Planning Ideas for your Vegetable Garden

The Garden Charmers Spring Fever Growing Your own Food

Its time to start thinking about your vegetable garden, regardless of whether or not you are a new or a seasoned gardener planning ahead makes all the difference in success and enjoyment of your garden.  I like to call this time Vegetable Garden Spring Fever. Most people start out as a weekend gardener with limited […]

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Gardening Roundup Year in Review

Gardening in Review Round Up 2013 copy

Gardening is a never ending education.  No matter how long you have been a gardener a day or years, you will always learn something new and be challenged.  The best place to learn is from other gardeners, people who are as passionate about growing and planting as you.  I have been fortunate enough to be […]

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Garden Year in Review

Kitchen Garden-2

A look back at my garden from 2013 so I can look forward to 2014. Yesterday my first seed catalog arrived in the mail.  I am one of those strange people that find this quite exciting.  I wait until all my favorite seed catalogs arrive, Johnny’s, Harris, Jung, Gurney’s.  I sit down with my post […]

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How to Plant Bearded Iris

Tall Bearded Iris

I had a few rhizomes (root of Iris) that I planted over the weekend, planting this late in the season is risky.   Ideally the best time to plant Iris in zone 6 is in September-October. Though the window here has closed on planting Bearded Iris you may still be able to do so where you […]

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How To Attract Honey Bees To Your Vegetable Garden

Thumbnail image for How To Attract Honey Bees To Your Vegetable Garden Bees on Aster in Fall

  This week my friend Liz who is a beekeeper by profession spoke to the local garden club about beekeeping and how important gardeners are to the bees. Liz’s belief is that there are not enough local wild flowers for the bees in the more manicured neighborhoods and the bees suffer there more than the […]

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Private Garden Tour


A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to be invited by my friend Leslie to go on a private tour of a local garden, that is by far the most spectacular private garden I have ever seen.  It rivaled many a public garden I have visited.  What made it all the more amazing was […]

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