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I Declare War on Deer. The Sequel.

I wrote a blog post about my solar powered electric deer fence in July 2009. I DECLARE WAR on Deer and Rabbits! Now, 3 years later, I have captured the effectiveness of my substantial efforts on video. I arrived home…

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Got a new tool for Christmas!

Got a new tool for Christmas! It’s a multi-purpose garden knife from Jackson Tools, the professional tools division of Ames True Temper.I will say, this tool is a hybrid version between a narrow hand shovel and the traditional hori hori…

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Winter crop that never fails

Rutabagas … eaten Thanksgiving guests have long since departed.  We’ve just about liberated all leftovers from our refrigerator.  It’s now time to turn my attention to our vegetable garden. Not much that I planted remains to harvest.  I pulled the…

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Tomato Patch: Setting out the plants

Ready to transplant Surprise: I set out my tomato plants last evening. The plants were growing so fast I had to transplant them into our garden five days before I originally planned. In earlier Tomato Patch postings, I explained that…

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How Large a Rake Do You Need?

These old teeth get the job done Do I need a Tacoma pickup truck or an 18-wheeler to cart bags of pine-bark mulch from Sun Nurseries to our house?Easy answer: My little Tacoma is just the right size, thank you,…

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Post-frost chore–winterizing your garden tools

We had frost in our neighborhood Saturday morning. Low spots in our lawn were sparkly white just after dawn, as was our neighbor’s hillside. But it was a light, not killing, frost. My tomatoes escaped damage, but I know that…

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Hoe, hoe, the wheel hoe comes round again

Barbara Damrosch’s “A Cook’s Garden” column in the Local Living Section of today’s Washington Post features today’s version of the wheel hoe—you know, the big-wheeled cultivator our parents and grandparents used. To read her column and see a photo of…

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