Monthly Archives: March 2011

New radish

I just spoke to another grower who said I absolutely must try something called a Watermelon radish, which goes by the name Red Meat in the Johnny’s catalog.  They are large, 2-4 inches, have a “remarkably sweet, delicious taste,” and can … Continue reading

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Mumsey’s mix

A special member of our Organic Gardening magazine forum, who goes by the lovely name of Mumsey, has offered up for years  what she calls, “Mumsey’s Magical Mix,” which you add to the planting hole of your tomatoes for spectacular … Continue reading

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Spring efforts

There is nothing pleasanter than spading in your garden when the ground is soft and damp. –John Steinbeck

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Willow water

I discovered  this by accident years ago, and it works nicely, so I thought to pass it along. It has to do with compounds in willow branches that encouage rooting in stem cuttings. First you need a willow tree. Then … Continue reading

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Gardens Alive

This is not a commercial; it’s just a way to get free stuff. The mailorder catalog, “Gardens Alive,” offers a $25 discount on any order you make. If your order totals less than $25, it’s free.  Not all their stuff … Continue reading

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Stem cuttings

The easiest and least expensive way of propogating many plants is from cuttings, and the time for doing this is nigh (April to June, depending on where you are). Many make it seem complicated, but it’s really quite simple. You … Continue reading

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Unlike March,

April comes in like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.                     –Edna St. Vincent Milay

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Radishes (think salads)

Radishes are a tangy welcome to spring, and they’re so easy to grow that most gardening books ignore them (except mine — heh). They can be sown the same time as peas — a month or more before last frost … Continue reading

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Organic, natural, and certified

In the world of foodstuffs, the term “natural” means absolutely nothing. There are no criteria to be met whatsoever. Monsanto can market Roundup as “natural” if it wants. The word “organic,” however, means a great deal.  To use the USDA … Continue reading

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Buying healthy plants

            For the experience of a lifetime, visit a non-organic commercial greenhouse – not where the plants are sold, but where they’re raised. See the warning signs of chemicals in use, the technicians walking in full-body protective clothing and masks, … Continue reading

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