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Tomatillo and Okra Do-Overs

I will tell you how I have successfully grown okra and tomatillos after overcoming some local growing challenges.

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How to become an Heirloom Gardener (Lesson in seed collection)

Do  not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is  left of the old. -Winston Churchill How do you save these seeds? This was the question I was asked after I posted a reflective blog entry called, "I am an Heirloom Gardener on Foreign Soil". My husband was the… Continue reading How to become an Heirloom Gardener (Lesson in seed collection)

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I am an Heirloom Gardener on Foreign Soil

Life  is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let  us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live  better in the future. William Wordsworth I am an heirloom gardener on foreign soil. Originally from Texas, I have Hispanic and Jewish… Continue reading I am an Heirloom Gardener on Foreign Soil

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First a Birder, Now a Bugger

I wanted to know the name of every stone and flower and insect and bird and beast. I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life - but there was no one to tell me. George Washington Carver I can second Mr. Carver's sentiments. Like Carver, I have a love… Continue reading First a Birder, Now a Bugger

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Don’t Blame Your Beige Thumb!

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. -C.S. LewisWhen I talk to others about gardening I normally get one of two responses. The first is one of enthusiasm: "Oh I like gardening too. Right now I am growing (insert plant name here)." The other response is, "I just don't have a green thumb."… Continue reading Don’t Blame Your Beige Thumb!

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Sweet Shy Flowers Are a Treat

The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly. -William Wordsworth Some of nature's daintiest flowers produce the most delicious and beneficial foods. Other flowers which are simply pretty to look at, provide pollen so that other flowers, fruits, and vegetables can be more plentiful. Some simple flowers act as great defenders, assistants, hostesses,… Continue reading Sweet Shy Flowers Are a Treat

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Friend or Foe? Stay off the Poblano!

Heat  not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself. -William Shakespeare Yesterday, in the Garden I finally decided to transplant my Poblano Seedlings into the grow box. I waited a long time to plant them due to my looming fears that the tiny tender seedlings would be devoured in one night by a slug,… Continue reading Friend or Foe? Stay off the Poblano!

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Twice Transplanting Tomatoes

To  improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. -Winston Churchill A little over a week ago I judged my tomato seedlings to be on their way for outgrowing their eggshell containers. Many gardeners think you should only move a transplant once or the plant will be shocked and not survive. I don't… Continue reading Twice Transplanting Tomatoes

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The Difference Between Surviving and Flourishing

Hibiscus flowers do not require water, the blooms will stay viable until their time has passed, with or without watering. http://www.hibiscus-flower.com/ When we moved into this house, my friend told me that the small bushes that were planted in front of the house were Hibiscus bushes. I was very excited about having Hibiscus bushes in… Continue reading The Difference Between Surviving and Flourishing