Monthly Archives: March 2009

Tomatoes Anyone?

Current Tomato

If you want to start seedlings yet this year, it’s time to do it. If you want to start lettuce or onions or peas, you now have the choice of starting them indoors or directly sowing these cold hearty vegetables.

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You'll be seeing these plants

Looking out my window onto my still mostly brown landscape, I’m dreaming about how great a bank of richly deep, orange- red coneflower – Echinacea ‘Tiki Torch’ – would look behind my lavender by the garage. As we all think of ways to add the best, most rewarding plants to our landscapes this season, Garden […]

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Growing Pains

sedumflowershow

I am infatuated with plants. My particular crush of the moment is on vegetable plants. But I have room in my heart for them all. Sometimes even weeds make me blush. I just can’t choose one type to court. This indiscriminate love has led me to Punk Rock Gardens. I have the opportunity to take […]

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Where can you buy this stuff?

Spicebush

I’m drawn to using native plants. I’ve recently been extolling the virtues of Lindera benzion, Spicebush. Someone asked me where to find it. It used to be that native plants were really hard to find. That’s changing.

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Extra Row Tow

Cherry Tomatoes

If you’d like to plant a extra row and share your produce but you’re not sure how to get it to those in need, The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Channels Food Rescue can help.

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Victory for Veggie Gardens

Seeds

So what are we fighting for? Does the increasing interest in Victory Gardens tied to Iraq or Afghanistan? Not directly.



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Seeing Spring

An early flower Winter Aconite, considered invasive. Found in Laura's woods.

Along the drive through the woods to the house, under the winter brown riot of honeysuckle and tear-thumb vine, regiments of daffodil leaves muster for the first assault of the new season. Soon, the dark ground will crumble and heave out new growth of every sort, from early flowers to the first clacking, leggy hordes of bugs that make a gardener’s life so full and varied.

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Nurturing Native Plants

Campanula Rotundifolia

Janet and Marge worked together to carefully free Helenium flexusuom “Tiny Dancer” from its flat. They placed the Pennsylvania native starter plants carefully on the table. Next, the plants would be given a new, larger home and nestled in peat-free growing medium.

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Vegetables 102

Vegetable plants need nutrient rich soil, sun, and water to grow. The location of your garden is the first decision you need to make based on those requirements.

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Vegetables 101

So you read Michael Pollan and saw Michelle Obama encourage community gardens at the Department of Agriculture. Your friends have been talking about victory gardens and you’re tired of never knowing what’s really in your food. Maybe you lost your job and now feel like you have the time and motivation to grow your own […]

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