Attract Birds to Your Garden

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Posted in Garden, Projects | Posted on 24-03-2015

Birdhouse made from reclaimed barn wood.

Birdhouse made from reclaimed barn wood.

Many people think the best way to deal with pests in the garden is to go down to the local store, pick up a bottle of the lastest greatest bug-be-gone spray to rid their garden beds of all interlopers. This is a little over-kill in my opinion, not only have you blasted all the bugs that you want to get rid of, but you have also most likely just knocked out any beneficial insects as well.

One way of ending this destructive; and spendy, cycle is to bring in a more natural pest control system.  Namely some feathered friends that are more than happy to help.  But how do you get birds to set up shop in your garden? First off, they need a reason to be there;

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Book Review – “All New Square Foot Gardening”

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Posted in Garden, Miscellaneous | Posted on 07-04-2014

chili-hungarianThis year’s Springtime warm-up seems to be running late and I am just not one to wait.  With snow still on my planting beds there is little that I can do about it.  So what to do with my time as I wait for Mother Nature to catch up?  Over the winter season I usually read; a lot.  I like to keep up on various methods of gardening to help me develop a style that works for my yard, my climate and me.  Not to mention, I just can’t stop looking at gardens, planning my beds, and getting ready for the next seasons’ crops.  I might be a little obsessed.  Maybe.  Some books I  have found have helped me be more organized, and given quite a bit of information on how to be a better gardener.  One of the newest I have found, though it has been around for a long time, is Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening.

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How To Propagate Tomato Cuttings

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Posted in Garden, Projects | Posted on 09-06-2012

Tomatoes are a must for many of my favorite recipes and I think they are the best when fresh from the garden.  I had started a few plants in the house earlier this spring, then recently decided more plants were needed, only now it’s a little late in the year to be starting plants from seed.  Instead, I took cuttings from established plants.  Using the side shoots from larger plants can save a lot of time, the leaves are already developed and they will set fruit much faster than a plant raised from seed.  Getting these cuttings to root is very simple and it’s a great way to get kids interested in gardening.

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How to Harden off Seedlings

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Posted in Garden | Posted on 13-05-2012

Homegrown seedlings are great to have, and I love having them sitting in my windows, just waiting for the right time to be transplanted into the garden.  But there is one step between sprouting them in the house and placing them outside that some people do not know about.  It is a step that the plants from your local greenhouse have already gone through and one that you can do with your own plants to prepare them for their new life outdoors.  The plants that you have carefully nurtured in your house are in the perfect conditions of temperature, water and sunlight, but the outside conditions fluctuate and can be quite inhospitable to these tender seedlings.  You can give your sprouts a better chance of survival by hardening them to their new outside environment.  Hardening off your seedlings takes some time but it is a necessary step in plant care, and is easy to do.

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Starting Seeds Indoors

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Posted in Garden, Projects | Posted on 27-04-2012

I can never seem to wait for the local greenhouses to open up and let me peruse their selection of herb and vegetable plants.  I am just too impatient to get my garden started.  While I like to get a good look at the plants that are lining the shelves, I have come to realize in these times that plants are expensive, not to mention trying to find heirloom vegetable plants is still something that makes my gardening top ten lists of annoyances.  It’s getting better out there but still, of all the places I shop, the selection is still pretty slim.  So to take care of both problems I have decided to start my own plants in the house.  I get to choose from a much broader range of plants species and I also save some money.  Bonus!

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