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Hort in the Home Landscape

A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
Vegetable Gardening

Growing Potatoes in Containers

Limited on space or don't want the hassle of having to dig potatoes to harvest? Try growing potatoes in containers. I've done that the past few years in my garden with great success. Any sized container will work, but obviously the bigger it is, the more potatoes you can get. Whatever the size, the container should have adequate drainage. The container I used was a 14...

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Using Treated Lumber in the Garden

A frequent question that I get from gardeners is about the safety of using treated lumber in the garden, especially for raised beds. The good news is that there is plenty of research that has already been done on this exact subject and the new treated lumbers have shown to be safe for garden use. Check out a  blog post...

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Edible Perennials

Reading through my weekly Perennial Pulse newsletter written by Paul Pilon, I came across a great little article about incorporating some edible perennials into the landscape this year. We think of perennials as mostly being ornamental in our landscape, but why not add some edible perennials to the mix! Here are a...

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It's Not Too Late for a Fall Vegetable Garden

Are you a procrastinator like me who just hasn't gotten around to planting your vegetables for a fall harvest yet? Well don't despair. There is still time to get a few things planted. Vegetables are grouped into categories based on how much cold they can tolerate. When we're thinking about a fall garden, the plants listed as very hardy or frost tolerant are the crops we...

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Reusing Wooden Pallets in the Garden

Who doesn't like reusing things in the garden right? Well pallets especially seem to be as popular as ever for being used in the garden, but think carefully before making that decision. It's a great idea for the environment to reuse and recycle as much as possible for use in gardening, but one must also think about the safety of the product they're reusing first. Many people don't stop...

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