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August Chores in the Garden

August is almost here. When I think August, I think hazy, hot, and humid. It’s the time of the year when both the garden and the gardener can be looking a wee bit tired and run down. But never fear – there are ways to fix that! August Chores To Consider: 1.  Water and weeding [...]

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Want to Store Seed Packets?

This time of year many garden centers discount their seed packets for clearance. It seems any gardener who has “got the bug” for growing things has a stash of seeds somewhere in their home. Either for next season, for an emergency, for a rainy day, or my favorite…JUST BECAUSE! Saving seeds, either from your heirloom [...]

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6 Tips to Beat Gardening Burnout

  Yesterday’s Harvest:  4 Winter Squash; 14 purple (yes, purple!) carrots, 5 green peppers, 2 yellow peppers, 1 sweet banana pepper, 3 baby potatoes, 1 tomato (despite hundreds of green ones on the vine…hurry up already!), 3 cucumbers, 2 yellow squash, 2 zucchini, 2 strawberries. This is an average “daily haul” right now. We are [...]

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Money-Saving Planter Ideas

Gardening doesn’t have to be expensive. You can still have gorgeous containers full of flowers on the cheap. It just takes a little creative thinking. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle You can turn almost anything into a planter. Old cowboy boots, kids outgrown shoes, baskets of all shapes and sizes – the possibilities are endless. No matter [...]

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July Gardening Chores

For most of us, July means it’s HOT, HOT, HOT out in the garden. And for many of us, the oppressive heat makes us want to throw in the trowel, so to speak. (Pardon my gardening humor…) July also means we’re enjoying the fruits of our labor, quite literally. Harvests are coming in and the [...]

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Tips for Harvesting – Part 2

As we have discussed previously, harvesting in the early morning is your best bet for most fruits and veggies. This allows your produce to retain natural moisture, which in turn, keeps it from wilting and locks in the best flavor. But there are a few more “tricks of the trade” harvesting tips we’d like to [...]

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Grow a Rainbow

We have all heard it said that health experts and nutritionists recommend eating a “rainbow” every day. But what does that mean, exactly? Eating a wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies in an vast array of colors is the key to good health. Filling your plate with fruits and veggies of all kinds and [...]

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No room to garden? Try a Spaghetti Garden Pot

Sometimes I find the neatest ideas walking around the farmer’s market. This week I was visiting our small-town market when I spotted the pot in this picture (sorry for the less-than-spectacular photo). The vendor had a sign labeling these pots as “Spaghetti Gardens.” She had several variations of the Spaghetti Garden. Each pot had: -A [...]

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Rain Water Versus Tap Water

All water is not equal when it comes to caring for your garden, plants, and lawn. It isn’t a coincidence that your garden looks healthier and your yard looks greener after a good rain. It’s not complicated. It’s actually simple science – rain water is better for your plants than tap water. Tap water is [...]

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Want to make gardening easier? Go native!

“Gardening is too hard!” “Gardening is too much work!” These are two of the biggest complaints I get from would-be gardeners To which I usually say, “NO WAY!” Gardening doesn’t have to be difficult or hard. In fact, it can be really easy if you know what plants to grow. Native plants are great for those [...]

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