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Starting Peppers and Eggplants from Seed

Posted: February 23, 2017

Peppers (both hot and sweet) and Eggplants are two crops from the Solanaceae family that have similar seed starting characteristics and are generally started around the same time. They are both frost sensitive annuals which require a fairly long and hot growing season. For this reason, they are starting indoors under controlled conditions and.....
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June Gardening Flea Beatle Damage On Eggplants for Summer Planting

June in the Garden

Posted: June 7, 2016

The changing seasons are always bittersweet for me and so are the progressions of my garden throughout the year. Now that the warming temperatures of June are here, the greens that I enjoyed in early spring are beginning to bolt and become bitter. It is with mixed feelings that I rip those plants out to make room for warm season crops. Now is the time I direct-seed things such as beans, .....
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Rhubarb Stalks Ready for Eating

It’s Time To Get Your Rhubarb On!

Posted: April 12, 2016

If you’ve thought about growing rhubarb but never done it…right now is the perfect time to get started. Right now means, ideally, a cool spring. For rhubarb is a cold-loving plant, able to survive and even thrive in sub-zero temperatures, and in .....
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Cilantro is a great cool weather herb

Cilantro Just Gets Better

Posted: March 29, 2016

Did you ever try growing cilantro, only to have it bolt quickly to seed? After all, the rap on cilantro is: “It just bolts.” So what! I say, let it bolt. Cilantro is a great friend in my garden because I have let it do its own thing for several years in a row.....
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Winter Density is a cold tolerant lettuce

A Winter Density Lettuce Trial

Posted: March 8, 2016

Last fall the folks at Sow True Seed asked me to “trial” some Winter Density lettuce and try to capture it on film. So, in my typical Xtreme Gardening style — sow seeds any time that the ground isn’t frozen hard — I ended up putting a packet of seeds in the ground around the first of November. That’s late! But I really wanted to see how that beautifully named lettuce would do in the coldest conditions. See if and when it would germinate. The r.....
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Hatched Monarch Butterfly

The Great Milkweed Germination Test

Posted: February 10, 2016

Tips for Growing Milkweed from Seed  One of the best ways to attract monarch butterflies to your garden and help reverse their declining numbers is to plant milkweed.  In addition to providing nectar for numerous other species of pollinators, milkweed is the host plant for monarchs.  This means milkweed provides the baby food for baby butterflies (caterpillars).  Since a hungry monarch caterpillar increases its body mass about 2000 times as it grows, the more mil.....
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Echinacea Purple Conflowers from Sow True Seed

New Year Gardening Resolutions

Posted: January 1, 2016

For me, part of what makes gardening fun is the element of change that seems to go hand in hand with every season. This keeps me interested and challenged- two things that I require in my hobbies. Every New Year’s Eve, millions of resolutions are made by millions of optimistic people, and I am certainly one of them. Along with personal resolutions, (exercise more, do the dishes BEFORE I can no longer see the sink), I also make gardening resolutions. Here are a few that have served me we.....
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