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Raised Beds for the Veggie Garden

February 5th, 2013 · No Comments · Container gardening, DIY Projects & Tool Talk, Food Gardening, organic gardening, Raised beds, Soil, Vegetable Gardening

  The depth of your raised bed depends on what you want to grow and what is underneath. If you already have decent garden soil, you can get away with a shallower bed, say 5-6 inches deep, since larger crops like tomatoes will send roots into the ground below. The same is true of root crops […]

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Raised Garden Bed Review

November 7th, 2012 · No Comments · Container gardening, DIY Projects & Tool Talk, Food Gardening, organic gardening, Product reviews, Raised beds, Vegetable Gardening

I was a confirmed in-the-ground veggie gardener until last season. That was when I decided to trial several types of commercially-produced raised beds.  My goodness, what a difference they made to both the beauty of my garden and my harvest! In no particular order, I’m going to tell you about the products of five different […]

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Chickens in my Garden

March 8th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Chickens, DIY Projects & Tool Talk, Food Gardening, Insects, Vegetable Gardening

For several years I’ve been dreaming of having fat, healthy hens running around in my vegetable garden.  My dream is about to come true.  Why would I want to keep chickens you may ask.  Here are a few reasons. Fresh organic eggs are my prime motivation.  To eat a flavorful egg with a deep orange yolk (that’s […]

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Grafted Tomatoes

March 12th, 2011 · 12 Comments · Food Gardening, Gardening News, Tomatoes, Vegetable Gardening

You may have heard the buzz that is going around about the latest thing in tomatoes – grafted tomato plants.  Why is this a good thing?  Simple.  Grafting your favorite tomato onto the right rootstock can result in a stronger, healthier, better yielding plant.  One that may require the use of less pesticide.  Good for […]

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Growing Basil the Easy Way

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Cooking & Recipes, Food Gardening, herbs, organic gardening, Vegetable Gardening

Growing basil is high on my garden list of priorities because I love pesto.  Defrosting a container in mid-winter, releasing the rich basil aroma, transports me right back to my sun-filled veggie garden in summer.  Beside using it on pasta, try it as a yummy sandwich spread, raw veggie dip or corn chowder spicer-upper.  Since […]

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New People’s Garden on the National Mall

April 22nd, 2009 · No Comments · Food Gardening, Gardening News, Vegetable Gardening

The gardening bug has really taken Washington DC by storm!  Not only is Michelle Obama growing her own food garden at the White House, but the US Department of Agriculture will showcase sustainability at the new six acre People’s Garden on the National Mall. 

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Something New In Blueberries – ‘Pink Lemonade’

April 14th, 2009 · 25 Comments · Berries, Cooking & Recipes, Food Gardening, Fruit

Briggs Nursery, a wholesale grower from Elma, Washington, has announced a new introduction for 2009, a true first in blueberries.  The scientific name is Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’.   Briggs is trying hard to get enough of these plants to the trade, but they inform me that gardeners will probably have to wait till the 2010 […]

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Earthworms in the Garden

April 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Book Reviews, Composting & Fertilizers, Food Gardening, Soil, Vegetable Gardening

Earthworms in the garden are one of the best indicators of soil health and vitality.  They are the original recyclers, turning garden waste, grass clippings and even sand into food for your plants.  These little wrigglers ingest their own weight daily and expel nutrient and mineral rich castings which will keep everything from carrots to […]

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Deadly Enemy of Japanese Beetles: the Tachinid Fly

April 8th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Food Gardening, Insects, Vegetable Gardening

One of the unsung predatory heroes of the garden which works diligently to keep the bad bug population down is the Tachinid fly.  Out of more than 8,200 known species, nearly 1,300 reside in North America today.  

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Grow Winter Squash for Storage

April 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Cooking & Recipes, Food Gardening, Vegetable Gardening, Winter Squash

Like other food gardeners, I enjoy eating sun-warmed tomatoes picked ripe off the vine and crisp greens harvested in the cool of the evening, but yesterday as I was preparing my favorite roast veggie dish, I thought about the lowly winter squash.  The name says it all,  this is not a vegetable to be enjoyed […]

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