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Jessica Walliser
The Dirt on Gardening
From Jessica Walliser, regular contributor to Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home comes a blog about gardening: Seeds, compost, pests and cultivating, as well as tips and tricks, year-round growing, finds and suggestions.

04/10/2014 - How to Stamp Out Mugwort in Your Garden
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is an introduced weed that’s very aggressive and can quickly overtake garden beds, as it has at my house.

04/03/2014 - 4 Tips to Growing Disease-Free Grapes in Your Backyard
Imagine what it would be like to harvest juicy Golden Muscats or full-bodied Concords just outside your backdoor! One of the biggest problems grape growers face, however, are fungal diseases.

03/27/2014 - 5 Weeds to Leave in Your Garden
Good weeds. These two words together create what might seem to be the single biggest oxymoron in the gardening world.

03/20/2014 - 5 Ways to Invite Beneficial Insects to Your Garden
I have exciting news! My new book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control (Timber Press, 2014) is now on the market.

03/13/2014 - 4 Creative Accents to Invigorate Your Garden
I've been thinking a lot lately about the design of this year's garden. I've had the opportunity to visit many public gardens over the years, and every time I do, I discover a few fun design tidbits that I want to emulate in my own garden.

03/06/2014 - 5 Tools I Can't Garden Without
While I have plenty of useful tools in my shed, there are five items that I can't garden without. What's your favorite must-have gardening item?

02/27/2014 - What Are You Planting This Year? 5 Unique Edibles to Try
Browsing through "The Cook's Garden” fills me with inspiration for the coming season, and I've already got my wish list jotted down to prove it.

02/20/2014 - Why Can’t I Add Dog Waste to My Compost Pile?
I get asked one question in particular on a fairly regular basis: Why can't I add dog waste to my compost pile? Just incase you've been wondering the same thing, here's the answer...

02/13/2014 - Start New Plants with Root Cuttings
If you’re looking for an easy project to start soon after the ground thaws, consider making new plants from root cuttings. It's a great and inexpensive way to expand your garden, and spring and early fall are great times to do it.

02/06/2014 - 4 Tips to Grow Your Best Coleus
Last week, we talked about all the coleus varieties I'm looking forward to growing in my garden this year. Today, I'd like to share some of my favorite hints for growing coleus successfully.

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