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New Seed Varieties for a Superior 2017 Garden
1/10/2017 - 5:08:25 PM
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New Seed Varieties for a Superior 2017 GardenEvery year brings exciting changes, especially with regards to seeds! We have added 13 new varieties to our lineup and they are sure to not disappoint. Rutgers 250 Tomato. This heirloom variety was developed by Rutgers University to bring back that old-time Jersey Tomato flavor. Fireball F1 Hybrid R... Read More
An Unexpected Groundcover
4/26/2016 - 10:20:42 AM
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Last year we installed raised beds in our small kitchen garden. We had access to free, HUGE beams and the ability to construct them (thanks, Dad!) so it seemed crazy not to add them. When they went in, we found a use for the mountain of bricks we’ve dug up in our yard. (We “grow” b... Read More
Uncommonly Good Vegetables
3/30/2016 - 4:43:34 PM
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Uncommonly Good Vegetables By this time of year most gardeners have planned and re-planned (and, possibly re-re-planned) their vegetable gardens for the season. Every square foot has been designated for your vegetables of choice. However, if, like me, you find yourself with a little corner here or a long narrow space there wi... Read More
Ten Great Pollinator Plants You Can Grow from Seed
9/1/2015 - 12:42:23 PM
by ezfromseed.org
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Ten Great Pollinator Plants You Can Grow from Seed1. Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), perennial: Bumblebees are frequent visitors to coneflowers, and you'll see plenty of other pollinators, including honeybees, butterflies, moths, beetles, and flies. Plant coneflowers in full sun. Birds love the seeds. 2. Milkweed (Asclepias sp.), perennial and ann... Read More
Pepper Trials 2015
8/31/2015 - 9:10:02 PM
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Pepper Trials 2015This season we included peppers in our trials - mainly because one of our old standard bell peppers is soon to be discontinued. In hopes of finding a suitable replacement, we planted out 11 varieties of sweet bell peppers. 5 stood out as being the sweetest with a good size: Double Up Hybrid, Red Bul... Read More
Carrot Trials 2015
8/14/2015 - 2:29:19 PM
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Carrot Trials 2015Every year we trial a different group of plants. This was the year of the carrot. I know, once you had one carrot your have had them all. We found this is not true at all! All carrots were taste tested raw, we have no information on cooked flavor. Hyrbrix fertilizer was used on all trial plantings. ... Read More
What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been.....
6/1/2015 - 12:48:09 PM
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What a Long, Strange Trip Its Been.....Spring that is. Whether you accept global warming, or not, we are in the midst of a weird spring! Temperature highs in the 50's and 60's one day, then 80's and higher the next. A farmer friend shared that he lost 40% of his pepper crop due to these fluctuations. Our poor gardens just don't know what... Read More
Thank Your Local Pollinator
4/30/2015 - 9:31:46 PM
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Thank Your Local PollinatorNo Pollinators = No Food This may sounds harsh, but it is our current reality. A few weeks back a news headline read "tractor trailer load of honeybees topples". In February the federal government pledged over 3 million dollars to save the Monarch Butterfly. Local gardeners express their concern ove... Read More
Tomatoes - Determinate or Indeterminate? That is the question.
3/24/2015 - 8:38:39 PM
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Tomatoes - Determinate or Indeterminate?  That is the question.I must admit, there are some aspects to gardening I never pay much attention to. Tomato growth habits fall in this category. Pick a pretty or yummy tomato variety, stick it in the ground, cage it and forget it. While I have read about determinate versus indeterminate tomatoes, I never really paid mu... Read More
Sprouting - Goodness on Your Windowsill
2/10/2015 - 8:16:25 PM
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Sprouting - Goodness on Your WindowsillMason jar seed sprouters flew off our shelves at the PA Farm Show in January. While they have been re-ordered, I have yet to get my hands on one. However, wanting to see what the hype was all about - I grabbed the Botanical Interests Seed Sprouting Trays. I have never sprouted seeds for the purpose ... Read More

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