Pears with Purpose

Pears with Purpose

My daughter LOVES juicy, ripe pears. As soon as we get some from the store she devours them. But when I tell her our pears in the orchard are loaded with fruit this year, she wants to go an d eat them right now, not waiting until fall when then ripen. I too have good […]

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Planting Apple Trees

Planting Apple Trees

There is no experience quite like biting into a crisp, juicy, flavorful apple grown right in your own backyard! When I was a 5 years old, my parents set out 30 young apple trees in a plot behind our chicken coops. I watched those trees grow up, picked apples, pressed cider, and eventually helped to […]

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Welcome to Autumn

Welcome to Autumn

This is most people’s favorite time of year. Seeing the leaves change color, picking pumpkins and apples, and scaring their friends on Halloween. While it may not be my favorite, I still love autumn for many reasons.   Autumn decorating is my favorite thing to do this time of year. I get really creative using […]

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Growing Grapes in Your Backyard

Growing Grapes in Your Backyard

I have long been fascinated by the beauty and production of a grapevine. Tendrils clinging to each other, supports, wires, and even trees assure that the vines will reach new heights to find sunlight and air circulation. My grandparents kept the old fashioned but wonderful ‘Concord’ growing on two rows of vines in their garden. […]

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What Will Grow Near a Black Walnut Tree?

Black Walnut trees are wonderful if you are a cabinet maker, eat the walnuts, or leave them as forage for wildlife, or use the husks to make a colorfast dye.  But if you are a gardener, they provide a challenge, to say the least. A toxic chemical, juglone, diffuses from the roots into the soil, […]

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