Category: Garden

Cutworms — How to Keep Them OFF Your Plants

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If you’ve gardened for any length of time, you’ve probably come across many little creatures — some welcome and others unwelcome.  The unwelcome guest we deal with in our garden in the spring is the cutworm.  It’s a larva for…

Elderberry Propagation

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Ever wonder how you can get more elderberry bushes, or share some of yours with someone?  It may be easier than you think!  Follow these simple steps to increase your stock by using clippings from an existing bush. Find new…

To Bee or Not to Bee?? Spring Update 2016

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There’s something about taking a big loss that makes you step back and think about what you’re really doing with your life.  We had a rough fall when we lost our honey bees and chickens, and there wasn’t much that…

Greens Gardening

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Spring is well underway and I have been getting my hands dirty preparing our shade garden!  A couple years ago I learned that many, if not most, salad greens and similar plants grow well in the shade.  I have a…

Winter Corn Harvest…sort of…

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Yes, it’s still winter.  Still very snowy.  Still very cold.  And I’m elbow-deep in corn.  Last summer, our corn did fantastic, but we had a bag full of corn that was too ripe for eating, so I decided to just…

Garden, Bees, Hens, & Thieves

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What a crazy-busy fall we have had around here!  Sports, marching band, sick kids, church stuff, and work — whew!  I managed to sneak in a fall update for you on a few other things.  For starters, our garden is…

Tomato Worms Vs. Black Light

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This is a re-do or second attempt of a previous post and video.  Last year we used an incandescent black light bulb to find tomato worms and it worked okay.  Someone told me that using a florescent bulb would work…

Garden Update & Pulling Suckers

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It’s mid-July 2014 and we are off to a great start with our garden!  Our indoor seed starting went very well and we were fortunate to not experience frost damage in May or June.  The weather can be unpredictable in…

Spring Fruit Tree Pruning

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Early spring is the right time to prune most trees, and this year is my first try.  I was a little nervous, but I got it done and I’m pretty sure I didn’t kill my trees.  We planted some fruit…

Felt Board Garden Plannner

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If you went to Sunday School in the 1980’s or earlier, you may remember your teacher using a felt story board to tell Bible stories.  What’s this got to do with garden planning?  I want to use the same type…

Grow Light Revamp & Spring Update

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We can’t sit around and wait for the piles of snow to melt this spring before we start our preparations for this year’s growing season.  There are plenty of things that can be done indoors, and this is what I’ve…

Saving Pepper Plants Through Winter

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If you ever have a “less young” person give you advice about something that they have a lifetime of experience in, take notice, take notes, and take a chance that they might know what they’re talking about.  This past summer…