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Grow Your Own Carrots

After two failed attempts, we finally seem to have landed on the right formula for growing carrots. Carrots have been one of the very few vegetables we buy so we’ve been trying hard to figure out how to successfully grow them. Finally, this year we did it.Growing carrots is straightforward, ...

Easy Canned Rhubarb Jam

Jim and I both love rhubarb jam. Last June I canned nine half pints, and we managed to give away and eat all of them. That’s in contrast to the blueberry jam I canned two years ago, some of which still sits in the canning cellar! We are trying to save as much rhubarb for wine as possible, ...

Our Little Free Library

Last Saturday my husband looked out our front door and exclaimed, “There’s a Little Free Library next door. Either that or it’s a bat house …” We both went out and checked it out, and he was right the first time – we now have a LFL in our neighborhood. Our neighbor made the box ...

Battling Squash Bugs

If you do one thing to help out your garden this year, check for squash bugs. Last year, during the July Fourth weekend, my formerly beautiful and lush winter squash plants suddenly wilted and died back. What was once a plot full of squash vines was instead nearly empty. The plants lost about ...

Spreading Around the Risk

Gardening is a risky proposition. You invest time and money and then cross your fingers and hope for good weather and no pests. This year we’re trying to spread out the risk by cultivating different plots. We have a backyard plot with tomatoes, summer squash, beans, pak choi, cabbage, ...

My Kingdom for Some Rhubarb

Moving this year just about did in our rhubarb. We carefully transplanted it and took good care to water and feed it after the transplant, but even so we couldn’t get much of a harvest from it this year. In year’s past we’ve relied heavily on our (now former) neighbor’s rhubarb patch. ...

Weeds and Wine

I find June the most tedious month for gardening. There’s not much to harvest, but there’s a whole lot of work to do. Right now all we’re harvesting is lettuce. What’s really growing in the garden? Weeds.Weeds compete with your plants for nutrients and water and, if you let them get ...

Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Muesli

If you are looking for easy and quick breakfast options that are still healthy, try mixing yourself up some muesli. It’s easy to make ahead and store. I know you can buy pre-made muesli, but it’s very easy to make for yourself. You can also customize it the way you want it!Here’s my ...

First Harvest of the Year

Each year come May we work hard to plant the vegetable garden and then cross our fingers and hope for a good year. The vagaries of the weather, pests or just bad luck can do in a vegetable garden at any time, and we never know how the season will be.All of the uncertainty of gardening helps ...

Starting an Urban Homestead

When we bought our house, we didn’t know we were getting a fixer-upper! But here we are, three weeks after our closing, and we still have a list of repairs (big and small) that’s more than two pages long. We have been working hard at trying to fix things, but it seems like when one task ...

Growing Backyard Chives

Do you remember when every backyard had at least a clump or two of chives? Maybe out by the rhubarb? Nowadays many young people (and many not-so-young people) couldn’t tell chives from chrysanthemum, unfortunately. But there’s no reason that chives can’t make a comeback. They grow like ...

Grow a Gourmet Salad on Your Deck

Growing lettuce is a great way to dip your toe into gardening, even if you don’t have a green thumb and you don’t have much space. It’s easy to grow and requires little space and effort. I grow most of my lettuce in containers on the deck. Even if you only have a window box you can try a ...

Time to Plant Peas

We planted peas and a few rows of carrots over the weekend. It was the latest we’ve ever started them, but the frost just got out of the ground a week ago, so we didn’t have much choice. Peas like cooler weather and they don’t mind snow at all, so we try to get them in as soon as we can ...

Starting Seeds: Part 2

Last week I wrote about how to take the first steps to start seeds. As promised, here’s a follow-up on what to do once your seeds have germinated.You are going to need a light source. We use regular fluorescent lights. You can find them at local hardware stores. There are all sorts of ...

Seed Starting Time

Although our garden is still covered in snow, we started our seeds last week. I know that a lot of beginning gardeners buy plants, but starting your own seeds is easy and rewarding. You have a much larger choice of plant varieties and you will probably end up with better quality plants with ...

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