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What's Growing On? Yields from a 2013 Vegetable Plot

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As you pore over seed catalogs and dream about what is possible in your 2014 garden, have a look at the bounty that Master Gardener Alison Collin received from her garden last summer. Thanks, Alison, for the detailed records and for the notes on what...

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Raised bed garden.

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Seed Shopping

To me December represents the nadir of garden activity. It's cold, the days are short, and frankly I'm too worried about surviving Christmas with the kids to think about plants. As far as gardening is concerned, January is a huge improvement over the...

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Death Valley Anniversary

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Water has been in the news and on our minds a lot, so I thought I'd share a bit about North America's driest spot. I spent Saturday, Jan. 4 at Death Valley. The family and I, among other things, went to Zabriskie Point. I'm not sure why, but Death...

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Winter Gardening Tips

Harvest beans after they have dried on the vine and add them to winter soups.

  Remember to winterize irrigation systems before the heavy freezes start.  If you have a “frost free” faucet attached to the wall of your house, make sure to disconnect any hoses from it, especially those with a pressure nozzle...

Harvest beans after they have dried on the vine and add them to winter soups.
Harvest beans after they have dried on the vine and add them to winter soups.

Harvested dried beans.

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 11:51 AM

No Rest for the Gardener: Winter Gardening Tasks

Mulch applied to a garden for winter.

After a busy spring filled with garden preparation and early planting, followed by a summer of weed fighting and too many tomatoes, and, finally, an autumn of processing the bountiful harvest, it seems fitting that a backyard gardener should get a long...

Mulch applied to a garden for winter.
Mulch applied to a garden for winter.

Applying mulch for winter can help protect the soil, retain moisture, and control weeds.

Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM

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