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“Making A Cement Trough” by Dorian Winslow

Category: How-To Projects

This weekend I invited a friend over to try a "recipe" for cement troughs with me. She was game. We started at 9 am and we were finished by 10:30, with our creations tucked snugly in plastic bags to set overnight. [caption id="attachment_348" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="After patting the cement mixture into the molds and poking drainage holes in the bottom, they were ready to…
This weekend I invited a friend over to try a "recipe" for cement troughs with me. She was game. We started at 9 am and we were finished by 10:30, with our creations tucked snugly in plastic bags to set overnight. [caption id="attachment_348" align="alignleft"…

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“Getting Your Perennial Garden to Keep On Blooming” by Ruth Rogers Clausen

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

By August, does it feel like the best is over in your garden? Spring and summer bloom is usually abundant, but by late summer the garden may look tired. With just a little extra care you can make your display last until early Fall by growing perennials that keep blooming throughout the season, or produce a second flush later in the season. "Off with their heads" should be your mantra. The act of…
By August, does it feel like the best is over in your garden? Spring and summer bloom is usually abundant, but by late summer the garden may look tired. With just a little extra care you can make your display last until early Fall by growing perennials that keep blooming throughout the season, or produce a second flush later in…

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Viva Las Vegas!

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

The biggest trade show of the year is always The National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. Thousands of people in the hardware and lawn and garden industries descend on the glitzy Las Vegas strip for 3 show days at the Convention Center. The Womanswork booth looked very inviting with its company branded directors chairs, its displays brimming with garden gloves, sun hats and Garden Wheels, and our famous video playing in the background…
The biggest trade show of the year is always The National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. Thousands of people in the hardware and lawn and garden industries descend on the glitzy Las Vegas strip for 3 show days at the Convention Center. The Womanswork booth looked very inviting with its…

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Greenhouses Come in all Shapes and Sizes

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

Our greenhouse is moving along slowly, thank you very much. In the meantime, I have noticed that greenhouses come in all shapes and sizes.  For instance, my mother has a "greenhouse" of the type I would put in quotation marks. She lives 35 miles north of me in Sharon, CT.  This morning we visited a couple of garden centers in her neighborhood and presented the Womanswork line of garden gloves, then we went to her house…
Our greenhouse is moving along slowly, thank you very much. In the meantime, I have noticed that greenhouses come in all shapes and sizes.  For instance, my mother has a "greenhouse" of the type I would put in quotation marks. She lives 35 miles north of me in Sharon, CT.  This morning we visited a couple…

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Garden Mystery Book & Garden Glove Give Away!

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

We have two paperback copies of Rosemary Harris' Pushing Up Daisies to give away, along with a pair of Womanswork nitrile weeding gloves. Pushing Up Daisies is Rosemary's first novel, and it won her the "Anthony and Agatha" nomination for best first novel. This week she launches her third book, Dead Head, published by St. Martin's Minotaur imprint. I read it this weekend and it is as much fun as the first two were. Her books…
We have two paperback copies of Rosemary Harris' Pushing Up Daisies to give away, along with a pair of Womanswork nitrile weeding gloves. Pushing Up Daisies is Rosemary's first novel, and it won her the "Anthony and Agatha" nomination for best first novel. This week she launches her third book, Dead Head, published by St. Martin's…

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Pruning Shrubs–Not So Fast With the Silvery Shrubs, by Ruth Rogers Clausen

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

So spring is here and the summer and fall-blooming shrubs need to be pruned—right? Well, yes and no. Don't be in a rush. Beware of pruning too early, especially those silver-leaved beauties that have only just started into growth. Through bitter experience, I have found that it is better to wait a couple of weeks until at least 1" of new young growth is showing.  You can always cut back later, but too…
So spring is here and the summer and fall-blooming shrubs need to be pruned—right? Well, yes and no. Don't be in a rush. Beware of pruning too early, especially those silver-leaved beauties that have only just started into growth. Through bitter experience, I have found that it is better to wait a couple…

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Using a Greenhouse (or windowsill) to Get a Jump on Spring By Ruth Rogers Clausen

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

Welcome to my 10' x 9' greenhouse.  It faces south with a sliding door from the living room. When spring comes I can walk through it onto the deck where I pot up lots of fun combinations in planters. Many of the plants I use have been overwintered and propagated in my greenhouse.  My nitrile garden gloves live there too where they are close to hand. At the moment several varieties of velvety-leaved aromatic Cuban oregano (Plectranthus), a current favorite…
Welcome to my 10' x 9' greenhouse.  It faces south with a sliding door from the living room. When spring comes I can walk through it onto the deck where I pot up lots of fun combinations in planters. Many of the plants I use have been overwintered and propagated in my greenhouse.  My nitrile garden gloves live there…

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Connecting Gardening and Food, and Fighting Hunger

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

Womanswork hosted another evening meal at The Lunch Box in Poughkeepsie last week. On a typical evening The Lunch Box serves 150 people who need a hot meal. They also serve lunch on week days but this has expanded to include dinners whenever they can get volunteers like us to do it. The numbers of people in need of services like this have been growing here in Dutchess County, NY, like everywhere else.  Nora…
Womanswork hosted another evening meal at The Lunch Box in Poughkeepsie last week. On a typical evening The Lunch Box serves 150 people who need a hot meal. They also serve lunch on week days but this has expanded to include dinners whenever they can get volunteers like us to do it. The numbers…

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25 Years as a Woman-Owned Small Business!

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

This year marks Womanswork's 25th year in business. We thought, what better time than now to say thanks to our garden glove fans with a little give away contest?  The Womanswork Story. But first some background on us. Womanswork was started in Maine in 1985 because there were no good work gloves designed to fit women's hands. A little black and white (and sepia) catalog was sent to a growing list of women who needed…
This year marks Womanswork's 25th year in business. We thought, what better time than now to say thanks to our garden glove fans with a little give away contest?  The Womanswork Story. But first some background on us. Womanswork was started in Maine in 1985 because there were no good work gloves designed to fit…

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Womanswork at The New York International Gift Fair

Category: Presenting "The Curious Gardener"

We spent the last 6 days in New York at the Jacob Javits Center, along with thousands of other people (perhaps tens of thousands). We stayed at the W Hotel on Lexington Ave and 50th Street. How appropriate. Eve was with me as we met with owners and representatives of retail stores across the country. They were all looking for new items and many of them seemed pleased…
We spent the last 6 days in New York at the Jacob Javits Center, along with thousands of other people (perhaps tens of thousands). We stayed at the W Hotel on Lexington Ave and 50th Street. How appropriate. Eve was with me as we met with owners and…

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