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There’s a time in late summer when the garden gets wilty – perhaps some plants get yellow, and others are done with their production for the year. August can be an excellent time to start over in some ways – re-planting in the spots that are no longer productive. After all, why not go for a second round of harvest? If you plant in august, you’ll have produce well into the cool autumn days.

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Turns out, there are natural ways to repel mosquitoes AND avoid dousing yourself in bug spray. Here are some easy plants to include around your house this summer to help prevent the yearly onslaught of mosquitoes. 

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Let’s talk about raised bed gardening.  Why?  Because everyone is doing it.  While there are some disadvantages to raised beds, many will agree that raised beds provide the perfect solution to several garden conundrums  –  such as lack of space, clay soil, etc.  In addition, raised beds can extend your growing season, especially if you have a cover.

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We want you to encourage your kids to play in the dirt!  That’s right.  Let them hang out in the dirt.  Inspire them to gently feel the worms and squash the dirt in their hands.  Raising the next generation of gardeners is important to society. 

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Resist the urge to plant in your garden too early.  Not only do you have to worry about night-time frost, you also have to ensure the soil temperature is warm enough to enable your tender seedlings to survive.  By the second week in May, however, it is usually safe to plant seedlings in the ground in your garden.     

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Did you know that pansies are edible? This whimsical springtime flower is not only a front-porch favorite, but it’s also a lovely food accent. Pansies are chock full of vital nutrients such as Vitamin C, Potassium, and Antioxidants. Their mild, fresh flavor has grassy notes and a minty, wintergreen aftertaste. These pretty little flowers serve as both décor and food – and they’re almost too pretty to eat.

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