Archive | November, 2012

Urban Gardening: How to Build a Self-Watering Container (Cheap!)

This post could have gone in so many categories: urban gardening, gardening methods, DIY (if this blog had a DIY category), and so on.  But, basically, it’s for anyone who wants to grow their own organic produce in limited space and without spending a lot of money. I’m sure you’re familiar with self-watering plant containers; [...]

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Gifts for Organic Gardeners

A few posts ago, I showed you what I think is one of the ultimate gifts you can give a gardener (or request as a gardener).  It was fabulous, but it did cost a lot of money.  And it definitely wouldn’t fit in a stocking. Today, I’ve got a list of stocking stuffer gifts for [...]

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Gardening Tips: What to Plant in Your Toughest Sites

All over the country master gardener volunteers offer their time and knowledge to give gardening  tips and advice to anyone who asks. The University of Minnesota Extension Service Master Gardeners have gone an extra step to celebrate 30 years of teaching in Minnesota by publishing The Best Plants for 30 Tough Sites. Gardening Tips for [...]

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Green Friday for Organic Gardeners

Black-eyed Susans? Yes. Black tulips? Yes. Black irises? Yes. Black Friday? NEVER! With the exception of Mardi Gras, I hate crowds. Especially bargain-hunting, holiday-possessed shopping crowds.  I will not be attending Black Friday. But I do need — and want — to get a few gifts, so like a lot of people I’m going online. [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

All our discontents about what we want appeared to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have. Daniel Defoe

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Turn Your Thanksgiving Leftovers into Organic Compost

Stop! All of those Thanksgiving  leftovers don’t have to go to waste down your garbage disposal: You can turn them into organic compost! In about a day and a half, you are probably going to be up to your eyes in . . . Thanksgiving leftovers. Of course, some of those are great and will [...]

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Christmas Decorating Ideas from the Garden

I hate to sound like everyone else, but I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving! And we all know what Thanksgiving can lead to:  Christmas. And coming up with Christmas decorating ideas. So what does Christmas decorating have to do with organic gardening?  Fair question. Well, the answer is that I’ve found a couple of easy, [...]

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Garden News: Top Garden Trends for 2013-2014

A lot of us don’t like to think of gardening as an industry, but . . . isn’t everything?  And, if you can set aside the negative connotations of “industry,”  there is a fun side to it, too. One aspect of the “fun side” is the fact that industries are frequently involved is figuring out [...]

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Garden News: The – Royal – Apple Really Doesn’t Fall Far . . .

If the garden news is true in saying that Prince Harry may have a garden at the 2013 Centenary Chelsea Flower Show, then it really is true that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. We all know about Prince Charles’s famous love of gardening, but Prince Harry? I think when most of hear [...]

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Container Gardening for Winter Produce

Want to stay inside and have fresh produce all winter?  Consider container gardening. A few posts ago, I posted a video on gardening in the winter outdoors.  And I posted on how to build an inexpensive greenhouse.  But sometimes, and especially in some places, you just don’t want to be outdoors at all in the [...]

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