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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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Start Seeds Indoors and Save Money

January 16th, 2013 · No Comments · Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, seed starting, Tomatoes, Vegetable Gardening, Winter Squash

Nine important tips for starting veggie and flower seeds indoors including containers, planting media, light, warmth and water requirements, hardening-off, extending seasons, row covers & more.

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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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Save Water in the Garden

May 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Container gardening, Irrigation, Vegetable Gardening

Here are a number of ways to save water in the garden.  If you think of more, please comment below and share them with all of us. Compost – Amending your garden or container soil with lots of organic compost will help build the water-holding capacity of that soil reducing run-off. Mulch – Use at […]

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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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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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Garden News & Notes

April 21st, 2009 · No Comments · Berries, Book Reviews, Fruit, Gardening News, Travel, Vegetable Gardening

• Berry Compound Reduces Aging Effects:  In a study of aged rats done by USDA researchers at the Agricultural Research Service it was found that a diet rich in the berry and grape compound pterostilbene “reversed measurable negative effects of aging on brain function and behavioral performance”. The report goes on to further state that […]

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