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Easy compost turning with video




Turning compost can be difficult for people with limited upper body strength, a bad back or limited height, depending on the style compost unit you use. Plunging a pitchfork or shovel into a pile is easy, but lifting that material may … Continue reading






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Garlic: Eight good years




“You can’t always get what you want.” For eight years I’ve been growing all my own garlic, for consumption and “seed” garlic to grow the next year’s crop. Garlic is, as I’ve said previously, one of the easiest and enjoyable … Continue reading






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Saving scallion seeds




If you’ve got second year (overwintered) scallions, now is the time to save seeds.






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Garlic scapes




I love garlic. It is one of the easiest crops to grow, it keeps all year (if you grow the right varieties) and early summer it produces a “scape,” a delicious and fleeting delicacy. Before I go any further, there is … Continue reading






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Quick and easy rabbit protection




Cute and fluffy, rabbits can cause a lot of damage to your leafy greens, broccoli and more. While a hinged cover on a raised bed is great, it doesn’t make sense for everybody, especially if you don’t have a raised … Continue reading






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Helping Monarch butterflies with easy Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)




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






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Raspberries and coffee and raspberry coffee cake




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






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Winter Composting




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






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Putting fall “garbage” to use




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.)






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Making large paper pots




Now that we know newspaper is as safe as anything else to use in the garden, here is a quick tutorial on how to make paper pots. I generally use a soil block maker to start seeds and then another block maker … Continue reading






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