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TAG : Planting

Berm Building and Mulching for Water Retention

I come from a long line of people with soil under their fingernails from playing in the garden or in the fields. My father's parents' families were farmers for a couple of generations before him. He was a nursery owner, landscaper, an agronomist, crop adviser and farm consultant. I learned a ...

Planting and Establishing Shrubs and Trees

How important is careful planting? It is essential to plant a shrub or tree with great care and part of this is to ensure that the soil has been well prepared. Ideally, this involves digging it several months earlier, breaking up the subsoil (especially if it is impervious to water), adding ...

Year-Round Gardening Tasks

“The Backyard Gardener” by Kelly Orzel (Lyons Press, 2017) is a comprehensive gardening guide that offers useful advice to help readers build their confidence and know-how. This excerpt from chapter 6 shares what to do in each season and month to prepare and tend to your garden. Buy ...

Spring

Spring is here, finally. After what seemed like forever, Mother Nature has finally loosened her grip on winter. The snow is gone and the temperature is finally warmed up. At last, I can enjoy the outdoors. I was starting to wonder if I was ever going to shake loose from the cabin fever that I ...

Planting Seeds of Hope

We fully planted plot No. 1 of our two vegetable gardens this week. Typical of most gardeners, we complain that our plot is both too large and too small: When we’re about 2/3 of the way done planting and want to quit because we’re so tired, it’s too large. But when it’s fully planted ...

Crunch Time at the Homestead

Things around our homestead are kicking into high gear as we get ready for another growing season.The garden looks pretty bare now but won't for long. Our seedlings have graduated from the grow lights to spending a few hours every day outside soaking up the sun and experiencing the wind. ...

Garden Clippings: The Act of Planting

Planting fever is extremely contagious this time of year.April is when everyone wants to put out new plants. For serious gardeners, it is one of many times during the year they will trek to the garden center to pick up new additions for the garden. It's also the time of year when the neighbor ...