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Jul 24

Katarina Cabbage 2016 AAS Winner

Gardening Jones shares her experience growing Katarina, the cabbage variety chosen as an All-America Selections winner for 2016.

This delightful little All-America Selections winning cabbage is perfect for containers or anywhere space might be an issue. We also like them because 1 head is perfect for just the 2 of us. You can harvest the whole plant, or just cut the head and leave the rest of the plant in the ground. Katarina …

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Jun 12

When to Start Fall Crops

Gardening Jones shares how she decides when to plant seeds for a fall harvest.

I know, it’s only the middle of June and already we’re talking about the fall plants. But the time to get started is now. There are a few crops that actually like the cold, and even taste sweeter if allowed to get some frosts. Recently we learned that Brussel Sprouts in particular can be harvested …

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Apr 23

11 Hints for Growing Strawberries

Gardening Jones shares some helpful tips for growing strawberries.

Growing strawberries is easy to do. Here are a few tips to make you even more successful. Start strawberry plants by seed by barely covering the seeds with a wee bit of potting soil. Keep them moist and warm until they sprout. When transplanting strawberry plants, be sure not to bury the crown, or the plant …

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Apr 18

3 Tips for Transplanting Tomatoes

Gardening Jones shares some quick tips for tomato success.

Whether you are transplanting tomatoes to a larger container or they are going into the garden, a little care can make a lot of difference. 1. Swirled roots. Tomatoes have massive root systems and can quickly fill a container. Even if they are not fully root bound, if you find your plants are swirling their …

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Apr 09

15 Tips for Growing Great Potatoes

Gardening Jones shares some tips to help you get a better harvest of potatoes.

Usually we would have our potatoes growing by now, but this spring has been unseasonably cold so we are holding off. Although they prefer a cool soil, we thought lows in the teens might be pushing it. Here are a few tips we have learned over the years to help you get the most bang for your buck: Jump …

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Apr 04

Veggie Conversation Starters – You Can Grow That!

Gardening Jones looks at the many color varieties available in a few everyday veggies.

Whether it’s in your garden or at the table, they are so many different varieties of everyday veggies that you are bound to get them talking; if only to say “You can grow that?” Let’s look at cauliflower as an example. So many kids, and adults as well, shy away from this healthy veggie. But …

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Apr 02

22 Tomatoes in the Lineup

Many gardeners have specific varieties of tomatoes they like to grow. My Dad swears by a good beefsteak, one so large a single slice is at least as big as a slice of bread. I think it wouldn’t be summer without a Sungold in the garden, my favorite for snacking on. Other gardeners prefer Black …

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Mar 31

Edible of the Month – Swiss Chard

Gardening Jones highlights this gorgeous and nutritious edible plant.

Swiss Chard is one of our favorite greens to grow; partly because of its sheer beauty, and partly because our family prefers it to spinach. It is also a cut and come again plant, and since it does not bolt in the heat like spinach does, we prefer to grow it instead. You can harvest …

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Mar 28

The Resilient Tomato Plant

Gardening Jones looks at how much a tomato can take, and still come up kicking.

As gardeners we tend to pamper each tomato plant. Not so much because they are delicate; I think perhaps it’s more because we really want them to grow successfully. Years ago I had a 6-cell pack of tomatoes get hit with frost. Still, they made it. Since then of course there have been mishaps, yet …

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Mar 26

12 Plants that Help Save Gardening Space

Gardening Jones shares some plant varieties that can help you get more from your gardening space.

There are a number of plants that grow more compactly, thus saving you some gardening area. The yield will be less, but if space is an issue and canning tomato sauce isn’t, try some of these: Tom Thumb Peas, shown above. You can see that even at this small size, they are already flowering and …

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