Gardeners Touch

Getting to the ROOT of Change

Reaping The Harvest

We reap what we sow. When healthy growth takes place, beauty surrounds us. We connect with The Creator and take in and share the beauty of the season. Living out and practicing our gifts, in obedience to God, reaps the blessings of joy, happiness, prosperity, peace, and leisure.

Goji Berry

Every time I visit my local nursery, I like to peruse the racks of new and exciting plants they offer.  I make it a point to try one new plant and learn about it every year (sometimes I get carried away and try more than one).  Today I found the Lifeberry Goji.  I purchase goji …

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The Progression Of The Tomato Seed

Do you remember this stringy mess from a few weeks ago.  It was the first time that I started tomatoes from seed.  I was really not very hopeful when I looked at the long tangled stems that emerged from the starter tray, but I carefully removed the strongest seedlings and placed them into 4″ pots …

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Trash to Treasure

I love this time of year, especially here in the Hudson Valley where there is still a nice mix of old farms in the area.  It’s an even bigger treat when one of those old barns, farms, or homesteads have a tag sale.  Sometimes when I’m all by myself, I’ll just follow the signs and …

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Creativity And Functionality In The Garden

Sometimes you just have to get creative with your gardening efforts!  For the past several years, I’ve tried to grow a mix of lettuce and spinach with little success.  Not because they’re not easy to grow, but because the resident chipmunk thinks it’s his personal salad bowl.  It’s amazing how much disappears overnight. Last year, …

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Everyday Objects To Help In The Garden

Today is unseasonably warm in the Hudson Valley – near 90 degrees in some places, while just a few days ago the temps dipped into the mid to upper 30’s.  I still haven’t placed all of my tender seedlings into the ground but have opted to keep them on our screen porch where they’ve been …

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Some  People Feel The Rain, Others Just Get Wet…

 When my children were young and their plans for the day were interrupted by rain, I knew I had to change their perspective and help them find alternate plans for a day full of fun.  To do this, I often times had to push past my own disappointment, as staying inside would drive me nuts. …

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Maple Sugaring in the Hudson Valley

The Dutchess County Parks Department is holding a Pancake Breakfast (9:30am-12pm) /Maple Open House (12pm-4pm) on March 22, 2015 at: Bowdoin Park 5 Eagle Lane Poughkeepsie, NY 12590 Pavillion 5 The Pancake Breakfast will be from 9:30am to 12pm – Cost will be $5.00 per person/Children 6 and under are free!  Download the event flyer (.pdf) …

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Raised Beds

Garden Planning Part III –

April 2, 2013 – that is the date of the last garden planning post I actually wrote regarding the changes to our backyard vegetable garden.  For those of us who take our gardening seriously, have mercy on me, as you would understand how the act of gardening and actually writing about gardening don’t always go …

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Roses ~ An Expression Of Love

While the Northeast is being hit with yet another snow storm, I can’t help but reflect on warmer weather, my garden, and flowers; especially my favorite – the rose. Due to its popularity in celebrating one’s heartfelt emotions, it serves to reason that it’s one of the most popular gifts shared on Valentine’s Day. The …

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