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July 30, 2009

Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long

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Here is a book with some tips on growing vegetables all year. The first chapter begins with picking a salad from a cold frame while it is snowing. It includes details about how each vegetable should be grown. The book is written with a sense of humor and has instructions on how to build a cold frame and do succession planting while at the same time keeping the advice simple.

At Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long

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July 29, 2009

Organic Red Russian Kale 300 Seeds

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This kale is a great plant for the winter garden. I put a row in this time of year and can eat kele all winter in my area(Northern California) Freezing temperatures don't seem to bother it. I have even knocked the snow off of it to harvest it. It is really easy to grow. It is sweet, delicious and chock full of calcium and vitamins and will self sow year after year.

At Organic Red Russian Kale 300 Seeds

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July 28, 2009

The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production

51BsK3-aurL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpgFor those of you interested in winter gardening, here is a book with all the tips and techniques you will need. The author uses unheated greenhouses and discusses in depth the possibilities and rewards of winter gardening. He lives in Maine where the winters are really icy and is successful with year round harvesting. Those of us in more southern locations can benefit from his expertise and be sure of success.

At The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses (Paperback)

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July 27, 2009

Lettuce Romaine Organic Heirloom Seeds for the summer garden

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If the peas and early plantings are over and space is freed up in your garden, now is a time to put in some quick growing plants which you can eat in 50 days or which can over winter. The soil will need some compost or fertilizer to refresh it. There a so many choices. Kale, Swiss Chard, and a variety of lettuces comes to mind. This Romaine Lettuce doesn't bolt easily and is so delicious.

At Lettuce Romaine Parris Island Cos Certified Organic Heirloom Seeds 275 Seeds

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July 24, 2009

Gilmour Innovative Sprayer 3 Gallon Capacity

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I try not to use pesticides, but sometimes it's necessary and this sprayer is big enough to work on fruit trees as well as vegetables. You can also use it to foliar feed plants which gives fast results growth and bloom. It comes in smaller, easier to handle one and two gallon sizes.

  • Extra large locking pump handle with wand clip; quick turn for easy open and close
  • Innovative Design. Super efficient pump pressurizes faster; replaceable pump cup; built-in filter prevents clogging
  • Flip open/closed pressure safety valve; cap design safely releases pressure downward
  • Easy to read fill lines for accuracy
  • Heavy-duty 18 inch rotating brass wand with adjustable brass nozzle; wand storage clips.

At Gilmour Innovative Premium Sprayer 3 Gallon Capacity Black/White #XP30

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July 20, 2009

Audubon 4100 Mini Binoculars for Your Birdwatching Pleasure

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These mid-price range binoculars are just right for birdwatching so you can get close up views of the animals and insects that are enjoying your garden and yard. They have a carrying case and are good for hiking also.


  • Precision ground lenses for good resolution and sharp overall image quality

  • Multi-coated lenses for increased light transmission and fine color

  • Extremely light-weight but with a rugged housing

  • Dual folding hinges for easy fold down and storage

At Audubon 4100 Mini Binoculars 7x18

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July 16, 2009

Smart Solar SunJet 150 Solar-Powered Water Pump


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You can create your own water fountain with this SunJet 150 Mini Solar Pump Kit. There are three solar panel fountain heads to shoot water up to 35 cm / 10 inches. The long 16 ft. cable means placement of the solar pump where you want yet ability to place the panel in sunlight. The birds will love it and the water never gets algae or sludge. This water fountain is powered by sunlight and is refreshing addition to the yard or garden. Solar panels included.

At Smart Solar Smart Solar SunJet 150 Solar-Powered Water Pump

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July 15, 2009

Plug 'N Gro Hanging Planter-An Easy Garden

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In this hanging planter you can plant 12 bedding plants in less than 10 minutes. Flowers, herbs, berries, veggies can grow right on your patio or deck. You water and feed through the top. There are no problems with insects, ties, cloth strips and ground fungus. Now anyone can have a garden without having a yard and with no kneeling, bending or digging.
At Plug 'N Gro Hanging Planter

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July 14, 2009

Esschert Design Bee House--for the pollinators in your garden

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If you want to help the bees who keep your vegetables and flowers pollinated, here is a Mason bee house. There are many different designs, but this one looks like a bird house and is inexpensive. Mason bees are prolific pollinators and this can help attract them to your garden. These bees generally nest in holes created by woodpeckers and beetles,

At Esschert Design Bee House

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July 13, 2009

250 North American Birds in Song A Backyard Book

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Here is a great way to enjoy the patio and garden. Put this book close at hand and try identifying the bird songs. This book has great pictures to help identification. . The profiles emphasize the birds' vocalizations--both songs and calls--which can be heard on an audio component that comes with the book. By bringing digital audio technology to the printed book, you can relate the songs and calls of those birds you see from the comfort of your backyard.

At Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song (Hardcover)

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July 10, 2009

Rattan Bistro Set

51lf30N29dL._SL500_AA280_.jpgAt some point, like now, in mid summer, after the effort and love you have put into the lawn and garden, it is time to sit down with a friend and just enjoy what you've created. Here is an inexpensive and durable set to make that possible.


  • "LIVING ACCENTS" RATTAN BISTRO SET

  • 3 piece set

  • 24" round table and 2 chairs

  • Solid steel construction

  • Glass top table

At Rattan Bistro Set

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July 9, 2009

Biodegradable/Compostable Lawn & Leaf Bags

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The YardBuddy Lawn & Leaf Bag is a multi-wall paper bag designed to hold lawn and yard waste. It's ideal for grass clippings, leaves, twigs and trimmings. It holds together nicely when wet but are still compostable. You can leave it filled for the garbage truck or take it to the compost pile. A great improvement over the easily punctured and landfill nightmare that plastic bags have become.

At Wildwood YardBuddy Biodegradable/Compostable Lawn & Leaf Bags - 10-Pack #16000

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July 7, 2009

Wishing Well Hummingbird Feeder, 16 oz

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Hummingbird feeders have many interesting designs. This one is a wishing well crafted in wood and features four feeding blossoms, a handcrafted brass roof and holds 16 ounces of nectar in a shatter-proof bottle. Attract those lovely and helpful hummingbirds into your patio and garden.

At Perky-Pet 124 Wishing Well Hummingbird Feeder, 16 oz

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July 6, 2009

OXO Good Grips Outdoor Pour & Store Watering Can


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The OXO GOOD GRIPS Outdoor Pour & Store Watering Can has a spout that rotates back toward the body which makes for easier filling and storing. Water levels in the clear spout line up with the measurement markings on the body for easy measuring and adding fertilizer. The non-slip handle allows for a comfortable, secure grip when carrying and pouring at all heights. The Can's 2 gallon capacity is ideal for outdoor use in your garden, patio garden, large containers . This is a good watering can and Oxo provides several different sizes for indoor as well as outdoor use.

At OXO Good Grips Outdoor Pour & Store Watering Can 2.11-gallon

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National Pollinator's Week A Time to Help Our Helpers

The National Wildlife Federation has some tips for helping out pollinators, reminding us that "every third bite of food" comes from their help. They have some tips to make life a little easier for butterflies, bees, and birds.

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You can check out their tips for keeping our planet healthy. All things you can do in your back yard.

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July 3, 2009

Self-Watering Probes - Vacation Plant Waterers

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Do you have an aversion to electronic gismos but need your plants watered while you are gone? These Self Watering Probes are a simple and effective way of watering while you are on vacation. Just soak them in water for a couple of minutes to prepare the tips, then insert the probes into the soil of your potted plants and place the hose ends in a water reservoir nearby. The water will be slowly emitted through the ceramic cones, automatically watering your plants without the need to set timers or worry about electronic devices being turned on. Very cool.

At Self-Watering Probes - Vacation Plant Waterers - 5 Pack

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July 2, 2009

Strathwood Oasis Cabana

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Got your yard and garden under control so that you can sit back and enjoy life for a while? Try this cabana! It is easily set up and can be zippered to keep insects at bay. This stylish Moroccan design makes elegant outdoor living a reality. Heavy duty powder coated alum tubing provides a collapsible foundation that sets up in minutes and easily breaks down to store in the off season. The heavy duty polyester body with high SPF rating, color fact protection and water resistant coating. Gracious interior space, but fits nicely in smaller yards and spaces.. Bring out a night light and enjoy the moon and the crickets.

At Strathwood Oasis Cabana

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July 1, 2009

Gilmour 9400 Electronic 4 Cycle Water Timer is Easy to Use

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The search for the perfect water timer is ongoing. This Gilmour Water Timer has been simplified for easy programming. It has four on/off watering cycles per day so your yard looks its best, even during hot summer months and the garden doesn't get over watered. The one-week clock repeats the cycle every seven days, or you can choose the skip function for watering every second or third day. There's also an option of manual or timed on/off, so you always control the watering amount and duration.

To help make programming even easier, the electronics are removable (just squeeze the side grips and pull), and the swivel nut allows for a quick connection to the faucet. Change your mind about the program you chose? Select the program override function to temporarily suspend watering. For added convenience, this Gilmour timer runs on four AA batteries (not included) and includes a low battery indicator when power is running low.

At Gilmour 9400 Electronic 4 Cycle Water Timer, Teal

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