Gardening

Current Trends in Gardening

Current Trends in Gardening

When thinking of a beautiful home, it's not only about the architectural design or color palette. A garden can be just as essential when creating an appealing aesthetic. Explore some of the current trends and discover a new way to shape your garden this spring.

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Growing Year Round

Growing Year Round

If you would like to extend your growing season by starting your crops in late summer and enabling them to grow, ripen, and harvest until late fall, and early winter, a greenhouse or high tunnel can be the answer. Extending the growing season has been a "must-do" for commercial growers, but home gardeners can also take advantage of being able to grow for longer periods. There are many ways of extending your growing season. Here are some products that can help you in extending your growing season and watering tips.

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How to Store Your Harvested Fruits and Vegetables

How to Store Your Harvested Fruits and Vegetables

With colder nights and days and our ripe and ready vegetables getting to be more than we can consume, it's time to think about storing some of our harvests. Drying, canning, and freezing are the three top methods of storing your garden's bounty for enjoyment in the months ahead.

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Plant Now for Fall and Winter Veggies

Plant Now for Fall and Winter Veggies

Start prepping your soil for a fall garden, enjoy fresh veggies through late summer and fall. Start by removing weeds and old vegetables, turn the top of soil 4-6 inches, and add compost to your garden bed. Don't dig the bed too deeply as it will upset the beneficial microbes in the ground that aid the veggies in their attempt to pull nutrients from the soil. Once the seedlings are 4-5 inches tall, you should apply a layer of mulch to keep the ground warm, moist, and to keep the weeds down. Adding organic fertilizer will also help replenish the soil and give the soil back some of the nutrients it needs for your fall crop.

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Turn Your Backyard into a Food Oasis

Turn Your Backyard into a Food Oasis

Now is a great time to start an edible landscape. Growing your food without sacrificing beauty is possible by planting a few small fruit trees, berry bearing shrubs, vines, and even food producing ground covers. Beneficial insects are needed to help pollinate your edible garden. These insects are attracted by flowers such as alyssum, thyme, cosmos, marigolds, echinacea, and coreopsis.

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Planning Your Spring Garden

Planning Your Spring Garden

With spring only a few weeks away I am excited about getting the first seeds and starts planted. Thoughts of tasty heirloom tomatoes, garden fresh spring greens, cucumbers, basil, a wide assortment of sweet and spicy peppers, and a colorful array of flowers will keep your spirits high through the challenges of spring. Designing new and sustainable, low maintenance garden features will help make your yard come to life. Adding on to my edible garden with new fruit varieties, vegetable starts bought from local sources, planting herbs to use in our kitchen, and seeing the perennial flowers come back year after year are some of the pleasures of spring for me.

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