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Gardening on the Cheap: A Bit About Asparagus…

Asparagus… it’s the first thing I get to harvest from the veggie garden, and it’s the first culinary sign of spring for me. When I see those gorgeous little spears first poking up from the ground it makes me downright giddy!

ugly, messy, and unkempt, but the asparagus doesn't care!

not the best pic, but it does show a few spears…

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Gardening on the Cheap- Helping Your Seedlings Grow Strong

When you start your seedlings indoors, they are in very sheltered conditions. This is a very good and happy thing for them, as it allows them to devote their energy to sprouting and getting a good start growing. If they’re going to be transplanted outside, though, they need some help in developing the strength they’ll need to make that transition successfully, and you can start giving them a little extra help in that department as soon as they’ve developed their first set of true leaves.

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Gardening on the Cheap- Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Okay, I admit it- I’m a newsletter junkie. I subscribe to any newsletter that might possibly have a single tidbit of information that interests me. And then they get filed into my email folders, often never to be opened. The primary exception to this is the gardening-related newsletters- they at least get skimmed through somewhere around 75% of the time. At this time of year, every year, there is one topic that rings through them all, almost without fail. That topic is rookie gardening mistakes. And they all boil down to one thing- a lack of basic knowledge and failure to plan according to that knowledge.

There’s a lot of information out there, and it would be impossible to memorize it all with a single read-through… not to mention that there’s a lot of bad or inaccurate information out there, and rookies are unlikely to be able to tell what’s good and what’s not since they don’t have the baseline knowledge. So here are a few tips that I think might be helpful to the novice gardener…
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Why You should Know Your Zone

It has been absolutely beautiful out for the past several days- the average high temperature has been around 68F, and the overnight lows have only dipped into the high 40’s once! My crocuses started blooming during the first week of the month, the first of my daffodils popped open on Friday, and my lilacs are swelled up with new buds. These, to me, are the first real signs of spring, and I wait for them expectantly every year. An inexperienced gardener might think that with all of this activity, it’s now safe to just get those plants outside and into the ground. The more experienced gardener knows better, though, and this week’s weather forecast is a perfect example of why. For my area, temperatures are expected to drop into the 20’s for the next few nights, and there’s potential for snow tonight!  (more…)

Gardening on the Cheap- Preparing a New Space

When you’re first getting your garden started or you’re starting a new bed, the soil may not be all that great. You could shell out all sorts of cash on soil conditioning products, or you can look into other options that may require a little more time, work, and/or planning.  (more…)

Gardening on the Cheap- a few tips for your weekend…

What do cardboard toilet paper tubes, egg cartons, milk cartons, yogurt cups, egg shells, and newspaper have in common? (more…)

Some thoughts on gardening on the cheap…

When a person decides they want to start growing their own food, they can quickly become overwhelmed by how expensive it can be. The reality is, though, that you don’t have to spend crazy amounts of money to get started. There are lots of things that folks will say you need or really should have, but the fact of the matter is that you only really *need* some seeds, some healthy dirt, and your own grit and determination. This post from Old World Garden Farms can help get you started, and in the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing my own thoughts on gardening on the cheap, as well.

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