Author Archives: Megen Hall

Organic Vegetable Crops that Store Well

In an era where food security is becoming a growing priority, having access to affordable and nutritious food all year, say in your basement or pantry, is becoming increasingly important to many families, including my own.  Canning, lacto-fermentation, and freezing … Continue reading

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Garden Planning: A Step by Step Approach

Whether you are breaking new ground or an experienced gardener, making a detailed plan can help you to make the best use of your space, prioritize your crops, and maximize your harvests.  While I love my wheel cultivator and swan … Continue reading

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Sowing Spring Salads

Looking forward to a scrumptious spring salad again?  ME TOO! There’s nothing quite like the first-of-the-season homegrown greens for flavor and freshness.  Warmer weather is right around the corner in most regions, so it is time again to begin planning … Continue reading

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An Indoor Seed Starting Workshop for the Home Gardener

To some, starting seeds indoors seems intimidating, but with some simple techniques and inexpensive start-up supplies, you can easily build a seed starting workstation and get your favorite varieties started indoors with minimal effort.  Why take the time, you ask, … Continue reading

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Treating Our Tools with TLC

It’s so easy to simply hang your shovel on the nail when you hang up your proverbial towel at the end of the growing season, but there are a few simple practices that will help to preserve quality tools for … Continue reading

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Controlling Japanese Beetles in the Home Garden

In recent years, I have noticed increasingly larger populations of Japanese Beetles in my garden.  I first observed them in my garden a few years ago when I came upon them devouring my edamame soybean plants.  Easy to spot with … Continue reading

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Planning the Fall Harvest

Summer is finally here…time to start thinking about the fall!  This might sound funny, but very true when planning your fall harvest.  In regions with a shorter growing season, such as ours in Northeastern Vermont, most all of the fall … Continue reading

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Late Blight – Attack of the Killer Plant Disease

The pathogen Phytophthora infestans, commonly called Late Blight or Irish Potato Blight, has been responsible for the demise of potato, tomato, and other solanaceous crops worldwide for centuries.  It was the vicious culprit of the European, Irish, and Highland Potato … Continue reading

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Incorporating Organic Cover Crops into Your Garden

Cover cropping and green manuring are good gardening practices for a number of reasons: they improve soil structure and fertility, increase organic matter, loosen compacted soils, reduce weeds, control erosion, and attract pollinating insects.  Although the two terms are often … Continue reading

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