Shiitake Mushrooms

Raising Gourmet Mushrooms in the Backyard Garden

January 13, 2014

This entry is an update on growing techniques for raising edible gourmet mushrooms in the backyard garden. I’ve written previously about starting mushrooms outdoors on logs, indoors using mushroom kits, and have also posted a video showing how to inoculate a log with spawn, but today I have some new tips and information to share. I get frequent […]

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baby ginger

Home Depot Garden Club’s Stretch Gardening Series

November 21, 2013

The Home Depot Garden Club has been running a series on “Stretch Gardening” featuring ideas to extend the gardening season and guess who was invited to chime in on the subject? Well that was easy and hard to refuse considering how much I enjoy stretching all of the limits out in my backyard garden. I […]

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Red Giant Mustard

Leafy Greens take Center Stage in the Fall Garden

October 23, 2013

There’s often a fashion show of sorts here to highlight my fall gardens because it is such a special time when things are lush and green with very little effort required to be spent on tasks such as weeding, watering, or even issues related to insect control. In the past I’ve posted an Autumn Photo Line-Up,  Fall Garden Revue, and […]

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Companion Plants

Blueberries Love Wintergreen; Thoughts on Companion Planting

October 15, 2013

I’m not fanatical about companion planting as outlined in books like “Carrots Love Tomatoes” or “Roses Love Garlic” but that won’t stop me from adding my own spin to the subject and proclaiming that “Blueberries Love Wintergreen!” While I do believe plants can form beneficial relationships with each other and that they can also grow better when paired in certain groupings; I don’t […]

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Gathering Pawpaws

Foraging for Wild Pawpaw Fruits in Pennsylvania

September 25, 2013

For Backyard Fruit Lovers Fall is an exciting time here in Central Pennsylvania with events such as the apple harvest, the Backyard Fruit Grower’s annual fruit tasting, and this past weekend’s Pawpaw tour all featured on the calendar. Ask most people about Pawpaws and you’ll get the same looks as though you had mentioned Jujube Trees […]

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Heritage Harvest Festival

Fall Gardening Festivals, Conferences, and Expos

September 5, 2013

I frequently publish a line up of spring gardening conferences but there are also some great fall events on tap for the backyard gardener or homesteader. For the past two years I have attended the Mother Earth News Fair that takes place in Seven Springs, PA and it has been a great event with a format […]

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Backyard Apiary

Backyard Beekeeping in the Veggie Gardening Tips Apiary

August 21, 2013

Backyard Beekeeping is an interest that I haven’t written about very much here on this site but I’ve continued at it since that initial backyard beekeeping post back in 2011. There’s been a lot of progress out in the Veggie Gardening Tips Apiary and this entry is a complete update on the beehives and my latest beekeeping activities. I […]

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Potted Bay Plant

Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Containers

August 6, 2013

You really don’t need a backyard to raise your own fruit and vegetable garden; a variety of styles and designs will do, and work fine for just about anything you could desire to grow. Just be sure that your pots have sufficient depth to accommodate the plants that you would like to grow. Here’s a […]

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Trimmer and JumpStart

Troy-Bilt Gas Trimmer Contest Winner

July 12, 2013

Thanks to everyone who read or commented on the recent post about the Troy-Bilt TB675 EC Trimmer. The review also featured a new grass trimmer giveaway and I am happy to share that the winner based on a selection by a random number generator is Amanda. Amanda lives in Oregon where she recently purchased a […]

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