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Black Friday for gardeners




I was going to post a bunch of Black Friday deals for gardeners here but it is going to be easier for me to post them at Allium Fields on Facebook instead, so please look there. As I said there: … Continue reading






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Black Friday 2017 – Dripworks




I’m going to post a few Black Friday offerings over the next few days from garden-related places I like. If you’ve got any to add, feel free to drop them in the comments or drop me a line.   Dripworks is … Continue reading






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Pumpkin recycling stations map 2017




For several years I’ve had a Pumpkin Recycling Station after Halloween so people who don’t want their pumpkins to cause more harm can drop them off and I will compost them. (I take gourds and potted mums as well.) This year, a … Continue reading






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Are street leaves safe to use in compost or as mulch?




The easiest leaves to collect are usually on hard surfaces. That makes street leaves very easy to collect, but that doesn’t mean you should use them.






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Beauty in the rain




I mostly share photos on Facebook, but yesterday’s rain was a great opportunity for photography and I want to share some here as well. I found many bumble bees that had spent the night in the garden, several trying to … Continue reading






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Mow, don’t rake




What would you say if I told you that the world’s leading sellers of lawn fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides suggest mowing leaves into your lawn as a way to improve nutrition, add organic material and promote disease resistance? You can … Continue reading






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How to prepare for frost




Frost is forecast – here is a quick list of you NEED to do and what you SHOULD do.   What you NEED to do: Pay your bills in order to avoid late fees. Prepare supper. I recommend soup or stew … Continue reading






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Saving butterflyweed seeds




Finding Asclepias tuberosa or Butterflyweed seed pods is relatively easy. Getting the seeds without a load of the white “silks,” however, can be a bit more difficult unless you know how to open and hold the pod for seed saving.






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Potato bags, bins and harvests




This is half of our potato crop. At home we grow them in potato “bags” made of polypropylene. At schools and other places we grow them in storage containers with holes drilled in them.  One great thing about this method … Continue reading






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Hold onto your parsley, people!




Now is the time to harvest and quickly preserve lots of parsley for winter soups (and soup stocks). Sure, parsley will survive much cooler weather, but as the daylight wanes and cooler daytime temps become the norm, the aesthetic appeal … Continue reading






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