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Choosing a Container

Choosing a Container

When I start seeds or pot up seedlings I use an odd collection of containers. The list includes rigid plastic organizer bins, cut-off soda bottles, butter tubs, party cups, and any left-over plastic cells from last year’s garden shop purchases. At the propagation stage I focus on the health of the plant rather than the […]

Picking a Tree

Picking a Tree

We had not planned to shop for plants as we parked and threaded our way through the lot to the massive flea market held at the North Carolina State Fair Grounds. For plant shopping our first choice would have been the farmer’s market a little further south. As the sun roasted our brains we scanned […]

The Persimmon Tree

The Persimmon Tree

On my regular walking circuit I pass under a persimmon tree which drops fruit across the sidewalk in early fall. Joggers, walkers, bikers, strollers, and dogs make mush out of the ripened fruit. After stepping around smashed orange globes for several days I thought, “Maybe I should take some fruit home, strip out the seeds, […]

Boosting Seed Performance

Boosting Seed Performance

I’ve read that carrots are one of the easiest crops to grow, yet I’ve sowed carrots multiple times this season with dismal results. Only a few plants germinated, and they quickly disappeared. Disheartening performance for a vegetable described by many as “a cinch to grow.” What am I doing wrong? How can I improve my […]

Cedar Raised Beds

Cedar Raised Beds

Last fall’s hurricane and tropical storm duo forced the removal of three mature trees in our backyard. I’ve waited excitedly through the spring to see how much sunshine would reach the ground in our previously heavily-shaded space. And I planted tomatoes and cucumbers by faith expecting to harvest fresh veggies during the 2019 season. I […]

Vertical Vegetables

Vertical Vegetables

Whether you plan to garden vertically or not, this book is worth a long look. Author Amy Andrychowicz covers the reasons for and the techniques behind vertical gardening in an easy-to-digest format that will leave gardeners itching to get outside and experiment. The beautifully illustrated book comes loaded with pictures offering examples and ideas as […]