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A Country Garden Journal

A Country Garden Journal

The Gathering Place for all who love to read, talk, and dream about growing your own fruit, gardening, foraging for wild foods, cooking from scratch, and Living The Simple Life.


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HOW TO GROW CHRISTMAS CACTUS

HOW TO GROW CHRISTMAS CACTUS

HOW TO GROW CHRISTMAS CACTUS December is probably the month when you will bring your Christmas Cactus home from the store. That is, unless you are lucky enough to get a free plant from a friend or inherit one from your Grandma. These plants are […]

OLD FASHIONED BREAD PUDDING

OLD FASHIONED BREAD PUDDING

OLD FASHIONED BREAD PUDDING WITH VANILLA SAUCE This Bread Pudding recipe has been in my family since 1938. We still make it. Yes, it’s just that good! Over the years, my Mother’s recipe has been given a few variations by me: Separating the eggs, and […]

HOW TO GROW CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

HOW TO GROW CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

CHOOSING YOUR POINSETTIA Christmas Shopping is upon us, and as we browse through the mall, we can’t help but be tempted by the ever-colorful Poinsettia. Impulse buying is a weakness with some of us. Nevertheless, randomly grabbing a plant while on your way to the […]

AMARYLLIS BLOOMS CHRISTMAS TO EASTER

AMARYLLIS BLOOMS CHRISTMAS TO EASTER

AMARYLLIS BLOOMS CHRISTMAS TO EASTER Now that your Amaryllis has finished blooming for the year, it is time to start planning for the seasons to come. Each year, the bulb will get bigger, and have the potential to pump out even more blooms. But there […]

HOW TO GROW CHRISTMAS AMARYLLIS

HOW TO GROW CHRISTMAS AMARYLLIS

GROWING AMARYLLIS FOR WINTERTIME COLOR Right around the Holiday Season, we long for something that still has a bit of enthusiasm for blooming. The roses are fast asleep, as are the daylilies. This is the perfect time of year to invest in house plants that […]

POLLINATING FRUIT TREES

POLLINATING FRUIT TREES

FRUIT TREES – – – HOW TO INCREASE YOUR HARVEST The subject of pollinating fruit trees is seldom written about in PLAIN ENGLISH! And that is why many people bypass it. But there is no surer way to increase the size of your harvest, and […]

WHAT IS CROSS POLLINATION?

WHAT IS CROSS POLLINATION?

THE NEED FOR CROSS POLLINATION Many fruit trees require a tree of another variety that blooms at the same time to be planted nearby as a cross pollinator. Not all yards have room for this. I have found that the good old fashioned “Bartlett” Pear […]

WHAT IS COMPANION PLANTING?

WHAT IS COMPANION PLANTING?

WHAT IS COMPANION PLANTING? Fruit trees, just like other plants, have likes and dislikes. Whether requiring or preferring a certain diet or not being able to grow well if planted too near certain other plants, you must pay attention to these traits. Companion Planting means […]

USING FRUIT TREES AS ORNAMENTALS

USING FRUIT TREES AS ORNAMENTALS

GARDEN DESIGN Self-pollinating trees give you the option of planting them here and there around your property. For those of us who don’t care for garden whimsy and don’t have time to devote to the constant trimming that topiary requires, an artistically pruned dwarf fruit […]

GRAFTING ROOTSTOCK 101

GRAFTING ROOTSTOCK 101

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT GRAFTING ROOTSTOCK It is good to call the nursery and inquire what type of rootstock a tree is grafted on to verify that it will not exceed its advertised mature height and width. The grafting rootstock that is used […]