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Snow:  Poor Man’s Fertilizer

Snow: Poor Man’s Fertilizer

Is this familiar adage an old wive’s tale? In fact, snow does contain nitrogen and other particulates like sulfur, which it collects as it falls through the atmosphere, however so do rain and sleet, and believe it or not, lightning.

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Chocolate Tomatoes are a Sweet Garden Surprise

Chocolate Tomatoes are a Sweet Garden Surprise

Do you want to give chocolates and flowers to your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? Instead of a box of chocolates and a dozen roses, try these chocolate tomatoes for a different kind of treat.

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Seeds

Seeds

If you haven’t ordered your garden seeds for 2018, now is the time. As I sit by the woodstove looking out on another grey, cold day, the precipitation is coming down heavily. It started out as freezing rain, now it is rain and once the temps start to drop this afternoon, who knows what it will turn to? The back porch steps, the deck and even spots on the packed gravel drive are like a skating rink—so I am not going anywhere.

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Grow Red for a Healthy Heart

Grow Red for a Healthy Heart

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only heart-wise celebration in February. The American Heart Association dedicates the entire month to reminding people to take care of their hearts. Exercise and eating a plant-based diet can help lower the risk for heart disease, especially red fruits and vegetables.

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Lunar Happenings

Lunar Happenings

What the heck is a Super Blue Blood Moon? The moon was officially full this morning at 8:27 am EST. This is a particularly eventful full moon in that it is the second one this month, so called a blue moon, since we already had a full moon on the first of January. The Farmers' Almanac names it a Full Old Moon and it is the only lunar eclipse in North America this year , which was visible to those living west of the Mississippi in the U.S. and Western Canada before dawn this morning.

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Winter Musings

Winter Musings

We have had very cold weather this month and now we have warmed up just a bit--enough to tease us--and make us think spring is in the air. Not. However we can dream of spring and our gardens to be, especially with the seed catalogues coming in and seed sales offered in our emails almost daily.

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Plant a Gumbo Garden for Mardi Gras

Plant a Gumbo Garden for Mardi Gras

If you want to add some New Orleans flavor to your vegetable garden this season, plant the herbs and vegetables to make a traditional gumbo. Here’s how to get started.

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