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    Start a Fall Vegetable Garden

    Mid to late summer is the time to plan and plant the fall vegetable garden. The key to planting vegetables in mid- to late- summer is timing. Plant the late summer and autumn vegetable garden so that the crops reach maturity and harvest before or on about the average date of the first frost in […] More

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    Garden Tips for June

    Zucchini and flower

    June is the month the vegetable, herb, and fruit gardens pick up steam. Spring comes to a close in June and summer begins. Complete your spring planting in early June. By the end of the month, the soil and air will be sufficiently warm for plant growth to accelerate and begin growth toward harvest. (Of […] More

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    Ready Your Garden for Spring

      Spring is coming soon!  Here are some early spring tips for your garden. Warm Your Garden Before Planting Pre-warm cold soil before sowing or transplanting warm-weather crops into the garden. Black or clear plastic sheeting is a simple and inexpensive way to warm the soil and get a jump on the growing season. Continue […] More

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    Hoop Tunnels to Shade Vegetables

    Hoop tunnel with shadecloth

    A hoop tunnel can create instant shade to protect leafy greens and other cool-season vegetables from intense summer sun. Cover half hoops made of PVC pipe, stiff wire, or construction- or chicken-wire with shadecloth or light horticultural cloth to keep leafy crops from sun-burning. For tall crops such as tomatoes simply drape muslin, cheesecloth, or […] More

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    More Superfoods from the Garden

    Some vegetables and fruits you grow in your garden are higher in nutritional value and are better at improving your health than others—these have been dubbed superfoods. Superfoods are easy to grow. Any beginning gardener can grow superfoods. These crops are high in nutritional value and provide important chemical compounds—called phytochemicals—that can help ward off […] More

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    Vertical Supports in the Vegetable Garden

    Vertical garden supports and frames can save a tremendous amount of ground space in the vegetable garden. Beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, squash and pumpkins—nearly all vining and rambling crops—can be grown on vertical supports. Some studies say that the yield per square foot for vine crops can be doubled by growing them vertically. Location. Place […] More

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    How to Start a Vegetable Garden

    Pole beans

    Starting a vegetable garden can be fun and an inexpensive way to bring healthy food to your kitchen table. But it can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. The secret to getting started vegetable gardening is to take a little time to make a plan. Take a look at your yard or […] More

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    Vegetable Crops for Vertical Gardening

    Vertical gardening is growing plants on a support such as a stake, trellis, cage, or fence. Pole beans, peas and tomatoes are commonly grown this way. But other vining crops such as cucumbers, squashes—both summer and winter, and melons can also be grown vertically. Many vining crops will climb vertically by themselves using twisting tendrils […] More

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    Potting Up Tomatoes

    Potting up is the process of re-planting tomato seedlings that are not yet ready for the garden into larger pots. Potting up (also called potting on) allows plants to continue their steady growth until they are strong enough to withstand outdoor growing conditions. Potting up allows for the development of strong roots and because a […] More

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    Vegetable Crops for Beginning Gardeners

    Beginning vegetable gardeners can be easily intimidated by the scores and scores of vegetable seed varieties available from even the smallest seed retailer. There are hundreds of vegetable varieties available in garden centers and online each year. What to plant? Taste, quality, speed to harvest, total yield, ease of harvest, plant habit, disease, and pest […] More

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    Potato Planting for Potato Cooking

    Choose potatoes for planting with cooking in mind. Potatoes for boiling—for making potato salad and home-fry potatoes—should have a low- to medium-starch content. Potatoes for baking should have high-starch content. Low- and medium-starch potatoes keep their shape and remain creamy and toothy when boiled. High-starch potatoes will swell and puff up when baked; they will […] More

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    How to Make a Wood-Framed Raised Bed

    A wood-framed raised bed for your garden is simply a wooden box—usually a square or a rectangle—that is open to the ground below and the sun and sky above. You can make a wood-framed raised bed from pine, spruce, cedar, redwood, or composite wood. To make a wood-framed raised bed you will need enough wood […] More