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december planting

On 02, Dec 2015 | No Comments | In plants, wintergarden | By All Year Garden

It turns out it was not too late to plant daffodils after all. I found a large bag waiting sadly on the sales rack and because the relatively mild weather gave me an excuse, I couldn’t help myself. Read more…

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fall hostas

On 28, Sep 2015 | No Comments | In plants, shade | By All Year Garden

The hostas bloomed like never before this year, in my garden and everywhere else, proving to unenthusiastic gardeners how stunning they can really be. Read more…

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round fruit

On 15, Sep 2015 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

Most suburban dwellers don’t have the space and the sun exposure required to grow pumpkins, the big round fruit has a sprawling growth habit and an unruly disposition that doesn’t endear it to its tamer vegetable companions. Read more…

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charming blue

Gardens have personalities, just like people. You can plant your garden, but it will decide what stays and what goes. Mine decided it likes blue flowers. Maybe it is the clay soil that gives the plants the alkaline mix they need, maybe it’s the dappled shade that promotes the growth of woodland bulbs, I don’t know, but my plants tend to shift to the blue-violet end of the spectrum. Read more…

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lavender

Lavender is a wonderful herb for skin care. Its essential oil heals sunburn, irritation, bites and scrapes, improves the texture and tone of blemish prone skin and is so gentle it can be applied undiluted to the skin. Read more…

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old-fashioned heirlooms

On 24, Aug 2015 | No Comments | In plants, roses | By All Year Garden

When a cottage garden is well designed it makes you forget the planning that went into creating it and takes over by establishing new hierarchies, thriving on apparent randomness and developing a personality of its own. Read more…

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summer flowers

I can’t tell you how many times I walked through the garden enchanted by the abundance of flowers and wished I could share its beauty, but the pictures didn’t reflect it. The blooms were too far, the angle was too wide, the light shone the wrong way, I could never capture the charm, not until this photo.
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beans

On 08, Aug 2015 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

The Kentucky Blue Wonder beans are in bloom and they look more like what I remember seeing in my grandparents’ garden during my childhood. I also remember that my grandfather couldn’t find enough ways to preserve the produce that springs forth from this horn of plenty – the climbing bean, so here are a few ways to deal with overflow crops if you are so blessed.
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new harvest

On 24, Jun 2015 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

I’m so excited to see the first produce getting ready for harvest, it’s almost time to start the yield table for this year. It rained a lot lately, for the benefit of squashes and cucumbers, the always thirsty plants. All the veggies are in bloom, and most of them have started bearing fruit.

It doesn’t seem to be a particularly favorable year for the eggplants, which lag behind their towering garden companions – the tomatoes, the peppers, the squashes, the beans. Read more…

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first tomatoes

On 15, Jun 2015 | No Comments | In advice, edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

The first tomatoes, from the Supersweet 100 variety. This year’s production is not overwhelming, but adequate. If you never grew tomatoes before and would like to start, here are the basics.

Starting tomatoes from seed is very easy, their germination rate is close to 100%, they grow very fast in their starting pods and faster still once transplanted in their permanent location. Read more…

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