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Seed Potatoes and How To Plant Potatoes In A Raised Bed

March 25, 2015 – 8:14 am
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What’s A Seed Potato?
The first time I ever heard someone talking about planting potatoes from seed, I wondered to myself, “Where are the seeds in potatoes? I’ve never seen seeds.” I was completely serious. I …

March 2015: Garden

March 22, 2015 – 10:40 am
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The cold weather crops are planted. Here’s what the start of our 2015 garden looks like.

Grow Your Own Tea Garden

January 30, 2015 – 6:33 pm
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Here are a few plants I’m growing in our tea garden, to provide us with a variety of herbal teas to enjoy hot or cold.

Winterizing Fruit and Nut Trees

January 13, 2015 – 8:08 am
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Two easy steps to take to protect your young fruit and nut trees through the cold winter months and into the coming year.

Fig Trees and Chicken Manure

October 29, 2014 – 9:06 am
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It’s amazing what difference a little chicken manure can make!

Hornworms & Braconid Wasps: Nature’s Organic Pest Control

September 10, 2014 – 1:00 am
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Hornworms can be devastating to your tomato or pepper plants. Here’s one awesome way Nature takes care of them for you!

Squash Planting Mistakes, and Killing Squash Bugs Naturally

July 8, 2014 – 11:30 am
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A few lessons learned in the cucurbit patch this year. Plus, a few organic methods I use for controlling squash bugs naturally.

How and When To Harvest and Store Carrots

June 15, 2014 – 12:54 pm
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Here’s how to know when it’s the right time to harvest your carrots, how to harvest them properly, and what to do with them to keep them fresh longer. Plus, an experiment in cellaring them in a cool crawl space under the house.

June 2014: In The Garden

June 8, 2014 – 12:47 pm
dragon carrot

Here’s an update on how my garden is doing so far. I think this has been my best garden year to date! Lots of lessons in what to do and what NOT to do this month.

Garden Pests: Grapevine Moth Caterpillar

May 22, 2014 – 3:17 pm
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I discovered a new garden pest on my grapevines this morning. Here’s what I’ve learned about this pesky caterpillar, and what I’m doing to control it organically.

May 2014: In The Garden

May 2, 2014 – 12:43 pm
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A quick peak into my garden as it looks right now.

Pruning Grape Vines… and Leaking Cuts

April 15, 2014 – 6:30 am
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Timing is essential when pruning grape vines. Get it wrong, and “bleeding” will occur. (As I found out the hard way.)

How To Plant Peas

March 28, 2014 – 7:54 am
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We love picking fresh peas and eating them right off the vine. Here’s how easy it is to plant your own peas…

Cat Proofing The Garden

March 23, 2014 – 8:05 am
cat proofing garden

Cats can be a real pain in the garden. Here’s what I do to keep them from digging up my freshly planted beds.

Fruit Tree Diseases. Black Rot and Frogeye Leafspot.

March 14, 2014 – 7:07 am
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Last year I noticed signs that something was wrong with my fruit trees. I think I’ve diagnosed the problem, and am working on eradicating the disease. (Advice welcomed!!)

Starting Seeds With A Soil Blocker

March 5, 2014 – 10:04 am
starting seeds

I’m trying something new this year for starting my seeds: Soil Block Makers. Here are my thoughts on the product and my experience so far. (Hint: LOVE THEM!)