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10 Tips for Starting Seeds
Succeed with seeds! Here are 10 tips for starting your seeds indoors. The Hindi word for seed is...
Kale: Can’t get into it? Try a massage
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When to Plant Peas
“Plant peas as soon as the ground can be worked” is a popular saying in the gardening world....
Pulses Recipes: Cooking With Beans, Peas, Lentils, Chickpeas
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Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates
Use the March 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place list below to find the best days...
Ten Easiest Vegetables to Grow From Seed
Grow a tasty vegetable garden this year! Here are the 10 easiest vegetable crops to start from seed...
Easy Pea-sey: How to Plant Peas
St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is the traditional day for planting peas, one of the easiest plants to...
Beautiful Orchid Pictures and Growing Tips
Ready for a tropical interlude? Luckily, I only had to go as far as our state’s Orchid Society’s...
Upcycling Ideas: Reuse and Repurpose
Here are some tips for upcycling, reusing, and repurposing old items, with everything from paper...
Winter Sowing Vegetables
Ever tried sowed seeds outside in the hard winter ground? My friend, Jackie Caserta told me about...
The Earliest Spring of our Lives
Spring will be off to a very early start in 2016, thanks to leap day weirdness! Have you noticed...
Carrots: Health Benefits
Carrots offer even more health benefits than the Vitamin A you might know about. Plus they’re...
Houseplants Clear the Air
To save on heating bills, most of us have insulated our homes to the max, replaced drafty old...
Urban Gardening: Growing Lettuce & Salad Leaves in Containers
Do you live in an apartment with a balcony or patio, small space, or urban garden? Try growing...
How Crows and Jays Save Trees
Have you read the latest science news? “Jays and crows act as ecosystem engineers”? These birds...
How to Choose the Best Potatoes to Grow in Your Garden
Potatoes are one vegetable we simply couldn’t be without. But what type and variety of potato is ...
Yes, There Will Be a Winter!
It’s now February, 2016. With the strongest El Niño on record taking control of our weather,...
5 Ways to Start Seeds Earlier
Warmer days may still be some way off, but you can start off many vegetables today to enjoy a super...
Overwintering Rosemary: Growing Rosemary Indoors
Find out how to overwinter rosemary and grow rosemary indoors to keep this wonderful herb growing...
Catalogs: Read Between the Lines
Between the cold weather and the football games on television, I have had lots of time to pore over...
How to Care for and Sharpen Gardening Tools
Where would we be without our trusty gardening tools? Treat them to a little bit of TLC and they...
How to Preserve Herbs, Vegetables and Fruit in Vinegars
Preserving crops in vinegars is a great way to capture the aromas of herbs and other home-grown...
African Violet Care: Grow African Violets
African violets are a beautiful indoor plant, so find out how to grow and care for African violets...
Hot Peppers for Health & Happiness
Last summer we harvested a bumper crop of Anaheim-type chili peppers, many of which I roasted,...
Household Uses for Winter Snow and Ice
It’s winter! In central New Hampshire where I live, snow from the first big storm of the season is...
The Almanac Garden Tour: An Inside Look!
I had the great fortune to participate in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Tour in June, 2015 and...
When you’re cutting back the yard and garden, make use of all that extra organic matter! Try “in-...
Build a Bug Hotel
Beneficial insects are an essential part of any successful vegetable or fruit garden. They help us...
Thanksgiving: Slow Food, Slow Down
Everyone has heard of fast food but Thanksgiving is a time to think about slow food. No, I don’t...
Growing Sweet Potatoes
One vegetable that I love but had never grown before this year is the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes...
How to Preserve Herbs
Fresh herbs can transform meals into something really special, but many herbs die back in winter so...
Fast Growing Trees for Your Yard
You don’t have to wait a lifetime for a newly planted tree to grow big enough to hold a bird feeder...
Holy Moley! Moles and Lawn Damage
Moles have the potential to ruin your lush-green, meticulously manicured lawn. Chances are, you don...
How to Save Your Tomato Seeds Successfully
Growing heritage or heirloom tomatoes helps preserve this fantastic diversity of fruit for future ...
Grab an Apple
I’ve blogged about apples before, but it’s time for an update since it’s apple harvest season. Find...
Go Native: Why Garden With Native Plants?
Native plants are a natural choice for a low-maintenance, sustainable landscape. It may seem...
Firescaping Your Yard and Garden
What can you do to protect your home if you live in an area prone to fire? Learn about “...
Not Just Weather Lore: Bears in the Backyards
Mom! There’s a bear in the backyard! Californians are beginning to learn why their state flag has a...
How to Grow Strawberries From Runners
Strawberries produce long, leafless stalks called runners. These can be used to propagate new...
Seed Starting and Planting Date Calculator
Find seed-starting dates for your first spring planting. These dates are based on historical frost...
Our ancestors knew how to preserve food—they had root cellars, storing large amounts of produce in...
Parsley: Don’t Leave It on Your Plate
Ah, parsley. Its lovely green leaves dress up a plate but often return to the kitchen sink soggy....
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