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The Tao of Vegetable Gardening by Carol Deppe – Book Review

The most valuable parts to me To me, the most valuable parts of this book are where she discusses the reasons, procedures and processes to create our own varieties of tomatoes and other vegetables. The reasons are excellent.  A home grown … Continue reading

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Critter wars

  I mentioned my problems with chipmunks and watching them eat almost all of last year’s tomato crop.  They seem to have an uncanny ability to know when a tomato is going to turn color and demolish it the same … Continue reading

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LED Lights and Seed Starting

All of the articles that I could find talked about growing things under LED lights were for just that purpose, growing things to maturity.  There were also some cautions about how they could hurt seedlings.  So I dithered about whether … Continue reading

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Lettuce under LED lights, week two

The lettuces continue to put on mass.  The red colors in Yogoslavian Red (heading lettuce) are showing up nicely but it’s also the slowest growing.  And I cannot see a visible difference between Australian Yellow and Simpson Elite (with toothpicks).  … Continue reading

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Lettuce under LED lights – one week

The lettuces are definately adding mass, one week after the LED array was set up.  They didn’t get their first feed until yesterday:  Miracle Grow at the package strength.  (Sorry OGL folks, I promise, the next batch will be in … Continue reading

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Lettuce under LED lights – the experiment begins

I started lettuces on 10/23 and they were just showing green, under my usual florescent bulb starting mechanisms, when the power went out for five days.  I was worried that the sprouts would be too leggy and get my trials with an … Continue reading

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Lawns and Leaves

I purchased a small Toro electric mower this spring and wondered if my lawn was too much for it.  I love its quiet ways, no worries about waking up the neighbors if I want to do an early morning mow.  … Continue reading

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