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What To Do With Harvests After The First Freeze of Winter

We had our first freeze here in NE Georgia two nights ago. So my friend and I went out and harvested everything possible that would not make it thru the cold the day before and that morning. We got out … Continue reading

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Basket Making From Foraging and Found Material

It’s fall in NE Georgia and the leaves are turning, with some freeze in the short future. From the many things growing around in the garden and wild crafting, it’s time to harvest and gather basket making material for winter … Continue reading

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Getting the Garden Ready for Freeze

Friends, we’re nearing the time we are getting freezing weather. In our area of NE Georgia, it’s supposed to freeze tomorrow night. So, it’s rush around and prepare. Here are some of the things we do here at Hillside Garden … Continue reading

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Transitioning from Summer to Fall in the Edible, Orchard and Herb Gardens

By Diann Dirks 10-9-18 Hillside Gardens, Auburn, Ga. Many of us have gardens in the summer. But did you know that unless you are in the bitterest of cold areas, growing cool and cold weather crops can substantially increase your … Continue reading

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Diatomaceous Earth Magic

By Diann Dirks It’s interesting to me that something that looks so innocent and ordinary (looks like flour) can have so many miraculous benefits. This substance is the mummified remains of quadrillions of tiny micro-organisms deposited in the earth millions … Continue reading

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A Treasure Plant – Sida rhombifolia

Sida rhombivolia aka Wireweed, Broom Jute By Diann Dirks 9-27-18 Flowers and developing seed capsules Photograph by: Fagg, M. Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens Here is one of those amazing plants that just blow the mind with their … Continue reading

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Making Echinacea Tincture

Here at HIllside Gardens, our lovely Cone Flowers (Echinacea purpurea) have been blooming all summer and are now ready to harvest and make medicine. I have a limited number of plants so I prefer to just harvest the flowers and … Continue reading

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