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Right now is a good time to harvest garlic.  Braiding it then hanging it in a cool, dark place is a great way to store it for later. First dry the garlic until the leaves are limp and the outside of the bulb is getting papery. Gently brush off the dirt and trim the roots off.  […]

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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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Guest post by Ali Clarke It is estimated that barely 5% of American children meet the requirements on exercise, sleep and screen time — with almost 30% falling short of all recommendations. Although children from all walks of life are falling prey to technological overloads, it is especially those living in some of the bigger cities across […]

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By Ali Clarke With bees pollinating 90% of the world’s flowering plant species, and therefore responsible for one third of the foods in our diet, the last decade or so of declining bee numbers is a real source of concern.  In countries such as China, workforces are being employed to do the work of bees, at a […]

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Growing garlic is very easy and is a great thing to plant if you have big summer plans that are going to keep you out of the garden. There are softneck and hardneck varieties of garlic; the softneck grow best in a colder climate and are easy to braid.  I usually do some of both.  […]

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With shorter days, cool winds and rainy weather it’s time to put part of my garden to bed for the winter.  I am sad to let summer with its glorious brilliance go but the soil needs to rest and rebuild.  I have a few plots planted with winter herbs and vegetables and will soon plant […]

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Dahlias!

These showy flowers are very easy to grow from tubers planted in the spring and they brighten up the mid-summer garden with amazing blooms. Thanks to The Garden Hotline for this great info: “Dahlias ARE edible! The petals from the flowers are delicious in salads. They taste like a sweet lettuce. They do not keep […]

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By Garrettt Okrasinski Carrots are simply fun to grow. As the green stalks get bigger it fill my garden and my anticipation of chomping into a fresh carrot builds! Then I pull them and they are nothing like I imagined. This year my carrots are odd twisted and leggy looking. Oh well! The twists and […]

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Along with having a beautiful name Love in the Mist or Nigella damascena has many other uses.  This native to southern Europe self seeds prolifically so be ready to weed or put it in a place where it can run wild. With its deep jewel tones it’s easy to see how this flower has been popular […]

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