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Get a Great Seed Catalog

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, besides Christmas (which I love) it is also seed catalog season. That means gardeners everywhere are anticipating the arrival of piles and piles of seed catalogs. We’ve been dreaming about our spring gardens ever since we put the trowel up back in the fall…and now we [...]

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Grow Garlic This Year

Garlic is one of my favorite things to grow in the garden. It’s easy to grow, requires little maintenance, and rewards you with delicious flavor for months on end after its harvest. Garlic is also wildly versatile – the delicious taste gives it many culinary uses and it’s medicinal properties can’t be missed either. You [...]

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September Gardening Chores

Fall is coming! Depending on where you live, September can still feel like summer, or it can have a dramatic cool down. Either way, there is plenty of gardening chores to be done. 1.  Plant something for fall. Like colorful mums. A pot of fall mums on the porch with a few pumpkins makes any [...]

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End of Summer Garden Clean Up

As the end of the summer growing season comes to a close, you may want to complete a few chores so you’ll be ready to go when spring rolls around again. That is, unless you are growing a fall garden! Harvest what’s left in the garden…to the very last drop. Don’t let it go to [...]

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Ways to Save Your Garden Bounty

Thanks to ProtoGrow, my garden is growing like crazy…which means it is also producing like crazy. (That all-natural fertilizer really does work!) This was the scene around my house yesterday: BEFORE…   AND AFTER…   Folks, I canned 20 quarts of what we call “spicy tomatoes.” They are a perfect base for your fall and winter [...]

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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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Zucchini Overload!

As a brand new gardener, I planted just six zucchini plants – with the misguided thinking they would produce just a few zucchini for our family, and perhaps not even enough to enjoy a decent harvest. Boy was I wrong. My six little zucchini plants turned into what could only be described as a replica [...]

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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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The #1 Secret to Harvesting Veggies for Best Flavor

All fruits and vegetables have their own ways of telling us exactly when they are ready to harvest. Learning to recognize these signs and following some easy harvesting tips will guarantee you have the most mouthwatering, best tasting, and freshest food possible. Picking your fruits and veggies too early could mean the difference between having perfectly [...]

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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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