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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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A Container Gardener Asks for Advice

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 01:28

A new reader (a container gardener) writes and asks, “Could you give me some advice, and could you do a blog about the unique issues with container gardening?” Some Folks are Unable to Garden in the Soil One possible situation for some gardeners might be to either garden in a container or not garden at […]

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Garden Observations Late Summer into Fall

Sun, 11/01/2020 - 09:12

Gardens are constantly changing.  This year’s garden observations late summer into fall show the garden’s progress and change since my post in mid summer. Observations can often give you some helpful organic gardening tips. Garden Observations – Fall Tomatoes are even Better! As mentioned in the last Observations post, Big Beef  (which has been my […]

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Fall Plantings Help You Eat into Next Spring

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 00:09

Fall plantings can help you eat from the garden through fall/winter and into early next spring. How much you plant and when you plant it can make a difference. For the most success: stagger plantings of the same crop several weeks apart. This can make a big difference in how long you enjoy eating from […]

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White Rot – Onions and Garlic (& Other Alliums)

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 08:26

Once you have the fungus (Sclerotica cepivorum) that causes white rot in your soil it’s  not likely you’ll get rid of it.  The good news is organic home gardeners especially can deal with it and still get a healthy crop of onions and/or garlic (or other alliums). Your success will come with incessant attention while […]

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A Secret to Success in the Garden

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 02:46

There’s a secret to success in the garden (or any other endeavor) that’s seldom mentioned. In spite of what’s promoted – either in ads for various gardening products or articles on gardening – things are not always perfect no matter how good the gardener or the garden is. As plants age they (like most life […]

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Learning Organic Gardening – July Observations

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 16:17

Learning organic gardening is easier when we learn from others. Pictures, organic gardening ideas, and observations from my July garden might help you in yours. My first garden and my current garden have proven to me many times that working with nature (using my 3 keys as the foundation for success) is the easiest way […]

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Organic Gardening Ideas from my June Garden

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 04:59

These pictures and organic gardening ideas from my June  garden might help you see (if you don’t already) that your garden doesn’t have to be perfection as dictated by someone else. Rather it can (and should) suit your individual needs AND be easy. Lots of New Gardeners This Year/ Prompted by Fear? Based on the […]

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You May Be Missing Out — Here’s What You Can Do

Fri, 04/10/2020 - 00:00

Sunday, April 5, 2020 I sent a private letter to TMG subscribers entitled Ways to Cope in This Pandemic Climate. (I was very pleased to receive many emails  from readers saying how much they liked the information and that they were looking forward to more. I have not finished replying to all yet — but […]

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Organic Garden Smarter and Easier – Enjoy Success by Using my 3 Keys

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 22:56

There’s always more than one way to accomplish a goal. One of the secrets to choosing the best way for YOU is knowing the advantages and/or disadvantages of the way you choose. That’s not always the easiest thing to know; especially when you’re new to gardening and have no experience. Most articles concentrate on what […]

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Your Winter Garden Crops Need Fresh Air

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 01:39

Plants need fresh air and good air circulation. This is true even in winter. No matter what form of protection you use for your plants, you’ll still need to insure they get enough ventilation. Fortunately your plants can survive short periods of being “closed up” when weather makes it impossible to do otherwise. When Lettuce […]

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The Thanksgiving Most Remembered (And we ate on the floor!)

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 01:59

Do you remember the uncared-for old farm house I told you about in a previous post? No heat, no running water, no bathroom, no phone. The one occupied by thousands of crickets, snakes, mice and the occasional raccoon and rat when we moved in. Bill and I lived there 20 years and our most memorable […]

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Tomatoes At Their Best in Drought Conditions

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 00:39

This area anticipated some much needed rain from hurricane Dorian passing off the coast the first part of September. Although a day of mist wet the leaves and grass, it didn’t even dampen the soil in the garden. We’ve not had a good rain since sometime in August. The bad news is that it’s hard […]

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Things September Brings to Mind – Extending the Season, Beautiful Blooms, Transplanting When it’s Dry, Tomatoes, Garlic

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 02:33

Garlic Do you buy your garlic from the grocery store? Are you aware that most of that comes from China? If you want to know the multitude of reasons why that garlic might not be your best choice you’ll want to review this post: Garlic – A Good Reason to Grow Your Own Garlic is […]

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A New Gardener Asks: “- what to do — after it all stops producing? Is there any thing I could plant which may grow from now till the first frost?”

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 23:01

Susan, a reader in New York, started her first garden this year. She told some of what she had learned in the comment section at the end of this post. In closing she asks “—what to do (if anything) after it all stops producing? Is there any thing I could plant which may grow from […]

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