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Adventures in container food gardening

Several years ago I had to give up my backyard vegetable garden because the trees nearby were casting too much shade. I was lucky enough to find a community garden plot, which is where I now grow my tomatoes, peppers,…

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More snowy day citrus – Meyer lemon

I have had to deal with scale on calamondin oranges in the past. You are right, Erica, it is strangely satisfying!  This is my third season with this Meyer lemon. I put it out on the deck as soon as…

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Growing veggies and herbs at your window

  BioCité – Bottle Garden WindowFarm – make your own Having all year-round fresh veggies and herbs growing in your window is the idea proposed by Biocité a Quebec, Canada – a company that uses recycled glass bottles, and WindowFarm…

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Green Ice becomes green slush: My mini-greenhouse fails

My cheap mini-greenhouse after two winters’ use The mini-greenhouse I made by cutting the bottom from a plastic storage box failed during recent frigid temperatures. I picked lettuce from the mini-greenhouse every month during the 2011-2012 winter—one of the warmest…

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Growing Cumbers Inside

Cucumber with bloom  Win some, lose some when you’re experimenting, but it’s fun to experiment, especially when it comes to growing food and pushing the limits of production. This year, one of the things I wanted to try was growing…

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More recycled materials for gardens

Since we are all taking advantage of the warm winter to work on preparing our gardens for the season (are we?  I hope I’m the only one who hasn’t gotten to it yet) I thought I’d share a couple of…

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Pat’s 792-square foot garden

As many of you out there have discovered, you can still grow your own food even if you have little space or soil.  UME Master Gardener Pat Lynch, in Montgomery Village, Maryland, lives in a townhouse with a 792-square foot…

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