11 Sep
2014
blame ragweed for your fall allergies

Blame Ragweed (Not Goldenrod) for Your Fall Allergies

Got hay fever? Me too. For a couple weeks now I’ve been waking the dog with house-shaking sneezes. I’m not leaking from the eyes or nose, and I don’t need to carry a box of tissues everywhere I go, but I can say with certainty that the fall allergy season […] ...

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23 Jul
2014
eviction

Save this Garden!

Three days ago, I got an email from a California gardener. Let’s call her “Sue.” (Not her real name.) Sue grows eggplants, tomatoes, squash, corn, and more. She has cucumber vines climbing a trellis and herbs mixed in with flowers. Since she lives in southern California, Sue is concerned about excess water […] ...

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27 Jun
2014
Summer Sprinters: Five fast-growing veggies for mid-summer sowing

Five Fast-Growing Veggies to Plant Now

It’s late June, and I haven’t planted a single summer squash yet. True story. Partially, this is an effort to starve out the squash bugs that settled in much-too-happily last year. I’ve read that starting squash late can help with these pests, because they emerge earlier and move on to […] ...

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23 Jun
2014
beyond bees

Beyond Bees

More than 1,000. That’s the number of native bee species that live in the United States alone. Other countries have their own suites of species. All told, scientists estimate that there are more than 25,000 bee species in the entire world, including the domesticated honey bee. When it comes to […] ...

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30 May
2014
conversations with neighbors

Conversations with Neighbors: Peas and Peppers

It started with the ‘Golden Sweet’ snow peas. After two months of growth, the plants had reached 4+ feet in height and were pushing out an abundance of delightfully yellow peas. They were ready — some past ready — for harvest. I was picking my first of the peas for dinner, which […] ...

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28 May
2014
TLC for mail-ordered sweet potatoes

TLC for Mail-Ordered Sweet Potatoes

Sometimes DIY sweet potatoes just aren’t enough. Oh, I love them. And I know y’all do too. Just look at the comments and sharing-on-Pinterest love you’ve given to my post on starting your own sweets from store-bought tubers. I’m still shocked at the number of times y’all have shared that […] ...

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21 May
2014
hori hori

10 Reasons to Love the Hori Hori

Allow me to introduce you to my favorite gardening tool. There are no moving parts. It’s just a blade and a handle. A decidedly manual tool — this thing doesn’t work unless you work it. That basic simplicity is the whole point. This thing does it all. Ok… It won’t scare […] ...

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15 May
2014
Sweet Potatoes: An Outlaw Garden Grow-Your-Own Guide

Sweet Potatoes: An Outlaw Garden Grow-Your-Own Guide for Beautiful, Edible, Rule-Breaking Gardens

It’s finally here! My very first e-book for you rule-breaking gardeners! Are you excited? I am. We’re talking dance-on-the-roof excited. I’m just so thrilled to be finally sharing this with you all. What’s even better is that this is just the first of an entire series of Outlaw Garden Grow-Your-Own Guides […] ...

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14 May
2014
seedling supplies

How to plant a seedling

It may seem basic, but it’s essential. A happy seedling has a better chance of growing up to produce abundant harvests. Unhappy seedlings, on the other hand, rarely recover. They carry that grudge all summer long, and refuse to give you the tomatoes and peppers you dreamed of. Every experienced gardener […] ...

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12 Apr
2014
earthworm as dirt-maker

The sound of dirt

Sit quietly on a spring evening, and you will hear the sound of dirt being made. Listen. The sound is there, softer than the peepers and almost lost within the whispering wind. If you talk or jostle the ice in your glass too loudly, you won’t hear it. You don’t […] ...

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