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    Powdery Mildew Defense


    Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that causes a white coating on leaves, stems, and flowers of plants. Powdery mildew attacks beans, peas, lettuce, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash and other plants including many annual and perennial flowers and shrubs. Powdery mildew fungal spores germinate on the dry surface of leaves when humidity is high and […] More

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    Organic Pest Control

    Slug feeding in garden

    Insect pests become active as the weather warms. Scout the garden for pests daily and take immediate action so that populations don’t get a foothold. Knock aphids off plants with a stream of water from the hose. Protect tender shoots from cutworms with paper collars around newly set seedlings. Control slugs and snails by placing […] More

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    Tender crop planting tips

    Eggplant seedlings

      When nighttime temperatures are consistently warner than 60°F it will be time to plant tender crops such as eggplant, melons, squash, and zucchini. Prepare the planting spots these crops by for digging holes 12 inches square, 12 inches deep, and 3 feet apart. Add a forkful of well-rotted compost or manure to the bottom […] More

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    Spring Salad Garden Growing Tips

    Row cover under

    Spinach, baby chard, and crisp lettuce are easy-to-grow spring salad greens. When to plant and soil temperature are the keys to spring vegetable gardening. Greens—arugula, beet greens, collards, kales, and lettuce–are foundation crops for early spring because they germinate in chilly temperatures. Greens will take longer to grow in early spring than in late spring […] More

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    Turnip Growing Quick Tips

    Turnips in garden

    Sowing: Sow turnips in early spring 4-6 weeks before the last expected frost for a summer harvest. (Sow every 3 weeks until midsummer for a succession of harvests.) Sow 6-8 weeks before the first expected frost in autumn for an autumn and winter harvest. Sow seeds ½” (13 mm) deep. Seeds will germinate in 3-10 […] More

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    Garlic Growing Quick Tips

    Garlic Drying On Rack

    Sowing/Planting: Garlic is grown from cloves taken from garlic bulbs. The cloves are planted like seeds. Seed clove size is important: larger cloves yield bulbs larges than small cloves. Cloves should be chilled in storage at 41°F (5°C) for several months before planting. Garlic prefers short, cool days at the start of growth and long, […] More

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    Parsnips Growing Quick Tips

    Parsnips harvest

    Sowing: Sow parsnip seeds in spring for autumn harvest; sow seed 2-4 weeks before the last expected frost to 4 weeks after the last frost. In mild-winter regions sow in early summer for winter harvest or in autumn for a spring harvest. Sow seeds ¼-½” (6-13 mm) deep. Parsnips can be slow to germinate—from 5-28 […] More

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    Rhubarb Growing Quick Tips

    Rhubarb stalks

    Sowing seed and planting crowns (roots): Rhubarb is a perennial plant that can grow for 10 to 15 years or longer. Rhubarb can be grown from seed or crowns. If you grow rhubarb from seed, your first harvest will come in 3-4 years. If you grow rhubarb from crowns (established roots), the first harvest will […] More

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    Collards Growing Quick Tips

    collards ground level

    Sowing: Sow collard seeds in early spring for an early summer crop or in midsummer for a fall crop. In mild-winter regions, sow collards from fall to late winter. Sow seed outdoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost. Start seed indoors 10-8 weeks before transplanting seedlings to the garden. Sow seeds indoors in a warm, […] More

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    Broccoli Growing Quick Tips

    Broccoli in raised bed

    Follow these broccoli growing quick tips for harvest success. Sowing: Sow broccoli seeds in early spring for an early summer crop or in midsummer for a fall crop. In mild-winter regions, sow broccoli from fall to late winter. Time your planting so that harvest comes before the weather warms into the 70sF (21sC) ; the […] More

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    Seed Starting Supplies

    Seed Starting Basics

    It is easy to grow your own plants from seed. By starting your own seedlings you can choose from hundreds of varieties that are not available in garden centers. The cost of plants will be far less than those sold in nurseries. You can also have transplants ready to go into the garden at any […] More

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    Onion Growing Quick Tips

    Onion Bianca di Maggio 2

    Sowing: Sow onion seed in the garden after all danger of frost has passed in spring and the soil is at least 55°F (13°C)—warmer is better. In warm-winter regions, plant onions outdoors in the fall. Start onion seed indoors 8 weeks before transplanting seedlings to the garden. Sow seeds in a warm, well-lighted location—in a […] More