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greenbeans_galoreThis month, in many areas of the country, signs of spring are in the air and with that comes the first symptoms of spring fever where gardeners start dusting off their garden tools and get to work.

 

 

In honor of gardeners everywhere, I have dedicated this month’s blog posts to helping gardeners get started.
I have been a fan of organic gardening since reading my first issue of Organic Gardening Magazine when I was twelve years old. The principles of organic gardening always made sense to me. The ideas put forth by organic gardening principles offer solutions to many problems of modern life.

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This week I am offering a 25% discount on digital copies of my book Simply Vegetable Gardening. From today through March 10, 2018 instead of the digital book being $2.99, it will be just $2.24 for a copy! Get Yours today before the promotion expires! Go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/517230 to download your copy today!

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Autumn Leaves are a Wonderful Resource You Should Never Burn

We often face problems in the autumn with the leaves that fall from the trees. In our hectic busy lives, we often don’t have time to deal with them until spring. When spring comes, we often pile them up and set a fire to them. This is a mistake. Here’s an article that I wrote on Hubpages.

Stop Environmental Pollution of Burning Autumn Leaves-Use Them Instead

https://hubpages.com/living/Autumn-Leaves-Dont-Burn-Them-Dont-Bag-Them-Use-Them

Compost

It is easy to make compost. Basically you need green materials (fresh green grass, manure, chopped kitchen garbage) brown material (leaves, shredded paper, chipped wood), soil, and water. In an area of your yard that is convenient to both the kitchen and the garden, layer a couple inches of each type of item listed above and let set several months, and turn the pile every couple of weeks. If you get more than an inch of rain every week, you won’t have to water the pile, but if you do, be sure to soak the pile well one time per week.

Kelp

I often question whether I have enough of the right trace minerals in my compost, so I often add kelp powder to the pile along with the other ingredients.
Kelp can be used in other ways in the garden as well. I like to use it directly as a planting nutrient. I simply sprinkle kelp to the bottom of the planting hole when planting both seeds and plants.
I also add kelp to goat and chicken feed for two reasons. The first one is to guarantee that the animals get the nutrients that they need. Many illnesses that animals get are related to nutritional deficiencies. The second reason is that the kelp in the animal manure will be passed on to plants.

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Kelp is beneficial in other ways too and I have written about it in my book Help from Kelp. It is available

on Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C0QNN1O

and in print

http://www.lulu.com/shop/cygnet-brown/help-from-kelp/paperback/product-22518936.html

Wood Ashes

When we had a woodstove for heating, we put all our wood ashes in the garden. In addition to working the wood ashes into the soil to add the nutrients, if certain vegetables are attacked by plant eating insects, wood ashes can be sprinkled on the leaves. The wood ashes don’t taste good to the insects, so they avoid the leaves treated with the ashes. For some reason, one application is enough, but it can be reapplied after a rain.

Diatomaceous Earth

In the absence of wood ashes, DE can be used in the garden as an insect repellent. Just dust it on the plants. For more information on how to use diatomaceous earth, check out another article in Hubpages:

Why I use Diatomaceous Earth in My Home and Garden

https://hubpages.com/living/DEinhomeandgarden
Although wood ashes and diatomaceous earth do keep insects off your plants, you can over do it and as I wrote in my article, not all insects in the garden are bad, good insects do exist.

Not All Insects in the Garden are Bad

https://hubpages.com/living/Not-All-Insects-in-the-Garden-are-Bad

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In addition to Help from Kelp I have another book Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard You can get this book for free in a digital format at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/617019

Or if you prefer a book in print go to http://www.lulu.com/shop/cygnet-brown/using-diatomaceous-earth-around-the-house-and-yard/paperback/product-22638910.html

 

 


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Use Heirloom Seeds for Seed Saving

Do you know that you can save your vegetable seeds from one year to the next? Some people worry about violating Monsanto’s seed patents, but the truth is, the seeds that you get from a seed catalog or from an online source is not GMO. Unless you have signed a form saying that you will not save seeds from a plant because it is GMO, your garden produce is not GMO. If eating GMO foods is something you don’t want to do, then growing your own garden produce would definitely give you the security of knowing that the vegetables that you are serving your family are not GMO. The main concern with vegetables that you grow in a home garden is not from GMOs, but the concern whether you are growing heirlooms or hybrids.

If you don’t know the difference between hybrids, heirlooms, and GMO plants, check out the article that I wrote: The Difference Between GMO, Hybrid, and Heirloom Seeds  http://hubpages.com/education/What-is-the-difference-between-GMO-Hybridization-and-Heirloom-seeds

How to Save Different Types of Heirloom Seeds

So, as you see, unless you want to experiment cross breeding, the seeds you really want to save heirloom seeds. Several of my articles include a section on how to save seeds. Check them out!

The Hottest Tips for Growing Hot Peppers http://hubpages.com/living/Hot-Peppers-in-the-Garden

Sustainably Growing Zucchini with Heirloom Seed http://hubpages.com/living/Zucchini-in-the-Garden

Heirloom Tomatoes How to Grow and Save Their Seed http://hubpages.com/living/Growing-and-Saving-Seed-from-Heirloom-Tomatoes

Is Anything Easier to Grow Than Okra? http://hubpages.com/living/Is-Anything-Easier-to-Grow-Than-Okra

 

And, of course, we cannot forget the video. This time we have: Vegetable Seed Saving Video-The Basic Rules! Enjoy!

 

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As Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga,  Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag is also on sale now!

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and buy her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

 


I remember reading back in the 1970s about the gypsy moth infestation that was killing trees all over the country. A series of photographs that I saw at the time, showed that as the moths were sprayed with insecticide, the gypsy moth population spread. Before spraying occurred, gypsy moth populations were small, but when the spraying occurred moth populations temporarily decreased in that area, but the population spread as the moths tried to get away from the poisonous spray areas.  In addition,  predators of the gypsy moth were killed off. In other words, the spray did not control the problem, the spray caused the problem. In addition, less resilient moths were killed off, but the moths that had some tolerance to the chemicals requiring more lethal chemicals to control the populations. See this photo about how the gypsy moth population has spread since 1900 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_moths_in_the_United_States

Chemicals are not only toxic to the insects but can but are also toxic to us. Insects can build a resistance to chemical controls, however, diatomaceous earth is not a chemical control, but a physical control rather than poisoning the insects, diatomaceous earth has tiny glass-like shards that cut and dry out insects. To learn more about diatomaceous earth in the garden, read my hubpages’ article why I use Diatomaceous Earth Around my House and Garden.http://hubpages.com/living/DEinhomeandgarden

One Article Not Enough Information?

if you would like more information read my free book  Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, on pdf, kindle or nook as well as other formats at Smashwords.https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/617019

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Diatomaceous Earth Video

Not willing to take my word for the benefits of diatomaceous earth? Check out this and other videos of people who love the benefits of this naturally occurring substance.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Today’s Gardening Subject is Bugs.

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Should you or should you not kill this caterpillar?

Before you start running away screaming in the night, It’s time we realized that–

Not All Bugs in the Garden Are Bad

Not all insects in the garden are bad.I know that may surprise a lot of people who keep a can of pesticide handy every time them see a bug, but the truth is, there are a number of good bugs.Just because you see a bug crawling on your tomato plants, does not mean that you have to run screaming for the insecticide.

Although it is true that many of the insects on your plants are herbivores (meaning they eat plants), some insects are not on your plants to eat the plants. These insects might instead be predators which means they eat other insects. They might instead be what are known as scavengers. In other words, they could be read more

Top Ten Garden Insect Pests of the US and How to Control Them Organically

Now that you know that not all bugs in the garden are pests, you still shouldn’t head for the insecticide. Insecticides are toxic not only to the bad bugs, but to the good bugs, your pets, you and your children. That’s why it makes sense to try to use safe nontoxic organic methods of controlling garden pests. Here are the top ten pests and how you can combat them read more

How to Get Rid of Garden Pests Organically Video

Here’s a YouTube Video with a couple other suggestions for getting rid of garden pests.

 

For Even more information about ways to get rid of bugs in your garden, check out my FREE e-book Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available on Kindle, Nook, PDF and more, click here

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has  published a nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga. The next book Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag will be out in the near future.

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

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