MBHL - Gardening

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I have always viewed quack grass as something to feed livestock with and although they enjoy it, rhizome's included, it was not something that is commonly given unless it was in the bales or pastures.  In the yard, it was only ever something to make the yard green.  Other than that, it was something that I called the bane of my existence.  It's propensity to thrive in all growing conditions is the very thing that makes it one of the harder “weeds” to get rid of in places that I don't want it.  But maybe, just maybe, I have been  looking at quack grass all wrong.
What!!?? There Are Benefits to Quackgrass!?
I have always viewed quack grass as something to feed livestock with and although they enjoy it, rhizome's included, it was not something that is commonly given unless it was in the bales or pastures. In the yard, it was only ever something to make the yard green. Other than that, it was something that I called the bane of my existence. It's propensity to thrive in all growing conditions is the very thing that makes it one of the harder “weeds” to get rid of in places that I don't want it. But maybe, just maybe, I have been looking at quack grass all wrong.
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Dealing with pesky weeds in the garden - Potager Online
Managing weeds in the garden doesn't have to be a nightmare! Visit the blog for all my tips + tricks!
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Planting dahlias: scary or simple? - Potager Online
Dahlias are everywhere, but are they scary or simple? All the tips and tricks over on the blog!
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Planting dahlias: scary or simple? - Potager Online
Dahlias are everywhere. But are they hard to grow? Tricky to plant? What even are tubers!? Everything you need to know about planting dahlias over on the blog!
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Seasonal Yard Clean up - Why I don't do much Fall Yard Clean up
While at a municipal compost dump in early fall I noticed the volume of flowers that had been dumped off. They were still in full bloom but despite this fact, had been yanked out because folks were in full on fall yard clean up. Granted there could be other reasons I suppose, but given that the majority of people do a fall yard clean up, it stood to reason that these flowers were yanked and dumped was because of fall yard clean up. Because this concept just doesn't make sense to me, I have explored, researched and pondered this phenomenon in an attempt to figure if there was something I was missing and should be doing my clean up differently.
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The Potato Trial - In Search of a New Potato Variety
Potatoes are one of the easiest, cost effective, beneficial, productive and nutritious vegetables to grow. But storing the harvest can prove problematic at times unless conditions are right. But not many people have the perfect conditions, myself included, and so I feel that the variety is the key to success. I do not bad, but being I need to store for upwards of seven months, I feel I could do better. So I decided in 2023 to trial some new varieties that I would not find in-store in hopes of finding a better storage potato than what I have. And, have some fun with it along the way.
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The Tomato Trial - The Results Are In
For years I only planted tomatoes I could get in the local stores or nurseries. But I got tired of the same varieties and so I started starting my own plants using seeds I could find in the stores. After tiring of the paste tomatoes I could get my hands on locally I dove into the world of tomatoes. And what a world it is! In 2023 I grew a number of new varieties as trials and in 2024 the world of tomatoes is getting bigger for me. There was certainly some surprises in The Tomato Trial, the amount of harvest being just one of the surprises. The other results may surprise you or at least be of interest to you.
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Planting a Fruit Tree Guild
Planting and growing a fruit tree guild is a great way to maximize your garden space and provide nutrients and health to your fruit trees at the same time. A fruit tree guild can help with disease resistance, attracting pollinators, and providing the right growing environments for multiple crops at once.
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Establishing a Food Forest Orchard Garden - But Will it Save Me Money
If one is developing a food forest, the planning, implementing and then waiting for the ecosystem to develop can seem like an eternity. By incorporating high production annuals and perennials into a food forest layout I could see production whilst ensuring that the ecosystem is still being developed. But will all the efforts be worth it? Join me as I explore the implementation and cost analysis of my Food Forest Orchard Garden to determine if it is all worth it.
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Does Gardening Save Me Money - A Year In Review
“You can buy it cheaper in the store” and “Once you include your labor and seeds it is expensive” are just a couple things commonly said when gardening comes up in conversation. Over the years, I told myself that folks don't understand and I continued to grow my gardens despite the comments. Fast forward to 2023 and I decided that I would try to answer this question and explore if my gardens are actually saving me money.
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Every garden should have this perennial vegetable
With the first slight warming of the soil, things like this underutilized perennial vegetable spring to life to come forth and produce the first spring flush of mineral and vitamin rich deliciousness. The epitome of eating seasonally. Although there are a few perennial vegetables that a person can establish to accompany the spring foraging around my yard such as Good King Henry, Sorrel or Winter onions, none will come on or produce like this perennial vegetable. A must have in every landscape and garden.
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Growing my own produce - 2023 Garden In Review
One can grow a lot of food in less than 100 days. In this video I take you along for the initial planting in June to main harvest in mid September. Zone 3b.
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Food Forest Orchard Garden in review...2023
My Food Forest has been a few years in the making, but in this video I give you glimpse into the development of my Food Forest Orchard Garden. It was the first year for this space but I was extremely pleased with the results.
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Garden Planning & Seed Starting
The calendar flips to the new year and my thoughts turn to planting the garden and looking into things to grow for the upcoming season. And as winter turns to spring, the gardening itch gets a little more serious and I order the seeds I need based on what I have decided to grow. But deciding what and how much to grow means that I have to do some sort of garden planning to make it happen because before long it is seed starting time for the upcoming garden.