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Bob Ewing

Joined 13 years ago from New Brunswick

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    The Food Security Garden

    3 months ago

    As the cost of oil rises so does the cost of food. The increase in your food costs may not take place at the same time as the increase in your food bill, but be certain as gas goes up so does food. Now you can reduce the use of your vehicle,...

  • The Morons Organic Gardening Guide
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    The Morons Organic Gardening Guide

    3 months ago

    Organic gardening is so basic, even a moron can create a garden where plants thrive, flower and bear fruit. I am not comfortable with the term moron which means someone who is considered stupid, however, I have used it to make the point that anyone...

  • How Secure is Your Food Supply?
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    How Secure is Your Food Supply?

    3 months ago

    When would your food supply run out if you were unable to buy food anywhere?

  • How to Grow Beans, Peppers and Squash Under Lights
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    How to Grow Beans, Peppers and Squash Under Lights

    12 months ago

    Beans, potatoes, and squash growing indoors under lights can it be done? I believe if the will exists to do a thing then the way to do that thing can be found. The question is just because you can do a thing is it a good idea to do that thing? ...

  • Cracks & Potholes: Crumbling Urban Infrastructure
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    Cracks & Potholes: Crumbling Urban Infrastructure

    6 weeks ago

    potholes perhaps being the most visible evidence of how, in far too many urban centres, the municipal infrastructure is crumbling.

  • Bob's Home Vegetable Garden Guide
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    Bob's Home Vegetable Garden Guide

    3 months ago

    If you want it and are willing to devote a little bit of time on a regular basis you too can have your own home vegetable garden. Fresh food tastes best and the freshest food is food you grow yourself at home or in a nearby community garden plot. ...

  • Bob's Guide to Organic Gardening
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    Bob's Guide to Organic Gardening

    3 months ago

    Make mine local and organic, that is a great motto that we need to see and hear more often. Organic means that no harmful unnatural ingredients have been used in the production of the food we eat or any product we use for that matter. Why...

  • The Urban Orchard
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    The Urban Orchard

    3 months ago

    Imagine stepping out into your backyard and picking yourself a fresh apple, or plum or pear. It is not a far stretch from imagining this scenario to being able to do it. You will need an outdoor space that gets sufficient sunlight, for example...

  • Tips for First Time Container Gardeners
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    Tips for First Time Container Gardeners

    3 months ago

    When it comes to container gardening size does matter. It is possible to grow most plants in a container but if the container is too small then the plant will suffer and possibly die. It is not likely to produce the vegetables or flowers you are...

  • How to Breathe Life into an Idea
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    How to Breathe Life into an Idea

    3 months ago

    Ideas where do they come from and once they arrive do they stay around or fade away? I find that ideas are everywhere and coming up with one is not difficult. What is tricky is how to take that idea and put some life into it; get it to breathe so it...

  • How To Benefit From Your Gardening Mistakes
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    How To Benefit From Your Gardening Mistakes

    3 months ago

    We are obsessed by mistakes, by getting it wrong, by failure. I blame our education system for this fear. We are penalized when we try something and do not get it right. The resulting shame prevents us from going up to the blackboard or raising our...

  • How to Create an Ecological Garden
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    How to Create an Ecological Garden

    6 months ago

    Gardening is one of the world's oldest professions; there are older activities hunting and gathering come to mind, but about ten thousand years ago, humanity realized that food could be obtained by working the earth. The process of gardening has...

  • The Gardeners Kitchen: Organic Fertilizers & Compost Tea
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    The Gardeners Kitchen: Organic Fertilizers & Compost Tea

    3 weeks ago

    Feed the soil, the organic gardener’s mantra. One of the most effective ways to feed that soil is to add organic material, such as compost to the garden. Another is to add compost tea. Compost tea is relatively easy to make; you simply put a...

  • Designing The Sensory Garden
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    Designing The Sensory Garden

    2 months ago

    A garden should stimulate all the senses. Imagine spending an afternoon casually strolling through a garden that is full of enticing aromas, is pleasant to the touch, a feast for the eyes, delicious with an undertone of sound bringing it all...

  • On Being A Lazy Gardener
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    On Being A Lazy Gardener

    2 weeks ago

    The secret to keeping the garden work you do to a minimum is in the planning and the preplanning.

  • Gardening With Nature's Bounty
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    Gardening With Nature's Bounty

    3 weeks ago

    whether it be a new garden bed or tending a vegetable container garden, I rely on Nature to not only provide the materials I need but for ideas and techniques that I can use.

  • Heritage Seeds Why and Where to Buy
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    Heritage Seeds Why and Where to Buy

    7 weeks ago

    When it comes to the seed, the best way to make sure that you grow strong and vital plants is to purchase heritage or heirloom seeds

  • Growing Great Strawberries
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    Growing Great Strawberries

    8 weeks ago

    Strawberries, the fruit that shouts summer. I love fresh strawberries, I do not mind using frozen berries in smoothies for example but fresh strawberries are a taste treat all by themselves, just sitting in a bowl waiting for me to dig in. Or add...

  • 47

    Harvesting and Eating Dandelions

    7 weeks ago

    You may not even have to leave your own property to gather this most versatile plant. If you are a home owner and have a lawn, the odds are good you have a handy supply of dandelions.

  • How to Become an Urban Food Forager
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    How to Become an Urban Food Forager

    5 weeks ago

    what I am talking about is urban food foraging. Urban food foraging is similar to wild crafting where you go out and find the delicacies that Nature provides,

  • Gardening in Limited Space and Other Gardening Options
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    Gardening in Limited Space and Other Gardening Options

    5 weeks ago

    So you want to garden but your backyard is small or non-existent; well do not let that discourage you, if you have the will, you will find the way. The first step, as in all forms of gardening, is to assess you existing space. How...

  • Reducing Waste by Reclaiming Food
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    Reducing Waste by Reclaiming Food

    2 months ago

    Some of us may recycle that food by putting it into the compost; too many others will simply toss it away without any thought to what this says about us and our society.

  • The Rooftop Gardens & Green Roofs
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    The Rooftop Gardens & Green Roofs

    2 months ago

    There are always options and that is the approach that I take to gardening and most other aspects of my work and life. When it comes to gardening, if you want to grow something green you can. Your desire and your imagination will wake up the...

  • Growing Culinary Herbs: Chives
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    Growing Culinary Herbs: Chives

    2 months ago

    A few years back a friend and I were discussing herbs and we reached a point where it was necessary to ask, what is an herb/ Herbs serve many purpose and in this hub the use for herbs that we are examining is culinary. So in light of that, what is a...

  • Fair Trade and You
    6

    Fair Trade and You

    3 months ago

    Fair Trade is a trading partnership: a partnership between individuals and communities that uses dialogue, transparency and respect, to evolve greater equity in international trade. Fair Trade contributes to sustainable development because...

  • Great Container Gardens #1
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    Great Container Gardens #1

    5 weeks ago

    This hub will look at a gardening method that makes it possible for people with limited, time or space to grow some of their own food, flowers or both, container gardening.

  • Growing Great Gladiolus
    4

    Growing Great Gladiolus

    8 weeks ago

    You can spot a gladiolus or glad as they are affectionately called from some distance away. These natives of South Africa are known for their spear shaped leaves and their brilliant flowers. Glads look fantastic in flower arrangements or growing...

  • The Literacy Garden
    4

    The Literacy Garden

    3 months ago

    There are also excellent examples of gardens working with children as a form of active learning and encouraging them to become engaged in the learning process

  • Your First Garden
    11

    Your First Garden

    3 months ago

    So you want to start gardening; you have been saying it for years now, but somehow the garden just never gets started. You have your reasons, no time, don’t have a green thumb, no space and so on, but what you have lacked prior to reading this hub...

  • Small Space Gardening: Part One
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    Small Space Gardening: Part One

    8 days ago

    Where there is a will there is a way and gardeners are among those who lend the truth to this old adage. If you want to grow something, anything, be it fruit, flowers, herbs or vegetables and have even the smallest space you can do so. It is...

  • How To Plant Spring and fall Bulbs
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    How To Plant Spring and fall Bulbs

    7 weeks ago

    Remember right plant right place will help you grow beautiful flowers. Most spring flowering bulbs will need a high organic, well drained, slightly acidic (pH 6-7) soil in a sunny location(6 to 8 hours of sunlight.) When it comes to planting...

  • How To Grow Great Potatoes
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    How To Grow Great Potatoes

    2 months ago

    Potatoes, mashed, baked, boiled scalloped and perhaps my favourite, potato salad especially when it is made with new red potatoes, are a great food. What is even better you can grow your own potatoes and make your favourite dish with the freshest...

  • How To Start Your First Garden
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    How To Start Your First Garden

    8 weeks ago

    This primer will help you plan and design your first garden; it does not matter what you decide to grow, vegetables flower, herbs or all three, the steps are the same.

  • Gardening: Weeds use Them and Lose Them
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    Gardening: Weeds use Them and Lose Them

    6 months ago

    Weeds, if they were called by any other name would they still annoy us to such a degree. The topic of weeds and weed control can touch off a frenzy of discussion when gardeners gather. Some gardeners have little to no problem with weeds as...

  • Flower or Vegetables Is That a Question?
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    Flower or Vegetables Is That a Question?

    3 months ago

    Over the years I have designed and grown a wide range of gardens from a one pot with tomatoes and basil on my balcony to a 1 acre commercial operation. One reoccurring question raised through all these various gardens’ projects over a 17 year...

  • Gardening Makes You Healthy and Wise
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    Gardening Makes You Healthy and Wise

    6 weeks ago

    Gardening, no matter what you grow, will help you become healthy and wise, as for wealthy well, that all depends upon how you define wealth. If you want to be healthy, then it is important to grow naturally which means that you do...

  • Gardening For The Honey Bees
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    Gardening For The Honey Bees

    3 months ago

    The gardener does not work alone; to be successful and produce beautiful flowers and healthy vegetables the gardener has many assistants lending a hand. The honey bee is one that pulls more than its weight when it comes to your garden. You...

  • Growing Cacti and Succulents as Houseplants
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    Growing Cacti and Succulents as Houseplants

    2 months ago

    We often hear about curb appeal when a discussion about selling or buying a new home is underway but often the discussion stops at the front door. If you truly want to impress a potential buyer you will see that the wow factor created by the...

  • How to Grow Great Tomatoes
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    How to Grow Great Tomatoes

    3 months ago

    The tomato is one of the most commonly grown plants for home gardeners. They are reasonable easy to care for, once you get them started which I do indoors from seed about six weeks before I put them out. It can get quite cool here until around...

  • How to Make Compost with Worms
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    How to Make Compost with Worms

    3 months ago

    Worms ate my garbage, is what you will be able to say when you put a worm composter in your kitchen. Worm composting or vermiculture is an ideal way to dispose of kitchen vegetable matter, that you would otherwise toss in the garbage. Or if you...

  • The Care and Feeding of Roses
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    The Care and Feeding of Roses

    2 months ago

    The rose or genus Rosa comprises approximately 150 species and has spread throughout the Northern hemisphere from Mexico on north to Alaska and even to northern Africa.

  • Sunflower Possibilities
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    Sunflower Possibilities

    3 months ago

    From children’s forts to cleaning up radioactive waste, sunflowers are a very versatile and beautiful plant.

  • Gardening with Annuals
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    Gardening with Annuals

    2 months ago

    Some people are positively passionate about annuals and each one of them may have a different reason.  An annual plant is a plant that usually germinates, flowers and dies in one year.  Some love annuals because they make excellent...

  • How to Start A School Garden
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    How to Start A School Garden

    3 months ago

    What is a school garden? Simply put a school garden is a garden on the school property. It may be a flower garden or a vegetable garden or both. The choice is up to the people who plant and tend the garden; the students with guidance and...

  • Landscape Add Value to Your Property
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    Landscape Add Value to Your Property

    2 months ago

    Landscaping your front yard can increase your property's value by up to 20 per cent. I divide home buyers/owners into three broad categories. This is simply done in order to help the buyer make appropriate landscaping decisions for their...

  • How To Design An Accessible Garden
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    How To Design An Accessible Garden

    2 months ago

    I feel that it is important to begin this hub by saying that I believe that gardening is one of the most rewarding and useful activities that people can spend their time doing. There are many lessons for one thing, that you can learn from a...

  • How to Garden in Containers
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    How to Garden in Containers

    2 months ago

    Growing flowers, herbs and vegetables in containers is an excellent way for anyone with a small space, such as a balcony, to grow their own plants. Containers work well on deck, steps and patios by allowing you to add colour, shape and...

  • How To Attract Butterflies to Your Garden or Yard
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    How To Attract Butterflies to Your Garden or Yard

    3 months ago

    It is not all that difficult to attract butterflies to your garden and have them set up house. There are two things that butterflies are seeking: one is nectar, the food that adult butterflies need, and the other, host plants, the place where the...

  • Give the Gift of Food
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    Give the Gift of Food

    3 months ago

    We all need to eat, what and how much we consume depends upon many factors. This common need makes food an ideal gift for any occasion. There are a number of ways that you can give the gift of food, you can give food or money to an organization...

  • More-with-Less: A Cookbook Recommendation
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    More-with-Less: A Cookbook Recommendation

    3 months ago

    Now I have quite a few cookbooks and usually pick them up at book sales where they cost be a buck or two, but, this one caught my attention and I had to buy it.

  • Apple Pie (Sugar Free) & Apple Sauce Recipes
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    Apple Pie (Sugar Free) & Apple Sauce Recipes

    3 months ago

    Apple sauce is fairly easy to keep and very handy to have in the fridge. It goes great with oatmeal or pork and can be added to a smoothie or enjoyed all by itself.

  • Hearty and Healthy Stew: Recipe
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    Hearty and Healthy Stew: Recipe

    3 months ago

    Let Food Be Your Medicine and Medicine Be Your Food ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 BC), Exercise and sensible eating is the pathway to weight loss and good health. Food not only fills our bellies but contributes to...

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