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Taking Time to Enjoy Your Gardens

What drives you?  What passions prod you into the garden as the sun rises?  What responsibilities keep you hoeing and harvesting into the evening hours?  Are you growing much of the vegetables your family will eat, creating a healthier diet for your children, or recapturing childhood taste ...

Edible Flowers of Summer

If you enjoyed the post Edible Flowers of Spring, then you’ll love learning about all the wonderful edible flowers of summer and how to use them in your kitchen.  Elegant day lilies, sunny squash blossoms, and graceful gladiolas take center stage in summer.  You can add crunchy texture, ...

Garden to Table: Spring Treats

I’m sheltering in place this spring, more from the weather than the pandemic this Mother’s Day.  The polar vortex came swirling southward this week bringing us freezing temperatures and worries over which vegetables and flowers will survive. It hasn’t been this cold in May in the ...

Iris: The Rainbow Flower

Irises come in every color of the rainbow.  They are versatile plants, having a wide range of uses in the garden.  There is an iris for almost every garden need:  wet or dry, short or tall, spring or fall flowers, as specimen plantings or groupings.  You can have irises in bloom from March ...

Edible Flowers of Spring

What is crunchy and tastes like a bean yet is exotically big and colorful?  Is there something of many hues with a bite like black pepper?  Can something pink smell and taste like cloves?  What is purple but reminds your taste buds of licorice?  How can something soft and blue taste like ...

Lazy Gardening Part Three: Growing Intensively

Now that you have no-till, wide growing beds in your vegetable garden, what’s the best way to maximize your harvest?  We discussed the first step, growing almost year-round, in the last post.  The next step is to plant in succession and replace everything you harvest with a new crop.  Use ...

Lazy Gardening Part Two: Growing Almost Year-Round Without Cover

Here in zone 6b we were told that it wasn’t possible to harvest vegetables for ten months each year unless we used some sort of extensive cover.  Not having the money to build a greenhouse or hoop house, and having too much wind to manage row covers well, we needed another plan.  Carefully ...

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 ...

Lavender For Dinner

When was the last time you made a meal out of your flower bed?  Edible flowers have been all the rage, but they are still often relegated to garnish or just for dessert.  We’re going to make an entire meal with recipes using lavender. Dried or fresh lavender buds can be found at farmers ...

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 ...

Mother Earth Gardener

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