Reluctant Gardener

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Inside: What happens when someone forgets to return the weed whacker? Writer and reluctant gardener Beverly Robertson explains in her guest post.   As I now gaze out my front window and enjoy the view of lilies, hostas, sedum, and … Continued

Simple Organic Fertilizers That Save You Money

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Inside: Make cheap organic fertilizers from what you have around your house and yard and save money. So maybe you’re new to gardening, and the whole prospect of “save money, grow your own food” lured you in to planting your … Continued

Help! The Weeds Have Taken Over my Garden

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Inside: Have the weeds taken over your garden? Here are some simple solutions for taming the jungle. You meant to get to it. Weeding the garden, I mean. But your cousin Sally’s wedding took up one whole weekend, and Billy’s … Continued

Renovating Strawberries the Simple Way

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Inside: Renovating strawberries isn’t difficult–and you’ll be glad you did! Here’s what to do once the harvest is over. You’ve picked berries until you’re seeing them in your sleep, but finally–finally!–the harvest is over. The strawberries are happily tucked into … Continued

Gardening Advice from a Thirty-year Greenhouse Veteran

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This greenhouse veteran is a farm woman, wife, and mother of four and grandmother to nine. She is my personal landscaping consultant, with a wealth of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects and a knack for dealing with plants … Continued

Building a Raised Garden 3 Ways

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Inside: Building a raised garden can be a good option for the home gardener, particularly when resources are limited. Growing up I was surrounded by gardening experts, especially my grandparents. They and everyone else in our area planted garden in much the same way–till up … Continued

Unique Containers for Gardening

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Ah, summertime! So many things to love. Trips to the garden center and plant stands to find some bargains to bring home. And, once home, the challenge of which plants go together and in what pot. Most of my flowers … Continued

My 3 Essential Tips for Growing Strawberries

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Growing strawberries didn’t come easy to me. I’ve been raising the June-bearing variety for about a decade now, and it’s only been the last several years that I’ve finally gotten the hang of it. The problem wasn’t with the berries but rather … Continued

Seedlings: The Sequel

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What a difference a week makes! While I ended up losing many of the previous seedlings, I was able to save most of the tomatoes and some cilantro. I also managed to learn a few things in the process. 1) … Continued

Leggy Seedlings: Don’t Let This Happen to You

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I was thinking of an alternative name for this post, like “Friends don’t let friends garden badly,” but the cautionary warning won out instead. These leggy seedlings look awful, don’t they? I’m embarrassed to even post this. I’ve been growing … Continued

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