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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

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I might add that one of the best things one can do for a child that he or she will carry with them for life is to teach them to grow. A neighbor did it for me starting when I was about 10 years old. I have had -at the very least, a tomato patch and a few flowers every year since. My father had a garden in later years but not when I was a child.

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Wild Bird Seed and Pesticides

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It has been widely suspected that producers of wild bird seed weren’t able to provide a product without potentially lethal levels of pesticides. A study recently reported on by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has shown that it is safe.

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Pumpkins and Squirrels

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I wonder if the squirrels just can’t resist burrowing into something they can climb into. Although I do see evidence they eat the fleshy part of the pumpkin. It looks like they prefer that over the seeds.

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Pumpkin Cross Pollinated with Cantaloupe

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If your pumpkin gets pollinated with cantaloupe pollen, you get the prize -the booby prize. You won’t know if it happens unless you save your seeds. It is said that to avoid crossing squash you might need to separate them by as much as 500 feet. Which is clearly not practical to the home gardener. Best bet is to buy fresh seeds every year and don’t worry about it.

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Chimneys, Bats and Bat Houses

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Bats are in jeopardy these days, if you haven’t heard. The disease commonly referred to as ‘White-Nose Syndrome’ (WNS) is killing hibernating bats -it is estimated that upwards to a million bats have been lost -mainly in the northeastern U.S. (fifteen states), but also two NE provinces of Canada and -in France. It is unknown if the fungus was transported from France or if it migrated from the U.S. Since we chased them out of our chimney, we thought we’d try to do something for them and purchased a ‘Bat House.’ We have it mounted on a pole way back in the backyard. UPDATED JUNE 14, 2012. THERE’S A BAT IN THE BAT HOUSE!

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Garden Snakes in a Bush

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JoAnne was inspecting a small lilac bush in our backyard today.  The hummingbirds have left for the season and we noticed all summer they seemed to be hanging around that bush.  JoAnne thought she might be able to find a nest left behind that was used this year. She discovered what at first looked like it ...

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Organic Soil

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Improving your soil is the single most important thing you can do for a no-till organic home garden.

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