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About auntie beak

Auntie Beak is the resident garden geek. She blogs at auntiebeak.com. Stop in for a visit!

It’s That Time of Year Again!

hey, auntie beak, resident garden geek here again, with a nifty and easy-to-use tool that will help you determine when to plant your seeds, whether you’re starting indoors or directly in the garden. visit this link on google docs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArteSOU626mxdEFxOXU0VXN1VzJkVXVaaWl2UTEtYmc&usp=sharing this … Continue reading

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Right Pepper, Right Place

“right plant right place.” it’s a mantra for landscape designers and ornamental gardeners. failure to place a plant in a suitable spot can result in higher maintenance, excessive watering, and a general failure to thrive. the wrong plant can be … Continue reading

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Late Blight on Tomatoes

late blight update. no confirmed cases of late blight have been found in rhode island, but it has been found in massachusetts and connecticut, as you can see from this map. if you’re not sure if what you have is … Continue reading

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Mid-July Garden Walk

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Know Your Enemy; A Continuing Series, #2—Mugwort

there is nothing i can say that is good about this plant. sorry; no “good news/bad news” this time. it is one of the most difficult weeds to eradicate, because it reproduces via underground rhizomes, so if you leave just … Continue reading

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Know Your Enemy; A Continuing Series, #1—Chickweed

so i’m out there in the garden the other day, and i’m already weeding, and i’m thinking, “really? weeds in early april?” and it occurs to me that i’m really not that familiar with what it is i’m yanking out, … Continue reading

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They Don’t Call ’Em Birdbrained for Nothing…

i am slowly being made crazy by the incessant sound of robins (a pair of them) bonking their beaks against every glass surface on and around our house. it seems a local nesting pair has decided to drive off the … Continue reading

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Beautiful Purple Tomato!

wow, i must be a little behind on my tomato news… i just found out about a gorgeous purple tomato, “indigo rose,” on Your Organic Gardening blog. i hardly finished reading the post before i googled it and found the … Continue reading

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New Favorite Garden Plant

i think i’m in love (don’t tell my husband). i have a little garden in front of some windows that we see every time we go up and down the stairs, so i like it to look nice as long … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Seed Starting, and Peas!

my good friend dirtynailz is off doing non-bloggy things right now, and handed me the keys to the place, so i thought i’d just jump right in. i’ve recently attended some workshops and lectures on seed starting, and i wanted … Continue reading

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