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    A Tomato Salad to Die For

    There is nothing as delicious as a fully ripe, deep red, juicy, garden, heirloom tomato. Here’s a tomato salad recipe to die for—and tips on buying tomatoes. I love tomatoes. Unfortunately, farmers can’t wait until their tomatoes are fully ripe before picking them and bringing them to market. They get too soft

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    Soil Testing for a Better Garden

    Do you test your soil? Here’s why it’s worth taking the time to lay the groundwork for a better garden next year. You don’t have to dig too deeply to discover the secret of great gardening; it is your soil. Without healthy soil it is very difficult to have a successful garden

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    Have clothespin, will farm

    Farmgirl hack I wear skirts and dresses all the time, and sometimes they are a bit long for doing urban farm chores. The humble clothespin comes to the rescue. Pin the hem of the skirt to the hem of my shirt, slip on a pair of urban farming flip-flops, and I’m ready to work. #urbanfarming #growfood #urbanfarmer

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    New affiliate partner – Rodale

    I am happy to join forces with Rodale to provide some of the best gardening books available. Visit their online store to browse all the books: Rodale Books. Personally, I have my eye on Groundbreaking Food Gardens by Niki Jabbour which promises to help gardeners like me with limited space and sunshine.

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    Rain, rain, where are you?

    I’m ready to plant my fall garden, but I’m waiting on some rain. Mother Nature has been teasing us with rain clouds all around but never quite sending them over my little urban farm. August 15 to September 15 is prime planting time for fall gardens in Oklahoma. Vegetables that can be grown include lettuces, Swiss chard, garlic, onions, potatoes, peas, beans, beets, radishes, and carrots. Are you planning a fall garden?

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    Hollyhock Queeny Purple

    another winter sowing success Hollyhocks are considered a biennial, meaning they bloom in their second year. My affiliate partner, American Meadows, sells Queeny Purple as a started plant so that you don’t have to wait a year for the beautiful blooms. I’m going to let you in on a secret. Winter sown biennials often bloom in their first year. I started this variety from seed outdoors on December 25, 2015. Allowing the seed to go through a natural cycle of winter to spring to summer encourages blooming in the first year. She’s a beauty. I will collect seeds of Queeny Purple and have them for sale this fall. Let me know…

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    Summer heat blues

    Confession: my gardens get neglected during the hottest weeks I don’t do well in hot weather. I sweat, I get light-headed, and mostly I get cranky. One of the benefits of being a lazy gardener is that the garden is pretty much on autopilot by the time the heat of July and August hit my part of Oklahoma. Although I do some early morning weeding, watering during drying spells, and harvesting tomatoes and peppers, I prefer to sit still, not sweat, and enjoy the garden from a shady spot while sipping a cold beverage. The Ruth Stout method of keeping a thick layer of straw over the soil maintains soil temperatures and…

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    New! Favorite Resource

    American Meadows I am excited to announce that I have become an affiliate of American Meadows. They have been one of my favorite seed and plant sources for many years. Here’s a little bit about them from their website: American Meadows is one of the most respected online retailers of wildflower seeds, perennial plants, flower bulbs and vegetable seeds in all of North America. Our people have been helping supply gardeners since 1981. We seek to be a trusted gardening partner for creative gardeners —those who are willing to combine new ideas and products with classic favorites. Our customers range from some of the most experienced horticulturists in the country,…