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Extend Your Growing Season with this Row Cover Cheat Sheet

A scant few millimeters of row cover fabric could be your secret to a thriving, successful garden — especially when the mercury drops. The right fabric can also prevent a pest infestation and protect...

Personal Notes on Goal-Setting (& other everyday magic)

What's your goal-setting process? Does the new year mean a new you? Possibly. But I think we’ve been thinking about the business of goal-setting (aka New Year’s Resolutions) all wrong. Somewhere along the way between...

6 Bulbs to Plant Now for Spring

  I'll take flowers in any season, but flowers that follow winter always stop me in my tracks. Especially when materializing (as if out of nowhere) from their earthy hibernation. Perennial shrubs like red flowering currant,...

Snap Shots from Community Garden Plot 31b

  The story behind these photos begins some two years ago or more. It starts around the time when I found myself stepping away from work as a school garden educator, where one of my...
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How to Grow a Small Space Salad Garden

What could be easier than growing salad in a box? It's one of my favorite ways to grow greens, herbs, strawberries, and any other shallow rooted kitchen garden veg -- flowers included. I've used the...

Flower Power: Inside Garden Design Magazine + Subscription Discount

  Garden Design Magazine's spring issue is a celebration of flowers. Wildflowers, edible flowers, flowers for cutting, and enlivening landscapes. To enjoy the full issue, subscribe here. What's exciting is Pass The Pistil readers get their...

Transplanting Seedlings vs. Direct Sowing Seeds

  Should you chuck seeds straight into the garden or grow them in modules or seedling trays first? Knowing where and how to plant could be the factor that takes your garden from good to...

A Year for Love & Book Making

  It's been 7 years since I began writing and capturing images for Pass The Pistil. When I started, I wasn't sure where it would lead, I just knew I had to start. Through the...
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Worm Composting 101: How to Make & Use a Simple Worm Bin

Once you start composting with worms you'll wonder why you didn't try it sooner. Worm composting is by far one of the simplest ways for recycling kitchen scraps and making soil for your garden...

What to Plant: How to Grow Chard

  If you’re planning your spring garden, put Swiss chard on the list. It’s not only delicious and easy to grow, it’s a super food packed with more nutrition than kale. (Yes, it’s true. Kale...
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