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June 6, 2019

I'm pleased to share that I haven't seen evidence of groundhogs in my garden for several weeks now. I know that it got me good twice. After the first time, I used old concrete edging bricks to block its access under the chainlink fence.

But since it couldn't squeeze und...

May 2, 2019

In response to garden center customers' interest in pollinator plants for shaded gardens, I collaborated with my colleagues to write this blog post of recommended plants. But as I was thinking about it a little more, another question that I often hear from other garden...

March 14, 2019

I wasn't able to start planting on Saturday because the soil was too wet from all the rain. Today's forecast calls for a high of 70F, so I'm busy planting all the things!

Here's what I'm growing in my plot at Pomegranate Alley Community Garden:

For my backyard garden, I'...

February 21, 2019

I'm so excited to start gardening this spring at Pomegranate Alley Community Garden. Combined with the raised beds in my backyard, this community garden plot effectively doubles my vegetable growing capacity.

Of course, I had already jumped in and started pulling w...

February 14, 2019

I know, I promised an outstanding turnip recipe in my last post. I found one, I just haven't had the time to make it yet: turnip gratin. What caught my eye with this particular gratin recipe is that you bake it in three steps. Using a heavy skillet (not a ceramic or gl...

January 24, 2019

In researching this post, I did the same as a presume my readers would: I googled "how to repot houseplants." But then I read through pages and pages of results. I was delighted that the most sensible advice had risen to the top of the list, from HGTV. What I liked mos...

January 17, 2019

Beyond anything else, the most frequently asked houseplant questions are about watering. This is why the first question I addressed in my Garden Center FAQ post had to do with watering. In that post, I answered how often to water houseplants, but I did not specifi...

December 6, 2018

In the summer of 2014, UDC offered free soil testing to the community. I was happy to take advantage of this opportunity. My reported results were as follows: the soil's pH was neutral, the nitrogen level was reported as "sufficient," and all other major nutrient level...

September 20, 2018

In the above video, Patrick Dolan explains his gardening methods. His methods have a lot of overlap with my own and I agree 100% with his five gardening principles:

  1. Grow a lot of food

  2. Don't spend much money

  3. Don't work harder than you have to

  4. Work with...

March 15, 2018

I don't have any updates from my garden this week because I've been away on vacation. I hope to accomplish most of my spring planting this weekend. In the meantime, here are some considerations for deciding what to plant in your vegetable garden.

#1: What do you like to...

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