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10 Ways to Recycle a Jack O’ Lantern

It’s the day after Halloween. No sign of the Great Pumpkin yet again, and I’m doing my best to resist the 4 huge buckets of candy in the kitchen. Mmmm….Snickers…. The other sign that Halloween has passed us by is the sight of dozens of carved, soggy, perhaps squirrel-chewed Jack O’ Lanterns sitting on the...
Michigan Gardening To-Do List: October

Michigan Gardening To-Do List: October

Here’s a quick list of what needs to get done in your garden in October: Herb/Vegetable Garden Plant garlic for harvest next summer. Keep watering and weeding. Harvest regularly to keep plants producing well. Reduce the numbers of overwintering pests and diseases by cleaning up garden debris. Sow more fall crops directly into your garden,...
How to Make Dill Pickles

How to Make Dill Pickles

We plant several cucumber varieties each year, at least half of which are pickling cucumbers. (An aside: a common source of confusion is what makes a pickling cucumber a pickling cucumber. The simple answer is that they have thinner, bumpier skin — the better to absorb all of that lovely brine!) Dill pickles are actually...
Michigan Gardening To-Do List: September

Michigan Gardening To-Do List: September

Here’s a quick list of what needs to get done in your garden in September: Herb/Vegetable Garden Keep watering and weeding. Harvest regularly to keep plants producing well. Deadhead herbs such as basil regularly to keep them productive. Check plants regularly for signs of pest or diseases. Remove any summer veggie plants that are looking...
How to Make Pickled Green Tomatoes

How to Make Pickled Green Tomatoes

I reached a point last week where I just got tired of looking at tomato plants, tired of pruning, harvesting, and battling septoria — just kind of over tomatoes this year. I left my favorite variieties growing, but I ripped out plenty of plants so i could make room for our fall crops. Since I...

Michigan Gardening To-Do List: August

Here’s a quick list of what needs to get done in your garden in August: Herb/Vegetable Garden Keep watering and weeding. Harvest regularly to keep plants producing well. Deadhead herbs such as basil regularly to keep them productive. Check plants regularly for signs of pest or diseases. At least once this month, feed your vegetable...
Michigan Gardening To-Do List: July

Michigan Gardening To-Do List: July

Here’s a quick list of what needs to get done in your garden in July: Herb/Vegetable Garden Keep watering and weeding. Harvest regularly to keep plants producing well. Deadhead herbs such as basil regularly to keep them productive. Check plants regularly for signs of pest or diseases. At least once this month, feed your vegetable...
How to Fertilize Tomato Plants, Organically

How to Fertilize Tomato Plants, Organically

Tomato plants grow with such speed and vigor that it’s easy to be tempted to keep feeding them, thinking that we need to add nutrients for all of that new growth our plant has put on. But the truth is that over-fertilizing tomato plants is just as bad as under-fertilizing them. Over-fertilized tomatoes develop lots...
Great Plants for Michigan Gardens: Bearded Iris

Great Plants for Michigan Gardens: Bearded Iris

Bearded irises are the stars of my perennial garden in May. Their tall, frilly blooms and strap-like foliage add a perfect upright element to the garden, and they come in such a huge variety of colors that you are unlikely to ever get bored growing them. Where to Plant Bearded Irises When planting bearded irises,...
Michigan Gardening To Do List for May

Michigan Gardening To Do List for May

Planting time is here! It’s time to get those transplants outside and time for more direct sowing in the garden. Just be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast and those night time temps. A late freeze can zap your young plants, ruining all of your hard work. Check out our Michigan Frost Dates page to find the...