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Plant the Change - The Orta Blog

This Weekend:  Plan Ahead for Fruit Trees, Even in Containers

This Weekend: Plan Ahead for Fruit Trees, Even in Containers

Gardening teaches you to plan ahead and to be patient, two virtues I'm not naturally blessed with.  If you want homegrown tomatoes in August, you ...
Seeds to Start This Weekend

Seeds to Start This Weekend

As a thank you to my brother-in-law who saved my bacon this week, I put together a little care package of seeds that are appropriate to start righ...
How to Start Seeds

How to Start Seeds

All my friends at seed companies are saying the same thing:  They're seeing a HUGE surge in seed sales right now.  With an increased desire to grow...
This Weekend:  Direct seed before the rain!

This Weekend: Direct seed before the rain!

Have you noticed the sky today?  The gathering rain clouds??  I've been waiting ages for this weather to direct seed annual flowers.  Of course yo...
This Weekend:  How to propagate with softwood cuttings

This Weekend: How to propagate with softwood cuttings

Cuttings are a great way to multiply your plants for free.  If you do it right, many plants will grow new roots and turn into a whole new plant ju...
This Weekend:  Preparing to prune.  Plus the evils of landscape cloth

This Weekend: Preparing to prune. Plus the evils of landscape cloth

     Right now is the season to prune roses, fruit trees, and other trees and shrubs that you'd like to encourage to grow.  Late winter pruning st...
This weekend:  Free plants from your yard!  Dividing Perennials, and Making a Plan

This weekend: Free plants from your yard! Dividing Perennials, and Making a Plan

     Sometimes the best source of new plants is your own yard!  Right now is a good time to divide perennials that have become crowded, and turn t...
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