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Everyday is Earth Day in the Garden

Organic Gardening 2 - Sun, 2018-04-22 22:51
Posted by cookinwithherbs
After a very cold spring, this gardener decided to spend Earth Day in the garden with my hands in the earth. It was a perfect spring day--sunny and cool--at least the gale-force winds seem to have abated. Yesterday and today up until 1:09 pm this afternoon, we were in a 2nd quarter moon, in the sign of Cancer, which is a fruitful planting sign, so I wanted to get my aboveground plants transplanted and seeds sown before the moon traveled into Leo which is a barren sign.
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Cultivating and Harvesting Hops (Humulus lupulus)

Organic Gardening 2 - Tue, 2018-04-10 18:48
Posted by cookinwithherbs
Since hops are Herb of the Year for 2018, I figure I ought to tell you about growing them--actually they are fairly easy to cultivate. Some gardeners find them to be invasive, since they send out underground runners and are a rapid-growing vine; they definitely need support and room to spread.
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Saint Patrick’s Day kicks off Gardening in March

Organic Gardening 2 - Fri, 2018-03-16 15:58
Posted by cookinwithherbs
Many folks practice planting potatoes on Saint Patrick's Day, and some plant peas and/or onions too. This is a tradition for many gardeners who live in warmer climes, although I’ve seen hardcore gardeners get out there even in frigid weather and work the cold earth to get their first crop of potatoes in on St. Paddy’s Day.
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It’s Potato Planting Time

Organic Gardening 2 - Wed, 2018-03-14 10:01
Posted by WesternGardener
If you haven’t eaten a homegrown potato, you don’t know what a real potato tastes like. Spring’s the time to plant potatoes in the vegetable garden. Here’s everything you need to get your potato crop off to a good start.
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Six Seed Selections to Sow for the Summer Season

Organic Gardening 2 - Mon, 2018-02-26 12:34
Posted by cookinwithherbs
While you are considering which seeds to order for this coming season, here are a few favorites that I have been growing for many years. While I try new plant seeds each season--these are must haves--ones that I really don't want to be without.
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Tortilla Soup--Comfort Food

Organic Gardening 2 - Mon, 2018-02-19 22:09
Posted by cookinwithherbs
There is nothing like a bowl of nourishing hot soup on a cold winter day, especially a grey, damp rainy day that sort of seeps into the bones in your body that seem to complain about the weather. I add enough capsicum and allium to make me sweat a little and I feel warm to the very core of my body. Try some tortilla soup—it is warming comfort food.
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Snow: Poor Man’s Fertilizer

Organic Gardening 2 - Sun, 2018-02-18 13:34
Posted by cookinwithherbs
Is this familiar adage an old wive’s tale? In fact, snow does contain nitrogen and other particulates like sulfur, which it collects as it falls through the atmosphere, however so do rain and sleet, and believe it or not, lightning.
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Seeds

Organic Gardening 2 - Wed, 2018-02-07 13:55
Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you haven’t ordered your garden seeds for 2018, now is the time. As I sit by the woodstove looking out on another grey, cold day, the precipitation is coming down heavily. It started out as freezing rain, now it is rain and once the temps start to drop this afternoon, who knows what it will turn to? The back porch steps, the deck and even spots on the packed gravel drive are like a skating rink—so I am not going anywhere.
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