Front Porch With Overwintered Ferns
Landscaping With Fake Plants
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/16/2019 | No Comments
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I’m going to let you in on a secret: Those potted Arborvitae that flank our front porch steps. They’re fake.

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Fern That was Overwintered
How to Overwinter Ferns
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/13/2019 | 3 Comments
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This year, we won’t have to buy any hanging baskets for the front porch because we successfully overwintered last year’s ferns. Here’s what we did.

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Aphid Damage
The Fun Way to Get Rid of Aphids
By Erin Huffstetler | 07/02/2018 | 3 Comments
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Battling an aphid infestation? Here’s a really fun (and effective) way to get rid of them, without resorting to pesticides.

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Cucumbers
When to Pick Cucumbers
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/18/2018 | 4 Comments
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Have loads of cucumbers growing on the vine, and wondering when you should pick them? Here’s how to tell when your cucumbers are ready to harvest, and how to pick them without damaging the vines.

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Wildflower Meadow
How to Plant a Wildflower Meadow
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/31/2018 | 6 Comments
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This week, when we went up to the cabin, there was a fun surprise waiting for us: the wildflower meadow that we planted the previous spring had started to come up!

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How to Plant Cucumbers
How to Plant Cucumbers
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/08/2018 | No Comments
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Here’s everything you need to know to plant cucumbers, whether you’re growing them in a container, a raised bed or one of your garden beds.

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How to Grow Potatoes in a Cage
How to Grow Potatoes in a Cage
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/03/2018 | 9 Comments
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I have a small yard, so I’m always looking for ways to squeeze in as many plants as possible. Growing my potatoes in cages is one of the ways that I do that. With this method, I can grow a crop of potatoes in as little as two square feet, and I don’t have to do any digging either. But the real icing on the cake? I actually end up with more potatoes by growing them this way.

Want to try it out for yourself? Here’s how to grow potatoes in a cage.

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Jersey Knight Asparagus Crowns
How to Plant Asparagus in a Raised Bed
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/02/2018 | 12 Comments
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Over the weekend, I planted a bed of asparagus up at the cabin. It’s something I’d wanted to plant for years, but had never had the room for. Being a fan of all things simple, I opted to plant my asparagus in a raised bed. It’s by far the easiest approach. Here’s how I’d recommend planting it.

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How to Plant Peppers
How to Plant Peppers
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/01/2018 | 2 Comments
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Give your peppers the best start possible by planting them the right way. Here’s what you need to do now to maximize your harvest and minimize problems all season long.

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How to Plant Tomatoes
How to Plant Tomatoes
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/27/2018 | 5 Comments
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Plant your tomatoes the right way, and you’ll have a bigger harvest, plus fewer pests and problems to contend with throughout the season. Here’s what you need to know to tackle the job like a pro.

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Homemade Potting Soil Mix
Make Your Own Potting Soil
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/25/2018 | 2 Comments
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Did you know commercial potting soil often contains questionable ingredients, like sewage sludge? It’s true. That “compost” listed on the bag could be made from human waste, plus all the other nasties that end up in our sewer system – things like cleaners, pharmaceuticals, motor oil and fertilizers. If that doesn’t sound like something you want to grow your food and flowers in, do what I do, and make your own potting mix. It’s really easy to do, and may even save you some money.

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Sundial
How to Set a Sundial
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/15/2018 | 2 Comments
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If you have a sundial in your garden, and you want it to tell time accurately, today is one of the best days to set it. Go out at noon (1:00 p.m., if you’re currently observing daylight savings time), and set yours to 12 o’clock. Sundials can be set on four dates each year for an accurate read. Those dates include:

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Bowl of Strawberries
How to Keep Birds From Eating Your Berries
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/05/2018 | No Comments
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Sharing your berry harvest with the birds wouldn’t be so bad, if they were actually willing to share. But their idea of sharing seems to entail them taking a bite out of every ripe berry and leaving you with the remains. If you’re tired of battling the birds for your berries, here are some cheap and easy things that you can do to protect them. These tips will work for strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and any other berries that you’re growing in your garden.

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Basket of Homegrown Grapes
How to Keep Birds from Eating Your Grapes
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/31/2017 | 31 Comments
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Grapes are easy to grow, but hard to protect from birds. The first year our grape vines produced, I decided to hold off on netting our grapes, until I saw the first sign of birds munching on them. Well, the very next morning all of our grapes were gone. Clearly the wait and see approach was the wrong approach to take.

Having learned from the experience, we netted our grapes as soon as they set fruit last year. And that worked brilliantly, until a mocking bird figured out how to get inside of our nets. She had quite the feast at our expense, and we were left with just a few grapes (not grape bunches) to sample.

But that’s all in the past. This year, we will be the ones to eat our grapes. And we’ve taken drastic measures to ensure that it ends up that way …

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How to Make a Solar Chandelier
How to Make a Solar Chandelier
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/11/2017 | 3 Comments
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Turn a thrift store chandelier into a solar chandelier for your garden or patio. I made this one from a $5 chandelier that I found at Habitat.

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