• Garden Tips for August

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    August is a month of endings and beginnings in the kitchen garden. In nature, change is about. Summer will begin to fade in many gardens during August giving way to autumn and cool weather. In hot summer regions, heat may continue for several more weeks then give way to warm but not cool temperatures. In […] More

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  • Radicchio Seed Starting Tips

    Radicchio in garden

    Radicchio grows best in the cool weather of spring and fall. Radicchio has a lettuce-like head that colors to a deep rosy red as the weather grows cold in autumn or winter. The slightly bitter taste of radicchio sweetens with cooler day temperatures. When to Plant Radicchio Direct seed radicchio in the spring as soon […] More

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  • May Warm-Region Kitchen Garden Almanac

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    The month of May will bring Spring weather to almost all regions of the Northern Hemisphere. May is the time to direct sow warm-weather vegetable seeds in all gardens. Once the last frost is past, vegetable seedlings can go into the garden as well. May planting and transplanting tips Few seeds will germinate if the […] More

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  • When to Plant Garden Peas

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    Sow garden peas in the garden not later than two to three weeks before the average last frost date. If you wait, the yield will be small and will likely not justify the space they need in the garden. Young garden pea plants grow best at 59℉ to 68℉ (15℃-20℃). If you can’t plant early, […] More

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  • Vegetable Garden 12-Month To-Do Calendar

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    One of the most challenging aspects in gardening is to get things started at the proper time. Success in the garden often depends on timing. Planning the work ahead is important. A simple checklist can be used to make sure that everything is started and carried out at the proper time–starting in spring with preparing […] More

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  • May Cool-Region Kitchen Garden Almanac

    The weather in cool northern regions can remain unsettled even in May. Remeber that both the soil and air temperatures are important when planting the kitchen garden. Few seeds will germinate if the soil temperature is below 45ºF (7ºC), and warm-weather crops are not going to thrive until the night temperatures consistently stay above 50ºF. […] More

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  • August Kitchen Garden Almanac

    Purple Calabash tomatoes

    August is a month of endings and beginnings in the kitchen garden. In nature, change is about. Summer will begin to fade in many gardens during August giving way to autumn and cool weather. In hot summer regions, heat may continue for several more weeks then give way to warm but not hot temperatures. In […] More

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  • May Warm Regions Planting and Garden Checklist

    Here is a vegetable and fruit planting guide for warm regions for the month of May and a food garden checklist. In the United States, rising temperatures and rain is probable in all or part of the states in the Gulf and South Atlantic Coasts, parts of the Pacific Southwest and Desert, and along the […] More

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  • How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Lettuce

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    Crisp, tender lettuce is perhaps the most desirable of all salad plants. For the best flavor and texture, it is best grown with close attention to moisture, soil, and climatic requirements. Lettuce was originally a Eurasian annual; it has been developed into many varieties and cultivars with dozens of forms. For the home gardener lettuce […] More

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  • How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Radicchio

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    Radicchio–also called red chicory–is a cool-weather crop. Radicchio is grown for its rosette of broad red leaves used in salads; its leaves are similar to the leaves of sugarloaf chicory but with a more biting flavor. Radicchio is a form of chicory which is a perennial, but radicchio is commonly grown as an annual. Radicchio has […] More

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  • When to Plant Radishes

    A bunch of radishes in the garden.

    Radishes grow best in the cooler time of the year. Most are hardy to spring and autumn chills; a few varieties can withstand the summer heat. Sow seeds for small early varieties 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost. Plant midseason or summer varieties in mid to late spring. Late varieties—called winter radishes—should be […] More

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