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Growing Carrots.   Carrots originally come from Afghanistan and have been extensively hybridized to provide a vast array of different shapes, colors and sizes – long and tapering, stump rooted, ball-shaped, as well as purple and yellow...

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM
  • Author: Alison Collin


EXPLORING YOUR ROOTS When frosts have annihilated our tomatoes and peppers it is good to see the leeks and parsnips standing unaffected and ready for harvest. These plants are biennial, making initial growth one year, then dying down in the fall, but...

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:40 AM
  • Author: Alison Collin

Raking Season Nears

My family and I just went up Bishop Creek to check out the fall color. You should, too. Its beauty may inspire you enough that you won't mind the drudgery of raking leaves that will be upon us in a few short weeks. Your trees spend a lot of time...

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Let's Show 'Em!

butterfly produce display

We have all grown something, whether a flower, fruit or vegetable, that looked so good we wished we could share the pleasure with others.  Well, why not do just that by entering the Tri-County Fair, August 28-31 this year? I always look forward...

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 4:33 PM
  • Author: Alison Collin

Planting Out

Pot-bound roots

The ideal planting-out day is cloudy and damp with no wind. In our area that is rare, so second choice would be late afternoon after the heat of the day has passed. Loosen the soil in a larger area than you will need for the pot, then dig a hole. Put...

Planting tomatoes in trenches.
Planting tomatoes in trenches.

Planting tomatoes in trenches.

Posted on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM

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