Oh, weeds…how we love to hate them! Admittedly, their resilience is impressive. We smother them, douse them in vinegar, lop off their heads, and torch them with flames. Sounds like something straight out of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ doesn’t it? One might argue that aggressive tactics are the only way to deal with these sneaky…

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Lettuce

At its most basic, hydroponic gardening refers to the practice of growing plants without soil. Given the massive degradation of our earth’s soils over the past century (which requires ever-increasing amounts of fertilizer to produce even moderate yields), it’s not surprising that more and more growers are turning to hydroponics to produce the crops that…

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Compost Pile

We know that composting is a smart thing to do. So is choosing organic produce over conventionally grown food to feed ourselves and our families. But the reality is that it’s not always possible for everyone to buy organic all the time. For some people, it’s not just a matter of availability but also a…

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Garden Wildlife

The leaves are falling fast from the trees and the season’s first frost doesn’t feel very far away. Suddenly, you realize that there isn’t much time left to put the garden to bed for winter. And so you furiously dig out your tools and start cleaning up and cutting back. You pull up weeds, remove…

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Sprout

Follow gardening boards on Pinterest and you’ll seen dozens of photos of eggshell starters—that is, eggshells being used as indoor growing pots for seeds before they are ready to be transplanted outdoors. Eggshells are great containers because they are full of calcium, a key nutrient for growing seedlings. Plus, you can plant the eggshells right…

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Leaf Pile

Typical of this time of year, it is raining buckets here in the Pacific Northwest—and as the rain comes down, so do the leaves from the trees. As tempting as it is to stay inside (and drink mugs of hot tea all day long!), there is still plenty of work to be done in the…

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Have you harvested your last juicy red tomato? Coaxed the last few cucumbers from the vine? Don’t despair! Seize this opportunity to get your garden ready for growth that can last through the fall and into the early winter. In many parts of the country, cooler temperatures bring out the best in a variety of…

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Is there a shrub or a small tree that doesn’t quite fit in its current location? Are you in the mood for a landscaping ‘makeover’? Mid-autumn is an ideal time to transplant perennials and shrubs, at least here in the Pacific Northwest where relatively mild and rainy conditions help ensure that plants have plenty of…

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Clover

In a previous post, we talked about how gardeners can take advantage of the early fall to reinvigorate the microbial life of their soil. Fall is an especially good time to apply volcanic rock dust to the soil because winter rains and snow helps distribute depleted nutrients (like magnesium, calcium, silicon and iron) to plants in…

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By late summer, your plants—and you!—might be feeling a bit worn out. But trust us, the time and energy that you put into the soil in early fall will pay big dividends next year in the form of healthier plants that require less work. In fact, early fall is the best time of the year to…

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