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October 30, 2009



When you bring your container plants indoors, why not have a dramatic place to show them at their best. This staircase plant stand has an ivy design is would sit dramatically near a sunny window. It has six shelves and holds 6" to 8" pots easily.


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October 29, 2009

Lettuce Baby Mesclun Gourmet Certified Organic Heirloom Seeds 1200 Seeds

Here's a great late planting of gourmet lettuce that would do well in mild climates in the garden, or in containers in sunny windows. This delicious baby lettuce mix includes Black Seeded Simpson, Buttercrunch, Green Salad Bowl, Lolla Rossa, Red Oakleaf and Rouge d'Hiver seeds. If you sow in successive plantings you might get an all winter harvest period.

At Lettuce Baby Mesclun Gourmet Certified Organic Heirloom Seeds 1200 Seeds

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October 27, 2009

Romaine lettuce planted now? I'm hoping it works.


It's really a little late, but I'm going to try sneaking in another planting of lettuce in hopes I will be able to harvest in February. If you have a greenhouse or an area protected from frost, this is a good plan. Romain is one of my favorite lettuces. It needs lots of fertilizer and grows fast. So here's hoping.....

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

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October 26, 2009

Sleek Stainless-Steel Composter Keeper looks good on the countertop

41TGdYGeJ4L._SL500_AA280_.jpgHere's a good looking container to keep your compost odor free until you take it outside. It's stainless steel and very sleek so it can sit on the counter top or slide nicely under the sink. The lid fits tightly and it has a filter and three replacement filters to eliminate odors. The satin finish cleans easily with soapy water.

At Norpro GRIP-EZ Stainless-Steel Composter Keeper with 2-pc. Replacement Filter Set

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October 23, 2009

Kitchen Crop Seed Sprouter Grows Organic Sprouts at Home


This is the easy way to produce fresh, high-quality sprouts in your own kitchen. In just 2-4 days you can enjoy healthful sprouts in soups, salads and sandwiches. There are three growing trays which make it possible to grow up to three different flavors at once and it produces a variety of fresh, crispy sprouts in just a few easy steps. The Kitchen Crop sprouter is reusable so you can grow nutritious sprouts year round.

At Kitchen Crop Seed Sprouter-Grow Organic Sprouts at Home

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October 22, 2009

Organic Mulch Block will help winterize your garden


If you have an area that you want protected this winter from heavy freezing or if you have a spot all ready to plant and don't want it to get beaten down by rain and snow, you should consider mulching it. This coir mulch is a 100% organic and biodegradable. It provides a thermal blanket for your entire garden keeping soil cool in summer, warm in winter, and moist all year round. In addition to saving water and insulating the garden, this premium ground cover looks great as a decorative top-dressing for pots and baskets. It expands to cover 3 sq.yards.

At Element 1001 6 100% Organic and Biodegradable Original Mulch Block

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October 21, 2009

VermipostPro Red Wigglers for Organic Gardening and Composting


One thing that will keep growing all winter are earthworms in your compost pile. If you give them enough water and food scraps, newspaper or even cardboard, they will double every 90 days. In the spring, you'll be ready to add them to the garden to keep the soil friable and fertile. They can also be used indoors with houseplants.

At VermipostPro Red Wigglers for Organic Gardening and Composting

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October 20, 2009

Shiitake Mushroom Kit grows yummy mushrooms for many weeks


The leaves are turning and with some good rains the mushroom season begins here in Northern California in November. In case you are hankering for some those delicious, meaty fungi, here is a kit that lets you grow your own Shiitake mushrooms. Shiitakes are noted both for their health stimulating properties and their culinary value. This Shittake kit has sterilized sawdust innoculated with with Shiitake mushroom spores. They can be harvested at two week intervals up to 16 weeks. A 50-80 degree Fahrenheit environment is ideal so either the basement or the kitchen will do. Each kit comes with illustrated instructions and is guarantee to produce.

At Shiitake Mushroom Kit

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October 19, 2009

An October garden treat--the last taste of summer


As the garden winds down in October, I often roam through the rows and pick whatever is ripe. If the day is cool, I make a fresh soup with whatever I have harvested. It's such a delight and I never bother with a recipe because everything is so fresh and tasty. I usually saute the onions and garlic with squash or kale or carrots and then add tomatoes and a sprig of rosemary or some basil--whatever I have found. If there aren't enough tomatoes, I use a cream sauce or add some chicken broth. It reminds me of my childhood, when I would come home from school and ask, "What's for supper, Mom?" and smell the soup simmering on the stove. It's the perfect meal for a cold October night and a great use of the last fresh vegetables from the garden.

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October 16, 2009

Review: Loop Handle Bypass Pruner with Carabiner Clip From Fiskars


Fiskars was kind enough to send me a set of pruning tools to review. It is always a pleasure to handle a well made tool and Fiskars tools are top of the line. I first tried the Carabiner Clip Bypass Pruner and found that it is light weight and cuts green wood like smoothly and cleanly. They have added the Carabiner clip so that the pruner can hang on your belt while you weed or mulch and then suddenly see the limb that needs clipping. I tried this tool on roses, fir tree, fig tree, apple and pear and discovered that both 1/2" and 3/4" limbs came off with ease. It also has a niftly lock nut that keeps the shears from opening and knicking you while you work.

Cutting with them is a breeze, and the handles are excellent.

At Fiskars and Fiskars Carabiner Clip Bypass Pruner

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October 15, 2009

The Sprouting Book: How to Grow and Use Sprouts to Maximize Your Health


At last the first big rain of the winter season is here. It's a great relief that the fire danger is over and it also means it's time to bring the sprinklers and timers and tools inside. This winter I'm going to set up a sprout growing area near the sink. This book has all the information needed to get the sprouts growing and keeping a succession of sprouts coming.

At The Sprouting Book: How to Grow and Use Sprouts to Maximize Your Health and Vitality (Avery Health Guides) (Paperback)

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October 14, 2009

Plant this Deer Resistant Collection Now for Spring Blooms


The deer around my house are beautiful but terrible pest as they have a taste for flowers. Here is a deer resistant collection of tulip, narcissus, and anemone bulbs that will work well in partial shade to full sun. Their sizes vary and so do the blooming times so that you have color from early spring to late spring. These flowers are easy to grow and you get 35 of them in this boxed collection.

At NEW! Deer Resistant Collection -35 Bulbs- Spring Blooms

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October 13, 2009

Compost Innoculant keeps your compost cooking in the winter


If you are having trouble getting compost to heat up and decompose into humus, consider using a compost innoculant. Peaceful Valley Farms has this inoculant which contains 30 strains of aerobic bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes, and other beneficial microbes. It will decompose straw, food, manures and other green matter. Sawdust, needles and hardwood will take more innoculant, otherwise one ounce should do well in a compost bin.

At Compost Innoculant

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October 12, 2009

PlantHouse looks great, is easy to set up and will keep your tender plants alive.


This portable, pop up greenhouse is perfect for extending your growing season and protecting your plants.The greenhouse set up the easiest it has ever been. Screened vent openings allow for air circulation and closing the vents will promote and maintain high humidity levels. The PVC material is UV resistant for longer life. Solar heat from the sun heats your greenhouse during the day while an electric heater will be needed on freezing nights or in cloudy or snowy conditions. Folds up easily into a compact storage carry bag and includes shade cover, stakes, high wind tie downs and free storage bag with sholder strap.

At PlantHouse 5' Clear

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October 8, 2009

Italian Herb Garden Trio: Everything you need for an indoor herb garden


For those of us starting to move our life indoors, here is all we need to grow our herbs in a sunny window. This kit has seeds for oregano, basil and chives, a dip tray, and soil pellets. The planters are 7" and made of stoneware so they will last many years and the drip tray is 13" long. Growing instructions are included so you have everything you need for success. This makes a great gift for both a gardening enthusiast or a beginner.
At Italian Herb Garden Trio: Indoor Garden Gift Set incl. 3 planters, dip tray, seeds, peat soil pellets.

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October 7, 2009

Landmann Big Sky Stars & Moons Fire Pit for cool October nights

41+ulcF6JwL._AA280_.jpgHere is a lovely fire pit you can use to warm yourself under the stars these cool fall evenings. Star and moon cutouts on the walls of the firepit reveal flickering flames within. Landmann's Georgia Clay finish stands up to the heat and weather for years of heavy use. Sturdy steel construction means the fire pit is stable and will hold plenty of wood. The pit offers 360-degree view of the fire so that everyone can circle 'round and enjoy the warmth and crackle of open flame. An enamel cooking grate is great for warming foods for campfire snacks. A spark guard cover and poker are included to keep sparks off clothes and outdoor furniture. The pit is designed for use on masonry surfaces such as stone, brick, or concrete only. It certainly would cheer up any outdoor evening.

At Landmann Big Sky Stars & Moons Fire Pit, Georgia Clay

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October 6, 2009

Woodstream Rolling Plant Caddy moves plants easily


If you're starting to move plants in from the patio or putting them under a protective roof, this plant caddy will help you find the right place, and adjust the placement easily as needed. It's inexpensive and won't let water drip on floor surfaces.

  • 13" plant caddy
  • Clear poly construction
  • 4 heavy-duty casters, allow caddy to roll easily without tipping
  • Built-in water reservoir to prevent water from overflowing onto floors
At Woodstream PC13 Rolling Plant Caddy
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October 5, 2009

Agribon extends the growing season so you enjoy your summer crops longer


The first frost is expected this week and one of the ways to extend the season of your tender plants like tomatoes or beans is to cover the rows with Agribon. Agribon row covers are a better value than similar products because Agribon row covers are heavier, tougher covering, at the same time letting in light and keeping the plants warmer.

  • Agribon AG-19 row covers provides up to 4ºF + frost protection for valuable, frost sensitive perennials and sensitive vegetables.

  • Safe guards against early and late frosts.

  • Prolongs growing seasons and increases yields.

  • Excellent wind and insect control.

At Agribon

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October 2, 2009

Spanish Roja Garlic is an heirloom variety carried by Territorial Seed

Now is the time to put in some garlic which will over winter and be harvested in the summer. Growing great garlic is quite easy. Few pests bother garlic and it can be planted now and in October and in the south as late as November or even mid winter. When spring growth begins, fertilize and water as needed. If your soil is fertile, keeping the row weed free is about the only chore connected with harvesting some tasty bulbs to dry and flavor your favorite dishes.

At Spanish Roja Garlic

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October 1, 2009

Fiskars Tuscany 57-Gallon Rain Harvesting System helps you use rainwater


Fiskars had created a rain barrel which can help you water your plants. The durable, impact resistant polyethylene barrel blends well with all house styles while standing up to years of harsh sun and freezing cold. The barrel comes with a diverter kit that attaches to gutter downspouts, sending water to the barrel until it's full, then automatically sending excess through the downspout and away from the house so that the barrel doesn't overflow. The system includes the 57-gallon rain barrel, cover, diverter kit, a built-in base for optimal stability, threaded spigot for easy garden hose attachment, and a detailed installation guide.

At Fiskars 5997 Tuscany II 57-Gallon Rain Harvesting System, Terracotta Color

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