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Tuesday Garden Party-Back To Basics In The Garden

How much more basic can you get than gardening? Growing your own flowers, fruits, herbs, and vegetables is as old as humankind. Problem is, we’ve sorta lost our foundation in the last half of the 20th century and grown far removed from time-honored traditions of working the soil. Now, as I sit here typing on a computer you can imagine that I don’t think we need to slave in the fields like our ancestors. In fact I’m glad for m…


Vegetable Garden Series Part 1: Get Started Gardening

10 Basic Steps to Starting a Vegetable Garden - An Oregon Cottage

Welcome to the first post in our organic vegetable gardening 101 series where you’ll learn a little about my gardening history and then be able to get started gardening with 10 basic steps. My goal with this series is to arm you with inspiration, knowledge, step-by-step instructions, and tips I’ve learned so that you can grow your own food. I want to emphasize that it does take time (although you can decide how mu…


Reader Garden Before And After-Tuesday Garden Party

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Hello, friends! I’m excited today to share with you a reader’s garden- complete with before and after photos. This is part of the lovely email I received from Kelly: After reading about your garden for a year now, and seeing all the produce and canning……I was finally inspired to try One More Time!  I live up in Damascus, Oregon, lots of berry farms, cow pastures, and nursery growers all around, and every year I wo…


Tuesday Garden Party- Fall & Winter Themes

While its true that our vegetable harvests are winding down, I want to remind all the lovely Garden Party participants and my readers that the Tuesday Garden Party is not only about vegetables! It’s about all things garden related. Personally, I’ve loved getting some great ideas for decorating, new recipes, and plant names that I’ve written down that I want to grow next year. But I do know that with the weather cooling down, o…


Flowers, Fruit, And Vegetables – Tuesday Garden Party

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…put another layer of straw on the potatoes to hill them up and the early red variety is sprouting pretty purple flowers. Some of the bigger tomatoes are flowering, too. I still keep the row cover around them because we get a lot of wind in our garden and this time of year it is often a chilly wind. I have all different sizes of tomatoes this year since I failed to start any from seed. I got some small starts from my friend, Shannan, and then I b…


Organizing: Garden Paperwork

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…es for your region. Non-essential, but nice to keep included: Magazine/newspaper articles relating to specific gardening interests Plant tags and records of trees, shrubs, and flowers planted An overall garden plan Some people keep beautiful and detailed journals of what they’ve planted, how they thrived (or didn’t), how they were cared for, pounds of harvest each year and the like. And that’s great for those that enjoy it, b…


Tuesday Garden Party

Do you like to take garden tours? Interested in garden ideas? Need inspiration, tips and techniques? Then welcome to the Tuesday Garden Party carnival (meme, linky party…whatever you like to call them!), hosted here at An Oregon Cottage March through October! Why a garden party? Well, I love to garden and grow my own food as well as flowers and herbs, and I wanted to connect with other gardeners and see what was growing…


Tuesday Garden Party- Favorite Garden Books (Hint: Gift Ideas!)

Today we’re talking favorite garden books. I wouldn’t be the gardener I am today without all the books I’ve read and learned from through the years. I did not grow up gardening or surrounded by gardeners, so I’ve found books to indispensable for guidance and inspiration. Here are some of my favorites, with links if you’re interested in buying them or giving them as a gift ( and yes, the links are through my affilia…


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

…orite tools (a term I use rather loosely – ‘item’ might be closer to the truth) that I use for gardening. The tools I’m recommending are both normal and maybe a bit unusual. My only criterion was that it had to be something I use every season – sometimes all season long. Oh, wait! Before we get to the tools list, let me take a minute to remind you that NEXT WEEK is the first Tuesday Garden Party of the 2013 Season!!…


Garden Chores By Month: April

April Garden Chores - An Oregon Cottage

…there’s always a chance of a hail storm or even frosting mornings, but for the most part, spring is here, flowers are blooming, and the vegetable garden needs planting. April 15th is the last frost date for our area of the Pacific Northwest, so lots of cool-weather crops can be planted out in the garden. The next three months are probably the busiest for gardeners – we’re trying to catch all the weeds before they get big (and m…


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