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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Herb Faire

A Weekend at the Herb and Garden Faire

May 13, 2014

The 27th Annual Herb & Garden Faire took place over the weekend at the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The two day event included plant sales, gardening lectures, arts and crafts, music, delicious foods, and garden themed displays. What started out as a small plant has grown over the years into […]

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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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