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Home Garden Joy · 1d ago

Springtime in Bloom: Redbuds and Crabapples

It’s been raining ever since I planted the peas, lettuce, beets, onions and broccoli raab on Sunday – yay! The constant moisture will not only keep the cats out of the raised vegetable garde...
Home Garden Joy · 2d ago

Replacing a Raised Garden Bed

This weekend, our project was replacing a raised garden bed. We build the original raised beds about nine years ago. Sun, water, and weathering rotted the boards. They were coming apart at t...
Home Garden Joy · 6d ago

Why Don’t Tulips Come Back Like Daffodils?

“Why don’t tulips come back like daffodils?” I thought I’d answer this question today because I’ve been watching and weeding around my tulips this week, and noticed that many of my bulbs rea...
Home Garden Joy · 1W ago

Seed Starting Update

Since the unusually cold weather has kept me indoors again, I thought I’d share a brief seed starting update. By now, I’m usually out in the garden, “planting my peas on St. Patrick’s Day” a...
Home Garden Joy · 2W ago

Garden Update: Seed Starting, Orchard Worries and More

It’s spring – sort of. The weather has been warm, in the 60s and 70s, and the peach and pear trees are blooming. This is both good and bad. It’s great because I love the peach blossoms… …but...
Home Garden Joy · 3W ago

Healthy Recipes: Tarragon Chicken Salad

From the “what do I do with it?” files, I’ve put together a healthy recipe for tarragon chicken salad to show you just one of the many wonderful ways in which you can use garden-grown tarrag...
Home Garden Joy · 4W ago

Starting Seeds Indoors: Heirloom Seeds

As you begin to explore starting seeds indoors, you’ll come across the term heirloom seeds. When you read about heirlooms, the books and catalogs make them seem like the best thing in the wo...
Home Garden Joy · 1M ago

Growing Basil from Seed

Growing basil from seed is an easy way to add this herb to your garden. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a tender annual. It is very sensitive to frost and cold. Do not plant your basil outside u...
Home Garden Joy · 1M ago

Bluebird Nests

These bluebird nests are from the nesting boxes around our farm. You know why I keep harping on the importance of cleaning out the nest boxes in the spring before the birds build new nests? ...
Home Garden Joy · 1M ago

Starting Seeds Indoors: Equipment and Supplies

When starting seeds indoors, having the right equipment and supplies is important. Here’s a list of the items you need for successfully starting seeds indoors this spring. Starting Seeds Ind...