Crossed Branches and Pruning

When pruning shrubs and trees there are certain characteristics you need to look for to determine where to cut, how to cut, when to cut, or even what to cut. It's like a good mystery movie with the who, what, when, and where! One very important thing to watch out for is crossed branches (this would be a who). Crossed branches are branches that have grown into a position where the bark rubs against the bark of another branch or trunk. Crossed branches can rub when the wind blows gradually scraping away the bark and causing damage. If left long enough the branches will gradually merge together possibly making the form of the plant look a little less desirable. The other day when out in the garden I took a short video that demonstrated what it looks like when branches cross. It happens fairly frequently and even more so with…

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Organic Seed Starting from a CSA

Yesterday I watched and shared this video from Quiet Creek Farms and the Penn State Extension Service on the Growing The Home Garden Facebook page.  The video has some great techniques for seed starting including a recipe for their seed starting soil.  It has a business slant geared toward developing a CSA but the techniques described are very usable in the home garden!  If you don't use your local extension services you really should investigate what they have to offer.  They are an awesome free resources to utilize for growing in your garden! CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  Customers buy a share of the crop and receive produce that is in season.  

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How to Save Seeds of Echinacea (Coneflower)

Fall is that time of year when gardeners begin the process of cleaning up the garden but also is the time when we begin to think of next year. One of the many things gardeners enjoy doing in the fall is saving seeds. Saving seeds allows us to continue to grow genetically diverse plants that have thrived in our during the previous season. Seedlings can range from being extremely close to the parent plant or can be quite different if they have been hybridized with another of the same species. It can be very exciting for home gardeners to experiment and see what comes up the following year! How to Separate and Save Seeds from Echinacea (Coneflower) This week I've been collecting seeds from various plants that have matured in our garden. One plant in particular that I've been collecting from are my coneflowers - Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea tennesseansis…

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My Vegetable Garden Video Update!

Since I bought my new toy (a Sony Handycam HDR-CX130) I've been playing around with filming my garden in different areas. I have to admit - talking to a camera by oneself while wandering around your garden is a weird sensation. I'm convinced that my neighbors already think I'm crazy and I doubt video recording my garden is going to change that! My most recent video is a short tour of my vegetable garden. Enjoy! My Vegetable Garden As of May 11, 2011

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Happy Easter!

I won't be posting a Seed Sowing Saturday post this weekend since it's Easter weekend. I've included a dogwood picture and if you would like to read more about dogwoods I wrote post for the Tennessee Gardener online that you may enjoy.  Also for an update on the plants in my garden shed feel free to take a look at the video below. I hope you have a Happy Easter! This video was made with my Sony HDRCX130 HD Video Camera.

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I Need A Video Camera Recommendation

OK gardeners and garden bloggers I need your help. Years ago I bought our first video camera to help film the antics of our children.  I bought it just before our oldest was born and many things have changed over the years. Essentially technology has made my old mini tape video camera obsolete. I can't even hook it up to our current computer to download videos! This may seem way out of the norm for garden blog topic material but my hope is that you can lead me to a really good video camera that not only will preserve my children in a state of perpetual suspended animation for eternity but will also give me an opportunity to start doing a few garden videos here on The Home Garden! Dave's Children I've already ruled out the Flip video cameras. I like having a nice zoom feature and the 2x digital…

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The Tennessee Flood of 2010 Part 2

Here are a couple videos that I pieced together of our backyard during the recent flooding rains. I do want to reiterate from my post yesterday that my experience was insignificant compared to how this flood has changed the lives of many fellow Tennesseans. We are doing fine with very few problems in our yard but please keep those people who have lost their homes, their pets, and family members in your thoughts and prayers. Also here are three places where you can help the victims of the Tennessee flood: Mid-TN Red Cross Community Foundation of Middle TN Second Harvest Food Bank (I had to break the video up into two parts. Part one is almost 9 minutes and part 2 is somewhere in the 4 minute range. Part two shows the biggest effects in our yard.) The Tennessee Flood of 2010 Part 1: The Tennessee Flood of 2010 Part…

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Great Home Gardens: An Italian Garden

A few weeks ago an email came in my box asking me a question about propagating irises. I answered the question then received a picture of the questioning gardener’s garden. To say that I was impressed would be an understatement. Climbing roses mixed with many varieties of perennials create a living painting in Ennio’s backyard. And did I mention that it’s in Venice, Italy? Isn’t that the amazing thing about the world we live in today – we can visit any garden anywhere a camera has been without even leaving the room! But I have to say that being in the garden would be much better than just gawking at the pictures but today I’ll do the next best thing to being there, I’ll show you Ennio’s photos of his Italian garden and we can gawk together. He’s been gardening for 13 years and the photos you are about to…

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