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Hobby Farm Home Magazine
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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.

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.

01/30/2014 - 1,000-plus Coleus Cultivars to Color Your Garden
I like interspersing annuals into all my perennial borders—sun and shade alike—because they provide near-constant color and are fast-growing.

01/23/2014 - Take Advantage of Free Compost
If you have a shovel and some buckets (or better still, a pickup truck), call your own municipality and ask if a pile of leaf compost is available to residents.

01/16/2014 - 3 Herbs from the Carrot Family to Grow This Year
I'm planning to try a few new herbs in my garden this year. Although old standby's like oregano, dill, thyme and basil will always have a home, I'm hoping to get a little more adventurous in both the garden and the kitchen this year by trying these slightly out-of-the-box herbs.

01/09/2014 - Surviving the Deep Freeze
The bitter cold here in the East has wreaked havoc on the garden this week. I’m not so much worried the many perennial plants, trees and shrubs we have on the property that are fully hardy down to USDA zone 5 and below.

01/02/2014 - Spinosad: Beat Pests in 2014
As you plan your 2014 garden, consider adopting a more organic approach if you haven't already.

12/26/2013 - New Year’s Resolution: Vermicompost Kitchen Scraps
If you're looking for a New Year's resolution that will be easy to keep, I'd like to propose one that's both slightly out of the ordinary and very rewarding. Make 2013 the year of the worm!

12/19/2013 - Prune Your Evergreens for Free Holiday Décor
My holiday decorations often involve lots of evergreens. I use pine boughs and boxwood garlands, juniper wreaths and holly sprigs to spruce up our winter festivities.

12/12/2013 - 5 Houseplants to Grow This Winter
I'll admit that I've never been a big fan of houseplants, mostly because they often wind up with mealy bugs or spider mites. I just can't manage to give them the TLC they require during the summer months, when I'd much prefer to be in the vegetable garden.

12/05/2013 - Gifts for Gardeners: Temporary Tool Storage
If you are considering purchasing a holiday gift for the gardener in your life, there's certainly no shortage of ideas; however, I'd like to offer you two other ideas for gifts, both targeted at simplifying your loved one's gardening chores.

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