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The Best Soil For Your Garden (And You)

The best soil for your garden (and you) is organic and chemical free. Here’s Why. Soil is teaming with life. Worms have been touted as champion soil makers, but so too are many other creatures,...

Grow Your Own Herb Tea Garden

Chamomile, lavender, anise hyssop, calendula, and echinacea are just a few plants to consider when planning an herbal tea garden. The trick is to grow the ones you love first and then test your...

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...

9 Learnings from the Butterfly Waystation at Portland Head Lighthouse

  Somewhere along the way this summer, in between work and travel, I found myself here, at the Portland Head Lighthouse. I was happy to go for a walk, to be out of the car,...

6 Solutions for Successful Container Gardening

  Container gardening is often easier and just as rewarding as gardening in the ground. You can focus your attention on just those plants you’ve chosen to grow. Containers tell you where to weed, what...

The Best Tomato Varieties

  With more than 10,000 tomato varieties to choose from, it can be difficult to know which ones are right for you. But the answer is simple. The best tomato varieties are the ones you have...

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...

Make Your Own Bee Friendly Garden in 5 Easy Steps

  It was not a surprise but definitely a disappointment to read that bees have been added to the endangered species list for the 1st time. This recent designation is for 7 species of yellow-faced...

September Garden Checklist

  I sometimes think that if months were siblings, September would be my favorite -- especially when it comes to the garden. The high heat of mid summer is past and I can take my...
In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!

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