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Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Whenever I can I like to use organic fertilizers.  People ask me all the time how I grow such mammoth rhubarb plants and I always grin and I say I’m not sure.  That grin should be a tell all – I do know, I’m just not telling.  Until today. Fish pellets as fertilizer is the secret.

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Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

I’m a person that likes to see and hold my bulbs in my hand when selecting garden plant bulbs. So, ordering my bulbs from an online source is out of the question for me. But, sometimes, it happens that I have to order online.  In that case I cross my fingers and hope I get good ones.  After they arrive I still go over the 4 simple steps below.  If they fail, the postmaster will get them back.
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Kitchen Scraps Growing Carrot Greens

Kitchen Scraps Growing Carrot Greens

Kitchen Scraps Growing Carrot Greens

When you can’t grow anything outdoors in the deep snow, you end finding something to grow indoors.

As you cut the tops of your carrots to use in other recipes, save them.  Place the cut tops on a plate in a shallow amount of water.  Place near a sunny window.

Use the greens that grow out of the top in salads and adding for added flavor in sauces. You can use this trick with the end of the celery ball too.

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Planting Garlic Video

It was a cold and rainy day today.  The rain let up just enough for me to be able to film this short planting garlic video.

In Wisconsin we can plant our garlic in fall or spring.  I plant my garlic in anywhere from late April – the end of May if planting in Spring.  After the danger of frost. In fall, late October or early November.

Garlic is neither a spice or an herb.  It is a relative of shallots, leeks, chive and onions.  I use garlic in just about all my dishes.  Growing it is enjoyable and simple.

To amuse myself today, I created a video on how to plant and care garlic for your viewing pleasure.

 

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How To Care For Houseplants When You Go On Vacation

How To Care For Houseplants When You Go On Vacation - Bathe and bag process. Healthy plants when you return home.

How To Care For Houseplants When You Go On Vacation

How To Care For Houseplants When You Go On Vacation. There was a time when I would hire a house and pet sitter for our home. At the time, we had 2 dogs and our children came with us during our travels. Back then, it was easier and less of a headache to just have a house sitter/pet sitter water our plants for us when she was letting out the dogs.

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Collect Seeds From Your Rhubarb Plant

Collect Seeds From Your Rhubarb Plant

Collect Seeds From Your Rhubarb Plant


Question. “Can we plant the seed that is growing from our rhubarb?”  Short answer.  Yes, you can.  However, there is a certain time to collect seeds from your rhubarb plant.

I’ll answer all your questions on what to look for during the growing season if this is what you wish to do.

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Getting Roses Ready for Winter

Getting Roses Ready for Winter

Getting Roses Ready for Winter

It’s that time of year again in the midwest time to start getting roses ready for winter. It time to start thinking of the changing of seasons and old man winter will be slowly creeping in. If you want your roses to survive over the cold winter months, you will have to do some planning ahead. Your planning starts toward the end of the summer in the midwest.
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Raised Garden Bed Out of Dresser

Raised Garden Bed Out of Dresser

Raised Garden Bed Out of Dresser

Raised Garden Bed Out of Dresser. Here is taking recycling to extremes one might think.  I think it is a creative way to recycle and make use of something that would just end up in the landfill.  For those of you without a lot of space or love vertical gardening this might just work for you.

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How to Start and Care for a Rhubarb Plant

How to Start and Care for a Rhubarb Plant

How to Start and Care for a Rhubarb Plant

I received a question via e-mail from a fellow gardener asking general questions about starting & maintaining Rhubarb plants. Someone knows I grow mammoth rhubarb plants 🙂 . I answered his questions back via e-mail and decided to share the information on the site too.
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Recycling Newspaper and Milk Jugs in The Garden

Recycling Newspaper and Milk Jugs in the Garden

This is how I germinate my seeds in the spring. I like to recycle materials whenever I can. I have been rolling newspaper into seeding pots and using milk jugs as mini greenhouses for years. Recycling Newspaper and Milk Jugs in The Garden allows me to grab everything I need in my kitchen.

Before I used this process, I can say I didn’t have much luck germinating seeds and growing a seedling past 2″ tall.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Than I can bet that a video is worth more. Enjoy!!

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Christmas Cactus Not Blooming?

Christmas Cactus Not Blooming? The darn things are fussy I tell you, downright fussy! Here is how to get them to bloom.

Is Your Christmas Cactus Not Blooming?

Is your Christmas cactus not blooming? The darn things are fussy I tell you, downright fussy!  My first Christmas cactus I received as a gift. It met a horrible fate. I swore to stick with poinsettias.

My grandmother’s Christmas Cactus the other hand, always had blossomed and bloomed each Christmas.  It thrived.  I asked for some advice. Wanting to give this plant another shot.

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