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Ten Great Pollinator Plants You Can Grow from Seed
9/1/2015 - 12:42:23 PM
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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
Thank Your Local Pollinator
4/30/2015 - 9:31:46 PM
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
Small City Lot? You Can Grow A LOT!
2/2/2015 - 2:28:11 PM
Small City Lot?  You Can Grow A LOT!This post was originally published September 29, 2014. If you read gardening blogs (you’re reading this one, so that’s good!), you have probably seen posts about gardening in small spaces. My question to most of them is – are you for real? Yes, they are beautiful – but who ha... Read More
Are you a "Resilient Gardener"?
2/2/2015 - 2:15:27 PM
Are you a "Resilient Gardener"?This post was originally published on March 27, 2014. I have been reading Carol Deppe’s book, “The Resilient Gardener, Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times”. She brings out the reality of the garden – “My Garden needed to be designed around the reality t... Read More
Try Something New - Grow your own Ginger
2/2/2015 - 9:59:16 AM
Try Something New - Grow your own GingerThis post was originally published on March 13, 2014. Not everyone has room for the seed starting setup in their house – the grow lights, the stand, the fan, etc. I am one of those people. So now I buy my tomato and pepper plants from a local farm. However, I still have the bug to get somethin... Read More
Don't Kill the Dandelions
1/30/2015 - 10:31:01 AM
This post was originally published on October 24, 2013. We’ve all got them, so lets EAT them! Dandelions that is. Times are tough for many and we have this FREE food item in our yards and fields, so why not take advantage of it? The dandelion is known as a bioaccumulator. The deep tap root pus... Read More
Gardening Under Plastic
1/30/2015 - 10:12:09 AM
Gardening Under PlasticThis post was originally published on December 4, 2012. I dislike paying $6 for a box of salad greens at the grocery store, even in fall/winter when there is no hope of growing them outside. Or is there? I have been paging through magazines, books, and blog posts – drooling over pictures of Sw... Read More
What's in Bloom
1/29/2015 - 4:24:36 PM
Whats in BloomThis post was originally published on April 14, 2012. Blueberries are blooming - YUM! Brunnera macrophylla (False Forget-Me-Not) - Cheery blue flowers are great with bleeding heart. Clematis montana - Almost ready to pop open! Cornus florida 'Rubra' (Dogwood) Dicentra spectabilis (Common Bleeding He... Read More
Raised Garden Beds
1/29/2015 - 4:02:52 PM
Raised Garden BedsThis post was originally published on March 30, 2012. Many of you have seen typical raised beds – neat and tidy, 4′ x 4′, surrounded by lumber. You build the frame, you fill it with compost/soil and you plant. Easy, right? Easy, except for the cost. Lumber can get pricey, depending... Read More
Seed Terminology - What does it mean?
1/29/2015 - 3:52:49 PM
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Seed Terminology - What does it mean?This post was originally published on February 14, 2012. So many seeds, so little time – so where do you begin? First you need to understand the language. Heirloom. You see this term in magazine articles, blog posts, seed catalogs – so why is it important? Heirloom seeds are considered t... Read More