2 Mar
2015
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Gardening Inspiration from EWG’s Dirty Dozen List

Every year, the Environmental Working Group publishes a list of the twelve “dirtiest” fruits and vegetables. These are the crops that tend to be sprayed with the most or harshest chemicals in “conventional” agriculture, and thus are best purchased as organic. Or, better yet, why not skip the grocery store […] ...

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1 Mar
2015
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A Redesign for the Outlaw Garden Website

What do you think? Lion or lamb? March. The month that brings us spring (at least according to meteorologists and our calendars). Finally finally finally here. Even with snow remaining a possibility for many of us — we got our biggest storm of the year last year in mid-March — […] ...

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28 Feb
2015
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Growing Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes) from Grocery-Store-Bought Tubers

It’ll be six months before the cheerful yellow flowers of sunchokes again dance above my head in the Outlaw Garden. These towering plants — also know as Jerusalem artichokes — spend the spring and summer growing tall and green and robust, only to reward us for our patience with sunflower-like […] ...

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27 Feb
2015
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Adding Visual Interest to the Wintertime Front Yard Vegetable Garden

When did you last walk through your garden? If your garden is in the front yard — like mine — then maybe you strolled through it as recently as this morning or yesterday evening. But if your garden is off to the side or hidden out back, it’s possibly been […] ...

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26 Feb
2015
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10 Rules for Breaking the Rules with Front Yard Vegetable Gardens

The first rule of front yard vegetable gardening is we DO talk about front yard vegetable gardening. Actually, that’s really rule #2: Be friendly. Say hello. But, being nice to neighbors is important enough to tie with rule #1: Be beautiful. Looks matter. (We’re talking about veggies here — please don’t […] ...

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25 Feb
2015
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When to Plant Seeds, Part 2: Measuring Soil Temperature for Optimum Germination

In many ways, gardening is a guessing game. When will the last frost hit? Will I have tomatoes by July? How often will the deer eat my sweet potatoes this summer? Most of these questions we must simply live with. But, there’s one question we can answer definitively: When can […] ...

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24 Feb
2015
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When to Start Seeds, Part 1: Finding Your Average Last Frost Date

February 24, and I haven’t started a single seed yet. I know I’m behind schedule with the earliest of crops — onions and cabbages and such. In fact, the onion-planting window has already sailed right past me. I’ll be ordering onion seedlings this year, and making a note to get my […] ...

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23 Feb
2015
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Counting Down to Spring, and We’re Already Halfway There

Today marks just 25 days until spring! If you’ve been following along with our spring countdown, then you know we’re halfway there. We started with 50 days, and now we’re at 25. I can’t promise that each single day will get warmer from here on — we have some more […] ...

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22 Feb
2015
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Three Reasons to Not Invite House Sparrows to Your Garden (and One Trick to Keep Them Away)

It’s time to buy another spool of fishing line. Today is warm and sunny. Yesterday’s snow is melting, and it’s easy to believe that spring is just around the corner (never mind the forecast for another cold snap tomorrow). The birds have noticed. The chickadees are house hunting. Unfortunately, so […] ...

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21 Feb
2015
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Curl up with a Good Book

Yesterday’s forecast proved true. The snow has been falling since morning, and nearly six inches (or more) have piled up out there. It’s cold. The roads are nasty. Thankfully, there’s really no reason for me to venture out. My pup and I have already walked the ‘hood and chased snowballs […] ...

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