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Our Garden Makeover Plans

When the house we are in was first built, I wanted to buy this exact house. We had moved into another house just a couple of years before, however, and there was no way for us to move at that point. Several years later, when we heard that the owners were thinking of selling (but…

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The Garden in Early April

The garden is becoming rather full and lush lately. We had a beautiful, cloudy weekend, with a bit of rain, which gave me the opportunity to photograph the garden without the harsh light that it normally gets. Rain in April is extremely unusual here, but oh so pretty, and we were happy for the storm…

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Spring Blossoms in the Garden

It’s been a long time since I shared pictures of the backyard garden. It is so incredibly beautiful right now.   The fruit trees are in bloom in the garden, and if you stand still, you can hear the bees and see them work.     The birds have been enjoying the garden, too. I’ve…

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How to Plant a Fall Garden

Fall is a great time to plant a garden! All of the wonderful things you want to grow in early spring grow well in fall. Once temperatures reach freezing, most will overwinter in an unheated greenhouse, under floating row covers, under hoop houses (plastic sheeting over hoops) and cloched under glass or plastic. Something that…

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This Morning’s Garden Harvest

I spent several hours in the garden this morning, picking fruit. I picked Mission figs, Royal apricots, Apache blackberries, Red Flame Grapes,  Dorsett Golden Apples, and white alpine strawberries. Tonight I’ll pick more apricots and blackberries, towards the end of the day when the sun is going down. I love the fruit we receive from…

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How to Thin Your Fruit Trees

The two most common complaints I hear people give about their home-grown fruit is that the tree produces fruit that is too small, and that the tree only fruits every other year. Both of these problems are easily solved by thinning. A tree naturally thins itself, to some degree. Wind helps with this, knocking down…

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How To Collect Seeds From Your Garden

When the heat sets in, the cool weather crops bolt. Lettuce grows 2 1/2 feet high and Swiss chard grows taller than my head. The plants go from being pretty to be being scraggly. They flower, and pollinated by the bees, the flowers turn into seeds. The seed pods dry out, and then you can…

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A Gardening Giveaway for Your Fall Garden

Note: I was not compensated for this post and my opinions are strictly my own. I am a Burpee affiliate and make a small percentage of any purchases made through my links to Burpee (about $30 a year). I have been very happy with my purchases to Burpee, which is why I signed up to…

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Garden Bench Makeover

    The first Mother’s Day after Winter was born, I told my husband I wanted a Mother’s Day gift. I wasn’t sure what I wanted at first, but then one day I saw something in the grocery store ad. The grocery store had a teak glider bench for $100. My sweet husband bought that…

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Choosing Fruit Trees for Your Garden

  Spring and fall are the best time to plant fruit trees in a garden. They’re also a great time to find fruit trees on sale at your local nursery. If you’re ordering from a catalog, you will most likely need to order in spring, as most fruit trees only ship in spring. First, you’ll…