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I had a chance to visit the Beacon Food Forest yesterday.  The forest and the P-Patch are in full bloom with promise of a great harvest to come.  This was my first visit to the site in a while and is pretty amazing to see what the volunteers have accomplished. The forest is a seven […]

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Cabbage Worms

By Garrett Okrasinski Sitting at my desk today, I looked out horrified to see two white moths flying around. “Cabbage moth” “Cabbage butterfly” or Pieris rapae, though some may think they look beautiful flying around the garden is actually a huge pest. Cabbage moths get their name from its notorious munching on your cabbage, broccoli, […]

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Flowering Rhubarb!

By Garrett Okrasinski Last year I planted a new rhubarb plant and excitingly awaited for it to grown large enough to make my favorite strawberry rhubarb pie. However, I was upset to hear that rhubarb take at least a year until it is large enough and producing beautiful stalks for consumption. So patiently I tended […]

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So what is all this rain doing to your garden loving heart?  Are you just itching to get out and plant something?  Well here are some ways to calm that itch through indoor seed starting, using Reemay floating row cover and setting up some plastic covered hoop beds. Now is a good time for cold season starts and, if […]

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Seed Starting

Here’s some more information on starting seeds.  Right now is a great time to get seeds going for warm season crops like tomatoes and for cool season crops that need a little boost like collards.  While cool season crops can be direct sowed soon I find that doing starts let’s me get a bit of a […]

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This year’s warm weather has brought the flowers out in full glory.    

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When I first started gardening I tossed seeds in the soil and hoped they would grow. Over the years I’ve grown a bit more scientific and have added a pH testing kit to my set of tools. The pH scale measures how acidic or basic something is. Seven is neutral–numbers less than seven are acidic while numbers greater are […]

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This year is a warm one so far and it’s hard not to succumb to the lure of the seed catalogs and rush out and plant everything.  Unfortunately this may lead to a lot of rotten seed in the ground and a need to replant. To avoid this disappointment it’s important to read the package […]

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My soil certainly looked good; rich brown, crumbly with a nice loamy smell but what was really there? Do I have lead in my soil? Does it have nutrients to grow healthy plants? This year I finally got my trowel out, shot out of the house on a cold February day and dug up samples from several […]

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I just trimmed my redwood dogwoods to get basket making supplies and decided to use the larger branches to make a border for a flower and herb bed.            

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