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The garden gets its own category because there’s almost always something going on. We garden in the typical fashion as well as using containers, high tunnels and raised beds.

Gardening at Sunrise

Gardening at Sunrise

Gardening at Sunrise Tree tops swayed in a breeze before sunrise this morning. I watched them while still curled up beside Steve, reluctant to leave my cozy spot but eager to go to the garden. It’s August in Maine – hazy, hot and humid. Today’s forecast calls for 85°, the dew point around 60°, and the humidity at 80% and rising. Ugh. We’ve had a welcome break from the humidity that sparked a yearning for autumn, but it moved back…

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Garlic Harvest, Curing and Storage

Garlic Harvest, Curing and Storage

Garlic Harvest Tuesday was garlic harvest day and I was eager to see how well the German Extra Hardy Hardneck Garlic produced. It was supposed to rain so I was up and out early to pull the bulbs…under bright sunshine and without a cloud in the sky. Timing the garlic harvest is tricky. I pulled one head last week to give to my uncle and thought it looked just about ready, and another last night that was perfect. Tips on…

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August Garden To-Do List

August Garden To-Do List

August Garden To-Do List August already! It seems like we planted the garden a few weeks ago and here we are eight weeks into the warm weather growing season. I’m ready to scream UNCLE! to the weed gods and plow what’s left under. Most of our garden is grown in the high tunnel. I’ll start transplanting fall/winter seedlings in September but before I can do that, there have to be seedlings. There’s a lot to do so I’ve made my…

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Coming Home to Food

Coming Home to Food

Coming Home to Food I spent last week in the Adirondacks, tucked away in Cabin 3 at a women’s writing retreat. There’s always something to learn, and learn I did. A lot. I don’t have Pam and Deb giving me ideas on what words to write in the next five, ten, 25 minutes so I have to create or find my own prompts. There isn’t anyone to cook three meals a day for me now. But then there’s the garden….

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Tomato Variety Reviews – To grow again or not to grow again

Tomato Variety Reviews – To grow again or not to grow again

Tomato Variety Reviews These tomato variety reviews appeared as a post in the old blog. It’s worthy of updating a little and giving it a spot here. Tomato season should have some sort of national event and cause for celebration. It takes months to get from the tiny seed to a ripe tomato. Planting, watering, transplanting to larger pots, transplanting into the garden, more water, weeding, staking and tying, pruning. It’s a lot of work. It’s worth it when that…

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Self-Seeding Vegetables – Garden Volunteers

Self-Seeding Vegetables – Garden Volunteers

Self-seeding Vegetables – Garden Volunteers Self-seeding vegetables are probably more common than you knew. We’re usually pretty good about cleaning up the garden at the end of the season so we don’t give self-seeding veggies a chance to replace themselves. Most gardeners who grow tomatoes have missed one or two during fall clean-up. When that happens, you find a clump of seedlings commonly called “volunteers” in the garden the following year. If volunteer seedlings are offspring from hybrid plants, you…

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July Gardening Tips

July Gardening Tips

July Gardening Tips July is another busy month in the garden. My peas are producing now so later this month, when they’ve worn themselves out, they’ll be replaced. It sounds harsh, doesn’t it? One of the first seeds to be sown, watched and waited for, cheered over when they broke through the soil’s surface, and then unceremoniously ripped out or rototilled under, and replaced. These July gardening tips should help you get focused and cut down the time you spend…

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Growing Peppers in Your Garden

Growing Peppers in Your Garden

Growing Peppers in Your Garden One of my favorite parts of gardening is growing peppers. I don’t favor them because they’re one of my favorite things to eat. When it comes to eating, peppers are good but they don’t agree with me, something I try to not take personally. I love growing peppers. There are so many shapes, flavors, uses, sizes and even colors that they never get boring, and peppers aren’t fussy. Growing Peppers – Tips Pepper seedlings don’t…

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What Can I Plant in My Garden Mid-June

What Can I Plant in My Garden Mid-June

What Can I Plant in My Garden Mid-June The ground is warmer, rainy season is hopefully over, the sun is higher and days are longer. Seeds germinate faster. A seed that might take 10 days to germinate in the spring could take three now. By mid-June the weather starts to stabilize and the nights should be consistently at 50° or higher over night. You can plant a lot in the garden mid-June. You can transplant seedlings and start seeds. I…

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Planted Today- June 7, 2016

Planted Today- June 7, 2016

Planted Today I planted today! A lot. I got a lot done. There’s a little more I’d like to have planted today but it rained, and I was getting cold dressed in just a t-shirt with my jeans.  It was cool and cloudy when I started working in the high tunnel, then the sun came out and warmed the tunnel to well over 80°, five degrees above my melting point. I moved outside to the regular garden. The sunshine was…

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