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Top Five Garden Goals For The New Year

*This post contains affiliate links. Please see my Privacy Policy for more details.   Happy New Year! It’s officially 2019 and I have big plans for the garden! While most people are busy making practical resolutions to actually improve their lives, here I am thinking about what goals I have for the garden this year. I mean, sure, it’s the middle of winter, but I’ll be starting indoor seeds in no time and spring will be here before we know it! So without further ado, here are my top five garden goals for the new year: Set Up An Indoor Growing Area(941) 244-2496

How To Choose What To Grow In Your Garden

Making a list, checking it twice… and no, I’m not talking about Christmas presents! I recently received some of my favorite winter pick-me-ups: seed catalogs! It’s so fun to flip through the pages and dream of spring. If you don’t order seed catalogs, get online and put in a request ASAP (I personally like the Pinetree Garden Seeds Catalog and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Catalog.) The descriptions of each variety will give you an idea of what you might like, and you’re bound to come across something that you haven’t grown before that looks intriguing. Unfortunately, having so many options can also be(978) 769-5216

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*This post contains affiliate links. Please read my Privacy Policy for more details. ‘Tis the season! Not gardening season unfortunately, but the holidays are just around the corner! And yes, I know it’s only November but I promise Christmas will be here in no time. One of my favorite ways to kick off the season (besides drinking way too many peppermint white mochas) is to make my Christmas list. I love trying to find the perfect gifts for my friends and family, something I know will make them smile but will also be useful. For those of you who are a little…Continue Reading

Creating A Winter Habitat For Wildlife

*This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my Privacy Policy for more details.   Here in New England, it’s impossible to deny that winter is just around the corner. The air is crisp, my boots have been officially pulled from the closet, and a few days ago I woke up to a glistening layer of frost outside. Fortunately, people have the benefit of cozy houses and warm dinners, but our wildlife does not. Although most animals are well-equipped to survive even harsh winters, there are some steps you can take to ensure their success. Leave Clean-Up For The Spring Dead blooms415-489-1797

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Ahh, October. ‘Tis the season of pumpkins, apples, stunning foliage and a fading garden. With a few exceptions such as cold-hardy greens and root vegetables, your harvests are probably coming down to their final days. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed a productive summer with lots of delicious homegrown vegetables and herbs! Although the growing season is coming to a close, there’s still plenty to do! Stay busy this October with these chores, then cozy up under a blanket with a good book at the end of the day. Dealing With Fallen Leaves A trademark of October is gorgeous foliage; unfortunately, it doesn’t236-801-8947

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One of my favorite things about gardening is that every year is different. You can find and grow unique varieties, and the growing conditions always present new challenges. Gardening provides a learning experience that never gets boring! I tried some new varieties this year, and grew some old favorites. Here’s what I loved and what I’ll probably pass on next year. Thumbs Up: Nantes Carrots & Dragon Carrots Believe it or not, this was my first year growing carrots and it was a HUGE success. I ordered seeds from Pinetree Garden Seeds and direct-sowed in my garden, following the packet recommendations. Both…Continue Reading

Top 5 September Gardening Chores

Fall is in the air! As I stepped outside this morning, the breeze had a slight chill that rustled through leaves that are beginning to take on a beautiful rusty red around the edges. I’ve been chugging Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and I’m already filling the house with fall scents. Can you tell I’m ready for cool weather? Autumn in New England is my favorite time of year, and while some may think that the arrival of September marks the end of gardening season, there are plenty of chores that need to be done to extend the growing season and to…Continue Reading

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September is just around the corner! That means big changes are happening in the garden: you should have fall crops starting to grow in the vegetable garden, and late-season bloomers are beginning to steal the show in your flower beds as summer blooms fade away. Contrary to popular belief, there are more ways to enjoy fall flowers than having bright pots of orange and yellow mums sitting on your porch! Plenty of beautiful options grow right in your flower beds and will keep your garden gorgeous and colorful right through autumn. And let me tell you, there’s nothing better than210-493-7541

Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

*This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my privacy policy for more details. If there’s one thing gardening has taught me, it’s that making your own pantry staples from homegrown veggies is easier and tastier than you’d think. We’re so used to going to the grocery store to grab jars of tomato sauce, pesto, or salsa, that we often don’t even stop to think about how EASY those things are to make ourselves! This year one of my goals was to focus on being a producer rather than a consumer, so I’ve been trying recipes for things that I’d normally buy.…Continue Reading

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*This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my privacy policy for more details.   Hello, August! It’s hard to believe, but we’re in the last full month of summer! Our gardens are (hopefully!) in full swing, and are overflowing with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, and anything else you’ve tended to over these past few months. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with recipes such as zucchini bread and Carrot Zucchini Fritters, Cherry Tomato Confit, and this Carrot Ginger Soup from Skinnytaste.com. Although it’s easy to get swept up in summer fun and deny that fall…Continue Reading