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Square foot gardening

11-12-2007 12:13 PM by XploreOrganics | 26 comments »

I’ve been growing a few veggies the past few years on a mound of leftover soil in the backyard. I decided it was time to find a tidy way to maximize my space and grow more efficiently for next year….square foot gardening. From what I have read, square foot gardening looks like the best way to grow a bountiful crop with little to no weeds, less soil, less critters, less work and more veggies! The square-foot gardening concept is simple: Build a raised bed, divide the space i...

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Growing garlic

11-12-2007 10:45 AM by XploreOrganics | 10 comments »

I have found that growing garlic is one of the easiest gardening pleasures. I’m not into fancy-smancy varieties…Heck I don’t even know which varieties I grow. I just use good organic garlic bulbs from the grocery store, pull the cloves apart and plant them in the fall of the year in good soil amended with compost and composted manure. Garlic seems to be no trouble in the garden, warding of insects providing lovely green scapes for a summer salad, then dig the bulbs in t...

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Our Gazebo/ "shanty" / Cabin #1: The beginnings

11-10-2007 02:17 PM by MsDebbieP | 6 comments »

A few years ago I purchased a garden tent at a year end sale for a great price. The roof had a middle section that provided an air vent and the sides were a tarp wall as well as a netting wall which provided multi-weathered facilities. About one month after we put it up, we had severe winds and the entire metal structure was twisted beyond usability and my great bargain was now useless. For a year, it sat unused waiting for its rebirth. Last summer we built a 12×12 deck and wooden ...

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Our Pond #1: From a speck of water to...

07-13-2007 08:46 AM by MsDebbieP | 13 comments »

As we build our personal retreat in the backyard, we seem to just go with the moment and build/add whatever feels right. For example, last summer my son and his family moved from Ontario across the country to British Columbia. They left behind a small fountain that they had in their backyard. “Sure, I’ll take it”, I said, wanting a fountain but having no idea where it would go in our acre piece of land. This spring we decided that we would put it in the ground: just ma...

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