Create a Winter or Spring Lasagna Garden

Yes, you can set up a lasagna garden in the winter or spring and have it ready for planting. Truthfully it will break down better if started in the fall but you may not know you want a garden. I have even known a few people that create the layered garden that day and plant it immediately. When starting a lasagna garden late in the winter or spring you will use the same process as a fall garden. But I add a few “cheating methods” to help it...

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Learn Gardening Tips at Come Grow with Us Seminar

Spring has arrived and it’s time to gather gardening ideas for the new planting season. One of the easiest ways to do this is attend one of the many garden workshops offered. There will be a local one day seminar called “Come Grow with Us” in Warren PA. Come Grow with Us is a one day seminar held at the Allegheny Community Center on Clark Street in downtown Warren, PA. During the 7 hour event,12 speakers will share their tips...

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Winter Gardening into Spring

Winter Gardening into Spring

My winter gardening in zone 5 consists of windowsill gardening, a pallet garden that hangs on the wall and starting my first seeds for my spring and summer gardens. These would be vine and perennial seeds. When I set my indoor garden areas up I try to plan for spring with the thought of moving as much of my winter gardening outdoors when the weather improves. It’s easy to move containers and the pallet garden to a protected porch but the...

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Local Farmers Market Provide Fresh Produce and Gardening advice

Farmers Markets add a flair of country living, offer fresh vegetables and fruits and are a place to exchange gardening tips.  At this time of year local markets are opening up and provide a great place to shop.  My local farmers market opens this weekend and one of the highlights is the spotlight demonstrations offered by the master gardening program. The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners have their schedule set up for spotlight...

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Rainy Day Gardening Ideas

It’s another rainy day but the call of soil and planting is calling. If your spring has been a cool and wet as mine you have the urge to be digging in the dirt. But for me the soil is too wet for any gardening so its time for rainy day gardening activities. Rainy day gardening ideas I cleaned my containers for the patio and made sure they were ready for the new small space garden area. One planter is cracked but I want to make several...

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How to plan The First Time Garden

If you plan on gardening for the first time here are a few ideas to help make your garden experience fun and successful. My first tip and most important tip: “Keep it simple and keep it fun.” Too many people overplant their first year. Flowers and herbs are easier to grow than vegetables. Why? They have less insect problems, usually need less watering and you aren’t getting used to a harvesting schedule. But vegetables are not hard...

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Keeping Squirrels Out of Your Birdfeeder: 5 Tips to Ensure Success

Taking care of our feathered friends has been a passion of man’s for the past 150 years. That tradition can continue today. Just set up the bird feeder and sit back on an outdoor patio storage bench to enjoy nature without interfering. You might even be able to inspire a child to take an interest in the great outdoors. Plus, the birds may just “tweet” a thank you too. Considering that there are over 100 species in North America that visit...

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