Organic Removal of Bermuda Grass

Last weekend I pulled out the tomato plants (all but three) and did the yearly Bermuda grass removal. Bermuda grass is one of the two most frustrating parts of my vegetable garden, the other being the deer. Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) grows and spreads through rhizomes (under the soil) and stolons (above the soil).…

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5 Plants I Really Like!

Fads come and go and garden fads do the same thing.  What I like today might be different in 10 years, 5 years, or even 1 year!  But for this Friday Five post I thought I'd tell you a little about the plants I really like right now.  While this list contains some specific…

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Tips for an Eco-Friendly Lawn

Frost on the lawn This weekend brought forth a significant event, the first mowing of 2012.  It's a momentous event that means the active growing season is moving ever closer!  I know many of you probably don't enjoy mowing the lawn like I do.  It's probably a little crazy, I'll admit it, but when…

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Spring is Progressing Around the Garden

It's been warm here in TN.  Very warm. So warm that everything thinks it is indeed spring - including this gardener!  Essentially it is spring.  The weather is identical to a typical March, warm days, heavy rain showers coming through.  We've even had thunderstorms - in January.  It's been a strange month.  But just…

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Shovel, Rake, and Hoe

The shovel, the rake, and the hoe.  Three tools no gardener should be without.  Ever.  They dig, they grade, and the chop the earth.  They cut roots and aid the gardener in tilling when the tiller is kaput.  While they take a little muscle to use they are capable of great deeds, such as…

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It Is Most Definitely Fall

It's no secret that this has been a challenging year for our family. My father's health issues and fight with cancer completely drained our enthusiasm and many things have suffered.  That is one reason why this fall is so welcome.  Fall represents the closing of the growing season. Winter will come soon after and…

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Time to Blitz the Bermuda!

Every gardener has an enemy, a nemesis, an evil villain that lurks in the garden that the garden would love to eradicate. I've had an invader this year that has been more aggressive than ever before - Bermuda grass. Once it gets a foothold in the garden it is extremely hard to hold back,…

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Rambling on Lawn Grass

When sowing grass seed timing is everything. The right grass planted at the right time works wonders for a lawn, but the reverse can be true as well. Here in Tennessee we live in an a rather ambiguous area for growing grasses. The cool season grasses do great - that is until it gets…

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