May 2009

Top Bar Bee Hive

Barnyard

I remember the family beehives from childhood– smoldering cotton sending puffs of smoke from granddad’s smoker, jars of comb submerged in amber, chewing the honeyed wax like gum. I always knew I wanted to continue the tradition but I thought living in a subdivision meant no bees for me. I was happy to learn I […]

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Succession Planting Planner

Free Plans & Printables

SUCCESSION PLANTING is the term gardeners use to refer to planting something else in place when a previous crop is all finished. To pull this off effectively, you need a few things: 1. A diagram of your garden with zones marked off and numbered/lettered/named for old boyfriends, whatever…The one above is of four of my […]

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Easy Organic Garden Plant Food

DIY

picture from Tomatocasual.com Sometimes our plants go yellow. Or brown on the leaf edges. Or just generally unhappy in a well-watered, pest-free, yet-some-how-still-unhappy way. The plant is probably hungry. You can go CRAZY trying to figure out if it’s missing calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, what-have you, OR you can just use this: Veggie Plant Food (Enough […]

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Three Sisters Flop Alert

FLOPS

Who knew the Three Sisters method of planting corn, beans, and squash would get so much press all of the sudden? From community education gardens to the White House, everybody and his dog is planting a Three Sisters garden. How can I put a new spin on it that will make throwing my hat into […]

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Easy Organic Garden Bug Repellant

DIY

See those aphids? They killed that plant. But I mixed up some voodoo and I haven’t seen one since. Allium Tea 6 cloves garlic 1 onion 1qt warm water 3T liquid soap* (not detergent) Buzz first three in blender. Add soap. Steep overnight and strain. Spray directly on bugs as a killer or use in […]

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