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Olla – Self irrigating system

One of the disadvantages to having my garden plot at the community garden is the limited irrigation options. There are 2 large rain water storage tanks, which is where the gardeners draw their water from. It is not as easy as using a hose. My daughter and I water our garden by filling up 5 gallon buckets of water, and using a wheelbarrow to transport them from the storage tanks…

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Vertical Gardening

The gardening endeavor I was most excited about last year was growing a pumpkin on a trellis. One of the advantages of having a plot at a community garden is you have an unintended audience. There are the other gardeners who tend a plot there, and my community garden plot is located at a public park. There is a farmer’s market held there weekly, and people sometimes wander over to…

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Garden Pest Control

One of the mistakes a new gardener often makes is not being prepared for pests. I was no different. I knew I was not prepared in that department, but decided to wing it. I wanted to keep the garden 100% organic, so conventional pesticides were out of the question. I read up a little bit on pests, (like the dreaded Tomato Hornworm), and did plant some Borage to prevent an…

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From Black Thumb to Green Thumb

Spring is here, and it is time for Lily and me to start playing in dirt again. It is hard for me to believe that last year was the first time I had a garden. Prior to last year, the only plants I grew for food was a small basil plant, (which I managed to kill), and a Kumquat tree, (that my husband managed to kill). I was not sure…

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