Garlic O’Plenty | A Quick Guide to Garlic for the Garden

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Hardneck Garlic – (Allium sativum ophioscorodon) Harneck garlic is one of two categories of garlic (the other is softneck) and is recommended for northern climates due to its need for a long dormant period, which ensures hardy bulbs and better flavor. The bulbs of hardneck garlic generally produce 4-12 cloves…

Five Shrubs For Your Winter Garden

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(Photo by Pixabay.com) For gardeners like me who live in a cold climate, the thought of the upcoming winter season can feel you with apprehension or dread. Winters here in New York state are brutal and long. The snow-covered landscape is barren and devoid of color. However, with prudent planing,…

Saving Seeds From My Garden

Hello my gardening friends. It has been a bountiful summer in my home garden this year and I have an overload of various seeds that I will be saving for next year (and to give away to my friends and family). My Blackeyed Susan, Butterfly Bush and Purple Coneflower plants were extremely hardy this year…

10 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

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Summer has finally arrived and with it’s arrival the proliferation of the blood-sucking and possible disease-carrying garden foe: the mosquito. In my home garden, I typically place several types of plants to deter mosquitoes. Typically, I either plant them in masses or dry leaves such as sage or rosemary to…

My Love Affair with Tomatoes….

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As the end of summer approaches and the first frost looms not far behind, I usually began to get a bit anxious about harvesting and preserving my summer vegetables. In particular, homegrown, ripe tomatoes. I truly love tomatoes and have been known to hoard as many as possible for preserving…

Garden Update, May 2017

Greetings my gardening friends. I truly hope all is going well with you and your gardens. It has been a while since my last post and I apologize. I have been trying to promote my new business ventures and I have been under the weather, which lead to a brief hospital stay. But, I am…

What is Melilot?

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Photo via: Flickr Melilot (Melilotus officinalis), also known as Yellow Sweet Clover, is a non-native plant originating from Eurasia and brought to the US as fodder for animals and a cover crop to produce a bust of nitrogen to poor soil and fields. It is not considered a weed but…

Five Common Edible Flowers In The Home Garden

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Did you know, there are edible flowers in most home gardens? Many gardeners grow plants for visual appeal and for their fruit, but many flowers also offer the same taste as their hosts. Bachelors Button / Cornflower – (Centaurea cynaus) Bachelor button flowers have a sweet to clove-like, spicy flavor…

Benefits of Creating a Pollinator Garden

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Recently, I spoke with a group of beginning gardeners and a few stated they had been unsuccessful in past with growing many vegetables, including such as squash, tomatoes and cucumbers. The plants grew and blossomed, but produced no fruit. After discussing a myriad of possible causes, it was concluded there…

Edible Container Gardening | Growing Vegetables in Pots

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I am questioned often by my urban neighbors about how I manage to grow large amounts of produce each year, considering the size my almost non-existent yard. My usual response, is quite simple: container gardening. You can grow edibles in small spaces and even indoors. The success of growing healthy…