How to Wrap Up Your Gardening Season

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We may be getting into September, but there’s still so much to do in the garden. Peter goes over what you should be harvesting right now, what will continue to grow once it gets cold, and how to put the garden to bed at the end of the year. This concludes the 2020 season of In the Garden. Thanks to …

What You Can Do in Your Garden in September

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We’re getting down to the end of the season for “In the Garden,” but that doesn’t mean that it’s time to stop gardening for the year. Peter goes over what you can plant outside in the late season before the heavy frosts set in. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Recipes for Your Garden Produce

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Peter and Joel talk about their favorite recipes for their fresh produce out of the garden. They also take some listener calls to share their favorites. Got a recipe to share? Contact WDEV on Facebook or email inthegarden@radiovermont.com. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Using Your Garden Harvest

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We start the show with many listener questions about protecting from pests, this summer must have been good for the bugs and rodents because it seems like everyone’s garden has some pests trying to steal their produce. Peter also gives some ideas on what you can do once you harvest your produce, from pesto to tomato sauce to canning. Make …

Now is the Time to Buy Garlic

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Peter explains why right now is the best time of year to buy your garlic starts and when to plant your starts in time for winter. And as always we take your calls and questions about garlic or anything else garden related. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Taking Your Questions

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Peter and Joel take listener calls and answer your questions on everything from pests to storage and more. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Ongoing Harvests

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Peter and Joel talk about what they’ve been eating out of their gardens, like tomatoes and pole beans. They also take listener calls and answer your questions. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Dealing with Larger Pests

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We’ve talked in the past about how to deal with bugs, but Peter and many of our listeners are having their produce devoured by small animals like chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits. We talk about the best ways to keep them away and Peter answers your questions. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Taking Listener Questions

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Peter jumps right into it this week answering your questions. Take a listen, you might find someone with the same garden question you might have. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Leek Moth and Japanese Beetle

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The Leek Moth has been a big problem for parts of New England and New York. Now there are the beginnings of reports that it has It likes to feast on  members of the Allium family including onions, garlic, leeks, chives and shallots. Peter gives his recommendations on how to protect your plants. And he also goes over how to …

Shiitake Mushrooms

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Peter invites his neighbors and mushroom growers, Sarah and Steve Gallagher, to call in and talk about how they grow mushrooms and how they have found success, particularly with Shiitakes. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Hilling Your Potatoes

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Hilling potatoes involves covering the plant with loose organic material periodically to encourage the tubers to grow deep and wide, improving the flavor of the potatoes. Peter talks about how to hill potatoes when you’re growing them in a garden bed. Unlike in many other places, in a bed there isn’t a lot of room and dirt around the plant …

Remember the Basics

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With outdoor garden season basically in full swing and a lot of new gardeners experimenting now that grocery store visits seem a bit risky, it’s important to review the basics and refresh even the most seasoned gardeners. One of the biggest keys to garden success aside from permanent beds are the permanent pathways. They’ll save you a lot of time …

What to Plant, What to Hold Off On

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We had some hot weather this week, but this being Vermont there’s still more cool weather on the way that can harm some plants. Peter goes over what to get outside now and what to wait on a little more for more consistent weather. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Warm Weather? Time to Plant

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With the warming weather coming in, now is the time to start planting the rest of your plants. A few more tender things might still be affected by night time temperatures, but the majority should be good to go. Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

What to Plant in Mid-May

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It’s still a tad cold out, but there’s still plenty you can plant right now. Peter tells his tale of getting a soil thermometer so you know what will grow right now and what to wait a bit longer on. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Plant for the Cold

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With the cold weather we’re having right now, it’s more important than ever to plant things that can handle this early season cold. Things like rhubarb, spinach, and arugala can thrive despite the cold. When things warm up, then you can plant the more heat-loving produce. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Garden Planning

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If you want your garden to be able to keep your panty stocked for the year with delicious produce, you’ll need to do some planning. Think about how much produce your family would eat in a year. Then think about how you can get that amount of produce out of the space you have available. Peter explains how he plans …

The Garden as a Grocery Store

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At a time when grocery stores are seeing some shortages and people are encouraged to stay home, the garden is a great place to look to fill out your produce needs. Peter goes over the garden basics to kick off another growing season and another season of “In the Garden.” ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Indoor Salad Gardening

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With the start of autumn and the cold weather, it’s time to prepare the gardens in our yards for the winter. But that doesn’t mean you’re done growing delicious produce! It’s very easy to start your own garden indoors. Peter gives his overview of how to get started indoors and what’s best to grow for your salads. ← All Posts …

Keep on Planting

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Just because we’re in September, doesn’t mean the growing season is over. When something comes out of the garden, something else can go in. Peter gives his advice on what you can grow this time of year. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

John Hayden from The Farm Between

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Peter interviews John Hayden, owner of The Farm Between in Jefferson, VT.  He and his wife Nancy wrote the new book “Farming on the Wild Side: The Evolution of a Regenerative Organic Farm and Nursery.” ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Getting Ready for Harvest

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With the advent of the Labor Day weekend, the summer growing season begins to come to a close. There are things you can do to maximize the output of your plants in this time and ways to preserve your harvest through the winter. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Growing Hops with Dietrich Gehring and Laura Ten Eyck

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Dietrich Gehring and Laura Ten Eyck join Peter to discuss their book, “The Hop Grower’s Handbook” and how you can get started growing hops at home. Buy “The Hop Grower’s Handbook” here: https://www.amazon.com/Hop-Growers-Handbook-Sustainable-Small-Scale/dp/1603585559/ ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

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Second Crops

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It may be August, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plant some delicious produce. And with the hot summer we have had, it may be a great August to plant with temperatures expected to keep trending warm. You can still grow certain types of peas, carrots, parsnips, beets, lettuce, cilantro, and more late into the season. ← All Posts for …

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Harvesting Zucchini and Squash

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Wondering when to pick your zucchini and squash? Peter tells you when the ideal time to harvest is and how to keep your zucchini and squash plants producing as much as possible. And a bonus tip, what to do when you get a huge zucchini that’s overripe. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

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Taking Care of Cabbage Plants

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After taking phone calls from listeners, Peter gives his advice on how to protect your cabbage from pests. And don’t forget to water your plants often during this hot weather. Try to keep water off the leaves as that can magnify the heat of the sun and keep the soil moist. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

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Growing Apples and Teas

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Peter takes a call about how to maximize apple yields and gives his tips on how to get the best apples from your apple trees. Then he talks about how to grow mint for tea without having it take over your whole garden. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

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Watering Your Garden

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Peter talks about how to water your garden most effectively. While we enter the hottest months, now is the most important time to make sure you’re watering your plants properly. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

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Dealing with Cutworms

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Peter talks about one of the most frustrating pests that plague gardens, Cutworms, and how to protect your plants from them. And as always Peter takes calls to answer your most pressing garden questions. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

More Fun Planting Sets

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It’s not too late to get your plants in the ground. The weather has still been a little cold recently and now is still the time to plant. Peter gives some more insight following up from a few weeks ago about planting and keeping those young starts safe in your raised beds. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Tomatoes and Lettuce

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The number one vegetable grown in gardens nationwide is tomatoes. And with the Memorial day weekend, now is the perfect time to plant. Peter gives some tips on growing tomatoes and some varieties of lettuce and other greens. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Mushrooms and Potatoes

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Peter Burke and Joel Najman talk mushrooms in response to a listener question. Peter gives his tips for growing potatoes and gives a few varieties to try. ← All Posts for Show In the Garden

Planting Sets

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This week we cover how to take care of your berry plants: blackberries, blueberries, and more. Proper care starts in the fall and continues into early spring to ensure a good crop. Then we talk about what sets to plant now and which to wait a couple weeks on to protect them from frost. ← All Posts for Show In …

Trying Something New

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How often do you try something new in your garden? Whether it’s new varieties, completely new types of produce, or different methods it’s important to try something new each year to maximize your garden’s efficiency and introduce yourself to new foods. Peter gives his advice on a few new things you can try to shake things up in the garden. …

Back to the Garden

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We’re back in the garden for the 2019 growing season. Peter gives you tips on how to get your garden ready for the season; from melting the last bit of snow to loosening soil to compost needs. ← All Posts for Show

Cold Cellars (Thoughts from the Garden Episode 14)

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You don’t need a huge space for a cold cellar. A refrigerator fits the bill just fine. Ideally you want a cold place between 33 and 40 degrees. You can keep just about anything in a cold cellar. All the methods we discussed have different uses and advantages. Use them all to keep your harvest all year round. ← All …

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Dehydration (Thoughts from the Garden Episode 13)

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dehydration in the garden wdev vermont radio talk Dehydration is one of the oldest methods of food preservation dating back thousands of years. There are endless possibilities when it comes to using a dehydrator. Some of our favorites are dried cantaloupe and strawberry rhubarb fruit leather. There are many dehydrators on the market so find the one you like best, any will do. You can also use a …

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Drying, Using a Food Dehydrator (In the Garden 2018 Episode 13)

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dehydration in the garden wdev vermont radio talk Why Drying is Effective To continue our series on Preserving the harvest let explore using a dehydrator. Drying foods is one of the oldest methods of food preservation dating back literally thousands of years.  Foods like grains and beans have long been a staple food for humankind dried to last not just one season but over many seasons.  Fruits, vegetables …

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Freezing Your Harvest (In the Garden 2018 Episode 12)

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freezing in the garden wdev vermont radio talk Original Air Date: July 28, 2018 Why Freeze? Freezing your harvest is easy and rewarding.  I recommend it for everyone.  My own personal favorite is freezing Pesto; I make and freeze 30 – 1 cup containers for the winter from 16 plants that fill a 4×4 bed.  It is simple to make and freeze and get rewarded every week throughout …

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Canning (In the Garden 2018 Episode 11)

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canning in the garden wdev vermont radio talk Original Air Date: July 21, 2018 To preserve the harvest, you a have a few options. Canning, Freezing, Cold Storage, Fermentation/Pickling, and Dehydration. Let’s start with canning. What is Canning? Canning is called ‘canning because it originally was done in, you guessed it, tin cans.  Today home canning is done solely in glass jars, Mason or Ball jars.  The glass …

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Fermentation and Pickling (Thoughts from the Garden Episode 12)

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pickling in the garden wdev vermont radio talk Fermentation and pickling are different in that fermentation is when the veggies make a brine of it’s own juices where pickling uses a brine made from vinegar. They’re similar in that they preserve using a brine to store the veggies. Sandor Katz has a great book on fermenting called Wild Fermentation. I also recommend taking a class as well as …

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Freezing (Thoughts from the Garden Episode 11)

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freezing in the garden wdev vermont radio talk Freezing is fairly easy and rewarding. Tomatoes are ridiculously easy to freeze, for example, I wash them, put them in a gallon bag in the freezer, then remove the skin when I thaw them to prevent peeling. This is perfect for soups and sauces in the winter. Most vegetables need to be blanched before freezing so do some research on …

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Canning (Thoughts from the Garden Episode 10)

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canning in the garden wdev vermont radio talk Today, home canning is done almost exclusively in glass Mason or Ball jars. There are 2 ways to process canning jars and it’s extremely important to note the difference. The hot water bath method is for high-acid foods like fruit, jams, and tomatoes or vegetables with a vinegar brine like pickles or dilly beans. Low-acid vegetables like beans or corn …

Storing the Harvest (Thoughts from the Garden Episode 9)

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One of the best things about gardening is having a steady supply of home-grown foods throughout the year. The objective of storing your harvest is having enough crops through the winter until next year’s crops come in. There are a number of ways to keep your crops through the winter: Canning Freezing Cold Storage Fermentation and pickling Dehydrating It’s best …

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Lawn Care, Second Season, and Mulch (In the Garden 2018 Episode 10)

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lawn in the garden wdev vermont radio talk Original Air Date: July 7, 2018  Lawn Care There was a question last week about lawns, so I thought I would run through lawn basics.  The first thing is to test your soil.  It probably is on the acid side and needs lime but the test will answer that question.  Make sure to test a few locations.  Then over seed your lawn in the …

Seed School (In the Garden 2018 Episode 9)

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Original Air Date: June 30, 2018 Seed School Today we are talking with Bill McDorman of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance located in Ketchum, Idaho. Bill is presenting a six-day “Seed School” at Sterling College up in Craftsbury Common. This is an immersion course, August 5th through 10th. The course covers both the mechanics of seed saving and breeding as well as …

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Watering The Garden (In the Garden 2018 Episode 8)

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Watering Garden WDEV Vermont Radio Talk Original Air Date: June 23, 2018 Watering The Garden Over 70 to 90% of our garden plants is water.  The benefits of providing enough water to your plants regularly are not always obvious.  Your plants will certainly be more productive and stronger but also will be more resistant to pest, more resistant to diseases and absorb nutrients more consistently so …

The Trellis (Thoughts From the Garden Episode 8)

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Grow Up with the Trellis The Trellis is one of my favorite garden basics. I use it for all of my cucumbers, peas, pole beans, cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, and even zucchini plants, winter squash, and watermelons. Growing up uses 1/10 of the space you use growing on the ground. This means less work weeding, fertilizing, and watering. For instance, I plant 8 cucumber plants on a 4-foot trellis. …

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How to Choose The Varieties of Garden Vegetable Plants That Are Right for Your Garden (In the Garden 2018 Episode 6)

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Varieties In the Garden WDEV Vermont Radio Talk Varieties: The Spice of Life in the Garden, An Important and Fun Tool Why are there so many varieties of some vegetables?  Different uses dictate different varieties.  If you want to make pickles, then you want to select a pickling cucumber variety. Take Tomatoes for instance, the nation’s favorite vegetable, (which is actualy a fruit!), has so many varieties that …

Grid Planting (Thoughts From the Garden Episode 7)

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Grid Planting vs. Row Planting Rather than planting in a row, plant your seeds in a 1 square foot block. For instance, radishes are planted 3 inches apart in rows, so in a square foot block, they’re 3 inches apart in both directions, giving you 16 plants in one block. Grid planting saves you a lot of space, saving you …

Perfect Soil (Thoughts From the Garden Episode 6)

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Make Your Own Perfect Soil Rather than dig up soil trying to improve it, I start with 6 inches of perfect soil on top of the bed. It’s just like the soil you see in greenhouses to start plants or in potted flowers. It’s a perfect mix for starting plants of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 compost. Use …

Garden Fortress (In the Garden 2018 Episode 5)

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Original Air Date: June 2, 2018 Garden Fortress: Beasts, Bugs, Blights, Oh My!  Weeds, Hot Days, Cold Nights, Wind, Hail, Yikes! There are so many elements that can in some way spoil your hard work in the garden.  There are beasts, bugs, blights, viruses, bacteria, weeds, soil imbalances and fertilizer needs. You need a sort of garden fortress to protect …

Permanent Pathways (Thoughts From the Garden Episode 5)

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Permanent Pathways and Permanent Beds: A Power Couple The second part of garden basics goes hand-in-hand with permanent beds. Mulching the paths between beds saves lots of time spent weeding. I extend the path 2 feet on all sides from the garden. This keeps any grass from creeping in. I recommend using a landscape cloth covered with cedar bark. Both are available from our …

Permanent Beds (Thoughts From the Garden Episode 4)

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Why Permanent Beds are Better Than Rows for Gardens The first part of garden basics is the permanent beds. I like raised beds made out of wood frames, boxes about 6 inches deep. The best part about raised beds as opposed to rows is that you will never need to rototill or dig the garden again. The prime tool for hand preparation …

Soil Preparation for Planting (In the Garden 2018 Episode 4)

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Planting Seeds and Sets in the Garden Original Air Date: May 19, 2018 Last week we went into more details about Planning the Garden. This week let’s talk about what to do with those seeds and sets you grew or bought and soil preparation. But let me remind folks that the podcast is available anytime online, but also the write …

More on Planning Your Garden (In the Garden 2018 Episode 3)

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Original Air Date: May 12, 2018 As Requested, More Detail on Planning Your Garden Last week we talked about planning your garden with a Garden Notebook and a Garden Map.  I had a number of requests for more detail about planning so I’m going to detail how I start the process.  This is just how I do it, and I …

The Garden Plan, Pt. 2 (Thoughts From the Garden Episode 3)

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The Garden Plan, Continued with the Garden Map So now that you have your list with quantities, you are ready to draw out your garden plan. Take a pencil and paper and make what I call a garden map. For example, I have about 50 4-by-4-foot beds. I like to store carrots so I plant 2 beds of that and I mark it …

The Garden Plan, Pt. 1 (Thoughts From the Garden Episode 2)

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Why Have a Garden Plan? The Garden Plan is a very important tool for gardening and should never be skipped. To determine what to grow, I suggest start with your grocery list. What do you already buy? From that grocery list, make your garden list and see what you could feasibly grow at home. You can skip tree fruits like …

The Garden Notebook (In the Garden 2018 Episode 2)

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Original Air Date: May 5, 2018 The Garden Notebook is Important as a Rake and a Hoe One of the most important tools for a gardener is a garden notebook. Yeah, I know, it doesn’t sound like much of a ‘tool’ but it is as much a necessity as a rake and a hoe.  Since we are now eyeballing the …

Garden Basics (Thoughts From the Garden Episode 1)

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Every week we’ll be releasing a bonus feature on Wednesdays with useful garden tips. This week is about garden basics. My Garden Basics Philosophy Gardening isn’t farming. It’s entirely different. My two goals of gardening are:  Have a continuous harvest of fresh veggies  Keep us in veggies all winter long  To do this, I follow the gardening basics. The gardening …

Early Season Prep (In the Garden 2018 Episode 1)

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Original Air Date: April 28, 2018 Early Season Chores If you still have snow on your garden you can lay out a sheet of black plastic to melt the snow or scatter ashes from the wood stoves to hurry things along. Other early season chores: Empty the compost bins by adding about a 5 gallon bucket to each 4’ x …