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How to Harvest and Save Cucumber Seeds

by Kimberly Hays August 29th, 2014 Organic Gardening
Smart organic gardeners harvest seeds each season to have for the next one, but this task can be a little harder when it comes to harvesting cucumber seeds. You will need a little bit of know-how in order to save the seeds, and we are going to tell you exactly how to do it so you have free seeds to plant next year, with a guarantee that they will grow and give you an excellent crop of cucumbers.

Hybrid Varieties – As for hybrid cucumbers, it is simply not a good idea to save the seeds. The reason being is
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Garden Gotta Have – Fake Owl With Rotating Head

by Jessica B. August 22nd, 2014 You are probably wondering why your garden has gotta have a fake owl with a rotating head. But if you have berries or any other item that crows like to steal, then you will want one of these. Owls do not just keep away crows, but also geese, jays and robins. The best part is that your garden still looks nice. You don’t have to cover it up with netting or mesh. We got a little solar powered owl whose head rotates every now and then which helps attract
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Great Cooking Window Boxes

by Jessica B. August 28th, 2014 Window Boxes
Window-Boxes If you love to cook and you love window boxes, there are some great little window box designs that can help you make sure you have plants you can cook with that also look great. You can set these simple window boxes up with very little prep, by purchasing a lot of the seedlings or plants at your local plant nursery and just water them on a regular basis, and you should have some yummy things for weeks:

1) Herbs – Probably the most obvious, herbs are great plants to have in your window box. You can chop off small
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How to Harvest Your Apples

by Jessica B. August 27th, 2014 Edible Gardening, Fruits
Edible-Gardening It is the start of apple season where we live in the north, which means some of our apple trees are starting to have some ripe fruit and we should be able to enjoy apples for the next few months. You may also need some good recipes on hand
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Harvesting Vegetables in the Pacific Northwest

by Kimberly Hays August 26th, 2014 Gardening Notes, North Central/Rockies/Pacific Northwest
Gardening-Notes It is that time in the season when all of your plants are full of beautiful vegetables, and you will want to harvest them at the right time so you don’t have rotting in your garden that will cause diseases and pests. Harvesting them at the right time will also give you the most flavorful vegetables for eating. Following is a guide so you will know the optimum time to harvest your vegetables at their peak point of ripeness.

Cantaloupe – Popular in the Northwest, cantaloupe are easy to check for peak ripeness. The skin on the cantaloupe will have a netted pattern, and when ready to be picked they will almost fall off of the vine. Lifting the cantaloupe and gently twisting, if it is ready for harvest, the stem will snap off easily.

Carrots – These can be a little trickier because carrots are edible at most stages of
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