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Reader Garden Before And After-Tuesday Garden Party

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…Oregon, lots of berry farms, cow pastures, and nursery growers all around, and every year I would try to plant a garden on my Lil’ One Acre O’Happiness……and the ground would bake rock hard, the weeds would always take over, and I would look at the ones that were taller than my 5’8” frame. Kelly was specifically inspired by my posts on designing a garden to be less of a chore to weed and prepare (like Design a Garden for Easy Care and More About W…


Easy Care Shrubs & Plants

The Easiest No-Fail Tried-and-True Shrubs and Perennials - An Oregon Cottage

…e my pom pom flowers – ha! Today is also the last installment of the Ready…Set…Garden! series: Easy Care Shrubs and Plants. In this series I’ve aimed to whet our appetites for the coming season by sharing ideas for garden planning, worthwhile gardening books to read, the most useful tools to use, and today’s list of shrubs and plants that you may want to consider as you cruise the garden shops and nurseries over the…


Vegetable Garden Series Part 1: Get Started Gardening

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…an that and things like tomatoes, beans and cucumbers just won’t produce very well for you. Decide on your garden design. I’m an advocate of raised beds for their ease of watering, weeding, and growing a lot in a little space. However, some things just do better in traditional rows – like corn. So I have “modified” raised permanent beds for these vegetables. See more about my take on easy care design for gardens here…


Top Tools for Gardening {Ready…Set…Garden!}

How are you guys getting ready for the new gardening season? I’m happy to report that I started tomato, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuces and a few flower seeds this weekend. Let me tell you, that felt good – especially after missing the window completely last year! You can see how I start and care for seeds here – with basic materials and a simple shop light set-up. For today’s Ready&#…


Kelly’s Garden Update – Tuesday Garden Party

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Hey there, gardening friends! Do you remember back in May when I shared this photo in a TGP post about Kelly’s garden before and after? She had sweetly emailed me to let me know that she had been inspired to try gardening again, but this time using raised beds and permanent paths for an easy care garden. Well, a number of you commented that you’d like to see the beds all planted so Kelly took a few current pictures and sent them to…


Tuesday Garden Party- Favorite Garden Tools

Favorite garden tools. Mmmm, I don’t really have too many, and most that I do use all the time are pretty normal. I’m hoping some of you will have some great garden tools to share with me! I have found a lot of use for my traditional English garden dibble. I actually had it for awhile before I started using it a lot, but now I’d have to replace it if something happened to it- I use it that much. It’s terrific for making…


A Special Garden Visit – Tuesday Garden Party

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One of the first handful of participants here at the Tuesday Garden Party when we started three years ago was Shannan from Traveling Memories. Through the years I have gotten to know her through her Salem, Oregon garden, pictured above, that she has shared with us. I’ve been especially impressed with Shannan because she took a little sliver of a backyard and made it produce enough to feed her family and have enough left…


Ready, Set…Garden: New Seed Starting Basics Page

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…ation of spring, warmer weather, and diggin’ in the dirt – not to mention the season-opening Tuesday Garden Party on March 4!! – I wanted to highlight a couple of posts that may help you prepare for your garden this year, including: Top tools for gardeners Helpful gardening books Easy Care Shrubs & Plants Easy steps to a new garden bed 5 steps to organic weed control I’m also happy to finally have a new seed starting…


Using Garden Produce: Easy Pickles and Pesto – Tuesday Garden Party

Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles

…now I only make fridge pickles because we like the texture so much better. But I also really like how quick and easy they are – it makes it so easy to be able to put a quart – or four – up at a time as the cucumbers are ripening. Putting up pickles this way is as simple as filling the jars with dill, garlic, and dried hot peppers (we like ours spicy). And then shoving as many cleaned, scr…


Vegetable Garden Series Part 4: Design For Easy Care

…would fall over because the roots couldn’t go deep enough, but they were fine! Everything grew and it was EASY- Gotta love it! So, to design I vegetable plot for easy care, there has to be some planning up front and a small outlay of money for the beds, but you will save hundreds of hours of weeding and eliminate the wasteful watering of paths that occur in the “traditional” method. PLUS, you’ll be able to grow things on…


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