Gardening

What Really Worked -- My Favorite New Plant This Year

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This has been a really challenging gardening season. Are y’all with me? Daily deluges of rain and very little sunshine melted my garden and kept me in the cottage. Weeds are of epic proportions, and a host of gigantic chomping insects now call Cowlick Cottage Farm home. I am far from the only gardener
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Three Secrets to Perfect Pesto

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If you are a gardener and a cook, pesto is one of those things that you should know how to make. The combination of sweet basil, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil is classic. Like many great recipes, this one is basic and only takes a few minutes. And yet, it’s
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Garden Walk at Cowlick Cottage Farm

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Just a few shots of my garden walk this morning. Everything is in full bloom! I love this time of year.

I’m growing lots of sunflowers from seed. They are mixed in among my veggies to attract pollinators. They also make a pretty, impromptu support for cucumbers and other vining veggies.


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Growing and Harvesting Potatoes

Growing and Harvesting Potatoes, www.cowlickcottagefarm.com

Today was one of the best gardening  days of the year. Why, you ask? Well, because the potatoes were ready to harvest! I love this culinary treasure hunt, searching for those delightful spuds hiding deep in the soil, clinging to the long roots of the seed potatoes that I planted last fall. As soon
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Indoor Plant Décor Virtual Blog Tour and a Seed Keeper Garden Giveaway!

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Most gardeners love garden books almost as much as gardening. I do, and I was delighted to receive a copy of Indoor Plant Décor, written by my beautiful and talented friends, Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson. My gardening experience tends to be focused on growing vegetables and flowers outside, but Kylee
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DeWit Garden Tools--Best Mother's Day Gift Ever!

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My husband is forever telling me that I need to use the right tool for the job. Maybe he says this because I frequently use a butter knife in place of a screwdriver and think my high heels make a fine hammer in a pinch. But as usual, he’s right. I thought about this
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New Lens, New Perspective

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I splurged and bought a new lens for my camera. Every lens has a unique purpose that allows the photographer to see things with a new perspective …
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P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm

Garden2Blog--A Garden Blogger's Dream Come True!

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Last May I made my first journey to Moss Mountain Farm, the garden home of gardening, lifestyle and design expert, P. Allen Smith, as part of an entourage …
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Cowlick Cottage Farm Welcome to CCF. I’m Carolyn Binder, a passionate writer, avid photographer, cook and gardener. My love of gardening and writing have transformed my cooking and our lifestyle (...more)

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