How to Freeze Tomatoes

How to Freeze Tomatoes I have a confession to make: I’m not canning anything this year. After a couple summers of getting really into it, I really just needed a break! However, I do have more than enough produce from …

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Frugal Gardening: Smart and Safe Re-Purposing


Pictured above: an old soda bottle works as an inexpensive cloche to protect a young seedling.

Today’s post is one that I’ve had on my mind for awhile now, but one of those topics that may cause a bit of upset. If you’re reading this site, chances are you care about saving money. I do, too! When it comes to gardening, there are many ways one can recycle, re-purpose, and up-cycle.

However, I’m seeing more ideas shared on Facebook, Pinterest, and social media forums about ways to reuse items in the garden that make me…concerned…and sometimes, just puzzled. So before I get very far into this Frugal Gardening series, I wanted to share some of what I’m seeing with you and ideas for how you can safely re-purpose items in your garden.

When Re-Purposing Might Be Harmful

I love that more people than ever are getting passionate and creative about growing their own food, particularly in urban and small spaces. But I’d like to raise a bit of a red flag of caution about some materials you probably don’t want growing right next to your edibles!

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Puget Sound Area Spring Plant Sales – 2019

If you’ve got gardening on the mind, you might be interested in finding an upcoming plant sale to round out your yard or garden. I spent some time doing some research to compile some options to help you out. It would appear that the next few weekends are THE best time to plan a visit to a plant sale because there are quite a few happening! To make things easier, I’m going to separate the events out by weekend.

Plant Sales Happening Weekend of April 26 – 28

Master Gardener King County Plant Sale
April 26 (4-8pm) & 27 (9am-4pm)
UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle
More details on the Master Gardener Website

Many plants for sale including over two dozen specialty plant vendors, including native and unusual species. In addition to having lots of garden plants and veggies, master gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions and help you shop. Free event and free parking.

Master Gardener Pierce County Plant Sale
April 27 (9am-4pm) & 27 (9am-3pm)
WSU Puyallup Research Center, 2606 W Pioneer, Puyallup
More details on this pdf flyer

This plant sale features fruits and vegetables, trees, shrubs, native plants, and much more. In addition, there will be select plant and artisan vendors on hand. I’ve never attended this event, but am very tempted to check it out! The flyer states “great prices!” and checks, cards, and cash will all be accepted.

Central Puget Sound Native Plant Sale & Environmental Fair
April 27, 10am-4pm
Mercedale Park
More details at Washington Native Plant Society

This sale focuses on native plants, which are awesome for your yard and garden because they are ideally suited for our environment (this means they tend to grow well!). Expect a wide-range of plants, trees, shrubs, and more. There will also be environmental exhibits and vendors at the event including Puget Sound Bee Keepers and Full Circle Farm. Please do make sure to check out the parking/shuttle situation if you’re considering attending this event.

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Home Depot Spring “Black Friday” – HOT Deals On Mulch, Garden Soil & More!

Home Depot Spring Black Friday Sale 2019

I personally don’t enjoy when retailers use the term “Black Friday” sales on any day except Black Friday, because it makes me question if it’s really a deal or just hype. However, the “Black Friday” sale starting tomorrow at Home Depot? Yeah, it’s pretty hot! These sales will start tomorrow, April 4th and run two weeks through April 17th. However, there are a number of one-day and one-week only savings as well as in-store only savings, so I definitely recommend you thumb through the entire online ad to plan your shopping.

Here are some of the notable prices that are standing out to me – if the item is linked, you can also buy it online at the same price! (Just remember – if you’re reading this post on April 3rd, these prices won’t be “live” until tomorrow!)

Scotts Earthgro Mulch, 2 cu. fit. in Brown, Black or Red – $2 through April 10th only (limit 60 bags per customer)
Vigoro Mulch, 2 cu. ft. in RedBrown or Black
(reg. $3.33)

Pint Annuals – $1

Miracle-Gro Garden Soil, 0.75 cu. ft. – $2 (limit 80 bags per customer)
(reg. $4.28)

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Late May in the Garden: Berries, Kiwi Blossoms, Flowers!

I’ve been enjoying some of the developments in my garden these days, and I thought I’d share some photos I took this morning! The photo above is the current view of my garden, which is in a series of raised beds.

My kiwi vines are absolutely loaded with blossoms this year! Last year, I had a bunch of blossoms, but they were pretty much at the very top of the vines. This year, the blossoms pretty well extend the entire length of the vine. I can’t wait until they all pop open!

My raspberries are coming right along, too. They used to be in another container, but I moved them so we could build our red garden shed. I was successful in transplanting them… however, I also managed to spread them, so I have raspberries growing in pretty much every container now!

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