Bountiful sunshine makes our gardens grow, but all living things need a little shade sometimes — especially people. These step-by-step plans will show you how to build a pergola to create your own backyard shade. The finished product will add stylish definition and shape to your yard and garden. http://goo.gl/xRGqS
Self-Seeding Crops You’ll Never Need to Replant
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A continuous, sustainable supply of garden seeds — no harvesting, storing or replanting required? Oh yes, we’re for real.Some crops produce seeds so readily that as long as you give them time to flower, mature and set seed, you’ll always have free plants growing in your garden! Check out 34 easy, self-seeding herbs, veggies and flowers and how to manage them: http://goo.gl/r05s6.
34 Easy Self-SeedersHerbs: basil, chamomile, cilantro, cutting celery, dill, parsley
Vegetables: amaranth, arugula, beets, broccoli raab, carrots, collards, kale, lettuce, orach, mustards, New Zealand spinach, parsnips, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, tomatillo, tomato, turnips, winter squash
Flowers: bachelor button, calendula, celosia, cosmos, nasturtiums, poppies, sunflowers, sweet alyssum, viola
- In the fall, toss seed heads wherever you want seeds to germinate. Or, next spring, transplant volunteers to the spots where you want them to grow.
- Be sure not to hoe “weeds” too early in the spring.
- Learn to identify the self-seeder seedlings.
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If you’re deep into gardening and self-sufficiency, sooner or later you’ll want to try growing wheat (which can thrive across most of the United States). Here, get the basics on planting, harvesting and storing wheat — including threshing, winnowing and curing the grain — and before you know it, you could be baking bread with grain from your very own backyard: http://goo.gl/Py0osE.