevent The Dreaded Squash Vine Borer  As summer approaches, and our warm weather crops are coming in, we all looking forward to the beautiful zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash, and pumpkins! But there is one enemy of all gardeners, and that is the squash vine borer. It will kill a completely healthy plant, […]
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prevent blight using baking soda!

Prevent and Kill Blight & Powdery Mildew With Baking Soda

 Control Tomato Blight & Powdery Mildew Organically With Baking Soda  VIDEO: EZ Baking Soda Fungicide As Organic gardeners we seem the get the short end of the stick when it comes to effective disease preventing tools. We seem to be the first to get blight on our tomatoes, and the first to get powdery mildew […]