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The Garden Hoes Podcast – Mulch – Episode 7

In this month’s episode, we talk about mulching, pruning hydrangeas (~11:20), and spring lawn care (~15:50). Native Plant of the Month: Blue Flag Iris (~20:45) Garden Tips of the Month (~23:15) Bug of the Month: Spotted Lanternfly (~31:00) If you…

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World Soil Day – and a reminder to cover your soil

Today is World Soil Day as declared by the United Nations General Assembly. So I hope you’ve spent some time thinking about how vital good soil is to our gardens, our agriculture, and our planet. Soil rocks! Also, soil… humuses. Um….

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Beat the weeds with a “stale seed bed”

Winter annual weeds like chickweed, henbit, and deadnettle can quickly overrun early planting beds. Turning these weeds under brings more weed seeds to the surface to germinate and the healthy winter annual weeds sometimes reestablish after turning with a fork…

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Aching back? 10 tips for senior gardeners

Ankle pain is connected to knee pain.  Knee pain is connected to hip pain.  Hip pain is connected to back pain.  That’s just the way it is for many senior gardeners—at least for me. Because of all my aches and pains…

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Tomato Patch: Solving my living-mulch problem

My living-mulch problem I showed you in a recent posting about the living-mulch problem in the Tomato Patch—thousands of seeds that had sprouted after I put down straw mulch.  I asked readers to send suggestions for solving the problem.  Let…

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Tomato Patch: Help solve my mulch problem

Straw mulch, May 31 I have a new problem—living mulch—in the Tomato Patch, and I hope you will tell me how you think I can solve the problem. I mulched most of my rows of tomato transplants in my usual…

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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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