Garden-Ready Checklist

January is the time of year when we think about what we plan to accomplish in the year to come. For today’s post, I decided to focus on one specific goal: planning for the spring garden.

I think I’ve mentioned before how I LOVE planning stuff, almost as much as seeing a project accomplished. (There are times, however, when I just jump right into something, with little to no forethought. I almost ALWAYS regret it later.) I’m not sure what gardening goals you have for this year, but maybe this checklist will help.

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When Bugs Are Bug’n Ya … Remedies

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Exodus 8:20b-21 20b) “… Then say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 21) Or else, if you will not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and your servants, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they stand…” ‘ “

I love the detailed, historical account in the book of Exodus of how

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Spring and My Rebirth

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Spring is Here!

Spring is such an exciting time for a gardener. Flowers are popping up everywhere; garden plans are on the forefront of the mind; the daylight time is lengthening; and birds are singing, and preparing their nests for the arrival of their offspring.

I suppose if I were to try and sum up spring in a single word it would be rebirth – a rebirthing of perennials, vegetation, gardens, and wildlife (or a life cycle continuation). Spring’s Symbolism

Spring is also symbolic of what many people experience spiritually.

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Gardening 101: Mulch Do’s and Don’ts

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A few weeks ago, I shared seven benefits of mulch, and mentioned I would soon be sharing some mulch do’s and don’ts. While using mulch is pretty straightforward, there are a few helpful things to know.

Here are some “do’s”, when using mulch:

1. Do USE Mulch. This is a rather obvious one, but still worth mentioning. Mulch offers so many benefits, it’s almost silly NOT to use it.

2. Do plan to REPLENISH mulch. Since mulch is organic, it will break

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Spring Readiness Checklist

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Spring is less than three weeks away! Are you ready? I think we’re ALL emotionally ready, but are we prepared for our spring projects?

I find great satisfaction in thoroughly planning a project – the kind of satisfaction that comes from a job planned wisely, with avoidable mistakes kept to a minimum. I find it very gratifying, almost as gratifying as accomplishing the project.

However, there are also times when I just want to GET STARTED. I want to get my hands in the dirt NOW, and leave the thinking and planning for another day. To accommodate such

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7 Benefits of Mulch

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One of the first things I do when the weather warms up enough to go out and “play”, is replenish the mulch in my garden bed.

There’s a lot that can be said about this simple, organic garden helper. Mulch…

1. Acts as an Insulator. Mulch is a great insulator in both the winter and summer.

Adding a thick layer of mulch, right before winter, to plants that are just above the plant hardiness zone you live in, might allow them to survive the cold weather. The mulch will act as an insulator. However, if you live in

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