Planting the Autumn Garden

Posted August 3rd, 2006 by mark

I know it’s tough to think about cool weather crops in this sweltering August heat, but Dale Lindgren of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources has written good, concise overview on Fall Vegetable Gardening that’s worth checking out.  Here’s the link (requires Adobe Reader): 

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Best Greenhouse Buy on the Internet

Posted July 31st, 2006 by mark

Recently, I’ve been trying to rationalize buying a small greenhouse. I’d love to be able to extend the growing season here in Pennsylvania. Nothing too big, but something to help me get an early start on my lettuce, zucchini, annuals, etc. Recently I received a Harbor Freight catalog and saw that they have 2 greenhouses […]

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Who’s Your Farmer? Community Supported Agriculture Makes Good Sense

Posted July 27th, 2006 by mark

On average, your produce at the local grocery travels over 1000 miles before it gets to the store shelf, which prompts the following questions: ·         Where did this produce come from? ·         How was it grown and processed? ·         What kinds of pesticides & fertilizers were used? More and more people are asking those kinds of […]

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Great Tomato Cages

Posted July 27th, 2006 by mark

As last year’s gardening season wound to a close, I made myself a promise that I would find a better way to support my tomato plants come spring. I was tired of the flimsy wire cages sold in garden centers and the plastic cages weren’t that much better. In the past, I’ve also staked, trellised […]

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Eating Your Vegetables Fights Global Warming

Posted July 26th, 2006 by mark

Climate researchers Gidon Eshel and Pamela Martin at the University of Chicago have recently published a study showing how an animal protein diet contributes to global warming.  “An average animal-based American diet generates about 1.6 tons more carbon dioxide per person, per year, than an all plant-based diet with the same number of calories and […]

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Al Gore TED presentation on Global Warming

Posted July 25th, 2006 by mark

Regardless of your political affiliation, if you have any interest in the natural world, I strongly recommend watching Al Gore’s presentation at TED centered around global warming and his documentary An Inconvenient Truth. TED is an annual event which brings together more than 1000 thought-leaders, movers and shakers to hear not just the latest ideas […]

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Noteworthy Gardening Links for 7-25-06

Posted July 25th, 2006 by mark

Just a few garden-related sites that you may find enjoyable. Garden Rant – A spirited, well-written blog from Master Gardener Susan Harris. A treat to read!  Dirt Sun Rain – Steve’s Pennsylvania garden diary with nice photos.  Farm Girl Fare – “A taste of country living without leaving home.” Life on the farm, plus some […]

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The Littlest Gardener – Kids Learn Life Lessons Through Gardening

Posted July 18th, 2006 by mark

To a young child, everyday is filled with awe and wonder. They see things through a different lens than adults and often see things we overlook. Having introduced my 2 young children (ages 5 and 7) to gardening, I feel I’ve gained as much from the experience as they have. By seeing things through their […]

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Fungus Among Us: Black Eyed Susans Leaf Spot

Posted July 17th, 2006 by mark

Almost every Black Eyed Susan (particularly Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm,’ a cultivar of Black-Eyed Susan) I see this time of year is infected with leaf spot, those unsightly brown spots found mostly on the lower leaves. The spots are caused by a fungus that start as small brown lesions, then slowly spreads before it turns the leaf […]

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Product Review: Plant Pro-Tec Garlic Clips Deer Repellant

Posted July 12th, 2006 by mark

I am convinced that sometime last spring the local deer population in my area held a vote for “tastiest vegetarian open air restaurant.” Given the wholesale destruction, my backyard seemed to have won by a landslide. Over the years I’ve come to expect a little plant pilferage on the part of our local deer, but […]

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