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    • Cat Renn

      Plessage, or living fences: "It is interesting to remember that this technique originated as an entirely practical solution to supplying basic needs for firewood on a renewable basis, and had absolutely nothing to do with landscape fashion."

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    What is an Edible Forest Garden? It is the art & science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating an ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, & animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems. You can create a beautiful, diverse, high-yield garden. If designed with care & deep understanding of ecosystem function, it is largely self-maintaining

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    The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead. It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric.

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    "Radiating" raised bed design

    When to plant: Zone 7

    master gardeners blog zone 7

    Tip for growing squash, Place the seeds AROUND the pot. When you water, you water inthe pot so the water comes out of the drain holes around the bottom for deep root watering

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    natural rooting hormone? "My neighbor has a row of roses, which he took as cuttings. I asked how he took them. He simply plunges the cuttings into the ground. But his secret of success is the humble potato! Before planting cuttings, he pushes the bottom end into a small potato, which he believes keeps the cuttings moist as they develop roots. It sounds crazy, but his row of allotment roses is proof it works." (quote from link)

    My icy garden path as seen through the seedpods of crape myrtle Tuscarora 12/09/2013.

    ~ where treasures reside ~

    Zone 7b regional garden maintenance