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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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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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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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Green Beans, Peppers, and the Mystery of the Fallen Corn Stalks

At the beginning of the growing season, it’s hard for me to contain my excitement for that first harvest. I will check my plants daily, sometimes twice, to see if anything is ready to be picked. In August however, I don’t think a day goes by where something is not taken out of the garden. To be honest, it can be somewhat difficult to keep…

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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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