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    Brussels Sprouts Growing Quick Tips

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    Quick tips to get Brussels sprouts growing in your garden. Sowing: Sow Brussels sprouts seeds from spring to early summer in cold-winter regions; in warm-winter regions, sow from fall to spring. Start seed indoors 8 weeks before transplanting seedlings to the garden. Sow seeds in a warm, well-lighted location—in a bright window or under grow […] More

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    Pepper Growing Quick Tips

    Pepper jalapeno

    Sowing and Transplanting: Transplant pepper seedlings to the garden 2-3 weeks after the last frost. Sow seed indoors 8-10 weeks before transplanting to the garden. Sow seed directly in the garden only in long-summer regions Start seed indoors in a warm, well-lighted location—in a bright window or under grow lights. Sow 1-2 seeds ¼” (6 […] More

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    Seed Shopping Tips

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    Starting plants from seed can be challenging and satisfying. You will save money—starting your own seed is much less expensive than buying transplants—and you can choose from a greater number of varieties than you will ever find in a garden center. But growing from seed requires time, space, and attention. If you only need a […] More

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    Late Summer Seed Sowing Tip


    Seeds sown in warm soil and hot late summer weather can have a difficult time germinating. Moistening the seed bed and protecting seed from hot weather can ensure germination. Here are some simple steps to increase seed sowing success: (1) moisten the seed bed with a sprinkle of water; (2) sow seed; (3) cover the […] More

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    Save Water, Add Aged Compost to the Garden

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    Help your garden retain moisture for the hot summer ahead by adding plenty of aged compost to your planting beds. Aged compost—rich in organic materials—has a high water-holding capacity. You can add compost to your garden beds in two ways: the easiest is to simply “sheet compost”, that is lay a 2-inch thick layer or […] More

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    Pea Picking Tips

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    The best tasting peas are young, sweet, and tender. The best way to tell when peas are ready is to pick and taste each day until they are just right. Then harvest. Peas should be just about ready for harvest 3 weeks after the flowers appear. Shelling peas are ready when the pods have swelled […] More

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    Lettuce Bolting

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    Lettuce—a cool season crop—naturally bolts in warm weather. When temperatures rise much above 70°F/21°C, lettuce—an annual—will send up stalks, flower, and set seed, nature’s way of ensuring a next generation. This process is called bolting. When lettuce and other leafy crops bolt natural sugars depart the leaves for the flowers and seed. When lettuce bolts […] More

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    Pole Bean Planting Tips

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    Pole beans are heavy producers for the relatively small area of garden space they require. Choose a spot in full sun, loosen the soil to a depth of 1 foot, and add a 4-inch layer of aged compost or organic soil amendment—but not manure (beans produce their own nitrogen). Plant 5 seeds around the base […] More

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    Self-Pollinating Vegetables

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    Some vegetables are self-pollinating meaning they do not need the assistance of bees or other insects or the wind for pollination and the production of fruit. Self-pollinating vegetables include tomatoes, green peppers, and chili peppers, eggplants, green beans, lima beans, sweet peas, and peanuts. Pollen is required for a flower to produce fruit. Self-pollinating vegetables […] More

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    Tomato Planting Tips

    Tomato in Plastic Mulch

    Set out tomato seedlings in midafternoon after the air and soil have warmed for the day. Seedlings set out on cold mornings are more susceptible to chilling injury—their metabolic reserves have been depleted overnight. Don’t let tomato seedlings grow-on in small pots too long; they will become rootbound and stunted. Pot up if you can’t […] More