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Annuals, Perennials, & Biennials: A Definition Guide

Annuals, Perennials, & Biennials: A Definition Guide

Knowing what the life cycle of the plant you want to put in your garden is critical for garden planting. Putting perennials in the middle of your annual vegetable beds could be a frustrating thing when it comes time to clean up your beds. And what if you need to till? Having to work around that asparagus you put in the middle of the row of the middle of the garden would be pretty silly. Knowing what you have means you can plan to plant for optimum efficiency, and the least amount of waste.

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Seed Saver's Glossary

Seed Saver's Glossary

Where are you on your seed saving journey? We feel like the key to success and sticking with it is to keep it manageable, and make sure you are having fun! It will be very hard to convince yourself to keep up with it if you lose sight of the forest for the trees. And we are always here to help!

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Crazy Cardoon! A Garden Wonder

Cardoon Flower

What do cardoons look like? The plants resemble giant artichokes, and indeed the two species are closely related. Cardoon is sometimes called artichoke thistle. Some people say cardoon looks like a cross between celery and burdock. The big purple blooms of cardoon are just like thistles, but unlike regular artichokes, which have the flower buds as the edible part, with cardoons it's the stalks.

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What are Persephone Days, and Why Knowing Will Make You a Better Gardener

Persephone by artist Leslie Troisi

Knowing when the Persephone Days begin will help you plan for a green and productive winter garden. I also find this information helpful in knowing when the best time to start my cool season spring plants.
Successful winter gardening is getting a head start. This means knowing when to time plantings so that they will begin to reach maturity when the Persephone Period begins.

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How to Harvest & Preserve Your Herbs To Use All Year Round

How to Harvest & Preserve Your Herbs To Use All Year Round

As the gardening season comes to a close, nature calls us to put away as much as possible to eat over the cold winter. Pickles, tomato sauce, jams, and dried herbs for tea, medicine, and flavoring our foods are all easy and satisfying to accomplish. Here are a handful of useful tips you can use to keep your plants healthy, and get the best quality herbs to last you through the year.

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How to Grow Beets

How to Grow Beets

It seems with beets, folks either love them, or they- don’t love them. I’m of the opinion though that if you think you just don’t like them, then you just haven’t had them in the right preparation. Try fresh raw beets grated on your next salad. Slow roast some with garlic, thyme, and orange zest. (yum!) And don’t forget about those greens! Delicious! Easy to grow, incredibly nutritious, and will add beautiful color to your plate, beets have earned their place in your garden. Plant them!

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How to Grow Cabbage

How to Grow Cabbage

Cabbage deserves more credit! It’s incredibly high in vitamins A, C, and K, and has an impressive amount of calcium, potassium, and folate. The term “superfood” gets thrown around a lot, but in the case of cabbage with its mild flavors, versatility in recipes, and being so easy to grow, cabbage really is super!

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