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Garden Planning: The Cottage Garden

One of my favorite styles of garden is the cottage garden. I love its easy, natural look and the melange of colors and flower shapes. But when I start to think about garden planning, it doesn’t always seem like a cottage garden is as easy as it looks. Fortunately, Connie Smith of Grandma Pearl’s Backporch [...]

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Garden Planning: You’re Going to Want a Shed

  About a month ago, I ran a garden planning post on potting benches and accompanied it with with some inspiration on the Today’s Organic Gardening Pinterest board. Judging by the repins the board got, a lot of you really do/did need a potting bench! I think every gardener should have a potting bench. They’re [...]

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Garden Planning: Poor Soil, What Is It Good For?

This week I’ve been posting about our, arguably, most valuable resource: soil. So far, we’ve (well, I anyway) have discovered that you can compost animal parts and learned about the benefits of raw milk on soil. When most of us talk about soil, we’re thinking rich soil, soil that plants love. But when we’re planning [...]

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Garden Planning: Design 101

You’re busy rifling through seed catalogs and deciding which new tool or tools you really need for this spring  and planning your garden, right? If you’re a vegetable gardener, you may already know just which ones you want to grow and have a good idea of your garden’s layout. But what if you’re going to [...]

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Garden Planning: You’re Going to Need a Potting Bench . . .

Do you have a potting bench? Sure you can pot plants and do gardeny things at the kitchen sink (Don’t judge: I lived in an apartment) or on the ground or in a wheelbarrow, but a potting bench makes a lot of little gardening chores much more convenient and a lot more enjoyable. And it [...]

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Garden Planning: Tips from One Mom’s Garden

I know everyone is probably well into planning their gardens by now. What? Well, whether you are or not, I want to share this little video with you. It shows one little boy’s mom’s garden that his dad “built” for her. What a nice garden!  Doesn’t it make you want to keep — or start [...]

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Garden Planning for the Fun of It

The other day I posted about using this time of year to evaluate your landscaping. Now, that in itself can be enlightening  (Why did I ever put that there?!?!?) and inspiring (I should have put that there!), but some of it is nuts and bolts, too: What areas get sun? Which are in shade? How [...]

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Bee-Friending: Plant a Garden for the Bees

While you’re making (and keeping) your New Year’s gardening resolutions, and doing your garden planning for the spring, why not include the bees? We’ve heard and continue to hear the alarming news about colony collapse and the declining numbers of bees, and a lot of us have sworn off pesticides and signed petitions and written [...]

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Garden Planning: New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t know about you, but I love to make New Year’s resolutions.  That may be because I usually make them for other people, but that’s another story.  This post is about resolutions you can make for your organic gardening. Over at the Courier-Journal, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens has a list of their resolutions for [...]

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Garden Planning: A Cottage Garden

  There are a lot of things I like in this world, and two of them are cottage gardens and before and afters. So, when I came across this little video, I immediately liked it. I also thought that it might make a nice little “mini vacation” for you as well as give you some [...]

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