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Greenhouses and Vertical Gardens

by Jean Gallagher on April 10, 2011

Vertical gardens are being talked about more each year. While not new, there are many advances to the technology that make it easier then ever to try your hand at this innovative and beautiful way to save space, create a sound barrier, even improving air quality. [click to continue…]

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Greenhouse Carrots – Which Ones to Choose?

by Jean Gallagher on March 11, 2011

It’s overwhelming choosing what variety of seeds you want to plant each year. Every spring I look at the array of varieties of carrot, tomato, basil, cauliflower, to name just a few. I remember back in the day when there wasn’t much more than 2 or 3 types of tomatoes to choose from, and about the same for carrots. [click to continue…]

Micro-Greens in your Greenhouse

March 1, 2011
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While your greenhouse is still cool, plant micro-greens. You can pick and choose which ones you like and grow them all together in any combination. If you keep the seeds in your freezer or refrigerator they will last for 4-5 years so you can purchase them in bulk. I have a couple of dozen seeds […]

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Early Blossoms on Greenhouse Seedlings – Disaster!

February 23, 2011
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Scheduling is one of the most difficult problems that we gardeners have. We’re all pushing for warmer days, but in some parts of the country, the weather just won’t cooperate.

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Mini fruits and vegetables to grow with your kids

February 18, 2011
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There’s nothing more fun than gardening with your kids or grandkids. I have a 5 year old grandson who loves two things: trucks and vegetable gardening. He gets so excited when he sees a garbage truck or a backhoe, but he gets even more excited when his tiny seeds break through the soil in the […]

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Greenhouse Herbs – Basil Ice Cubes

February 17, 2011
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Basil is one of the most loved herbs, but what do you do with all those leaves every time you prune your plants? It goes to seed quickly if it’s not pruned regularly. It seems there is either too much at one time and not enough when you need it most.

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Growing potatoes in old tires – a bad idea.

February 15, 2011
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I few days ago I wrote a post about growing early potatoes. Since then, I’ve been receiving emails about growing potatoes and other root vegetables in stacks of old tires which I didn’t mention as an option. Here’s my response. Tire rubber is toxic!!! Of course it is, and over time the microbes break down […]

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Another way to make money from your greenhouse or garden

February 14, 2011
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There are always new, creative ways to make money from your greenhouse or garden. Baking pies with fruit from your own garden is not new but . . . Are pies the new cupcakes? For any of you who are fans of the Food Network and their many cupcake and cake decorating shows and challenges, […]

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Growing Vegetables and Fruits – Clean vs Dirty

February 13, 2011
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When you make your list of vegetables and fruits to grow this coming season, keep in mind the most important ones to grow organically. “Dirty” means they are most likely to have chemical residue on them, even after a thorough washing. This is the first year potatoes made the list. They are sparayed frequently thoughout […]

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Meyer Lemons – a Funny Story from Childhood

February 12, 2011
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When my kids were little we lived on the beach in Los Angeles. The living room had floor-to-ceiling glass and facing west, the sunlight was amazing. Since the tiny beach lots didn’t allow space for a yard, I was a very frustrated gardener. The only solution was to turn the living room into a garden. […]

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Growing Early Potatoes

February 11, 2011
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We’re all anxious to get started planting – anything.  For those of you buried in snow, waiting for the snow to melt is like watching a pot boil. For others, it’s just a matter of timing. If you can’t wait to get started, why not begin with potatoes? They like cool weather so the earlier […]

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