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pollination in action

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Garden Bed @ The Campbellton Community Garden

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The Home Vegetable Garden News- July 29, 2014

An excerpt : "A raised garden bed allows backyard gardeners more control over the environment in which they grow their flowers, herbs and vegetables."


The Home Vegetable Garden News

Kale from my Community Garden Plot

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Gardening For The Birds

Are we heading for another Silent Spring? Gardeners can make a difference.

"Birds that were once common as little as a decade ago are becoming increasingly scarce today. The evening grosbeak, in fact, has taken a drastic nosedive in numbers, plummeting by 78 percent in the past 40 years. Pesticide use, climate change, pollution, and even cats—both feral and domestic—have taken their toll, but a reduction in birds' most basic need—habitat—is critical."

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Nasturtiums 2

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Nature at Work

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Food Day Canada

Hi, are are you celebrating Food Day Canada, this year?


Salad Greens- Container Gardening

Container gardening is an ideal way for those, who enjoy the wide range of tastes and textures that you can get from a salad greens garden, to grow their own food. A 24 inch wide container will let you grow a range of those come and cut again leafy delights that make the backbone of many a salad. For example, if you enjoy a piquant taste experience you can grow mesclun, arugula, mizuna, chicory and kale. All will do well in a container. Mesclun is a mix of assorted small, young salad leaves and containers allow you to grow you own mesclun mix. Pick the greens you like and then as they beginning to grow, cut a selection of leaves for that meal’s salad. The salad garden is a come-and-cut-again garden and you can enjoy fresh young greens for your salad throughout the season. Your choice of soil is very important I use an organic potting soil that I buy at the local plant nursery. This way I know that the plants are getting what they need. Now tomatoes go great with salad greens as do cucumber…

Wild Foods: Stinging Nettle

Nature provides. We do not have to plant all that we eat.

Urtica dioica is best known by its common name stinging nettle, a name that is well deserved. Stinging nettle is so called because of the burning pain that you can get when you brush up against it. Stinging nettle loves abandoned properties and can be readily found where the people have moved on and let the plants have a free rein. Stinging nettle may be found in Europe, Asia, N Africa and N America. This is a wild crafters plant. A few sensible precautions can reduce your odds of getting stung. One wear long sleeves, long pants and gloves, the garden variety are fine. This actually makes sense no matter what plants you are collecting on abandoned lots, fields or in the forest. The long sleeves and pant legs will protect you from a variety of plants and small wildlife, like ticks. Two, use a good sharp pair of scissors to make a quick and clean cut and be sure to hold the plant by the leaf and in the middle, the video gives a good de…

Nasturitums

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White: New Brunswick Visitor Centre

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High School Garden

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Wild

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The Bird Garden

Bird song brightens the day, even when the birds get up much earlier than you do. Song birds are a delight to the eye, as well as, the ear. A bird feeder is one way to bring these colourful charters to the yard. Add a bird house and a bird bath and all their basic needs are met.

However, once they birds are making use of the house, feeder and bath, it is the home owner's responsibility to keep them clean and full. Birds will become dependent upon this source and will suffer if the food is neglected.

Know your Birds:
It is not all that difficult to design a bird garden. Start with a little research; what birds are native to your region and what migratory bids will drop by, perhaps only for a short visit during the spring and summer. A trip to your local public library can be useful.
Once you know who your visitors are likely to be, then it is time to design the garden. Select plants that appeal to them. This is similar to accepting guests in your home, you want them to feel comfortable…

Runner Beans - Community Garden

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Hollyhocks

The hollyhock enjoys being in the sun but is happy with some shade. Make sure the soil is rich and somewhat moist, if you want the plant to thrive. Just before you plant be sure to add well-aged manure or compost as this will help the plant grow.
You can sow the seeds outdoors just slightly beneath the surface of the soil one week before last frost. It may take 10-14 days for the seed to germinate. Be sure to space the seeds 18-36 inches apart.
If the weather is dry it is vital to provide water if you want them to flower. You can plant hollyhocks near a rain barrel if the site gets sufficient sunshine. They can help beautify the spot and this will make regular watering easier, provided, of course, that it rains. The hollyhock flower is edible and would look great in a salad. I prefer to leave them on the plant and enjoy them visually but it is good to know that they have a secondary purpose. The hollyhock is an ideal plant for the back of the border along the fence and especially with cha…

Eat Dirt: It is Good For You

Good gardeners grow soil because when the soils is healthy, the food grow in it is healthy. Why, read on.


"For example, using DNA sequencing technology, agronomists at Washington State University haverecently established that soil teeming with a wide diversity of life (especially bacteria, fungi, and nematodes) is more likely to produce nutrient-dense food. Of course, this makes sense when you understand that it is the cooperation between bacteria, fungi, and plants’ roots (collectively referred to as the rhizosphere) that is responsible for transferring carbon and nutrients from the soil to the plant—and eventually to our plates."


he Surprising Healing Qualities ... of Dirt by Daphne Miller — YES! Magazine

The Home Vegetable Garden News: July 1, 2014

"Do you have the summer gardening blues? Has the heat wave turned your cucumbers vines into rope and left your tomatoes as brown as the cracked dirt they're growing in?" read on in


The Home Vegetable Garden News