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Briefly, here is how I plant potatoes with preschoolers. My preference is to set things up so it is as easy as possible, especially because I’m working with 3-5 year olds.
I help maintain a raised bed garden at a local preschool where the garden animals include not just kids, but also: Squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, rabbits, groundhogs, moles/voles, turkey and deer. For a few years this has meant that any peas, … Continue reading
Spring is here, by date if not by weather, and people are thinking about their lawns. I’m here to show you why you should plant clover.
Butterflyweed, or Asclepias tuberosa, is great for pollinators and a required host for Monarch butterflies, whose caterpillars eat the toxic plant as a way to protect themselves from predators. Many other pollinators, including native solitary bees, flock to the showy … Continue reading
The recent warm winter weather provided a good opportunity to do my simple and free winter fertilization of the raspberries with coffee, and a favorite raspberry coffee cake recipe. A few years ago, the area where these raspberries grow was … Continue reading
There are two important things to know about winter composting in places like Massachusetts: 1. Winter composting is possible and requires little more than frequent additions. 2. If your compost freezes over, which is normal, that is NOT A PROBLEM! The pile will restart once … Continue reading
Autumn’s garbage provides a wealth of opportunities for next year’s garden. Not just leaves, but pumpkins and potted plants, too. (But leave the straw bale.)
Garlic is one of the greatest crops to grow because it requires so little effort, and the results are delicious. Don’t be frightened by the number of bullet items below – the whole process takes me 45 minutes, including planting … Continue reading
Completely Updated 9/25/2016: Nobody wants rats in their compost. There are a few ways to get them to scram, and a few other ways to keep them from ever getting in, with varying degrees of cost and difficulty. Let’s start with the … Continue reading