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Container Gardening #1: "Digging" Container Gardening

01-31-2010 04:00 PM by Brad | 15 comments »

Why would I container garden? Good question! Suppose you were in this predicament: You resided in an apartment, or maybe you live in a condo with no yard space? What if you were like so many gardeners who actually have a great garden space, but just need “a little something” on the front porch? A container garden is exactly what you need. Many gardeners will even strategically add containers to their flower garden or amidst their flower beds, just to fill a void that nothing...

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Silver Dollar Plant

07-28-2011 07:41 AM by Karson | 4 comments »

They may look like potato chips but they are a very pretty flower. They are used alot in floral arrangements. I think it’s called silver dollar plant. The garden I got these from hasn’t been maintained in about 4 years. Dorris is around 90 and her husband who was the gardener passed away a while ago. Your put a finger on one side of the silver dollar and your thumb on the other and rub. Kind of like trying to rub glue off your finger. The two outer surfaces sli...

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Additions to my Terrace Garden (4)

04-14-2011 02:23 AM by sharad | 5 comments »

Legumes play an important part in Indian cooking as a source of protein and minerals mainly for the vegetarians. These are produced on a very large scale on agricultural fields and rarely find place in the garden. Among various varieties of legumes Moog (Mung bean or Green bean), Matki (Moth bean pronounced “moat bean”) and Chawli (Cow pea, Blackeyed peas) are very commonly used in the Indian kitchen. They are also known for their Nitrogen fixing property. I was curious to know h...

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Gardening with Nature #2: Developing a Blueberry Guild

02-03-2013 03:26 PM by Radicalfarmergal | 13 comments »

I have a blueberry patch on the western side of my property that contains nine northern high-bush blueberry plants that are approximately five years old. The varieties include: Northblue, Northsky, Northland, Early Bluejay, Bluecrop, Jersey and Patriot. Given the variety of bushes, our harvest is staggered from early July to late August. Around the bushes I have a thick groundcover of pine needles, woodchips, Creeping Charlie, French sorrel and strawberries. The Creeping Charlie thrives, ...

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Weird plants from New Zealand #5: Kotukutuku - the largest fuchsia in the world

11-28-2010 01:28 AM by daltxguy | 12 comments »

Known as the Tree Fuchsia or just the Fuchsia, the Kotukutuku is the Maori name for the largest fuchsia found in the world. On the west coast of the south island, the local Maori called it a Konini. Its technical name is the Fuchsia excorticata. It can grow to 13 metres ( over 40 ft) and 600mm in diameter ( about 2 feet). If that wasn’t interesting enough about this plant (tree) it has the following odd characteristics 1. It is the one of the very, very few NZ native t...

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Fox Gloves Challenge #2: And the winners are ...

02-02-2011 04:19 AM by Michal Bulla | 19 comments »

First I would like to thank all members who participate in this Fox Gloves Challenge. As Debbie mentioned already, 16 entries is our best participation in challenges and I hope we will reach this number in the next challenge as well. Now it’s time for a random draw(I used random.org) Here is the winner of fox gloves from Lee Valley Gone_Tropical Here are two winners of our stylish GT T-shirt Jroot Harold and Pam Congratulations everyone!

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Book Review #4: HomeGrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest and Cook Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rice, Corn and More

12-10-2010 03:23 PM by Radicalfarmergal | 16 comments »

Have you ever thought about growing some of your own grains in your own backyard? Do you want to develop a more sustainable lifestyle? Does the idea of fresh, nutritious, delicious, organic whole grains inspire you to roll up your sleeves and start planting? Do you want to grow grains to feed your backyard chickens? If any of these ideas appeal to you, perhaps this book will contain just the information you need to get started along that journey. Ms. Pitzer has written a book about gro...

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The Garden World Report Show #3: Preview of "Plants, Plants, Plants!" on Garden World Report

07-25-2010 11:35 AM by Shirley Bovshow "Eden Maker" | 3 comments »

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Chickens in the garden

01-10-2008 03:55 PM by XploreOrganics | 45 comments »

Before we moved to our new home we discussed having chickens. We would get a few for eggs and perhaps even a few meat birds…BOY WAS I WRONG. I should have known better that with my personality those birds would win me over – BIGTIME. We moved into our new home and that summer decided to get 3 hens of almost laying age off a local farmer. We would not name them in fear of getting “attached”. When we spoke of them it was the red one, the black one and the mu...

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Growing My Way to Freedom #24: Making Salsa

09-26-2010 07:14 AM by Radicalfarmergal | 22 comments »

Even though it is September, our garden is still generously providing tomatoes, peppers and onions, so I decided to try to make salsa using the lacto-fermentation method recipe described by Sally Fallon in her book Nourishing Traditions. I had enough produce, so I doubled the recipe. Salsa (makes one quart jar):4 medium tomatoes, peeled and diced 2 small onions, finely choppedĀ¾ cup chopped hot peppers6-8 cloves of minced garlic Bunch of chopped cilantro 1 teaspoons dried oregano3 to 4 tab...

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