Gardening

Growing Purslane – Weeds As Food

Growing Purslane – Weeds As Food

Did you know that purslane, that ubiquitous weed that grows everywhere, is actually edible? And that it's full of vitamins and anti-oxidants and one of the best vegetarian sources of Omega-3 fatty acids? Wild purslane has been harvested and eaten in the Mediterranean...

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Growing a Perennial Vegetable Garden

Growing a Perennial Vegetable Garden

Unless you live in a tropical environment, the thought of growing  vegetables as perennials may seem unlikely. But left to their own devices, many vegetables are self-sowing, allowing you more time plan and plant the rest of the garden. Lettuce: Even if you live in...

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Get Ready To Plant Your Tomatoes

Get Ready To Plant Your Tomatoes

Is it time to plant your tomatoes? Tomatoes are best planted after all danger of a frost has passed. Here in the Mid-Columbia I've made a tradition of planting on Mother's Day. Only once have I had frost nip the plants. But this year my plants are HUGE and begging to...

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Battle With Bindweed

Battle With Bindweed

I am in the middle of a war, battling for garden supremacy. My enemy? The evil bindweed. No weapon seems completely defeat it, and I mow it down only to see multitudes take its place like armies of Hydras. Naively I once admired this plant. For years I had attempted...

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5 Tips for Growing Tomatoes From Seed

5 Tips for Growing Tomatoes From Seed

Tired of the long winter? Pull yourself out of the doldrums by planning and planting your own tomato seeds. There's nothing that will help you dream of warm spring days more than the thought of lush, ripe summertime tomatoes. Start with these quick tips, then join us...

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What To Do With An Abundant Garden Harvest

What To Do With An Abundant Garden Harvest

An abundant garden or CSA is cause for joy. But it can also lead to some angst. After all, what do you do with bushels of tomatoes or cartloads of zucchini or mounds of apples? If there is a time to get creative, this is it. See all of our great suggestions below and...

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Theme Gardens – Plan Your Preserving Garden

Theme Gardens – Plan Your Preserving Garden

Planting a garden and harvesting its results is a wonderful ego boost. There is just something about nurturing a plant and enjoying its fruits that leads to a sense of accomplishment and self satisfaction. But I have been known to get a little carried away, and in the...

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Theme Gardens – Planning a Deck or Balcony Garden

Theme Gardens – Planning a Deck or Balcony Garden

Are you a gardener at heart, but live in the tight confines of an apartment or small house? I am a firm believer that we can have a garden anywhere. It might be on a windowsill or a balcony or a patio or deck, but it's important for we gardeners to grow something....

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Theme Gardens – Planting Easy to Grow Herbs

Theme Gardens – Planting Easy to Grow Herbs

Got an itch to start a garden, but not sure where to start? An herb garden is one of the easiest and most rewarding gardens to grow. There are all kinds of good reasons to start an herb garden: Experienced cooks know that fresh herbs take an everyday meal from ho-hum...

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