2012

With Hurricane Sandy approaching the East Coast and expectations that she will create all sorts of havoc, I spent some time over the weekend preparing the garden for the storm’s arrival. Weather forecasters receive their share of complaints but it’s times like this when advance warnings are greatly appreciated! The funny thing is that the […]

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It’s pretty bad that we can’t easily discern whether the foods we eat contain genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), but a battle is currently being waged in California that may help to change that. Proposition 37 is on the November ballot to decide whether food producers will be required to label the presence of GMO’s in […]

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The weather was perfect for the opening day at the 2012 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. I was on hand to take in the sights, sit in on a few lectures, and interview some of the speakers. There was a nice crowd on hand and I expect that tomorrow will see an […]

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I usually write about edible plants and how to protect them from destructive insects but today’s post contains a gallery of plants that can care for themselves as they go out of their way to make things comfortable and inviting for the hordes of insects that they prey upon. My bog garden sits right next […]

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Just thought I’d share a picture of this year’s potato harvest. Nothing spectacular about it until you consider that I didn’t plant a single potato this season. All these potatoes are the result of volunteer plants that sprouted on their own and received no special care or attention this summer. I didn’t even notice the […]

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The voicemail from the PA Department of Ag was brief and to the point: “We would like to come by on Monday afternoon to take a look at your Gutherie Procums.” I’m a gardener, not a botanist, so the first questions that popped into my mind were what is Gutherie Procums, is it a restricted […]

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The usual response I receive after mentioning the hardy kiwis growing in my backyard is; “I didn’t know you could grow those here!” Hardy kiwis are smaller than the fruits you’ll find at the grocer and they aren’t covered with fuzz. Other than that they are very similar, productive, and suitable for cultivation in Northern […]

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I’m behind on my planting but there are plenty of spring blossoms on display in the vegetable garden these days. In addition to adding color and interest to the landscape flowers draw in a large range of beneficial insects to help with the tasks of pollination and pest control. The tiny Alyssums are barely noticeable […]

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This weekend marks the 25th Annual Herb and Garden Faire at the Landis Valley Museum near Lancaster, PA. After a week filled with rain and clouds it looks like we will have perfect weather to enjoy the faire and spend time outside in the garden. Here in the Zone 6 region of Pennsylvania, the middle […]

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