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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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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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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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Making the Most of Your Tomato Plants

Before too long, it will be tomato harvesting time! For now, your tomatoes are planted, they are beginning to grow and you can’t wait to taste those first fruits of tomato heaven… Here are a few best-practice gardening tips to make sure you get the most out of your tomato crop: 1. WATER Your tomatoes [...]

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Growing a Nutritional Garden at Home

What kinds of veggies will you be growing in your garden this year? Most of us pick vegetables we like or that we know our families will eat, and that’s a wise choice. However, we don’t always put enough thought into what vegetables we should grow for our bodies and our nutritional health. This year, [...]

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Any way you slice it…nothing beats a homegrown heirloom tomato!

Juicy. Robust. Mouthwatering. Just a few words that come to mind when I think about my homegrown heirloom tomatoes. When I was a new gardener about twelve years ago, I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about. “Tomatoes? Sure, I’ve eaten them before. Fresh from the grocery-store produce aisle. What’s the big deal?” Well, after [...]

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