{Food and Gardening} Allotment Gardens in London

Photo from Linda Everett

My husband and I recently made our annual trip to the East End of London to visit family. On one of our daily walks we passed through St. James Park and came across the allotment gardens that have been an East End mainstay for many years and became very popular in war time. An allotment […]

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{Food and Gardening} Chemical-Free Weed Control

Weeds

With my vegetable garden in full swing, weeds are also in full swing.  One of the biggest challenges I face is weeds, lots of them, lots of different kinds.  I find that if I spend just a little extra time controlling these garden interlopers, my crop is healthier and has better yields because the competition […]

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{Food and Gardening} 10 Ways to Conserve Water in the Garden

I love growing my own food!  Not only does it taste better, but I know that it is safe to eat because I know I didn’t put any chemicals in the soil.  Water is a most precious natural resource, necessary to sustain life and necessary to a good yield in the garden.  There seems to […]

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{Food and Gardening} Garden Planning and Zoning

chives and bee

Garden Planning: Planning a garden, while very important, has never been my strong suit.  If a plant is free, I take it home, and years of being a plant slut have made an impact on my gardening space.   A  50 ft x 60 ft fenced area, crammed with herbs, perennials, old fashioned roses and […]

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{Food & Gardening} Gardening with Kids and Books

One of my favorite quotes… It often happens to children – and sometimes to gardeners – that they are given gifts of value of which they do not perceive until much later. – Wayne Winterrowd Although it can apply to many things, I offer think of it when teaching children about gardening. I am passionate […]

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{Food and Gardening} Beeing Nice to Pollinators

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What is an organic garden without the sound of bees buzzing around?   It is not only too quiet, but many fruits and vegetables depend on bees to produce fruit.  No bees, no pollination.   There is some troubling research by the US Department of Agriculture.   In 2009, the USDA data showed a 29 […]

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{Food & Gardening} Garlic

garlic sprouts in my garden

by SimplyNu By definition… Garlic is a hardy plant, Allium sativum, of the amaryllis family whose strongly, pungent bulb is used in cookery and medicine. (dictionary.com) Well, I think that hardy little plant is amazing! I researched natural ways to cure infections when I was pregnant with my children, because I didn’t want to have […]

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{Food & Gardening} Seed Saving Marigolds

marigold border

Marigolds are a flowering annual that attract beneficial insects. They produce globe-shaped blossoms that consist of lacy foliage. Marigolds also produce a pungent smell that deters some gardening pests, so they are a popular plant among vegetable gardeners. They are ideal for planting in borders, beds, and container gardens. I find marigolds to be among […]

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{Food and Gardening} How to Read Seed Catalogs for Gardening Success

by GabriellesGarden

Wonderful Day Art Print by littlemoaandfriends Yes, I know it is only the beginning of February.  It’s cold.  The days are short and I’m stuck inside.  But now is the best time to start planning your garden.  I love this time of year because that’s when I start receiving all the seed and gardening catalogs […]

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