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What we're planting in April

Here’s our list of April plantings April Bean, bush Bean, lima Bean, edible soy beet Cantaloupe Chard Corn, sweet Cucumber Eggplant leaf lettuce Muskmelon Pepper plants Potato, Irish Pumpkin Radish Summer squash Tomato plant Watermelon There is of course always a risk of frost until the last frost date of April 15 in this area.  There is always a risk after that too, but it decreases significantly.  By mid may there’s almost no chance of frost.  So if you plant warm weather plants be ready to protect them on a cold night.  This year I’m betting on no more frosts,…

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Eating Cotton Patch Geese

 “OK, if this freaks anyone out, just say so, but we had the most awesome dinner tonight. Goose.” A friend of mine who owns babies and grand babies of our Tom Walker line of geese just posted this on facebook. To me, this is excellent news.  Now I know some of you are vegetarians/vegans or meat eaters who pretend that meat wasn’t once a live animal, so stop reading now if you don’t want to hear a review of how this amazing bird tastes.  As for me, I’m getting hungry… She continues: I can not believe how good these are….

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Trap Crops

Trap Crops fit into the realm of companion planting.  Though the process may go against a traditional gardeners nature you must place your faith in The Bug Lady and understand the logic. The concept is to plant a species of plant susceptible to a specific pest to act as a lure for beneficial insects, such as Lupines.  The Lupine aphid (macrosiphum albifrons) is specific to Lupines and will not transfer onto your peppers or cabbage.  The sacrificial plant is allowed to have a colony of aphids establish.  Once the host plant achieves a pest colony the parasitic wasps and predators will…

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Attracting Toads to your garden

Yes, I said toads!  A lot of people think toads are pests, but actually they are pest eaters!  This is of course if your toads are native as there are a few introduced species that have become invasive.  Also, toads do eat ladybugs and a few other beneficials, but considering that they eat a whopping 100 bugs each night (making 10,000 per 3 months)…I think we can forgive them. Below is a link to a great blog post that details how to attract more toads to your garden.  They love hiding spots like half a terra cotta flower pot, rock…

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Permaculture Snail Management

This is a great site with eleven ways to manage snails in a permaculture fashion.  My first choice is number one, if you have too many snails, you don’t have enough ducks.  Ducks will keep your garden clear of snails and slugs and also do very little damage to your garden. http://practicalpermaculture.com/2011/07/eleven-ways-to-get-rid-of-slugs-and-snails/  

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All about Peas

Peas are among the first veggies you plant in the spring. Most cool-season annuals can be sown or transplanted through early May, allowing them sufficient time to reach maturity and be harvested before the excessive heat hits. The last frost dates here are April 3 (50%) and May 2 (90%.) So one year in two there’s a frost later than April 3; and one year in ten a frost later than May 2. Locals think of April 15 as the “average” last-frost date; that’s when they feel confident about setting out tender plants, realizing protection may still be needed. The…

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Origin of April Fool’s Day

This History of April Fools day is very interesting in 1582 King Charles 1X moved the New year from the week of March 25 – April 1st to January 1st. The problem was the people of this time were not as hooked up or connected as we were today. So some people celebrated on the Original date of March 25- April 1 and others who were more informed celebrated on January 1. The King heard that people were still celebrating on the old week of new years and he called them fools! These people were labeled as Fools and were…

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Origin of April Fool's Day

This History of April Fools day is very interesting in 1582 King Charles 1X moved the New year from the week of March 25 – April 1st to January 1st. The problem was the people of this time were not as hooked up or connected as we were today. So some people celebrated on the Original date of March 25- April 1 and others who were more informed celebrated on January 1. The King heard that people were still celebrating on the old week of new years and he called them fools! These people were labeled as Fools and were…

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Using epsom salt in the garden

PLANTING WITH EPSOM SALT For setting up your garden and the initial planting stage, Ultra Epsom Salt is especially useful for getting a nourishing start. Prep your garden soil by sprinkling up to 1 cup of Ultra Epsom Salt per 100 square feet, and then work it into the soil before seeding or planting. This helps the seeds to germinate better, and start with a strong and healthy growth. It is also very beneficial for more mature plants that you are going to add to your garden, since the transition can be difficult for their growth and health. VEGETABLE GARDENS & EPSOM…

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Why Epsom Salt Works in the Garden

Composed almost exclusively of Magnesium Sulfate, Epsom salt is intensely rich in these two minerals that are both crucial to healthy plant life. These same minerals which are so beneficial for bathing and using around the house are also a wonderful facilitator to your garden, helping it reach its fullest potential and creating a lush and vibrant outdoor space. Unlike common fertilizers, Epsom Salt does not build up in the soil over time, so it is very safe to use. MAGNESIUM Magnesium is beneficial to plants from the beginning of their life, right when the seed begins to develop. It…

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