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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
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
Small Spaces - A Blessing or a Curse?
2/2/2015 - 2:35:52 PM
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Small Spaces - A Blessing or a Curse?This post was originally published on October 30, 2014. Many people ask me about gardening in small city lots or town home lots. They always ask about compact varieties of this or that, which is good, but that’s just the beginning. Successful small-scale gardening relies on one thing – s... Read More
Small City Lot? You Can Grow A LOT!
2/2/2015 - 2:28:11 PM
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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
Tomato Overload
2/2/2015 - 2:24:18 PM
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Tomato OverloadThis post was originally published on September 4, 2014. I have been trying to cut back on my tomato production. Last year I had 24 plants, this year only 12. I have discovered 6 is probably my magic number. Tomato #1 died early due to something eating it. Tomato #2-5 have become dog food. Yep, your... Read More
2014 Red Beet Trials
2/2/2015 - 2:19:50 PM
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2014 Red Beet TrialsThis post was originally published on July 22, 2014. This year we planted eleven different varieties of beets, ranging in color from red, to yellow, to white (even striped). We used two different fertilizers on the beets – Garden Tone and HYRBRIX (vegetable). There were no major advantages of ... Read More
Are you a "Resilient Gardener"?
2/2/2015 - 2:15:27 PM
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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
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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
Mulch Your Vegetable Garden
2/2/2015 - 9:42:01 AM
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This post was originally published on February 22, 2014. Do you mulch? Why not? I could say “it’s the latest thing” and try to tempt you with a fad. But I won’t, I will give good solid reasons why mulch is important AND can help with maintenance. Win, win! #1 Build soil, don&... Read More
Seed Buying 201: Seed Questions Answered
1/30/2015 - 10:53:44 AM
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Seed Buying 201:  Seed Questions AnsweredThis post was originally published on February 10, 2014. This was a press release from Home Garden Seed Association (www.EZfromseed.org) – lots of great information. 1. What is an heirloom seed variety? The definition: Simply put, an heirloom is an Open Pollinated (see explanation of OP) varie... Read More