Melodie Metje





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8/29/2014
Lavender has many uses, from culinary to medicinal. It is a beautiful plant and easy to grow.
11/29/2013
With a small space, how do you choose what to grow? You can grow an amazing variety and amount of vegetables and herbs in a very small space, integrate veggies and herbs into your flowers, and maximize the use of pots.
1/14/2014
You can grow your own Mediterranean Diet garden in the Midwest. Even a small garden can provide the staples of a Mediterranean kitchen garden.
4/9/2014
You can plant a perennial vegetable garden in the Midwest. Perennial vegetables you only have to plant once and they come back year after year.
11/19/2013
The December garden is still full of life, both in the beds and under cover, providing fresh ingredients for home cooked meals. Winter farmers markets and CSA's are a great way to learn what grows well in your zone.
11/7/2013
Even if you only have garden pots to work with, you can still container garden in fall and winter to grow vegetables.
12/13/2013
Use herbs from the garden in your Christmas dinner. This post shares a complete Christmas meal using garden herbs.
1/7/2014
If you have wondered what a four season garden is, the definition is simple. It is a garden that you can get produce from all year long through spring, summer, fall and winter.
5/20/2014
June is a beautiful and bountiful time in the garden. It is also not too late to put in a garden! With a few tips, you can get the best harvest ever.
5/1/2014
May is a busy time in the garden for planting. Frost-free weather is the time to get summer veggies in their pots or garden spot.
5/13/2014
If you love salads, lettuce and greens are a great vegetable to grow. They do great in pots or in garden beds. With a few pointers, you can grow salad ingredients for the entire season.
5/5/2014
Zucchini is a summer crop that keeps on giving all season long. They are easy to grow.
7/15/2014
You can create refreshing-flavored waters and sodas right from your backyard. Homemade waters and sodas are easy, cost effective and healthy.
6/10/2014
There are many tomato tales out there. If you want to know which farmer stories are true, read on to get tips on growing great tomatoes.
7/2/2014
This is the time of year for harvesting the heat lovers like tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, fava beans, green beans, all types of peppers, garlic, basil, along with other Mediterranean herbs.
6/20/2014
Permaculture is about a self sustaining system that provides the food, nutrients and water in one yard. It is easy to adopt many of these approaches in your own yard and garden in the Midwest.
2/17/2014
It is easy and fun to make flavored salts and sugars from your garden. You can use herbs, fruits and flowers to make tasty and beautiful mixes.
9/2/2014
With bumper crops of tomatoes coming, there are some simple ways to preserve the fresh off the vine taste year round, no special equipment required.
9/15/2014
Dehydrating or sun-drying your extra summer veggies is a great way to save the summer bounty for year-round eating!
12/19/2013
There are some veggies, herbs and edible flowers that are self seeders. Plant them once, let them go to seed, and you will have continuous plants year after year.
11/19/2013
Give your pots the protection they need when freezing temperatures arrive with a portable greenhouse. You can also bring in pepper plants for the winter and have fresh peppers indoors.
7/8/2014
Starting a new vegetable garden bed doesn't have to be a long, tedious, back breaking job. There are a few different ways to get the job done quickly and relatively easily!
2/24/2014
Overview of the activities of a garden in March. How to prepare the soil for spring. What varieties I am planting this March in our Zone 6 garden.
2/18/2014
What seeds to plant by month in a Zone 6, or Midwest, garden, plus seed-sowing times for spring and summer crops.
8/29/2014
Tips for keeping your summer garden producing at top output. This is the time of year that warm season crops are at their peak. These 7 tips will give you continued bountiful harvests through the heat.
9/9/2014
The zucchini harvest overflows. Learn how to preserve zucchini for year-round enjoyment and creative ways to eat it now.
9/17/2014
Fall is the time to plant garlic. The cloves send down roots during the winter, popping their green heads out in early spring.
9/9/2014
End of summer is a great time to tidy garden beds and harvest herbs. Now is the time to plant your fall, winter and overwintering transplants.
9/30/2014
Chard is a wonderful green, chock full of vitamins. It can be eaten when small in salads. The large leaves can be harvested for steamed/cooked greens. It is a perennial that with cover can be harvested all winter.
9/18/2014
Canning is a great way to preserve your own harvest. When canning acidic foods like fruit or tomatoes or anything using vinegar or sugar, you can likely use only a water bath. There are many chemical free canning jars available today for low tox canning.
1/8/2014
Tips for starting seeds indoors and a calendar for when to start your seeds indoors for a Zone 6 garden.
3/26/2014
How to revitalize your potting soil for another strong vegetable season. You can use your own compost and homemade fertilizer to give your container veggies the boost they need for the season.
3/18/2014
What to plant in April for your vegetable garden, and what sized pot you need for your vegetable plant.


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