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Packing the Season into Jars: Recipe & Giveaway

It’s canning season! To get in the spirit, Margaret of A Way to Garden and I are hosting a canning extravaganza and giveaway thanks to our newest sponsor, Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply. Giveaway details can be found at the bottom of this post. Canning is joyful, fun, and creative activity, but make no

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Herbaria (August 22, 2012)

This week (now catching up on last week) I’ve focussed on Zonal Geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum). Zonals are the colorfully patterned, but stinky cousins of the wonderfully scented pelargoniums aka Scented Geraniums. I’m a scented geranium fan and always grow several each year (I will feature those soon), but I have never been into the

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Herbaria (August 17, 2012): The All Tomato Edition

This week’s Herbaria, which you will notice is (once again) last week’s Herbaria, is all about tomatoes. Several varieties ripened at once this week and canning has begun. I am writing this at the airport while I wait for a flight and unfortunately there is one new variety in this batch whose name I can

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How and Why I Prune My Tomatoes

How I prune my tomatoes is a popular question and while I was out doing that work yesterday evening, I figured it was high time that I address it here on the site. There are countless ways to approach tomato culture, all or at least most of which are probably right and good. I am

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Recently in My Garden + Assorted and Sundry

July was painfully hot and dry. The garden suffered and there were days when I was sure that I would lose a few plants as a result. August, on the other hand, has been wet and somewhat cool. I really can’t complain. I don’t remember the last time I watered anything other than the pots

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Herbaria (August 10, 2012)

Again I am posting last week’s herbaria late. Tomatoes made their mark for a second week, especially since I am now bringing in harvests that are large enough to be preserved. For the first year ever we have had overlap and are still eating jars from last year’s mega crop! Zucchinis are the other standout

Drinking the Summer Garden

Drinking the Summer Garden Giveaway & Free Bonus Recipe

Our first pocketbook, “Drinking the Summer Garden” has been out for a week. Now that the flurry to publish has started to settle, we’ve decided to roll out a few fun surprises. Homegrown Crème de Menthe As with all of my books, I have put together a few free bonus downloads. The first is a

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Herbaria (August 3, 2012)

The week was marked by the first serious spurt of larger tomatoes. I have started weighing them now as I generally don’t weigh the cherry or currant varieties unless I am bringing in a big glut all at once. It looks like it will be a good year, but I don’t expect to beat 2011′s

Notes on Drinking the Summer Garden

Thanks so much for your support as we launch our new endeavour, “You Grow Guides” this week. It’s been a whirlwind, but a very exciting one. Just a quick post to update you on a few things pertaining to our first volume, “Drinking the Summer Garden.” The pocketbook has its own permanent page now. You

Out Now: Drinking the Summer Garden

Hooray! Our first volume in the You Grow Guides series is out today. $9.99 eBook Bundle $19.99 Paperback I am so happy with the way this pocketbook has turned out and I can’t wait for you to start using it. Here are some images and details to give you an idea of what is inside: