Monthly Archives: February 2012

Heirlooms for Northern Gardeners?

               Heirloom vegetables are popular these days with home gardeners. Heirlooms are simply old varieties that have gone out of commercial production. A lot of these were left behind as plant breeders sought to breed new varieties that sacrificed taste … Continue reading

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Natural Shoreline Landscapes

I like to write on a variety of topics, but lately, an article particularly piqued my interest. The topic is natural shoreline landscapes. These are actually natural break walls that can be installed along the waterfront of homes or cottages … Continue reading

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Pumpkins for Short Seasons

  The other day someone asked me what pumpkin would be best to plant in her northern garden. I’ve had pretty good luck with Bush Spirit Hybrid pumpkin over the past several years. While not actually recommended for our climate, … Continue reading

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