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    Tomato Ripening Tips for Season End

    Pick ripe tomatoes as soon as they ripen so that the plant continues to produce new fruit. This is very important at the end of the season when you want the plant to concentrate on swelling and ripening the remaining fruits. Remove yellowing leaves from plants towards the end of the season to allow more […] More

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    Benefits of Earthworms in the Garden

    Earthworms help create humus—a dark brown-black type of soil which holds important nutrients in place for plant growth and use. Earthworms also help create good soil structure; their burrows open up the soil and create aeration and drainage channels. Earthworm castings or excrement are rich in nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium the key minerals needed for […] More

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    Vegetable Crop Planting and Phenology

    Events in the natural calendar can be used to guide planting times in the vegetable garden. The study and observation of seasonal events and their correlation to plant, insect, and animal life is called phenology. Modern phenology got its start in England with the observations of naturalist Robert Marsham. Marsham began recording the connections between […] More

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    Intensive Planting in the Vegetable Garden

    Intensive vegetable gardening is the name given to a way of using garden space and soil nutrients to produce high yields of flavorful crops. The intensive planting method of vegetable gardening is perhaps the most efficient and effective of all growing methods. It is both resource-conserving and sustainable. The origins of this method can be […] More

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    Narrow Beds, Not Rows, For Planting

    Planting beds—not traditional rows—offer the best use of space for growing a home vegetable garden. Planting beds that space two, three, or more plants across a bed 1½ to 4 feet wide are ideal for a home garden. These beds are often called narrow beds—they are just wide enough for you, the garden keeper, to […] More

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    Planning Your Garden for Root Growth

    Think about plant root growth when planning your garden. Be sure your planting beds contain plenty of organic materials such as compost and decomposed leaves to ensure strong root and plant growth. Plant roots require loose, well-drained soil for optimal growth. Vegetable and fruit crops require strong, healthy roots to be most productive and most […] More

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    Snow Tolerant Vegetables

    Snow on the winter vegetable garden does not mean the end of harvest. Snow will insulate winter crops from freezing temperatures and protect them until harvest. A killing frost or freeze will do more damage to winter vegetables than snow. Carrots, turnips, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, chard, and head lettuce can be harvested from under […] More

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    How to Protect Asparagus Plants from Winter

    Protect perennial asparagus plants from cold temperature damage by mulching the asparagus bed with compost, aged manure, or straw before freezing weather or snow arrives. Asparagus crowns can produce tasty spears for 20 years or longer if given the right care and nutrients. The ferny stalks and branching growth of asparagus plants capture energy through […] More