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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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Wicked Plants, Grow Pellets and SucraShield

June 7th, 2009 · No Comments · Book Reviews, Gardening News, Insects, organic gardening

• ‘Wicked Plants’ by Amy Stewart (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2009).  Ms. Stewart has delivered another exciting page-turner in the area of horticultural reads.  Following her successful foray into the worldwide cut flower business in ‘Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers” and her fabulous journey into [...]

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Easy to Grow Broccoli, Cauliflower & Cabbage

May 4th, 2009 · No Comments · Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Container gardening, Insects, Vegetable Gardening

Growing broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage in the vegetable garden or containers is easy to do.  You can buy plants or raise them from seed.  Try growing your own if you want lots of choices when it comes to varieties.  Start the seeds indoors 4-5 weeks before you’d like to set them out.  Older transplants won’t [...]

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WonderSoil, Food-Growing Encyclopedia, StrawPots & Super Plums

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Book Reviews, Container gardening, Gardening News, Healthy Gardener, Insects, Plums

•WonderSoil is by far the best soilless potting mix I have ever used.  It is a dehydrated, compressed medium that quickly expands 10 to 12 times in volume when water is added.  It is made up of a combination of coconut coir, worm castings, kelp, mycorrhizal fungi, water-holding polymers and organic micro-nutrients.  Seedlings germinate quickly [...]

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Deadly Enemy of Japanese Beetles: the Tachinid Fly

April 8th, 2009 · 4 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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How to Care For a Vegetable Garden

March 2nd, 2009 · No Comments · Composting & Fertilizers, Insects, Irrigation, Plant Diseases, Vegetable Gardening

Irrigation – Make sure you understand the watering needs of each crop you’re growing.  Watering at root level is the best method of irrigation because it prevent rot problems and saves a huge amount of water.  Lay soaker hoses or drip lines when creating your garden or add them later.

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Vegetable Garden Tips & Tricks

March 2nd, 2009 · No Comments · Composting & Fertilizers, Container gardening, Insects, Landscape Design, Plant Diseases, Vegetable Gardening

Thinning – Many vegetables must be thinned to be productive.  Thinning simply means removing seedlings so the remaining ones have room to grow.  Carrots are number one on this list.  No matter how careful you are when seeding, too many carrot plants will pop up.  Take the time to carefully pull the extras until each [...]

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