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As gardeners we talk a lot about how to grow and harvest our vegetables but rarely talk about what to do with the excess from those prolific bearing vegetables. You know which ones I am talking about– zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes. In the past, I provided a tutorial on how to can tomatoes, but you can’t [...]Show More Summary
Powdery mildew on your plants seems like a rite of passage as a gardener. The fungus causes the leaves to become a rainbow of colors of yellow, white, and brown. Eventually, many of the leaves die. My squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers are infected with powdery mildew every year. So instead of fighting it, I am [...]Show More Summary
Raising your own chickens is the new black. Seriously. I haven’t gone down this alley due to my abundant wildlife issue. My property is teaming with hawks, raccoon, fox, and other hungry animals. I couldn’t bear to see them killed. But if you are thinking about raising backyard chickens, read 14 reasons how raising chickens [...]Show More Summary
Every year I battle the squash vine borer. I must lose a couple of pumpkins and squashes every year. Luckily I have saved my zucchinis by cutting out the worm. Last year, I wrote about how to be pro-actively prevent them from laying their eggs. (Read HERE.) If any of my methods don’t work, you have [...]Show More Summary
Invitations to my scrumptious garden buffet go out early to every bug and animal in town. Now, if I could just figure out who is the pest party coordinator I could save myself some headaches. Alas, I have yet to track him or her down. Over the years, I have tried a variety of methods [...]Show More Summary
This was my first year of growing damask roses. In the past, I grew double knock out roses which were hardy and simply laughed at the pests and the elements. I wasn’t prepared for the amount of insects that adore Damask roses. I watched in horror as sawflies and spider mites attacked the plants, [...]Show More Summary
Welcome guest poster, mystery author Deirdre Vern: Here’s what I love about Anna of Green Talk. Anna is a thinker and a doer. No small task when it comes to living green. As for me, I’m a thinker. I aspire to be green, but I leave the heavy lifting to my alter-ego, CeCe Prentice, [...] The post Taking the Mystery Out of a Hydroponic Barge appeared first on Green Talk®.
There is nothing like fresh mint. But add it your garden beds and wish you died 1000 deaths before trying to get rid of it. Mint spreads faster than butter. Before you know it your whole garden bed has been taken over unless you know how to keep it in check. Learn the right way, not [...] The post How to Plant Mint and Not Sob Uncontrollably appeared first on Green Talk®.
Last year I realized that double knock out rose don’t have a smell once they dry. Those roses are durable and simply laugh at all the other roses’ aliments. I can’t sell dried rose petals at Anna Lee Herbs if they don’t smell even if they look amazing. Last year, I added five Damask Roses to [...]Show More Summary
A couple of years ago, I incorporated the square foot gardening method for planting seeds. Basically in a nutshell, square foot gardening is where you space your seedlings closer together. The close knit plants crowd out weeds and thrive. However, when you plant 9 beans seeds for every square AND your raised bed is 8 feet by [...]Show More Summary
The beginning of May is probably my busiest time in the garden. There are weeds to remove, new mulch to install, new beds to create and the list goes on and on. Every year, I declare that the garden is going to kill me since there is so much to do. But this May, I [...] The post Spring Flowers: What’s Blooming in May. appeared first on Green Talk®.
I love lavender. It is one of my favorite herbs. Its smell is intoxicating. And its color so vivid. I would never have thought to cook with it or make anything other than lavender sugar. Well, you are in for a treat since I enlisted my blogging friends to share some of their favorite lavender [...]Show More Summary
People love their vinyl flooring for its resilience and cost. In fact, Floor Weekly reported 2011 sales for vinyl sheet and tile flooring “hit a record high wholesale value of $2.11 billion” in the United States. However, that resiliency comes with a health price tag. Phthalates are added to vinyl flooring to reduce the rigidity [...]Show More Summary
Herban Lifestyle’s products are an eco skin care line that is committed to sustainability from sourcing quality fair trade and/or organic ingredients down to their packaging. What I love about this company is their ingredients are so pure and don’t contain any synthetic chemicals. Better yet, the products are produced in small batches to assure quality. [...]Show More Summary
There is something so poetic when the forsythia bloom. For me, it signifies that spring has arrived. And there is plenty of work to do around the homestead. Here is my spring garden maintenance checklist. Add yours as well in the comments below. #1 Remove Grass from your Beds. Remove grass from your beds. I [...]Show More Summary
When I look back at all the years, I have been gardening, I can truly confide that there are only six easy vegetables to grow. Why did I say “easy” because all vegetable could have issues such as pests, powdery mildew, etc. Also, plant issues could also be magnified by where you live. Just to [...] The post 6 Easy Vegetables to Grow appeared first on Green Talk®.
I am a freezer fanatic. I would rather throw food in the freezer and hope it unfreezes to some manageable state than throw it in my composter. But I bet you already know that, having read my previous article, “6 foods that I bet you didn’t know you can Freeze.” (Wink) Well, I have [...] The post 5 More Foods You Can Freeze. Part 2. appeared first on Green Talk®.
A couple of weeks ago, I started growing my seeds inside. Over the years, I have discovered that not all seeds are alike. Certain seeds need to be scarified, stratified, soaked, or inoculated. I will be focusing on seed scarification for this article and will touch upon the other methods in future articles. I [...]Show More Summary
I have been a vegetable, fruit, and landscape gardener for about nine years and can count all my mistakes on both my hands and toes. (And your hands and toes as well.) Believe me, I am not done making mistakes. What happens if I could help you to get over the hump to grow [...]
Right around the time that I can’t stand snow anymore, the Philadelphia Flower Show calls me to bask in her spectacular flower displays. I was surrounded by lush landscape, new plants, and wonderful vendors with the promise that spring is just around the corner. I could feel and touch grass, smell the aroma of plants, [...]Show More Summary