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Raised Bed Gardening

March 12, 2019
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RAISED BEDS For years I grew all my vegetables and flowers for bouquets in earth beds. Stooping, leaning, working on my knees, sometimes using those cute little knee-pads was fine when I was in my twenties, thirties and even into my forties. But these days, raised beds are more my style. WHY A RAISED BED […]

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TIME TO CRANK UP YOUR SEED STARTING MACHINE

February 19, 2019
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Hard to believe when you look out the window that it’s less than 60 days from spring. That can only mean one thing for a veggie gardener: time to crank up your seed starting machine. Get organized to start those seeds that need a head start before the ground warms. The same prep goes for […]

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GARDEN INSPIRATION

January 7, 2019
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January is a good time to step back and take stock of your 2018 gardening year. What worked and what didn’t, taking into account the weather that was thrown — literally! — at us. What with record-breaking rainfall in some areas, eight tornadoes in Connecticut, and the usual summer heat and humidity, we all have […]

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TAKING CARE OF HOLIDAY PLANTS

December 10, 2018
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With the holiday season in full swing, it’s likely you’ll have a few new houseplants that weren’t there before December: poinsettias, Christmas cactus, amaryllis, etc. So now what?   Rule number one is to keep these plants away from any others that you already have until you’re convinced that they didn’t bring any insects or […]

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LEAVE THE LEAVES AND A GARDENER’S THANKS

November 12, 2018
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Fallen leaves are a fall bounty which I treasure. To say they are useful is an understatement. In smaller pieces, leaves break down quickly to dispense their trace minerals to feed beneficial microbes and earthworms in the soil. You can use a garden blower that converts to a shredder and shred as many leaves as […]

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LAST CALL FOR SEED SAVING

October 12, 2018
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By now, many gardeners are well along on their seasonal activity of saving seeds. If you haven’t started yet, you have a few weeks left to get on the bandwagon. It’s a rewarding and cost saving practice that’s been around for ages. Heirloom varieties we enjoy today are the result of someone taking the time […]

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GET READY FOR FALL

September 13, 2018
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Although you can’t tell it by our temperatures, fall is just around the corner. September is a little early to dive into the typical fall chores of pruning and tool maintenance, but it’s just the right time to do some “fallscaping.” The veggie gardeners can be planting their “second season” gardens and getting ready to […]

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BUSTING GARDEN MYTHS

August 8, 2018
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Anecdotal information from another gardener, maybe a snippet overheard when strolling in a garden, kernels of wisdom that have somehow become truths in your gardening world. I hear a lot of these so I thought I’d share some with you and give you the straight scoop.   MYTH 1: When it comes to fertilizer, pesticides […]

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HIGH TIME FOR HYDRANGEAS

July 16, 2018
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From late June and beyond, it’s high time for hydrangeas! By then, your plants – in a normal year – should be flowering. Are yours showing their traditional big blue flowers this year like the one in this photo? Maybe yes, maybe no? Why is that? There are two main reasons big leaf hydrangeas (macrophyllas) […]

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PERENNIALS THAT CAN TAKE THE HEAT

June 13, 2018
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We’re not too far from the hottest days of summer so you still have time to get your garden ready to look its best and survive those dog days. But exactly how do you do that? Add color with some perennials that can take the heat and laugh at those hot dry conditions. If deer […]

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