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May Gardening Tips


Each month, there’s so much that could be done in the garden that it’s hard to know what must be done. So I’ve broken the May gardening tasks into three categories. If you only have time for a few things, focus on the ‘Must Do’ tasks. Add in the ‘Should Do’ and ‘Nice to Do’ tasks as time allows. Continue Reading


August Gardening Tips


August is a tough month for gardeners—it’s hot, humid, and dry, not much is in bloom, and insect pests abound. We could sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor, but there’s still work to be done… Here are the must-dos, should-dos, and nice-to-dos in the zone 6 garden. Practical advice that's easy to follow! Continue Reading


June Gardening Tips


Each month, there’s so much that could be done in the garden that it’s hard to know what must be done. So I’ve broken the June gardening tasks into three categories. If you only have time for a few things, focus on the ‘Must Do’ tasks. Add in the ‘Should Do’ and ‘Nice to Do’ tasks as time allows. Continue Reading


How to Sharpen a Spade


Although many of us don’t do this, sharpening a spade can make a huge difference in the ease with which it cuts through soil, sod, and roots. Once you’ve used a sharp spade, you’ll wonder how you managed to work with a dull one! Here are simple, step-by-step directions for how to sharpen a spade, including detailed pictures. Continue Reading


Five Keys to Successful Seed Starting


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As spring slowly approaches, many gardeners start thinking about growing plants indoors from seed. Here are the five things you’ll need to consider. #1 – Moisture Your seeds won’t germinate (sprout) if they are not kept evenly moist.  Thoroughly moisten the seed-starting medium (not garden soil!) before sowing the seeds. Keep a plastic lid or […] Continue Reading