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January 7, 2010

Seedling Heat Mat warms soil for early sprouting

I'm in Boston this month. There's snow everywhere and temperatures in the 20's. It's hard to imagine gardening unless you have a sunny room or porch. But for those of us who can't wait to start some plants, I'm thinking this heating pad looks perfect. It's 20" by 10" so it fits underneath a large seed flat. It's waterproof and made of heavy fray proof material. It will warm the soil in the flat 10 or 20 degrees above room temperature so that seed germination is faster. It comes with a 6 ft. power cord and instructions for use and also comes in larger sizes. No matter where you are, if you can't bear the thought of another month or two of winter, you might try hastening the season with this seedling heat mat.

At Seedling Heat Mat

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December 14, 2009

Prepara Power Plant Mini grows plants hydroponically


This small hydroponic grower has a clean, svelte design looks great on any counter or window sill. You don't need experience to use it; just set it up, plant your seed, and let the Power Plant Mini do all the work. It can grow up to 50% faster than potted plants do. It uses distilled water, nutrient, and air to grow abundant harvests. A good starter kit for someone in the family.

At Prepara Power Plant Mini

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December 11, 2009

Indoor Culinary Herb Garden Starter Kit is a perfect gift for the cook or gardener in your life


An indoor herb garden is the perfect gift for the gardener or the cook in the family who would love to have some fresh herbs this winter. The herbs can then be repotted or planted outdoor when the weather warms up. You get seeds for 12 herbs, peat pellets, the tray and instructions for each herb. A very foolproof way to grow your own seasoning and a treat for the gardener trapped indoors who will love this gourmet project.

At Indoor Culinary Herb Garden Starter Kit- Start Growing Fresh Cooking Herbs & Spices- Great Gift Idea!- Seeds: Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro, Basil, Dill, Oregano, Sweet Marjoram, Chives, Savory, Garlic Chives, Mustard, Sage

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December 4, 2009

New wine in old bottles is a delicious autumn drink!

I have some friends who are wonderful organic gardeners and they have introduced me to Federweisse or new wine. It is wonderful, light, fruity and tangy and slightly bubbly! Now I have a reason to plant some wine grapes just to make this wine. All it takes is pressing the juice so that it is free of skins and seeds and then bottling the juice and letting it set until the fermentation process starts. The yeast on the grapes provides enough starter, nothing else has to be added. The alcoholic content gets higher the longer it sits, but I love it when it is still sweet and fruity, reminding me somewhat of sangria. Definitely a cheery drink, shown here with a chocolate cake for a afternoon treat.

At Chardonnay Grape Vine One Gallon

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December 2, 2009

Ground covers will transform bare dirt into lawn and flowers


I'm building a house and all around the building site the ground is muddy and scarred. So just before the rains I drove into town and bought rye grass, something called sod buster, and some wildflower seed. It took a couple of hours to spread the seed. I could have used this Earthway 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder with 6 Seed Plates, but time was precious and I had to get the seed broadcast before the rain.

I used 50 lbs of rye seed(local feed store) and 25 lbs of sod buster mix(Peaceful Valley farms #SCM620). The sod buster will be good on the flat where heavy machinery has compressed the soil into hardpan. The wildflower seeds were pricey(again Peaceful Valley #SWF620) but I think they will be worth it. I planted them right around the house where mud and puddles make walking unpleasant. In the spring there will be flowers of all kinds making the landscape lovely. Transforming thisIMG_1074.JPGhopefully into something like thisswf620.jpg

Right now, after the rain, we have the small beginnings of the transformation.IMG_1069.JPG

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November 12, 2009

Florist In A Box for winter color and table decoration


If you're a little bummed that the growing season is over, this should cheer you up. Florist In A Box flowers grow and bloom for months. The AeroGarden 3 uses the simple, Plug & Grow system to grow flowers fast and reliably, guaranteed. No dirt, weeds or mess. It's so easy that anyone, with or without gardening experience, can grow lush, beautiful flowers. Simply add water, drop in the pre-seeded grow pods, turn it on and watch it grow.

The kit comes with a set of 3 attractive vases specially designed for the Plus & Grow seed pods. Flowers can be put in the vases for up to 24 hours, then returned to the AeroGarden. Also, the entire bowl can be removed and placed in an included wicker basket and used as a centerpiece. The kit comes complete with everything you need and a fully illustrated guide.

At AeroGarden 900120-1250 Florist In A Box

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November 2, 2009

Peony Sarah Bernhardt is a beautiful classic flower for the garden


It's not too late here in warmer climates to plant some peonies. I love them. They remind me of my grandmother's flower garden and the bright June sun and the huge blooms. I was always fascinated by the ants which crawled over the buds. This Sarah Bernhart Peony is a classic. It is tall when mature and a late season bloomer which will produce tons of flowers.

At Peony Sarah Bernhardt - One 3/5 Eye Rhizome

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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 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 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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