I’m Not Going to Plant That Way {Just Because You Said I Should}

Every garden is as unique as the person who plants it. If you want to try something new, do it! If you want to plant a hundred of this and none of that, go for it!

It’s no wonder that new gardeners get overwhelmed or give up after the first season. Can I let you in on a little secret? There are no rules. Take those books and throw them out the window (okay, they might have some valuable information, so don’t throw them, just set them aside). I’m just saying that every garden is as unique as the person who plants it. If you want to try something new, do it! If you want to plant a hundred of this and none of that, go for it!

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Repairing Damaged Soil

Most of North America's soil has been damaged by poor agriculture and construction practices. Thankfully repairing damaged soil is not incredibly hard or expensive to accomplish.

Does your soil turn rock hard and crack in the summer heat? Or perhaps it is composed of hard clods of dirt that are almost impossible to break, or is a sandy dust that easily blows away? If so, you probably have a case of damaged soil. You are not alone in this problem, as a large majority of North America’s soil has been damaged by poor agriculture and construction practices. Take heart though, because repairing damaged soil is not incredibly hard or expensive to accomplish.

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A Hardening Off & Transplanting Guide

Before you start digging, there are two key things you need to know to make sure your plants are successful in the garden - hardening off and transplanting.

It’s time to plant! You started seeds inside, nurtured them, and watched them grow, and now you’re ready to transplant them into the garden. Or, maybe you just returned home from the nursery with an armful of new plants. Either way, before you start digging, there are two key things you need to know to make sure your plants are successful in the garden – hardening off and transplanting.

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Succession Planting: Growing More In the Same Space

Succession planting is basically growing one crop after another. It's easy in warm climates, but even those of us up in Maine can do it.

So you planned your vegetable garden down to the very last nook and cranny. You figured out where to place everything and there is no soil unfilled. Are you left wishing your garden was just a bit bigger? What if I told you that you might be able to produce even more food using the same amount of garden space? Let me tell you about succession planting.

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Setting Up a Veggie Garden in the Backyard

More people are turning to growing their own organic vegetables in their backyards. Setting up a veggie garden in your backyard has many advantages.

With the increasing awareness of healthy living, people are turning to growing their own organic vegetables in their backyards. A backyard garden has many advantages. It saves money and provides constant flow of fresh vegetables, but it’s also a source of recreation and physical exercise in relaxing environment and fresh air. There are several points when it comes to backyard gardening that you should take into account.

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What Gardening Zones & Frost Dates Tell You

There is often some confusion about what gardening zones and frost dates are. Also, things these tools don't tell you that are important to the gardener.

Talk to a gardener for any length of time and eventually gardening zones and frost dates will come up. There is often some confusion about what gardening zones and frost dates are and what that information means. Also, there are some things that these tools don’t tell you. So, let’s have a little chat about what gardening zones and frost dates tell you…and what they don’t.

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