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The Never Ending Garden

Gardening doesn’t end just because the weather turns cold, it just changes. You needn’t suffer withdrawal, you only need to think outside the raised bed. 1. Grow food from scraps even indoors. Our take on it. 2. Set up a seed starting system, even a small one. Here’s a link to keeping it on the […]


December 17, 2015 · gj · One Comment
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A Positive Attitude – You Can Grow That!

“It seems like gardeners are never happy,” my husband commented a number of years ago, “Either it’s too hot or it’s too cold, too much rain or not enough. I thought gardening was supposed to be fun.” Now I knew he wasn’t talking about gardeners in general, he only knows one. He meant me. And […]

October 4, 2015 · gj · 2 Comments
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3 Reasons to Grow Yard Long Beans

This is our first time growing yard long beans, and it is so much fun that I’m almost tempted to use an exclamation point. (Writers rule: You only get 1 exclamation point to use in your lifetime. Choose wisely.) Of course, there is also a writers rule about using parenthesis, but I won’t go into […]

August 11, 2015 · gj · 3 Comments
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The Gardening Half Way Mark

Do you find yourself looking back at the gardening year-to-date when you get mid-way through? That’s about where we are here in our Zone 5/6 gardens, and while we anxiously wait for spaces to open for our Fall plants, we also make notes as to what we intend to change next year. We would love […]

July 28, 2015 · gj · One Comment
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Survey Says?

Would you please take a few minutes to fill out a short survey? It actually will benefit you. How? Your answers can help us make our posts more interesting and specific to what you want. This is completely anonymous; all we will see are all the answers, no names or anything else like that. Be […]

July 12, 2015 · gj · 2 Comments
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The Myth of the Green Thumb

“I have a brown thumb, I can’t grow anything.” Or worse, “I have 2 black thumbs, I kill every plant I touch.” Sometimes I’ll joke that I kill houseplants, that I am only good at growing outdoors. Truth be told, when I lived in a house with a huge bay window that faced southeast, I […]

March 29, 2015 · gj · 4 Comments
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Confession #401 What? No More Garden Center?

So over the weekend Mandolin and I were out running a few errands; post office, grocery store, etc. When we pulled in to the Home Depot parking lot, he said “I’ll just be a minute, really, I just need a piece of hardware. You can wait in the car if you want. I’ll leave the […]

January 20, 2015 · gj · 2 Comments
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9 Lessons Learned in the 2014 Garden

There are always lessons learned in a garden, even by the more experienced growers. Here are a few we experienced last season: 1. Birds eat seeds. Chickens are birds. Don’t let the chickens free range where you just planted seeds, especially sunflower seeds, without protecting the bed. 2. There is such a thing as too […]

December 20, 2014 · gj · No Comments
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Confession #27 The Christmas Tree Killer

It was two Christmases ago that we decided to pare back the decorations in the house. With that in mind, we also thought it would be great to have a forever Christmas tree, rather than buying a fresh one each year. Not wanting a fake tree, we decided to pick up a little Norfolk Island […]

December 13, 2014 · gj · 2 Comments
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Gardening and the Internet

It was easier to learn to grow food in the days before there was so much information available at your fingertips. You could read a book or magazine, or ask a neighbor. The backs of seed packets and seed catalogs held the information that was easiest to access. Now all you have to do is […]

November 1, 2014 · gj · 2 Comments
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