LESS REALLY IS MORE: Pruning Fruits and Vegetables to Increase Harvest
by Andrea Dee

A little green thumb and a pair of pruners can go a long way in yielding a high quality harvest both in the veggie patch and fruit orchard. Pruning fruits and vegetables can be very beneficial in directing energy away from other plant parts towards the fruiting buds, leading to a more bountiful garden.   >> read article
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PRUNE PERFECT: Pruning Landscape Shrubs with Perfection
by Andrea Dee

Gardeners often forget the magic of how quickly shrubs can fill an empty space in the landscape. While controlling size is the most common need for pruning, other reasons include encouraging bounties of bloom, artistic shaping such as when designing topiaries, and removal of dead and diseased wood.   >> read article
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MAKING THE CUT: Pruning Landscape Trees
by Andrea Dee

Pruning is one of the best ways to give waning trees more vigor. Alternatively, it is one of the easiest ways to send a healthy tree into decline. Knowing how to make the right pruning cuts is a skill that takes practice and involves a lot of science too!   >> read article
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Take a Load Off
Seating in your garden can extend your enjoyment
by Susan Jasan

After a long day working in your garden, there should be a special spot where you can stop and enjoy your labors. Whether it’s a small whimsical bench tucked in along a little garden path or a swing for two, seating in your garden can extend your enjoyment of your garden tremendously.   >> read article
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Designing with Boulders
Don't be afraid to be bold with boulders in your yard
by Kelly Bledsoe

Designing with boulders is becoming one of the most popular landscaping trends, but experts agree on some basic tips to consider when placing boulders in your landscape.   >> read article
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Building a Garden Pond
Guidelines to help you build your own garden oasis
by John Tullock

Constructing your own garden pond is not difficult, but certain aspects of the job must be done precisely. Here are some guidelines that will help you avoid common mistakes and create the garden pond of your dreams.   >> read article
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Rule the Roost
Adventures in permaculture with a chicken tractor
by Cindy Shapton

What has wings, a manual transmission and runs on weeds and bugs? If you answered chicken tractor, you might be a gardener who owns chickens or one familiar with permaculture methods.

When I first learned of chicken tractors, I thought, now there is an idea I can get behind … literally. I couldn’t wait to give it a go. My son got me my first tractor equipped with two bantam chickens we named Taco and Cornbread. I couldn’t wait to start it up and watch it work.   >> read article
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Winter Sowing
by Rebecca Stoner Kirts

I first heard about the technique of winter sowing for starting seeds while I was listening to a podcast over a year ago. The hosts were homesteaders from Texas. They had extensive gardens and also sold plants. They propagated most of their seedlings using this method   >> read article
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