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How to Harden Transplants

If you have a sun room, green house, or a really large south facing window area – I am jealous. Jealous because starting seeds in real sunlight is so much easier than starting them under artificial sunlight. By easier, I mean the transition from indoors to out in the garden. Plants that are started and grown for the first weeks of their life indoors are…

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Automate Your Indoor Grow Room – Power

There is a huge benefit to growing plants outside, and that is the fact that you do not have to go out and turn the sun on each day. The sun is there every day, no matter what, even if clouds are blocking it. When you are growing plants indoors however, there is no sun. You are the sun. My first days indoor gardening taught…

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How To Prune Tomato and Pepper Transplants For Maximum Harvest

When you have shorter hair like I do, you tend to need your haircut quite frequently. For me, it seems that whenever I get mine cut, my hair comes back stronger and quicker than ever. This is not scientifically proven, but it’s a comment my stylist and I make almost every time I’m there. Let’s hope as I get older, this continues to be true!…

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Why You Should Plan This Year’s Garden Today

A successful garden is a planned garden. I can’t count how many times I’ve spoken with would be gardeners who’ve said, “I would love to start a garden this year, but do not know where to start”. Or they attempted their first garden – bought plants, tools, and soil – only to have everything mysteriously die or never grow. Unfortunately, I think this is one…

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Winter Indoor Garden

Winter has arrived. And boy has it brought some cold weather with it. Christmas Day started a multi-day stretch of below zero temperatures and I can tell you there are very few things moving, let alone growing outside. Impatient gardeners like myself move indoors and continue gardening wherever we can find space. For me, this is a small 6 foot x 5 foot area in…

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2017 Vegetable Garden Totals

This year was the first year that I’ve ever tracked how much came out of the garden by weight. Normally, I’m fairly meticulous about what is being planted and where, but I’ve never taken the time to measure my efforts. And although it was quite tedious to weigh everything (especially the thousands of ground cherries) I thoroughly enjoyed the results. When I set out to…

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Closing the Vegetable Garden

The time has come to close up the vegetable garden. The holidays are close and the temperature is starting to drop. Not to mention the sun goes down by 5 o’clock these days. It is around this time that I remove out any remaining plants and bring the garden into a state of rest until next spring. Sure I could continue to try and grow…

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No Dig – Fall Bed Preparation

One of the great benefits of gardening with a “no dig” approach is that the end of the growing season is really where most of the work for the year happens. For me, it comes down to three things: removing plants, adding compost, and adding leaves. Compost is really the key element to this whole thing. Between Spring and Fall I save most of my…

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September Garden Update

For whatever reason it seems that whenever Labor Day finishes the weather starts to take a dive. Just as anticipated, the temperature has now dropped and is consistently staying in the mid 60 degrees. It already feels like fall. Around this time I begin to slow the garden down. At least the summer crops start getting the axe while the fall crops kick in. Recently…

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Harvest, Harvest, and More Harvesting

Coming to the end of August the weather is beginning to reach that point where it’s either really hot, or feels like fall. The days are even starting to get shorter. It’s around this time that the garden has reached its peak and is transitioning from summer crops to cold weather autumn plants like carrots, cabbage, and spinach. However a majority of our time is…

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