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Starting a compost pile and planting cover crops – winding down the vegetable garden for the year

Bin with waste inside

After a fun year of building support structures and growing really long squash, it was time to wind down the garden. Our first baby was born (thank you, thank you), and we had no further bandwidth or ambition to continue…

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Squash vine borers and squash bugs: two garden villains!

Squash bug and eggs

My squash and zucchini have been breeding grounds for these two garden pests in past years. They also have confused me because I tend to conflate the two or have mixed up which one I’m searching for information on online….

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DIY garden structures with materials you have on hand

Vegetable garden with gate

I had a lot of goals for improving my garden since last year’s adventure which meant new things to build! However, with the current prices of lumber and materials, plus my only basic carpentry skills, I didn’t want to go…

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Intermediate Gardener – Growing Season 2021

Hello again! Last year, I published a series of blogs chronicling my 2020 growing season from the perspective of a “semi-novice gardener.” Some things went well, some things did not, and I learned a lot in the process, thus I…

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Semi-novice Gardener – Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Adventure (vol. 5)

Current garden shot

And thus concludes my most ambitious growing season yet. I learned a lot, got a decent amount of vegetables to eat, got some exercise and building experience, and had a few challenges. For this final post, I will do a…

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Semi-novice Gardener – Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Adventure (vol. 4)

Raised bed garden

Here’s update #4 on my raised bed garden efforts this year. While we are enjoying eating our vegetables, some other creatures are as well. As our summer crops are winding down, we are starting some light fall vegetable crops, and…

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Semi-novice Gardener – Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Adventure (vol. 3)

Current garden shot

Hi all!  It’s time for check-in #3 on my summer gardening efforts.  Overall, things are going well, but there have been big ups and downs. The new raised bed we built is doing well.  Krysten planted corn in the center…

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