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Possible Plants for Wintering Over

Sun, 11/20/2022 - 03:59

In the comments to a recent post Laura asked me to write about  what survives in my garden over the winter and what I plant specifically in the fall to overwinter. Our usual wonderful fall weather turned into what is more like early winter.  So here I am still planting and trying to get ready to […]

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Reader urges – “take a chance and plant!!”

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 21:23

Principles of good gardening  (like my 3 keys) are fundamental truths that apply to almost every location across a wide range of the earth’s surface. When it comes to facts and figures about what will grow, when it will grow, and how it will grow, it’s impossible to state anything as being 100% true all […]

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Growing Kale in the Fall – A Reader’s Experience

Mon, 10/31/2022 - 03:47

Gardening is so easy when you keep it simple.  And that’s what TMG is all about. It’s fun when readers write and let me know they’ve benefited from my simple methods. Susan, a reader who lives in this area, sent the picture below and wrote: “Am cooking my first batch (of kale) tonight; will have […]

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Plants that Don’t Come Up Might Surprise You

Fri, 10/14/2022 - 07:18

When I was still thinking about writing this post I got an email from my friend and reader, Abigail.  She addressed the very thing I wanted to write about.  So I took my title for this post from her email. (You’ll recall I wrote about some health issues Abigail was having in a letter to […]

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Only 9 Remain

Mon, 10/10/2022 - 10:14

If you’ve been wanting my book on Organic Gardening and planned to order, I wanted to let you know only 9 books remain. The cost is $28.95.  A flat rate of $8.95 for shipping within the US. I want to reprint, but it won’t be this year. To order go here and click the yellow […]

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Bees and Bugs – Garden Observations

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 01:31

Although I’ve noticed a continuing decline in various bees and bugs over the past decade, this year the difference seems more drastic. Even in late spring when blueberry bushes were in full bloom I didn’t think I was going to have any bees to pollinate.  Finally a few showed up, but it seems to me […]

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Your Success & Nature’s Principles

Wed, 08/03/2022 - 16:50

Your success in the garden and knowing and following Nature’s principles work hand in hand. New to gardening? New to TendingMyGarden.com?  New to working with nature? Want to make sure you’re using the main principles of nature in your garden to help you become even more successful? I encourage you to read and digest the […]

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An Unlikely Friendship

Sat, 07/09/2022 - 02:39

Nothing in nature is written in stone. The best we can do is come to a conclusion about what generally happens with whatever thing we’re talking about or dealing with.  What  Usually Takes Place As with most critters, seeing one means two or more.  At least it will eventually. And unless a predator is around […]

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Garden pictures and tips- June 1 thru 15, 2022

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 22:22

By seeing what others do and learning what they’re experiencing, we can build a knowledge base that will help us in our own gardens. That’s the purpose of this post.  I’ll focus only on the main things going on currently so this post won’t get too long. Other things I’ll cover at some other time. […]

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Ideas to Easily Help Restore Fertility to Your Garden

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 05:17

This post gives you simple examples from my spring garden on ways to work with nature to continually and easily help restore fertility to your soil. They involve little or no cost and very little effort. Here’s How Plants Can Benefit the Garden My garden is transitioning to crops of the main growing season. Plants […]

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How Using Chemicals in the Garden Was First Accepted

Sat, 05/07/2022 - 02:05

When you first started gardening did you think that you had to use chemicals to be successful?  It’s not a stretch to say that the majority thinks using chemicals is necessary for a successful garden. Fortunately for me, I always knew that I wanted to garden by working with nature  long before Bill and I […]

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Making Sure You Know What Help is Available

Wed, 04/06/2022 - 04:50

In addition to the encouragement given in the comments area of the last post, I also received some valuable input via email from a reader. This input might end up being helpful TO YOU by letting you know what information is available here. Susan wrote “Thank you, thank you!  I may try to grow some […]

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Short Cuts and Tips – Starting Seedlings

Wed, 03/30/2022 - 05:12

With a few short cuts and tips starting seedlings and getting them to a size you can transplant is a lot easier and less time consuming than many would have you believe. Keep This in Mind A lot of what and how you do it, depends on what methods work with what you have going […]

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Is There a Best way to Harvest Mache? It Depends.

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 03:57

In the garden harvesting mache last week, it occurred to me that readers new to growing it might wonder about the best way to harvest this small but delicious green. Later that afternoon when I checked the most recent post for comments, I found one reader had that very question. Susan wrote: “I’m not sure […]

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Tomatoes, Peppers – keeping 8 to 10 weeks past freeze

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 01:24

Keeping tomatoes and peppers 8 to 10 weeks past the first few frosts and freeze is important for me since I depend on my garden for most of what I eat.  The only organic vegetables I buy at the grocery store are cabbage and carrots since I’ve not yet grown enough to take me through […]

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October Garden “Walk-Around”

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 00:52

Welcome to my October garden and a virtual “walk-around”. From experiences in the past I know that people can look at my garden, even when it’s in full production mode, and not even know that I’m growing food. Nonetheless, most of what I eat comes from my garden. As you can see in the photos, […]

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What should you grow? (Part 2 Keeping Gardening Simple)

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 03:58

Much of what you decide to grow depends on why you garden. If you’re a hobby gardener your choices may be a lot different than someone who gardens for survival. Why I Garden As long time readers know, I started gardening (42 years ago) so Bill and I could (literally) have something to eat.  And […]

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Buckwheat as a Cover Crop – Techniques to Simplify

Fri, 07/30/2021 - 03:20

Currently I’m planting buckwheat in the garden as a cover crop in beds that contained spring peas, lettuces, or onions this spring. Although fundamental truths for success in gardening remain firm, techniques to obtain those can vary with each individual. In this post I’ll share techniques that may give you ideas about how to save […]

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Keeping Gardening Simple Has Many Benefits

Tue, 06/22/2021 - 01:38

Keeping gardening simple, not only makes it easier in the best of times, but could make all the difference in your chances for survival in hard times. I’ll go over many of the benefits of using my suggestions for doing that in this post. Those who have a more complicated way of gardening may want […]

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At What Age Should Kids be Introduced to Gardening?

Sat, 12/19/2020 - 02:35

A reader just left questions as part of her comment on the last post. She wanted to know if I offer gardening ideas for kids?  And at what age should she start introducing her kids to gardening? As soon as kids can get into your garden (whether you’re still carrying them or they’re toddling in) […]

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