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11 Hints 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 […]


April 23, 2016 · gj · 4 Comments
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3 Tips for Transplanting Tomatoes

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 […]

April 18, 2016 · gj · No Comments
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15 Tips for Growing Great 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 […]

April 9, 2016 · gj · 2 Comments
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Veggie Conversation Starters – You Can Grow That!

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 […]

April 4, 2016 · gj · 2 Comments
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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 […]

April 2, 2016 · gj · 4 Comments
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Edible of the Month – Swiss Chard

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 […]

March 31, 2016 · gj · No Comments
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The Resilient Tomato Plant

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 […]

March 28, 2016 · gj · 3 Comments
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12 Plants that Help Save 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 […]

March 26, 2016 · gj · No Comments
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Growing Chocolate

In a perfect world we would all be able to grow our own chocolate. Actually, that would be a fantasy world. Although you can grow a Cacao Tree under the right conditions, you will not likely actually get chocolate from it. You can get the scent of chocolate by growing Jerusalem Artichokes, which is wonderful […]

March 18, 2016 · gj · No Comments
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Making Seed Tapes & Mats

You can easily buy seed tapes for many varieties of veggies, most especially for ones like carrots that have tiny seeds and often require thinning. I don’t like thinning plants, I’ll be up front about it. It’s both a waste of time and of seeds. So while I am waiting to get out into the […]

March 5, 2016 · gj · No Comments
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