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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 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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Help! I’ve Got Squash Bugs

It is the bug that no gardener wants to find munching on their plants – Squash Bugs. While they look similar to the stink bug, they are a different critter. Left unchecked, they will damage and devour your plants leaving nothing but destruction in their wake. A small infestation will wilt and damage your plants, [...]

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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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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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ProtoGrow in Pictures: Square-Foot Garden

Mike in North Carolina sent us these pictures of his suburban square-foot herb and veggie garden. Mike began using ProtoGrow this spring for the first time, and is very pleased with the results he’s getting.   Mike wrote to us: “This year I had the greenest, healthiest, and most prolific lettuce harvests I’ve ever had. We’ve [...]

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