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Everyone’s blogging these days, and that includes gardeners. So each Thursday we poke around the Web to find a few of the most interesting gardeners and gardens.

I enjoy reading about others’ gardening experiences. Often, it's like a friendly conversation across the back fence. But I’ve also found that frequently I pick up tips and ideas that help me in my own garden.

That’s what happened when I dropped in on The Cottage Smallholder. It’s maintained by a family living in a 17th-century cottage on the border of Cambridgeshire and Suffolk in England.

Working toward self-sufficiency, they have a menagerie that includes four dogs, one Maran hen, four bantams, two guinea hens, a pair of bee hives, toads, frogs, and more.

Just before my visit to The Cottage Smallholder, Diggin' It had been discussing slugs and snails. So I was excited to read a remedy I’d never tried before:
She says that traps filled with "stale" milk work well. I hope so, because I'm going to give it a try.

Food is a regular topic at this site, and the recipes sound delicious, but the ingredients are in British measurements, of course.

For Americans, the recipes at Farmgirl Fare will be in the more familiar format, but just as tempting. Currently she’s discussing ways to use Swiss chard (including an appealing-looking Swiss Chard Tuna Salad).


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