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Posted on 23 November 2011 by

Extending the Growing Season by Bringing in Ones Herbs-Part I

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As the fall winds blow, many of my lovely garden plants begin to slow down and die.

The delightful taste of summer begins to slip away and be replaced by hearty meals filled with numerous root crops.

What I miss the most when summer drifts away is the taste of fresh herbs.

In the past, I bought so called fresh herbs from the grocery store.

These never really tasted as good as those I grew in the garden. So a few years ago, I decided to grow my own fresh herbs indoors.

Most herbs will do fine indoors. The key to their growth is providing the correct amount of sunlight and not overwatering.

Annual herbs are very easy to grow and can be started anew by reseeding in a container. Several herbal seeds are very Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 19 November 2011 by

Micro-gardening the Square Inch Way

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I love to work with those who say they cannot garden.

The reasons for not gardening range from not having land, space, time or talent.

But these really are just excuses and anyone can garden in any space with very little time commitment.

The key to this is to start small, not only in space but variety of plants, and to realize that to learn one must make a few mistakes.

These mistakes should be used not as failures but as a learning opportunity.

Many habits that our society has create perfect opportunities for gardening. Our fast paced lifestyle generates trash that can be used to grow food. Takeout containers, plastic produce containers and containers that sprouts come in are just a few of these trash items that can be converted to containers for micro-gardening.

To start your own micro-garden begins with Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 15 November 2011 by

Herbs – The Cure for Gardening Withdraws

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I love herbs and when I was first married I learned a valuable lesson about herbs.

My husband and I lived on a very limited budget when we were first married.

I would look through cookbooks and drool over fancy dishes using all fresh herbs.

I did try store bought fresh herbs but the price of these luxury items was just too much. So the next step I took was to only grow herbs in containers in the summer. How wonderful it was to have fresh basil, chives, sage, and mint.

But I left my lovely plants outside, which meant I had no fresh herbs for winter use. The simple solution to this problem was one that evaded me for several years and that was to grow them indoors.

Spring, summer, fall and winter are all a perfect time to grow herbs.

Once you start though, you are only limited by Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 19 March 2011 by

DIY Four Season Vegetable Planter

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Vegetables can be grown year round regardless of where one may live and without grow lights and/or a greenhouse.

But how can this happen one may ask and the answer is a simple one, plan your planning according to the season.

Springtime is a great time for those cold crops.

These include broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, turnips, watercress, and many different types of greens. These plants love the cool, crispness of a spring morning and can be incorporated with cool-seasons flowers such as pansies, and flowering kale and/or cabbage.

As the days grow longer these plants will bolt, in the case of the greens, and become bitter. This is the time to remove this plant material and plan for the summertime planter. The choices abound during this time of year. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 01 March 2011 by

DIY Containers: How to Pick Them

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Container gardening is the apartment dweller’s savor when it comes to gardening.

It can take many forms from terracotta pots, horse troughs, and even the simple food grade can.

But what are the requirements that a container must have before it can be used as a planter.

First a container must have some form of drainage or a way of creating drainage. Drainage can come in many forms from holes in the bottom of the container to drainage material. But if a hole is or can be drilled through the container figure on one hole per gallon of soil the container will hold.

Next a container must be Read the rest of this entry »

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