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Hinged garden covers for raised beds




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






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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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Planting garlic. Easy with great rewards.




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






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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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Three types of people, three types of compost




THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE – THREE TYPES OF COMPOST NOTE: Each year Arlington holds an EcoFest where people gather to learn about various environmentally related issues. This year I was asked to discuss compost with people. Below is a version … Continue reading






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Fast ‘urban compost’ – saving energy outside the home




This summer I kept more than 1,000 lbs. of “garbage” from getting hauled dozens of miles away in a 3 mpg vehicle to an incinerator. I also saved money and got great compost. Spurred by a question from JP Greenhouse, … Continue reading






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