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April Showers and May Vegetables

May 2018 Update

One of my favorite seasons has arrived, and with it the first life of the season. This spring has been particularly difficult. In fact, the way we went from freezing cold temperatures to summer like weather deceivingly makes me feel like we missed it! It is always incredible to watch as spring rain coats plants and in essence begins to paint the landscape green. You…

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Strength Training for Your Plants

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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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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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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Five Tools For Starting A Garden

“I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.” – Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes If you had seen me come inside from the garden the other night, you would believe I was living by that quote. I was out kneeling in and around the boxes pulling out some very resilient weeds. Being that…

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Three Fruit Tree Fails

Who doesn’t love fresh fruit directly from the source? I personally am a huge fan. You can really tell the difference between an apple bought from a generic grocery store and that of a freshly sourced one from a tree. It is because of this fact that I have begun growing my own fruit trees. Currently, I have been growing two apple trees (Wolf River…

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