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Creative containers you can use to garden anywhere

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If you live in a small space without a garden plot, you can still grow vegetables in the space you do have — be it a balcony or patio. You’ll just have to get creative. Many vegetables are easy to grow in containers. Container gardening welcomes innovation. There are some clearly definable requirements that, once met, will free you to experiment with the types of containers you use. The result can…

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14 garden chores to get ready for winter

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When autumn slowly creeps in with shorter days and cooler temperatures, it’s definitely a welcome break for the gardener from the hot and hectic summer days in the garden. Tempting though it is to snuggle up with pretty garden catalogs, remember that you still have ‘miles’ to go. Stay focused on these essential autumn chores to ensure a relaxed winter and joyful spring. 1. Pay attention to the lawn Autumn…

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Why won’t my garden grow? It’s all about the soil

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You can have the nicest organic plants that you grew from seed or young plants purchased from a reputable garden center and they still might not produce much. What’s wrong? For the novice gardener a failure for your seedlings to thrive can be a huge blow, enough of a disappointment for some to give up growing altogether. Take heart — there is a way to have a thriving vegetable garden…

The high desert terrain master gardener Susan Patterson calls home. Photo: Susan Patterson

How to garden in the high desert

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The high desert is a stunningly beautiful place to set up a homestead, yet a slightly intimidating and rather complex place to attempt to raise vegetables and fruit. Depending on where exactly you are in the North American high desert, you can experience anything from late season frosts and droughts to mid summer hail storms and wind gusts that can knock you down and ruin a thriving patch of veggies….

3-4 weeks of container gardening

4 reasons it can be better to garden in containers

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When I began growing vegetables and herbs on the balcony of a condo in 2007, it was a new way of maintaining some activities I’d loved all my life: be outdoors, get grubby, and experiment. Soon after the gardening thing took hold of me I had a daughter, and when I wasn’t getting to know this new human being or sacked out, exhausted, I was reading about gardening, blogging about it,…