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Archive for January, 2012


   Jan 27

Does Fertilizer Go Bad

I received this question last spring. I have old bags of fertilizer in my shed; are they still good, can I mix them together? Yes, absolutely, don’t throw any of it away and you can mix them together. What is most confusing when trying to understand fertilizer is the word “nutrient.” “Healthy plants need lots [...]

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   Jan 27

Going Organic

I receive a lot of problem questions at this time in the season from people who have decided to garden organically. They subscribed to the magazines, did all of the reading, surfed the web but; their plants aren’t as big as they used to be, there aren’t as many flowers or fruit on the plants, [...]

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   Jan 23

The Three Sisters

This is the time of year when there is a lot of traffic on the gardening blogs from people who have heard good things about Three Sisters Gardening. They want to try it, even though they are not sure of what it is exactly, and how to do it. Essentially, the Three Sisters Garden is [...]

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   Jan 13

Heirloom Seeds

New Catalogs, Part 2: In January, the crop harvested is gardening catalogs. The agriculture industry, like so many other industries, has experienced its share of mergers and acquisitions. I am aware of three companies that each acquired a half dozen or more operations and still produce catalogs under their original names. So, ordering from one [...]

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   Jan 11

Sunroom Activities

February 27: Sowed some cool weather vegetables in flats. Lettuce seedlings will be transplanted by the end of March (I hope.) February 15: My recommendation to anyone who wants to start a garden is to make a list of things you want to grow, design your ideal planting bed size, and then cut everything in [...]

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   Jan 06

Grow Light Plan

March 1: How do your seedlings look when you harden them off before transplanting; tall and scrawny or short and stout? If you are like me then it is probably the former; but I am getting better. Successfully growing plants from seed indoors is a mixed bag because our focus is out of order. Sunlight, [...]

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   Jan 06

New Project

I was given a sick geranium from a friend who asked me to try to save it. I have already operated, removing all old and sickly growth. The pruning was a success and should new growth begin to appear I will schedule more procedures. Jan 11, I placed the geranium in a south facing window [...]

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