GROWING FOOD

Tomato Hornworms

Tomatoe Hornworms with Sensible Gardening

The first time I sighted a tomato hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata) I could hardly believe my eyes. About to pick off a beautiful ripe tomato my fingers lightly brushed against this garden monster. I really thought I must have come across some rare mutant caterpillar, but upon a little investigation I realized this creature is all too common in the vegetable…

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Drying Herbs

Drying Herbs with Sensible Gardening

As we move into the latter part of summer our kitchen and herb gardens should be in full swing. Harvesting becomes a daily affair, and most likely you will have grown more fresh herbs than you can use. When it comes to herbs this is a good thing, as they dry so well for use all through the winter months.…

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GROWING FOOD

How to Plant and Grow Strawberries

How to Grow Strawberries with Sensible Gardening

Every year after strawberry season is over I kick myself for not replanting the strawberries I lost a few years ago to drought. And yes, I did it again this year, but for sure next spring growing strawberry plants will be first on my to do list. They are going back into the garden. Right now I am feasting on…

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GROWING FOOD

Growing Raspberries

How to grow Raspberries with Sensible Gardening

On my usual morning stroll around the garden I was fortunate enough to pick our first ripe raspberries. Raspberries are probably my favorite berry, a close tie with blueberries any way. With the short season of availability in the stores and the astronomical prices for a little basket that is not much more than a teaser, the only way I…

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GROWING FOOD

Growing Tomatoes From Seed

Growing Tomatoes with Sensible Gardening and Living

Lets face it, there is nothing like the taste of  homegrown tomatoes. Possibly more than most other vegetables, store bought tomatoes just do not cut it. Tomatoes ripened on the vine are full of flavor and vitamin C that lasts long after harvesting. There are many different varieties of tomatoes and choosing a variety suitable to your growing conditions and location…

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