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Five Seed-Starting Myths Shattered

Five Seed-Starting Myths Shattered

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Like any activity with a long history, gardening has its share of traditions. Some of these are sound practices, while others should have been thrown on the compost heap long ago. Seed-starting is one gardening project that seems especially steeped in lore. And with good reason—the whole process of turning a dead-looking speck of dust into a vibrant, living plant… Read more →


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Feed Your Veggies So Your Veggies Feed You

Feed Your Veggies So Your Veggies Feed You

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How do you fertilize your vegetables?  Do you pull a bag off the shelf?  Feed them a steady diet of homemade compost? Here’s how to give them what they really need… In his latest book, The Intelligent Gardener:  Growing Nutrient-Dense Food (New Society Publishers, 2013), Steve Solomon’s message is simple—How can you know what nutrients to add to your soil if you don’t know… Read more →


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A Bed of Shareable Perennial Plants

A Bed of Shareable Perennial Plants

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I love before-and-after shots, don’t you? Here’s a short time lapse of my new perennial bed.  Photo #1 was taken on Sept. 18th, just after the plants were set into their new homes.  It was Portland’s second hottest summer on record, though for the record the grass is usually that blond here every summer.  Photo #2 was taken today, Oct…. Read more →


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A New Garden (And Living with a Celebrity Cat)

A New Garden (And Living with a Celebrity Cat)

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With MUCH fanfare, happy tears, hugs, and rejoicing, I am ecstatic to report that my garden buddy George the cat is home safe. That little fuzzy-faced muppet walked 12 MILES back to our old home after slipping out during the move across town.  This is a cat who regularly locks himself in the bedroom when he accidentally nudges the door shut.  This… Read more →


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Exploring the New Neighborhood

Exploring the New Neighborhood

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I’ve been off-line for some time, in a deep and sorrowful funk. We moved into our new house two and a half weeks ago, which was a joyous occasion, but it was also the day our youngest cat, George, ran off in all the commotion, and we haven’t been able to find him since. He is microchipped, but no one… Read more →


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A Nifty DIY Soil Test

A Nifty DIY Soil Test

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“I don’t know what that gunk is in the jar, but can’t we get it off the kitchen table?”–This from my husband a few days ago. “No!  That’s my soil test!” The soil at our new house seemed sticky to me, and fearing that I would be dealing with clay for the next several years, I did a simple do-it-yourself test to determine… Read more →


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Playing with Color Combinations in the Garden

Playing with Color Combinations in the Garden

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Dreaming up stunning color combinations is one of the most fun, creative, and satisfying activities any gardener can do.  But how to come up with them?  Well, you can study plant combination books, look at pictures, and imagine compositions in your head, but nothing beats seeing plants live and in person and trying out different combinations right in the garden. That’s why… Read more →


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