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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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Got allergies? Fight them naturally…in the garden!

Many of us suffer from allergies as the seasons change. Before you pop another allergy pill, try a few of these natural remedies you can grow in your own back yard garden. Fight Allergies With Foods. Have you ever eaten anything really spicy and noticed that your sinuses seem to open right up? It’s more [...]

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The Power of ProtoGrow in Pictures – Harvest time

ProtoGrow has really delivered this growing season. Where I live, we’ve had rain – some say too much rain – and many crops have suffered and rotted from the overabundance of water. But my garden? It’s overflowing with produce. And I know ProtoGrow has something to do with it since it is the only thing [...]

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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 Ways to Water Your Garden Well

The dog days of summer. It’s hot, hot, hot. Your plants need adequate water to survive in the heat. Here are a few tips to help you water your garden well. 1.  Check the soil. Before watering, check the soil moisture. Push a finger into the ground, a few inches deep. If the soil feels dry, [...]

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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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Happy (Food) Independence Day!

It’s July 4th and freedom-lovers all over America are celebrating. And with good reason, too. But beyond the barbecues, pool parties, and fireworks displays, this Independence Day, I’d like to encourage you to take a few minutes and think about your own personal freedoms and your REAL independence. How free are you? Really? How much [...]

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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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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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