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Yesterday I went out back of my house and picked a mess of blackberries. I will be doing this for the next several days and if I am lucky, maybe the next several weeks I will be picking big juicy berries. Here’s an article that I wrote several years ago about picking blackberries. Have you had a similar experience?

Easy Blackberry Cobbler from Fresh Picked Blackberries

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Making fresh blackberry cobbler is when made with freshly picked berries to topped with a dish with ice cream or whipped topping. I enjoy making blackberry cobbler so much that it has become an annual late-summer ritual at our house.

On the day that I want to make a fresh blackberry cobbler, I go out in the morning. Blackberries ripen during the hottest part of the MORE

 

Growing Blackberries as a Medicinal Herb

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From the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family, blackberries are low in calories (just 62 calories per cup), provides 50% of the minimum daily requirement of the vitamin C, and eight grams of dietary fiber along with traces of magnesium, calcium and iron. Not only do blackberries taste good and are good for you, but you can also use them medicinally to treat common maladies.MORE

Blackberry Growing Video

Personally, I have never wanted to grow my own blackberries. I much prefer to go out into the woods to get my blackberries. However, blackberries can easily be grown around your home. Thornless blackberries are easy to grow and since they are thornless, easy to pick as well. The only drawback to thornless blackberries is that you have to wait a while longer to get them because they are a late season berry.

 

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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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For most people around the country, their summer gardens are in and gardening chores now consist of weeding, watering, harvesting, and fighting off diseases and insect damage. The following gardening articles offer tips on how to improve your gardening experience through natural methods.

The Hottest Tips for Growing Hot Peppers

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Imagine going out to your garden and picking fresh hot peppers to use in your favorite spicy dishes. If you like hot peppers, they are easier to grow in your vegetable garden than sweet peppers because pests stay clear of them. In addition

Turnips, Parsnips, and Rutabagas in the Garden

Many of us love getting fresh vegetables from our garden, but these three vegetables can help extend fresh food harvests well into the winter and into early spring so that you can have vegetables all year long. Order seeds now to plant later this summer to grow these three root crops Click Here

 

Okay, so this one is not about gardening, but it is certainly one of my favorites. Have you ever wondered where we got the term buck started meaning dollar? A number of years ago I came across this tidbit when I was researching Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Back When A Male Deer Was Currency

Where did we get the term "buck" meaning "dollar"?

Where did we get the term “buck” meaning “dollar”?

Back before there ever was a United States.when the American Colonies were still under the flag of Great Britain, the buck was already the main currency of the trading posts, such as MORE of How the Buck Became a Dollar

Today’s video Relates to Problems that you may be having with your tomato plants

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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 .


It is fun to garden by using methods used by the pioneers. Not long ago, I read about how settlers in the forests in Western Pennsylvania first cleared the forests. They didn’t have chainsaws and heavy equipment to excavate. Because they often lived as much as a hundred miles from the nearest large settlement they had to depend on their own self-sufficiency so planting a crop as soon as possible was always top priority. In order to get crops planted as early as possible, the men would arrive at their holdings in the autumn months. They would live in makeshift huts that they could build in a few hours and then set to girding the trees where they would plant their crops in the spring. Girding is done by cutting a swath of bark completely around the circumference of the tree so that when spring came the tree’s sap would run out and the tree would die. During the rest of the winter the men would clear brush around the trees and cut down some of the trees to build their homes and out buildings as well as to cut for fuel. In addition, they would go trapping.

In late winter after trapping season, they would return to civilization. There they traded back what they had trapped during the winter at the settlement where their wives and children remained while they were preparing their holdings. They would buy corn for planting and took their families to their new land. There they planted the corn often in the three sister’s tradition of the Native Americans in the moist soil around the now dead trees. Plowing was not necessary. They simply pushed aside the leaf litter on the ground and buried the seeds in the rich dark loam. During those first early years, hoeing and cultivating was not necessary which was good because there was more than enough work to keep the settlers busy.

The Three Sisters Gardening Use by the Early Settlers was an adaptation of Native American techniques.

The settlers learned how to garden from the Native Americans. Many Native American tribes grew Indian corn. This is the history of the Iroquois and their way of growing corn. http://hubpages.com/education/Iroquois-Corn

 

Three sisters gardening is an age old technique that utilizes the synergy between corn, beans, and pumpkins or winter squash.Click here to read my article about this technique http://hubpages.com/living/A-Three-Sisters-Garden-Bed

Friday’s Video- Not Quite early pioneers, but here is video of how the farmers farmed in the 1920s and 1930s.

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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 .


Just how safe are the chemicals used in American Agriculture? Here’s a video discussing a study out of the UK in regards to neonicotinoids and Treated Soybeans. A world like the one described in Silent Spring by Rachel Carson might be that far from reality soon.

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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 recently published her first 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 most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

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 book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Gardening Season is upon us!

Either you have started or are going to start soon. Here is a video with some additional tips!

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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 recently published her first 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 most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

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 book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Its the time of year when many parts of the country are planting their potatoes or even planting their second crop of the season.. Do you grow your own?

Here’s Part 2 of this video

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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 recently published her first 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 most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

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 book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

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