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Summer’s Special Treat: Fresh Corn

by Ronald A. Rowe August 20th, 2014 Edible Gardening, Vegetables
There are few things that say “summer” better than fresh, sweet corn on the cob.  It is a delight enjoyed all across the Fruited Plain and beyond, regardless of climate or culture.  Corn loses its “fresh picked” appeal faster than most vegetables.  The sweetness and tenderness of the corn is determined by the levels of sucrose, a kind of sugar, in the kernels.  Because that sugar starts to break down quickly after the corn is picked, there is a marked difference between corn picked today and yesterday’s harvest.

All that means that the very best way to enjoy corn is
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Light Garden – Garden Gotta Have

by Jessica B. August 8th, 2014 If you live far up north like I do, you need to get a head start on the growing season and that can be a bit tricky when sunlight is limited. A light garden, a shelving system where you can keep your seedlings that has built in fluorescent lights, can be a great way to get your garden started. Your seedlings will love the warmth and close glow from the bulbs even if you are only getting a few hours of sunlight each day. I start my tomatoes, pumpkins,
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Time to Weed on the East Coast

by Jessica B. August 19th, 2014 Gardening Notes, New England/Mid-Atlantic
Gardening-Notes I love this time of year in the garden, most of my plants are thriving and green. Some are flowering, some have berries and other goodies I can eat, others are done with both, but still growing tall and proud. But my plants are not the only things thriving, weeds are also trying to make the most of the good weather, long hours of sunshine and all of the extra water I am providing.

I admit that for much of the year I keep my weeding to a minimum. I want my garden to look nice, but with two small
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The Opossum and Organic Gardening

by Kimberly Hays August 15th, 2014 Organic Gardening
Organic-Gardening Don’t be alarmed if you see that you have an opossum living in your yard. They are good guys when it comes to your garden. The old tale that they carry rabies is untrue, and they can be quite handy in the garden. You most likely won’t run into
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Fun and Easy DIY Path Ideas

by Jessica B. August 14th, 2014 Outdoor Projects
Outdoor-Projects Our path through our backyard is starting to look a little worse for wear, but we didn’t have a huge budget for that kind of aesthetic repair. With a little bit of investigating online, we found some great solutions to DIY and this week we began the preliminary work. While we are going with only one of these ideas, these were some of the favorite ones we found, and so far so good!

Photo frame concrete path – It may sound strange, but this is how we are making our own path at the moment. It is easy, cheap and looks great.

Get a photo frame that is meant to hold several photos. It should be as large as possible and ideally hold several different sizes of photographs.

Remove the back of the frame so that you only have the large wooden or metal bars remaining, so you basically have a bunch
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