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Frugal Gardener: Build a Light Stand

Thinking of buying or building a light stand to start your veggie, herb, or flower seeds this spring, so you can select the exact varieties you want and save a few bucks in the growing?How much do you want to…

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Inner child garden planning, and other stages

Like Christmas decorations, the seed catalogs appear earlier every year, and for much the same reason – beating competitors to the sales.  I don’t mind, though, because I start planning next year’s garden early, and it helps to work from…

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FrugalGardener: Overwintering seed–a cool idea

Veggie Garden 2010 is cleaned out for the most part. Autumn leaves are mulched or composted. Garden notes are updated. Next? It’s time to throw out all the left-over seeds—you know, all those half-filled, half-empty, green-bean, tomato, chard, and carrot…

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Seed Saving 101

For me, that is!  Actually I might be up to 202 by now, since I’ve been saving “easy” seeds for some time, the sort that dry on the plant and just need to be separated from pod or husk or…

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Too late to sow lettuce seed?

Disaster struck four times in a week and a half—torrential downpours that wiped out all but six of the lettuce plants that had sprouted from seeds I planted July 30. To compensate, I drove over to Sharp’s at Waterford Farm…

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Fall broccoli checklist: seedlings, worm poop, straw, tutu fabric

Susan Levi-Goerlich went down her checklist as she prepared to plant a fall crop of broccoli: 13 seedlings, box of worm poop, straw, and tutu fabric.Susan, a Howard County Master Gardener, considers herself a “beginner” when it comes to vegetables….

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Now the real fun begins!

Well, there I am! Tilling my garden. I don’t normally advocate tilling, but so many weeds had grown in my garden that it would have taken me at least half a day to get my soil ready. So I tilled….and…

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