Beehives

Taking Stock of the Garden’s Winter Losses

May 9, 2014

This past winter was harsher than what we’ve grown accustomed to, with colder temps, more snowfall, and longer periods of sustained freezes. Even after spring arrived we have continued to receive colder than normal lows and lingering threats of potential frost. I’m still assessing the damage left behind by winter, but so far it has […]

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Dehydrated Produce

Preserving the Harvest with a Food Dehydrator

March 20, 2014

Despite spring’s arrival today according to the calendar, it feels like the new growing season is a ways off, and the first hints of fresh produce are just now beginning to sprout up from the earth. But there is plenty of last season’s harvest preserved and ready for use thanks to the fresh veggies that were dried, stored, or even fermented before […]

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Garden Show Display

A Flurry of Gardening Events Precede Springtime

February 21, 2014

Our landscape is still white with a covering snowfall that seems to have been with us the entire winter, but there are a few gardening events on the calendar that will offer a taste of the greener days just ahead! My gardening activities for this year began in January with a trip to Amherst, MA […]

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Skunk Bean Seeds

Seed School Provides a Very Welcomed Winter Break

January 29, 2014

I first wrote about Native Seeds/SEARCH a couple years ago, ordered some unique vegetable seeds from them, and even dreamed about one day heading out west to visit their farm and attend a Seed School session there in Tucson, Arizona. Well the timing wasn’t convenient for this spring, but then I noticed the program was also scheduled to […]

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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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