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Different Soils for Different Toils The expression “dirt cheap” must have come about before the advent of commercial potting soils. A gardener can drop a bundle even before acquiring seeds or plants. There’s nothing wrong, of course, with paying good money for a good-quality planting medium if it works for you. You might also find that you can make…
 
It’s easy to grow a few Christmas trees for your family use at the edge of a lawn or field. Some advance planning is required because it takes 8 to 10 years to produce an average-size tree. You may want to plant all of one type of tree or have variety from year to year. Among the best varieties are balsam and Fraser fir, white spruce, and Scotch pi…
 
A walk down a country lane can demonstrate what a difference trees and natural features can make to one’s comfort. The cool shade of overhanging maples is a welcome relief from the midday sun of July, yet on a bright winter’s day, sunshine streaming through the bare branches warms the body and soul. Similarly, the sheltering effects of pines and he…
 
Though an occasional nuisance to gardeners, deer are generally admired for their beauty and grace. The current deer population in the United States, estimated at over 12 million, is much larger than when this land was first settled by Europeans. The primary reason for the increase is land clearing.Through habitat development, even on a small scale,…
 
Over the years, the hosta has remained a favorite perennial with many gardeners. Also known as heart lily, plantain lily, and funkia, this easy-care plant, grown primarily for its colorful rippled foliage, is an ideal choice for shaded gardens. Some varieties such as plantaginea (‘Old August Lily’) will even grow in full sun.We associate hostas wit…
 
Many herbs are just as at home in the flower garden as they are growing by the kitchen door. Chives, for instance, can be nestled among rock garden plants or used in the perennial border. The spiky, light green chive foliage has an attractive grasslike appearance, and the pink-lavender flowers add early garden color.Lungwort, another early-flowerin…
 
This month, our Garden Musings are about raspberries. Mmmm. See our article with plant care tips—or, give your eyes a break and listen to the podcast, read by our editors!Fresh raspberries are always sold at a premium. And not only is the price prohibitive, but quality is also often low, for raspberries are notoriously poor keepers. The solution, o…
 
Greetings! How you are Enjoying the weather! Summer is coming! do you have your Seeds! Some companies are doing SALES right now to drive up some business. Check out in stores or the internet. And, if you decide to do something inside, use pods. AeroGarden may have the answer to your needs. Good Luck! THANKS! for listening! Have a Great Community Ga…
 
Among the most enthusiastic vegetables you can have in your garden is the humble bean. Though they can not be planted until the earth has been well warmed and the danger of frost is past, beans are quick to peep up through the seedbed, pulling their folded leaves from underground into the sunlight. You can assist in this process by turning the soil…
 
Taking divisions from your own (or your neighbor’s) perennials is the easiest way to add to your perennial garden. Divisions guarantee what you’ll get; however, your choices are necessarily limited to what is available (usually plants that spread quickly and are quite common). Commercial seeds will also provide a known quantity, but if you’re willi…
 
No matter how long the gardening season, it always seems to fall a bit short. Frame gardening is one way that many gardeners extend the growing season for a variety of flowers and vegetables. To make a cold frame, construct a bottomless box and set it in the garden or atop other good soil in a sunny location. Frames are usually made from scrap lumb…
 
A “foot-candle” sounds like a gadget that might have been advertised in an early edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, but actually it is a measure of light, specifically the amount of light cast by a candle over a one-square-foot area from the distance of one foot away. To put things in perspective, note that on a sunny summer day an exposed garden…
 
What do paper birch, white birch, and canoe birch have in common? Plenty! They are the same tree. Over the years people in different parts of the country have come to know trees by local names. Aspen, for instance, is commonly known as poplar or popple in some places and is sometimes mistakenly called gray birch. Maples are even more confusing. Is …
 
Excluding fruitcakes and zucchinis, potted jades are probably the most common gift passed between friends and family members. But it’s not a high-maintenance acquisition, for the jade plant thrives on neglect. Treat it badly enough, and this humble servant may even bloom for you.The jade plant, Crassula argentea, looks like a small, gracefully bran…
 
The ancients used brush for building boats, shelters, arrows, spears, and fences. Today we are not apt to cut more than a few bean poles or tomato stakes. If you are industrious, you might construct some winter protection for shrubs or cut up sticks for kindling.But if you really want to get rid of the stuff, brush becomes a weed, and it seems that…
 
The field mouse, a.k.a. field vole or meadow vole, inhabits just about every region of North America. An important part of the food chain, these cute little critters are a favorite snack of snakes, foxes, coyotes, and birds of prey. House cats often test their hunting skills by stalking field mice through tall grass, and even weasels seek them out.…
 
Greetings! Lets talk about the upcoming American Community Gardening Association 40th Annual Conference that will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, this year. Awesome for the Midwest. Bravo! Hope many of you that are doing your Harvest Meeting or Harvest Fund Raisers are able to raise some Great money for your next years' Community Garden. Have a Great …
 
Anyone who gardens seems never to have enough time on their hands. You can, however, enjoy “thyme” at your feet. An herbal lawn or pathway is somewhat more difficult to install than a conventional grass lawn, but in the long run it is much easier to maintain and is less subject to destruction from disease or insects. The appearance of an herbal law…
 
Greetings! There is a LOT of things going on this time of the Season! Hope you are either finished with cleaning out your Community Garden or adding some more plants in to bring in the Fall/Winter weather, or, you are extending the season with a Hoop House. Bravo! to what you decide. Lets hear of Canning, Making Brocolli Soup, and, of the Farmers A…
 
Growing to a height of 8 feet or more and topped with a bright yellow, cylindrical flower, mullein is one of those plants that have acquired many popular names throughout the centuries because of its myriad uses. The names Aaron’s rod and Jacob’s staff certainly refer to its sturdy stalk and quite possibly to its strength as a medicine. The nicknam…
 
Greetings! Stay Hydrated!!! It is a heat wave across America. Do water what plants you can. Lets talk about Raspberries for this year, Affordable Produce, and, Challenges in the Hemp Industry for a bit after the Farm Bill has been signed. THANKS! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day! Mary K. Hukill, Publisher, Author, Podcast/Radio Show…
 
They work at night under the protective cloak of darkness, slithering along on a silvery slime secreted from their own bodies. As daylight takes over the garden, they seek dank and dark places to hide from the sun. The only traces remaining from their attack are hardened, slimy trails glistening in the light and rough holes in the leaves and stems …
 
Greetings! It is Spring and Summer where NEW things pop up all the time. The Ball folks have their new Herb Growing Kit 3 pack out. It is a cute and fun way to Grow herbs of Basil, Celantro, and, Mint. So, check it all out at www.freshpreserving.com and see what it is all about PLUS all their other new arrivals. Are you all able to get in your Comm…
 
In Victorian times it was popular to have a special garden whose sole function was to provide flowers for cutting. This trend periodically enjoys revival, and with reason. While perennials and annuals can be grown together effectively, the food requirements for sustaining healthy perennials are excessive for annuals. And if one is going to gather c…
 
Greetings! Lets hear about "FOXGLOVES" and their wide brimmed Hats to help you when in your Community Garden. Lets get things rolling in how to protect your skin from the Sunshine and also keep your hands safe. Plus, there are some ways to help your Hands in other medical ways using these Fantastic Gloves. I'm Excited! the President of the Company …
 
The towering spires of delphinium are often compared with church steeples, yet it is the long nectary of the flowers that provides the inspiration for the name: The dolphin’s nose, Greek delphis, gives us delphinium, and the feet of larks inspired the nickname larkspur. Lovelier still to the tongue is the Spanish nickname espuela del caballero—the …
 
Greetings! It is Spring time and a lot of folks are buying their plants or seeds to get their Community Garden Ready. And, soon, Farmers Markets will be open to sell some light fare til the Growing Season really kicks in. Don't forget about our Community Garden Magazine that is seen on www.magzter.com in the "Health Section". We will have more site…
 
Greetings! The Spring Season is here and Groups are cleaning out their Community Garden sites. Some Groups are now just starting. The need is Great and more are starting Community Gardens. Lets hear about the Vienna, Austria, "Vegetable Orchestra" now in its 18 year or so......and, have you seen the latest "Community Garden Magazine" issue. It's al…
 
Rototilling the vegetable plot can be quite satisfying. A compacted, rutted piece of ground harvested last fall is transformed into a fresh, new, rich-looking expanse of earth ready to be planted with this year’s dreams. Some expert tiller operators, eager to justify the ownership of a thousand-dollar-plus soil-stirring machine, have perfected thei…
 
Tomatoes bring a considerable amount of pleasure even before they are eaten. (This is assuming that as a true gardener you like to putter and experiment.) In addition to deciding between different types of fruit, you get to choose between determinate and indeterminate varieties. The former (more recently developed) are sometimes called self-pruning…
 
Greetings! There is news on the Industrialized Hemp in the new Farm Bill 2018 version, and, info on the upcoming American Community Gardening Association Annual Conference 2019 which will be in Indianapolis, Indiana. Thanks! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day! www.communitygardenmagazine.com Mary K Hukill, Publisher, Radio Show Host e…
 
Greetings! Community Gardens can feed into Food Hubs, and, our Farmers need to Diversify more. A new study shows the current growing pattern isn't sustainable for just a few products. I stated this weeks or months ago........more Farm Bankruptcies since 2010 happening. Some could be from Trade. Diversify, IMO. Thanks! for listening! Have a Great Co…
 
Growing plants in window boxes puts them at eye level, which lends a different perspective than having them in your garden. The plants will become part of your view to the outdoors. And from the outside, the plants and container become part of the architecture.Since wood looks nice in almost any location and can easily be custom-built to fit the le…
 
Greetings! Food Hubs and Community Gardens go Together! There is Financing available to start a Food Hub, email: communitygardenrevolution@gmail.com Make some money selling to your local or Neighborhood Food Hub. Thanks! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day! www.communitygardenmagazine.com Mary K Hukill, Publisher, Radio Show Host email…
 
Greetings! THANKS! for coming today! Lets hear some Music options for your Fundraising events, how about info from the USDA on Commodities, and, I found some Food Hub Financing! WOO HOO!!! Join us! THANKS! for listening! Mary K. Hukill Community Garden Revolution Check out our Digital magazine "Community Garden Magazine". The current issue is about…
 
It's Winter and I want so do something that will help me keep interested in my Community Garden. What can I do with my Ball Mason Jars. What can I do with my Kitchen Scraps to help my Gardening, and, More! Thanks! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day! www.communitygardenmagazine.com Mary K Hukill, Publisher, Radio Show Host email: commu…
 
Winter is tough on plants. A snowless one exposes the soil to extreme temperature fluctuations that can damage the roots of trees and shrubs and actually heave perennials right out of the ground. Too much snow, especially the heavy or icy variety, snaps limbs and may even topple whole trees. Add to this drying winds, road salt, hungry animals, and …
 
Greetings! It is the time of the year through first Quarter of next year that you can get some Seed Catalogs. Grab them while you can and before some Companies have to do reprints or run out completely.Plus, what is new with the USDA. Thanks! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day! www.communitygardenmagazine.com Mary K Hukill, Publisher,…
 
Greetings! The Holiday Season is in the Air.....What FUN!!! Find out how Women helped win WWII after Pearl Harbor when more Men were Drafted. Plus, what GREAT Holiday Gift ideas does the Fresh Tech folks have in mind for canning, preserving and Ball Mason Jars! www.communitygardenmagazine.com Thanks! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day…
 
Greetings! Lets talk about the updates on Food Waste initiatives that the USDA is doing and, see what is happening to rural America with public and private investment. Check out Digital Magazine "Community Garden Magazine". Thanks! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day! www.communitygardenmagazine.com Mary K Hukill, Publisher, Radio Show…
 
For a Great many of us......our flowers and plants are still going and Growing! Strong! How about some more ideas of what can be done before Winter. Thanks! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day! www.communitygardenmagazine.com Mary K Hukill, Publisher, Radio Show Host email: communitygardenrevolution@gmail.com www.magzter.com is the Dig…
 
The end of the Growing season is here for most Community Gardens! Lets look at some more Canning ideas and some Tips on what to do with some Vegetables after Harvesting them! Check out Digital Magazine "Community Garden Magazine". Thanks! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day! www.communitygardenmagazine.com Mary K Hukill, Publisher, Rad…
 
Greetings! Today lets talk about Planting Bulbs, the Mum plant Care Facts, and, about the Fall Community Garden Clean Up that all Groups have to do. It may be time for some Groups to clean up or others may extend their Growing Season! Thanks! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day! Mary K Hukill, Publisher, Radio Show Host email: communit…
 
Greetings! A really superb Guest today! the Publisher of the www.Earth911.com site. It is one of my Favorite sites to receive their information. So, lets hear about what is on their mind, what Sustainable projects are catching their eye right now, and, what message he wants to give us. I'm Excited to have him here. Do be sure to sign up for their e…
 
Greetings! We're into the Growing Season! Awesome!!! Lets talk about a Group that is always in the Veggie mix with their very own Orchestra. "The Vegetable Orchestra" with instruments made from all Vegetables. AND, we'll hear some songs using Vegetables. Plus, lets talk about some other News. Thanks! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day…
 
Greetings! So much to talk about. The Executive Director from All-America Selections and the National Garden Bureau will tell us about her recent trip to California about the latest Trials. What new Plants does she forecast, what new trends, and, other information! Thanks! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day! Mary K Hukill, Publisher, …
 
BC Greenhouse is in the House! from Canada! THANKS! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day! Mary K Hukill, Publisher, Radio Show Host email: communitygardenrevolution@gmail.com www.magzter.com is the Digital Magazine "Community Garden Magazine" in the Health Section. Enjoy! www.heavensharvest.com Type in Promo Code 'mary' for your FREE Sh…
 
Greetings! We have an interesting Show this Week: Feeding Indiana's Hungry on Proposed Farm Bill and Possible SNAP Food Changes! Fiind out what the concerns and thoughts are of one Group. THANKS! for listening! Have a Great Community Garden Day! Mary K Hukill, Publisher, Radio Show Host email: communitygardenrevolution@gmail.com www.magzter.com is …
 
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