Author Archives: Rachel Edler

12 Plants to Create a Cottage-Style Garden This Spring

Spring Gardening

Many people adore cottage gardens for their rustic charm and fairytale-like style. As cottage gardens often have the appearance of having taken years of planting and hard work, they can be intimidating for first-time gardeners.

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Caring for Air Plants

caring for air plants.

Tillandsia or air plants are epiphytes meaning that they don’t require any soil to grow! In nature, they take in their moisture and nutrients from the air or rainwater that falls on them.

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Homestead Garden – Keep green indoors this winter with the best indoor plants

With winter rolling in, your outdoor garden won’t be requiring your diligent attention for a few months. That begs the question: What’s a gardener to do? Whether you’re an avid gardener or you just like …

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Stressed? Head to the garden!

woman walking through tulip field

Avid gardeners have long known that working the soil is good for you mentally and physically, and now a new study proves it. The National Institutes of Health report that a study looked into the …

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Rose Care 101: Tip for Planting and Tending roses

Knock Out Roses in Landscape

Roses are one of the most beloved flowers due to its beautiful bloom, fragrant scent and cultural significance. From coast to coast, these stunners can make a wonderful addition to your yard.

To help your …

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Agriculture is for Everyone

Getting involved in the local ag community.
Agriculture is a huge part of our American culture that incorporates a lot more than just farming or animals. Agriculture is the foundation of utilizing the land …

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Raising Backyard Chickens: Note on Biosecurity

Biosecurity is defined as a practice to prevent the spread of disease onto your property. The purpose is to protect your flock from infectious diseases. The only way to control disease is to prevent it. …

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Brighten up your yard with early-blooming spring flowers

If you’re longing for spring to come early, you’re not the only one. The good news is, you don’t have to wait for summer to brighten up your yard. There are many varieties of early-blooming …

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The Danger of Bad Breath for Pets

By Ashley Helmrich, Homestead Garden’s Animal Nutrition Expert.
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It is stated by the American Veterinary Dental Society that approximately 80% of dogs and 70% …

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Attracting birds to your backyard in the winter

Birds look even more beautiful in the winter, their colorful feathers contrasting with the blanket of snow. Dozens of different winter birds can stop by your feeder for a visit — cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, jays, …

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Winter Safety for Pets

By Ashley Helmrich, Homestead Garden’s Animal Nutrition Expert.
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With temperatures dropping, it is important to keep our pet’s safety on our mind. All pets …

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Winter gardening tips: 6 things you can do now

You’ve given your garden tender loving care during the spring, summer and fall. There’s no reason to stop now! There’s plenty of winter gardening to do, from prepping your perennials for spring to tending to …

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Spread Cheer with Holiday Houseplants

You’ve hung the stockings, decorated the tree and strung the twinkle lights. Only one thing left to do!
Add holiday houseplants to complement your decor. They instantly liven up a space and spread joy. …

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Homestead Gardens – Shop local and make a difference in your community

In between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another way to get your holiday shopping done. Small Business Saturday is your chance to discover local gems. Since 2010, the tradition has been kept alive by …

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Is it twinkle time? Try these unusual holiday lighting ideas at home

The soft glow, the magical twinkle, the warm ambiance: String lights and the holiday season go hand in hand. Traditional outdoor displays never go out of style, but this year you can add to your …

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Which type of fertilizer should I use?

Do your neighbors’ yards always look greener and more plush than yours? If you’re left wondering what you’re doing wrong, there’s probably an easy answer: Fertilizer.
Fertilizer provides a boost of nutrients that supercharges …

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Plant these in your yard to achieve year-round color

Make your yard alive with color, even in the late fall and early winter when things are dying back, by choosing some of these hardy plants.
Golden Smoke Tree: By summer, …

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Vegetable plants that thrive in the fall

fall vegetable garden harvest

Do you think you’ve reached the finale for your garden? Think again. You’re just entering the third act! Autumn is a wonderful time of year to plant and grow vegetables; you just have to be …

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Big or small space, these backyard birding tips will attract feathered friends

Gardening and birding go hand in hand. If you love tending the soil or designing a stunning landscape, chances are you also love to see feathered friends visit your natural oasis. Fortunately, there are many …

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Avoid Bringing Pests into the Home & Garden

By: Philip Agar
The summer is nearing its end and the garden is looking at its very best. But as we get closer to the leaves changing colors, you may be thinking about how …

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