Seasonal Task Lists

5 Fall Garden Tasks to Start in July
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5 Fall Garden Tasks to Start in July

It’s currently 100 degrees outside. I’ve just had to pull three of my squash plants due to the squash vine borer and my to-do list from being gone on vacation is running off the page. I’m hot, I’m tired, and the last thing I want to think about is preparing for my fall garden. Does…

Preserving Supplies: from Basic to Scaling Up
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Preserving Supplies: from Basic to Scaling Up

Are you harvesting anything from your garden yet? I’m eating my last few spring salads before the lettuce starts bolting and soon I’ll have strawberries coming on. And I have more asparagus than I know what to do with! This is the time of year that I start focusing on preserving my future harvests. I…

9 Organic Mulch Options for the Vegetable Garden
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9 Organic Mulch Options for the Vegetable Garden

You’re already convinced that mulching is essential for the vegetable garden. But as a gardener who wants to choose organic inputs whenever possible, what kind of mulch options should you consider? Several years ago, I wrote an article about 4 mulches for the vegetable garden — each of which I had used myself to a…

Mulching the Vegetable Garden: Why it’s essential and how to do it
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Mulching the Vegetable Garden: Why it’s essential and how to do it

When we think of the early spring in our gardens, most of us think of PLANTING! Yes, while this is the number one task most of us are doing right now, not far behind it is a process we cannot skip — mulching the vegetable garden. Most of us who mulch, and even those who…

10 Steps to Planning a Multiple Season Garden Layout
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10 Steps to Planning a Multiple Season Garden Layout

A few weeks ago I found myself staring at my empty grid paper, pencil in hand. I knew what I wanted to plant and how many plants I wanted to grow. But, putting the pen to paper to define exactly where I wanted my crops to go in my garden layout can be an overwhelming…

7 Garden Planning Considerations You Don’t Want to Skip
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7 Garden Planning Considerations You Don’t Want to Skip

In the late fall and early winter, it can be tempting to pause our thoughts for the next garden season. Surely, we do need to rest, and I’m all for that. But I also truly believe the more time we put into planning and organizing, the more rewarding our garden growing season will be. So…