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3/24/14 11:13 A

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Epsom Salts - Been using this for a natural fertilizer for over 40 years. My great grandmother shared her secret with me.

Completely one-of-a-kind with a chemical structure unlike any other, Epsom salt (or Magnesium Sulfate) is one of the most economic and versatile salt-like substances in the world. Throughout time, Epsom salt has been known as a wonderful garden supplement, helping to create lush grass, full roses, and healthy, vibrant greenery. It has long been considered a planter’s “secret” ingredient to a lovely, lush garden, and is such a simple, affordable way to have a dramatic impact. Just as gourmet salt works with the ingredients in food to enhance and bring a meal to its full potential, Epsom salt enhances fertilizer and soil’s capabilities to bring a deeper level of vitality to your garden’s composition. Ultra Epsom Salt is the highest quality Epsom salt available, and is widely celebrated for its powerful benefits on natural life, ranging from household plants to shrubs, lawns and even trees.

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I am an active WV master gardener. I have gardened most of my life, I tool the MG course to learn more about gardening and also to become a member. I am sure there are alot more MG out there. Wether you are a master gardener or not it is still sure fun to play in the dirt. I have been cleaning out my small garden and flower beds, getting them ready for the season.
My large garden i let the chickens take care of this winter. They will be out there until we plow it up and then they have to go back to their other pen. Sure saved me all the work of clean up and took care of all the weeds.

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8/29/11 12:16 P

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I have never grown that variety, but other squashes can get really big so I wouldn't be surprised. Down here in Louisiana I am pulling up my spring/summer crops (except for my peppers which seem to keep going) and getting the beds and pots ready for my fall planting. The best part of living down here is having a fall crop of tomatoes. If you plant them by September you can get a good crop before the first frost in late November/early December. The summer heat (which has been especially rough this summer) is obviously the worst part. It is already 92F at 11 am today with the high expected to be 101F by 4 pm. At least we have a break in the humidity for a few days. Only 30-40% which is very low for us. So the heat index is only running up to 105F and not the 110-115 which is normal when the temperature gets to 100.

Take breaks and drink lots of water. That's all we can do.

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8/29/11 9:54 A

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Has anyone grown spaghetti squash before, and is it typical for a plant to grow 20 feet long? Mine has branched out in all directions and climbed over a tomato plant and a planter of flowers! I've got about 5 squash growing on it now. I didn't expect it to get this big, but it's fun to watch it grow.

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8/25/11 9:49 P

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Great idea. Not something that one generally thinks about.

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8/25/11 9:33 P

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Thanks for all the chatter as to how your gardens are progressing indifferent parts of the country -- we sure have diverse climates!

Before I forget -- DH & I were at doctor today and he reminded me -- being a gardener -- to get my tetanus booster due every 10 years. It's easy to scratch oneself on rusty fences, cut oneself with not-so-clean tools, etc. So check with your doctor and get those boosters!

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7/12/11 9:11 A

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I have corn!!!! Two good sized ears, and two itty bitty ones just starting. Now I have a question. How do I know when they are ready to pick? I also thinned out my carrots a little, I got some good sized baby carrots for my supper tonight. Cherry tomatoes are doing well, I should have some to eat in a week or so. I have a couple of big tomatoes that I saw when I was weeding. My lonely cabbage is still growing, but hasn't started a head yet. I"m also the proud owner of 5 mosquito bites.


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This is a link to blanching veggies for the freezer. I did a blog on this today.


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3/2/11 8:28 A

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Using my non-LED lights to warm my seedlings so they will get a good start.

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Yesterday I made a tomato basil tart for dinner with the produce from my garden. I set the dehydrator going to dry some basil and I made up a Greek Salad with my basil, cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden. Today I have more basil to dry and process. I then store it in glass jars I have saved as I use a lot of basil throughout the year. I have some in water so I can keep adding fresh basil to my salads for a little bit longer.

I covered my remaining tomato plants in the garden with remay (spun polyester) to keep them warmer as I am trying to insure the last green tomatoes get a chance to ripen on the vine. It is about 50 but rainy and windy today and temps in low 40's at night so it is good that I put my laundry on the line yesterday!

I brought a rosemary plant in...I just love a roasted chicken with fresh rosemary stuffed between the skin and lemon juice poured over the bird. I just love fresh herbs and try to enjoy them as long as possible plan to harvest more chives and mint hopefully tomorrow.

50 degrees is about as cool as houseplants like so I brought all my houseplants in...but if it gets nice out I will take them out...a little sun helps them adapt to the darker confines of our homes if we take them in and out for a week or so it helps them adapt better.

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3/31/10 7:51 A

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Good website for tracking your gardening/discussions/making friends: myfolia.com

Great book on gardening, especially if you are starting out and want to have fun, information, inspiration: You Grow Girl - Gayla Trail

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3/22/10 8:17 A

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That was a really good article! I copied it into a Word Document and added it to my gardening folder that I keep. Thanks!

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3/20/10 11:07 P

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Here is a great site about Amending your Clay Soil....
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I'll have to forward this to the head of our group. Sounds like something we should add! Thanks for your help!

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I was in the first class of Tree Care Advisors in the US and Canada. I took the class the year after I took the MG Training.

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That sounds interesting! We don't have advanced training in our program. We do get to 'audit' classes as much as we would like to, so I hope to be able to do that this fall when the new session starts.

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NICE! a lot of fellow Master Gardeners! What one of us doesn't know another can address. I also took the advanced training for: Tree Care Advisor & Plant Health Care Advisor.

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I have been a master gardener for several years and love it. During the interview for the program they asked me my first memory of gardening. I told them about sitting at a wash tub with a hose washing the potatoes my parents were digging while my sisters and older brother carried them up from the garden. I got that job because I was to small to help carry the baskets. So obviously I have been gardening for MANY years.

Since I have several mature trees on my small lot I don't have much room for veggies, too much shade, but I still have room enough to at least raise enough for fresh consumption evcen if there is enough to put away for winter.


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2/11/10 8:37 P

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I hope to take Master Gardener classes maybe next year. I travel a lot so it's hard not to miss too many classes.

I'm doing lasagna gardening too and also adding new raised beds to my garden this year. I'm still enjoying elephant garlic from my harvest last June (60 heads) and the sunchokes are still coming in for roasting with other veggies.

I need to order seeds!


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I took the Master Gardener classes in 2008. I really enjoyed them - there was so much information! I still keep up with my volunteer and Continuing Education hours to keep my membership active.

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Curious are there any other Master Gardeners on the team? I make apricot jam and tart cherry jelly from my dwarf orchard, and zuchinni relish. Freeze or dehydrate apple slices and peppers.Walnut tree just beginning to bear nuts.

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Perfect timing! DH wants to do a raised bed this spring for the vegetables and this sounds like a great way to set it up. Thanks for the idea!

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Great Idea!!

We are going to try something called "Lasagna Gardening", where we will put layers of newspaper, mulch, leaves & mulch. No more digging and hoeing, and the beds are raised. Will let you know how it works out.

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SINCE IT IS ALMOST THE GARDENING SEASON AND WE HAVE A LOT OF MEMBERS INTERESTED IN GARDENING AND PRESERVING FOODS I THOUGHT WE SHOULD SHARE OUR RECIPES AND OTHER GARDEN TIPS HERE ON THE TEAM PAGE. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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