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how to make peonies last

Pin ItThe Damsel loves peonies ever so much. They are the very example of an old fashioned flower, which makes them even more dear to the Damsel. The old fashioned varieties smell heavenly (the ones hybridized for fancy colors less so) and have no thorns. Roses struggle to compete in the Damsel’s heart. While their […]

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testing your garden’s soil acidity

Pin ItAt the Cottage by the Mountains, it’s finally spring, and the garden planting has commenced: peas, beans, beets, spinach, chard, and onions are currently underway. Various squash and pumpkin starts are next up to move outdoors, and last fall’s garlic planting is looking great. Here we go! Garden experts say that plants grow best […]

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Pin ItBright lights, big lettuce. The Damsel heard you could grow lettuce indoors under florescent lights and decided then and there she wanted to try it, because the Cottage By The Mountains was buried in snow, and spring seemed oh so far away. She yearned for soil, seeds, and sprouts. Jan. 26: She fetched a […]

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regrow lettuce

Pin ItThe Damsel has been playing with more kitchen castoffs.             This was a stump from a head of romaine. The Damsel just stuck the stump in a dish of water and waited. This is about two weeks old. To be clear, you’ll put the weird, flat, brownish side down, […]

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regrow celery

Pin ItThe Damsel was so taken with the easiness of regrowing green onions that she reached out to the universe and found out there are other things you can do with produce trimmings besides compost them. (Click here for green onion instructions) You can regrow celery. Amazing. Imagine here a photo of the bottom of […]

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Pin ItGreen onions! Mmmm! The Damsel loves them. They have that great onion flavor, but somehow fresher tasting, and usually not harsh or bitter. They cook fast. They’re cute. What’s not to love? Well, they don’t store as well as grown-up onions. But what if you could grow your own, easily, quickly, and–free? The Damsel […]

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Pin ItWhen is a free-range chicken a bad, naughty chicken? Come closer, dear students, and the Damsel will tell you. The Damsel lets her chickens run loose in her large fenced yard, eating mosquitoes and possibly earwigs. For this hope alone, it’s worth the risk they pose to the garden plants. They do like to […]

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old school fertilizer

Pin ItCurious who the manufacturer is for the Damsel’s garden fertilizer? That’s right. Near the Cottage by the Mountains, there is a friendly horse riding arena/stables, and the “output” is prodigious. Thanks to the law of supply and demand, a person can get an entire pickup truckload of high-quality compost from this place for only […]

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planting onion sets

Pin ItPlanting onions is as easy as kindergarten, especially if you start with “sets.” Sets are baby onion plants you buy at the nursery. It only takes a few minutes to plant a bunch of these, if your garden is ready. The Damsel planted both yellow and red varieties on this bright spring morning. For […]

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Pin ItIn the olden days, before people bought seeding trays and little peat pots at the nursery, folks sometimes planted seeds in eggshells. This idea actually has some really good things about it. 1. eggshells are free. 2. planting in eggshells adds good nutrients to the soil, strengthening the little plant. Starting seeds in eggshells […]

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