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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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Compost volunteers in the garden




Composting rarely kills off all tomato and squash seeds. This is one reason that municipal yard waste programs don’t want you to place your pumpkins in yard waste. If you don’t want the “volunteer” tomato and squash plants that pop … Continue reading






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Maple leaves have fallen and we’re all going to live




This is a follow up to the recent post “maple leaves falling and we’re all going to die.” Turns out, stories of our imminent death may have been premature. I was able to contact Professor George Hudler of Cornell for … Continue reading






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Our apple harvest




Every other year we typically get a great apple harvest from our Gala tree. What you’re looking at is this year’s harvest, in a plastic bag in the trash can.






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Maple leaves are falling and we’re all going to die




I’ve received a lot of questions about the diseased Maple leaves falling early and whether they’re safe to compost. I’m terrible at this whole “don’t give an answer right away in order to drag readers along” so here’s the short … Continue reading






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We keep our harvest, but we don’t can




  By this time in the season many people have pulled out their ball jars, boiled their lids and are well on their way to filling their pantry with home preserved goods. We’re not doing any of that, and that’s … Continue reading






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