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TAG : gardening

Being in Community: A Gardener’s Response to Coronavirus

What does it mean to be a part of a community during a pandemic?  How can I reach out to my neighbors, or they to me, when we’re supposed to practice social distancing?  With all the focus on protecting ourselves, how do we look out for each other?Take a look in your canning pantry.  What ...

Lazy Gardening, Part One: Eliminating the Weeds

Do you dream of raising most of your own vegetables?  Are visions of canned goodies dancing in your head?  Yet do you find the thought of all that work to be daunting?  Follow along in the couple of Lazy Farmer posts to learn how you can develop a nearly year ‘round garden with low input ...

Lazy Composting: Let Nature Do Your Work

In my last post, Rule Breaking Gardening, we discussed how to break new gardening ground using lazy compost piles over the new area in which you want to garden.  In this post we’ll look at a couple of other ways to let nature do your work of composting – one fast, and one slow.  We’ll ...

Weed it and Reap

 Photo by Getty Images/Goja1A weed’s ability to quickly colonize bare ground didn’t develop by accident. Most weeds evolved their “live fast, reproduce a lot” behavior over many hundreds of thousands of years. Before humans began working the earth, avalanches, fires, and animal ...

Amazing Heirloom Melons

  The ‘Santa Claus’ melon is sometimes referred to as the ‘Christmas Melon.’ It’s particularly popular in Spain.The taste of melonsat their peak, oozing honey-like sweetness, is incomparable. And no other homegrown “fruit-vegetable” seems to kindle as much love and laughter as a ...

Is Rooftop Gardening as Good as Having an Actual Garden?

One of the limitations of living in an urban area is the lack of available of land for activities such as gardening. While residents of suburban and rural areas can maintain gardens on the ground, people who live in buildings and densely populated cities do not enjoy the same luxury.One ...

Rule Breaking Gardening

We didn’t know what we didn’t know when my husband and I moved to our five acres of dreams in the countryside.  One of those dreams was to raise much of our own food.  We started with vegetables.  We got to know our neighbors, the local farmers who were already growing food with ...

Growing Naturally Green Cotton

Courtesy of Southern Exposure Seed ExchangeAs a weaver, I have plenty of reasons to attempt growing cotton in my small, urban backyard garden. So I teamed up with Caitlin Wilson, a fiber-spinning friend of mine, and hatched a plot to grow naturally colored green cotton. Because we’re fiber ...

Seed Catalogues – Using Them to Their Best Advantage

We are in the depths of winter, and it’s snowing outside. As large, fat flakes fall on the ground, one of my favorite ways to pass the time is to snuggle up with a stack of seed catalogues. With pen in hand, there are hundreds of temptations to be had, many more than my budget or garden can ...

The Great Roma Tomato Challenge of 2018

This year I decided to grow a bunch of different types of Roma tomatoes in my suburban garden and see which was the best. I chose the cultivars based on experience and legend.  Most people choose their Roma’s for several reasons:It is most often a determinate, which means it puts out a lot ...

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