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A STAKE IN THE GROUND

A STAKE IN THE GROUND

  The wound of racism runs deep in America. Pick at the Bandaid that tries to conceal it and you’ll find pain, raw and fresh, beneath. The brutal killings of George Floyd, Philandro Castille, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arberyoff weren’t the first reminder of this uncomfortable truth. Or the second. Or the thousandth. But they exposed yet again that progress towards civil rights is excruciatingly, unforgivably slow. It's not enough to hashtag a movement or put a sign in the yard or shake our heads and mutter how terrible it is. We need to act. We need to do. We...

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VICTORY (GARDEN) IS YOURS!!

VICTORY (GARDEN) IS YOURS!!

This spring, pollen isn’t the only thing floating around. Notions of Victory Gardens are also in the air, largely in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.  So what exactly is a Victory Garden? How do you grow one in your backyard? Should you do a victory dance after you’ve planted it? For answers to these and other victory-related questions, you’ve come to the right blog.    First, a Bit of History Victory Gardens date back to the 1940’s during World War II. While soldiers fought overseas, those back home — mainly women — responded to nationwide food shortages by planting private...

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NO SAGGY PLANTS (OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE MY PLANT CAGES.)

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NO SAGGY PLANTS (OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE MY PLANT CAGES.)

April showers bring, well, you know. So it’s no surprise that May is a busy month for gardeners. In addition to the poem’s requisite flowers, May also brings sprouting seeds, shooting shoots and ripening of early vegetables. And while the rising mercury makes it tempting to start planting, May has a tendency to leave us cold—and if we’re not cautious, left with damaged plants. So be sure to protect your seedlings from late freezes, heavy rains and strong winds. Of course, warmer days are ahead. Now’s the time to start thinking about good canopy management and plant support strategy. Why?...

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BITTERSWEET MOTHER'S DAY

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BITTERSWEET MOTHER'S DAY

  “Where flowers bloom, so does love.” - Lady Bird Johnson   This Mother’s Day is bittersweet.   The sweet: we started a business that grew from our hearts.  The bitter: our mom isn’t here to witness it.   We lost our mom, Naomi, a little more than two years ago to cancer. Before the illness invaded her body like the alien she dubbed it, she was a good skier, a decent mountain biker, a not-so-good golfer, and an exceptional gardener.   It’s the gardening we think of most these days.  Over the years, Mom planted more than 100 rose bushes, irises, dahlias,...

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HERE WE GROW!

HERE WE GROW!

It was the best of timings. It was the worst of timings. Spring of 2020 was definitely the trickiest of timings to launch a small business, but here we are. And, actually, yay! Here we are. The truth is, launching a family garden supply business is our destiny, and doing it right now might be exactly right. After all, people around the world are turning to gardening as a soothing, family-friendly hobby that also eases concerns over food security as lockdowns make grocery shopping all-but-impossible, and access to farm fresh fruits and vegetables more of a challenge. We have a...

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