Bumble Bee

Attracting Beneficial Insects with the Plants they Love

July 30, 2015

Many gardeners are intent on keeping bugs out of their garden, but I’m happy to invite them in for a visit, and then encourage them to make themselves right at home inside my veggie garden! Of course I’m referring to beneficial insects; the ones that pollinate flowers and feast on the bad bugs for dinner. […]

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Burpee Bee Garden

Burpee’s Early Season Garden Writer’s Gathering

July 2, 2015

Last Friday I was invited to Burpee’s Fordhook Farm to participate in an Early Season Garden Writer’s Gathering. This event was an opportunity to tour the farm and trial gardens, explore an organic kitchen garden, attend gardening presentations, mingle with other garden writers and members of Burpee’s team, indulge in some great food, and other interesting […]

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Wine Cap Mushrooms

How to Simplify Growing Mushrooms

June 19, 2015

Most people get it backwards! They love mushrooms, and think Chanterelles are wonderful, so they look for Chanterelle spawn. If they manage to find it, they are disappointed to learn that Chanterelles require conditions which are not present in their own back yard or home. They sigh, and give up, because they are just too […]

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FLEX Power Base and Mower

At Home with FLEX, Troy-Bilt’s New Yard Care System

June 3, 2015

I shared previously about my participation in Troy-Bilt’s Saturday6 Program and that I would be writing and conducting product reviews for the company. Well the next step was making the tough decision of selecting one product from their line up for my first review. I went back and forth before finally choosing the brand new FLEX to trial […]

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Spring Garden Photo

Growing Edible Perennials in the Backyard Vegetable Garden

May 27, 2015

There is nothing like raising edible perennials to get a big jump on the growing season and to help reduce your planting chores in early spring. I incorporate traditional perennial vegetables as well as those that are more common in permaculture gardening circles. It’s great to enjoy a lush, green garden and early harvests without […]

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Troy Bilt Tillers

Introducing the Troy-Bilt Saturday 6

March 30, 2015

My recent getaway to Charleston, SC wasn’t simply an escape from the long and cold winter, but the result of an invitation to participate in Troy-Bilt’s Saturday 6 program. I have had very positive experiences with the Troy-Bilt brand so it didn’t take long for me to accept the invitation, join the new Saturday 6 team, and […]

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Winter Garden Photo

A Look Back at the Fall Vegetable Garden

March 9, 2015

This winter has seen nothing but one wave after another of cold, ice, and snow, to the point that I haven’t been able to actually see the garden at all over the past couple months. That’s not entirely bad as the consistent snow cover provided insulation and will help protect over wintering plants from the […]

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Reishi mushroom

More Ideas for Cultivating Mushrooms in the Home and Garden

October 9, 2014

The fall season is a perfect time to explore the fascinating world of backyard mushroom cultivation. I’ll start by sharing some of the delicious edible fungi that is currently springing up right outside in and around my garden. Then I’ll share some info on mushrooms picked up at the recent Mother Earth News Fair, and […]

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Mother Earth News Fair

The Mother Earth News Fair Returns to Pennsylvania

October 1, 2014

The 2014 Mother Earth News Fair that took place in Seven Springs, PA a couple weekends ago was a great event and I walked away with many new ideas and techniques to try out in the garden and to share with you here on the Veggie Gardening Tips website! Normally the downside of a fall […]

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