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Strawberries, Pests, and a Secret Weapon

June 2018

When someone brings up early summer or says “it’s June”, my mind immediately goes to strawberries. What an incredible berry. I don’t know about you, but the flavorful bite that these red berries pack is enough to make even a child smile. In fact a couple of friends of ours have a child who recently crushed a tupperware container of them like Popeye eating spinach…

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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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4 Ways To Preserve Strawberries

A few posts back I talked entirely about strawberries. This time of the year, strawberries are incredibly abundant and affordable. I challenged many of you to head out to your nearest U-Pick to get a bucket of strawberries and if you are like me, you “accidentally” picked many more than you could ever hoped to eat fresh. I for one, hardly expected to end up…

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June 11, 2017

All About Strawberries

As we move to the end of spring, June happens to be one of my favorite months when it comes to the garden. The reason for this, hands down, goes to the ripening of strawberries. It only happens for a few weeks, but when it does I can not get enough. For those of you who have never tried fresh strawberries from the garden, you…

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May 28, 2017

Planting Everything

It is Memorial Day weekend and for many gardeners in my neck of the woods, that means planting time. This weekend is generally a good indicator that the worst is behind us as far as the weather goes (hopefully). I can’t say for sure that there haven’t been any freak accidents where in the first week of June a blanket of snow had fallen, or…

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May 14, 2017

Minor Damage

This time of year can be exceptionally challenging for the Midwestern gardener. It is a time when fragile cold weather crops are transplanted in the garden. And when other seeds are started or poking out of the ground. There is a lot happening that is for sure. Timing can be crucial. Too early and plants can die from frost, too late and with some plants…

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April 21, 2017

We are now halfway through April and Spring is in full swing. Things are coming to life and you can definitely tell the season is here to stay. Being that I am in Zone 5b however, it isn’t uncommon to get a late snowfall in May, so not everything can be planted such as tomatoes and peppers. Here is a little incite into what has…

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