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March Workshop

March Workshop

We share our favorite tips for getting ready for the season, including organizing your supplies and planning your spring gardening season.

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April Workshop

April Workshop

Kaylee and Christy discuss tips and techniques to get the most out of any garden space, regardless of its size! Plus, learn how to make macrame plant hangers for your potted herbs and greens with these workshop replays!

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May Workshop

May Workshop

Watch a fun workshop full of culinary creations from the garden! We share recipes and ideas to dress up any dish or glass using your fresh herbs and greens! We also make an herb infused sugar – perfect for topping any drink!

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June Workshop

June Workshop

Rewatch a very special workshop as we discuss some very important garden visitors: pollinators and wildlife of all shapes and sizes! We discuss how to make our landscape more wildlife friendly along with how to safely deter the pests and wildlife we do not want in our garden! Plus, we make a bee waterer for our buzzing friends!

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July Workshop

July Workshop

Rewatch a very important workshop about our garden’s most important feature: the soil! We discuss the basics of soil biology and how it affects our plants. Mindy, from VermisTerra, will also join us as we discuss how, why, and when to feed your soil.

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August Workshop

August Workshop

Watch this month’s workshop replay about how it’s time to really start bringing in the garden harvests! Christy and Kaylee discuss tons of creative ways to preserve and use your harvest, including drying, canning, fermenting, and more! Plus, we make herbal kitchen wreaths – the perfect way to preserve those herbs to use in fall and winter!

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September Workshop

September Workshop

Have you always wanted to extend your harvest by growing in the fall? We’re here to help you do it! Get all your fall gardening questions answered and learn the basics of care for plants as the weather cools off.

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DIY Herb Wreath

DIY Herb Wreath

  If you are looking for a beautiful and creative space to dry your herbs, why not make a kitchen herb wreath? This wreath can hang in your kitchen and provide easy access to your fresh or dried herbs! It’s as beautiful as it is functional. Plus, it’s quick and...

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PlantedMD – Pumpkin Flowers Dying Back

PlantedMD – Pumpkin Flowers Dying Back

Question: I'm not sure if something is wrong with my pumpkin plant.  It seems to flower and then die back.  Have you seen this before?  What can I do to stop this?  Answer: What you are experiencing with your pumpkin flowers is completely normal! Squash/pumpkin...

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PlantedMD – Cabbage Worms

PlantedMD – Cabbage Worms

Identification & Lifecycle The imported cabbage worms are actually the larval stage of a butterfly or moth! And believe it or not, there are multiple varieties! Many people use the names "cabbage worms" and "cabbage loopers" interchangeably. However, they are...

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DIY Bee & Insect Waterer​

DIY Bee & Insect Waterer​

  This easy-to-make bee & insect waterer provides a water source for your buzzing friends! Adding a water source to your yard or garden is a great way to support pollinators and invite them to your garden. This project only takes a few minutes to make and it...

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PlantedMD – Earwigs

PlantedMD – Earwigs

Question: What do we do when we find an earwig in the plant?  Does the earwig eat pests?  Here is the answer: Earwigs are tricky members of our garden because they can be both friend and foe.  Earwigs are omnivores, meaning that they eat both plant...

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Simple DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

Simple DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Materials Needed Macrame cord: 10 yards Metal ring or key ring: 1-¼ inch Wooden beads (optional) Directions Follow along with the video for a hands-on demonstration of how to make your macrame plant hanger!

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Cooking Lesson Using Kuzu!

Cooking Lesson Using Kuzu!

Cooking Lesson Using Kuzu/Kudzu - The Happy Food Chef Robin Joy Ingredients – Can use chicken, fish, shrimp, or for this method, about 1/2 pound This should be enough to cover about 6 to 8 shrimp depending on the size2 Tsp Kuzu/Kudzu4 Tsp water1 egg white Instructions...

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Why Grow Microgreens

Why Grow Microgreens

We love to grow microgreens at Planted Places because those babies are packed with nutrition and pretty to look at. Plus, growing your own microgreens is hands-down the easiest way to get into growing your own food. Grow Microgreens All Year Long You can grow them...

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Orange Sesame Thai Noodles with Vegetables

Orange Sesame Thai Noodles with Vegetables

Orange Sesame Thai Noodles with Vegetables - The Happy Food Chef Robin Joy Serving size for two adults Ingredients 1 8oz package of Pad Thai Rice Noodles1 teaspoon sesame oilChopped tamari almonds or black sesame seeds or both1 lime cut in half and one slice for...

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PlantedMD – Bolting in Winter

PlantedMD – Bolting in Winter

My Tat Soi seems to be the only leafy green in the garden that is bolting right now (January). What’s weird is they were fairly young seedlings and hadn’t grown much. It’s almost like they were dormant and then went straight into bolting. Do you know why this happened and what I can do to avoid this?

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Ways to Get Back on Track With Your Gardening Goals

Ways to Get Back on Track With Your Gardening Goals

Throughout the year, it’s not uncommon to lose sight of some of our well-intentioned goals! Luckily, each day is a brand new chance for us to get back on track! If one of your goals for the new year is to get back on track with your garden, we’re here to help! Planted...

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PlantedMD – Wall Plants Have Powdery Mildew

PlantedMD – Wall Plants Have Powdery Mildew

I noticed some mildew on several of my new seedlings! We’ve been getting a lot of rain, but also, I think my gardener watered the plants without my knowledge. And because the drip is still programmed for twice a day, coupled with cooler temperatures, my plants are soggy. I’ve since turned off the drip system and moved the wall to a more sunny spot. Any other suggestions?

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How Gardening Can Support Your New Year Goals

How Gardening Can Support Your New Year Goals

Starting a garden may be on your list of things to do in 2022. But even if it’s not, you may want to consider including it in your goals! Why? Because gardening has some long-reaching benefits that can support your overall health and wellness!  So, whether you...

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The Root of the Problem: Understanding Root Rot

The Root of the Problem: Understanding Root Rot

What is root rot? Root rot (also called crown rot) is a term that is commonly used to describe a pathogen that attacks a plant’s root system. These pathogens cause a deterioration of the plant roots, which can happen slowly or quite quickly depending on the...

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Seasonal Eating Inspiration for Fall & Winter

I often wonder if our ancestors would laugh at us as we fumble along in the grocery store, wondering what is fresh and in season and what isn’t.   How did something so basic to the human race’s survival become so complicated? How did we become so...

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Vegan Sushi – The Happy Food Chef Robin Joy

Vegan Sushi – The Happy Food Chef Robin Joy

Vegan Sushi Ingredients 6 or more Nori seaweed sheets2 to 3 cups of rice, farro, or cauliflower rice or jicama riceTamari or soy sauceWasabiSet in groups on a plate, all finely julienned:1 carrot3 spring onions1/2 large bell pepper1 stalk celery8 spears or more cooked...

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Ideal Microclimates for Fall & Winter

Ideal Microclimates for Fall & Winter

Did you know that you can give your plants an added advantage this fall and winter to help them thrive despite the colder weather? It’s true! And the best part is that it can be as simple as just moving them! What’s a Microclimate? Microclimates are small areas where...

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Time for a Fall Wall Clean-Up!

Time for a Fall Wall Clean-Up!

    After a long and busy summer, fall is the perfect time to give your potted plants and your Planted Wall some much-deserved love! Fall is an incredibly busy time of year on our homestead! We are harvesting and preserving food for winter, continuously...

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3 Evidence-Based Benefits of Vermicompost!

3 Evidence-Based Benefits of Vermicompost!

When it comes to gardening, it can sometimes be hard to decipher tested truths from old wives' tales. And while there is certainly value in knowledge that is passed down from generations of gardeners, it’s also vital to understand how and why things work the way they...

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Basil Potatoes – The Happy Food Chef Robin Joy

Basil Potatoes – The Happy Food Chef Robin Joy

Basil Potatoes Ingredients 1 bag small heirloom potatoes or small red and purple potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces1 red bell pepper, 1 sweet onion, cut to the same size as the potatoes1 cup baby yellow or red cherry tomatoes cut in half6 cloves garlic peeled1/2 to...

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Fall Pests to be on the Lookout For!

Fall Pests to be on the Lookout For!

Believe it or not, there are still pests lurking - even in the cooler weather! Sadly, not all pests disappear with the summer temperatures! Luckily, though, there are generally fewer pests out and about in the fall. Let’s take a look at some of the most common pests...

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Cold Crops

Cold Crops

How low can they go? As we approach the cooler seasons of the year, I get asked a lot of questions regarding just how cold is too cold for certain plants! So, let’s break it down! What is a “Cold Crop”? Many plants are labeled as “cold hardy”, including a lot of our...

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How Low Can They Go?

How Low Can They Go?

As we approach the cooler seasons of the year, I get asked a lot of questions regarding just how cold is too cold for certain plants! So, let’s break it down! What is a “Cold Crop”? Many plants are labeled as “cold hardy”, including a lot of our favorite greens! So,...

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Fall is for Soil Care!

Fall is for Soil Care!

If there’s one bit of garden wisdom that I try to impart on my garden clients, it’s that fall is the time to focus on soil! So, whether you have a traditional garden, raised beds or just a container garden, soil care should always be a top priority in fall. Why is...

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What to Expect from Herbs & Greens During Fall

What to Expect from Herbs & Greens During Fall

Last week, we talked about what to expect from your peppers and tomatoes during fall. This week, let’s take a look at the rest of the plants in our pots and Planted Walls, including herbs and greens! Basil:Basil, including Tulsi basil (aka Holy Basil), is grown as a...

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What to Expect from Tomatoes & Peppers During Fall

What to Expect from Tomatoes & Peppers During Fall

Now that you have a beautiful harvest of garden-fresh tomatoes, let’s talk about the best ways to store them. Properly storing your tomatoes will allow you to get the most out of your harvest! Storing Ripe Tomatoes The best way to store your ripe, whole tomatoes is to...

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Storing Homegrown Tomatoes

Storing Homegrown Tomatoes

Now that you have a beautiful harvest of garden-fresh tomatoes, let’s talk about the best ways to store them. Properly storing your tomatoes will allow you to get the most out of your harvest! Storing Ripe Tomatoes The best way to store your ripe, whole tomatoes is to...

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Arugula Pesto – The Happy Food Chef Robin Joy

Arugula Pesto – The Happy Food Chef Robin Joy

Arugula Pesto Ingredients 2 to 3 cups arugula1 cup pine nuts5 to 8 garlic cloves to personal preference1 cup grated Parmesan cheese1/2 tomato1 lemon juicedSalt and pepper to taste Instructions Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to get everything...

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Why we should all be gardening this fall!

Why we should all be gardening this fall!

Fall usually isn’t the season that comes to mind when most people think of gardening. However, fall is an AMAZING time to dive into gardening or to continue your established garden!If you live in an area with a mild climate, you may even be able to grow all winter...

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Pollinators – Necessary or Not?

Pollinators – Necessary or Not?

I’ve had my Planted Wall for 2 weeks now and it is getting to the stage where it’s really starting to fill in and “pop”! I’ve been lightly harvesting from it, but I know that within another week, there will be lots of greens and herbs ready! Fresh homegrown food...

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PlantedMD – Overwatering Issues

PlantedMD – Overwatering Issues

Coming back from vacation! Went through and inspected the plants. It looks like my soil is very wet. I noticed something weird on the soil, what is that? Also, what’s this on my hot and spicy oregano?

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Creative Ways to Use Up Those Greens

Creative Ways to Use Up Those Greens

I’ve had my Planted Wall for 2 weeks now and it is getting to the stage where it’s really starting to fill in and “pop”! I’ve been lightly harvesting from it, but I know that within another week, there will be lots of greens and herbs ready! Fresh homegrown food...

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What color is your thumb?

What color is your thumb?

“I’ll never be a gardener. I just have no interest in it and I kill everything I grow. I definitely have a black thumb” You know who said that? I did. Yup, over a decade ago, if you had asked me, I would have adamantly sworn that I was not talented enough to be a...

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Baba Ganoush – The Happy Food Chef Robin Joy

Baba Ganoush – The Happy Food Chef Robin Joy

Baba Ganoush Ingredients 3 large eggplants pricked and oven-roasted, a bit charred on the outside, and collapsed1/4 of a small red onion finely chopped or 3 minced shallots1/2 -3/4 cup cherry tomatoes quartered or other tomatoes finely chopped and drained a bit of...

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Some Plants Like it Hot… Some Don’t!

Some Plants Like it Hot… Some Don’t!

Just like people, different plants like different conditions! Some crave the heat while others prefer the cool air.  In the garden world, we generally break these plants into two groupings: cool crops and hot crops. Knowing the difference between the two can...

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The Basics of Bolting

The Basics of Bolting

This week was the week of the bolting greens! My beautiful romaine was the first to go! It was about 2 months old at this point. I had harvested many of the larger leaves from it already. But, all of a sudden, its primary stock shot up towards the sky! And within a...

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Develop a Grazing Harvest Habit

Develop a Grazing Harvest Habit

One of the best parts of growing your own food is how easy it is to grab a handful of goodness to have as a snack or to complete any meal! This time of year, there’s always something ready in the garden: some lettuce here, a ripe tomato there, a few peas and beans, a...

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The Ingredient-First Mindset

The Ingredient-First Mindset

“What’s for dinner?” I text my spouse coyly, knowing full well that there would not be a reasonable or realistic response. My wife doesn’t cook. Which I have made peace with since it means that my kitchen doesn’t get burned down from a forgotten burner that was left...

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Mid-Season Tomato Care 101

Mid-Season Tomato Care 101

Give It Support If you haven't already, now is a good time to support your tomato plants! Indeterminate varieties will continue growing tall and can get top-heavy as they set fruit. Be sure your stakes and cages are secured into the ground to prevent them from falling...

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Jicama Fries – The Happy Food Chef Robin Joy

Jicama Fries – The Happy Food Chef Robin Joy

Jicama Fries Ingredients 1 large Jicama peeled and sliced julienne style, like French friesA handful of chopped fresh mint, cilantro, or parsleyJuice of 1 lemon or lime to taste1/4 tsp chili powder1/4 tsp onion powder1/4 tsp garlic powder1 tsp smoked paprika1–2 tbs...

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Keeping Seedlings Happy in the Heat

Keeping Seedlings Happy in the Heat

Hello, Planted People! It was HOT this week in the Pacific Northwest! I was raised in the high desert of Southwest Idaho, so I’m no stranger to gardening in the heat. But unfortunately, it appears that the heat has followed me to Western Washington! On Monday, it...

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