August 2007

The previous article shared a few strategies and ideas for quickly trapping groundhogs that have become a nuisance in the backyard garden. But trapping is only half of the battle, once the critter is caged you still have to determine what to do with it next? To begin with, resist that temptation to take out a […]

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I’ve endured my share of groundhog conflicts, and at times they’ve even had me talking to myself, but I’ve learned a few things about the best way to trap a woodchuck from my unpleasant experiences. If you are up against a troublesome groundhog that is devouring your garden or creating unsightly holes throughout your landscape, the preferred method to solve the problem is to trap the critter and find a new home for it.

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A previous article about potato onions provided detailed information describing this unusual root crop, along with tips for growing them in the backyard garden. Today I wanted to share a couple of photos from this summer’s harvest of these unique onions.

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Go Hydroponic: Grow Longer

August 22, 2007

Today’s article about hydroponics is a guest entry here at Veggie Gardening Tips and was written by Charlene Rennick. Charlene provides helpful tips and ideas that enable you to use hydroponics to grow fresh vegetables over an extended growing season:

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It’s been a while since the last garden update from Manitoba, but our correspondent gardener sent one in a couple of weeks ago that I have to share with you. This report is a little dated, and most of us don’t have these types of extreme gardening conditions to contend with, but it always makes me feel a lot warmer to read something out of Michèle’s Manitoba Garden File:

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I normally write articles offering tips on how to eliminate garden slugs and snails, but in this case the slug was far away from the garden and I was somewhat mesmerized by the size, beauty, and movement that this creature displayed as it traveled merrily along in its own little world without the slightest clue that it was being watched.

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In a previous article on this site I described the process for growing gourmet mushrooms on hardwood logs in the home garden. Hardwood log inoculation is a simple and easy way to cultivate loads of shiitake, oyster, maitake, chicken of the woods, reishi, lion’s mane, and other delicious edible or medicinal fungi right in your own backyard.

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Yes, there’s a change in the air surrounding my vegetable garden but unfortunately it has nothing to do with the heat wave that we have been experiencing. High temperatures and drought continue to dog the garden but at least there have been no more groundhog sightings. Despite the sweltering conditions my garden is beginning the transition from summer into fall veggie gardening.

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Here’s the deal… Being the self respecting intensive veggie gardener that I am, I’m always looking for more space to grow another edible plant. There were tomatoes and eggplants in containers, cucumbers and beans up a trellis, and an assortment of herbs growing in a planter or strawberry jar.

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