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The Answer is …

1. BER or Blossom End Rot is one of the earliest issues tomato growers face when the plants start producing. It is characterized by a soft or rotten spot on the tomato where the flower was, and probably the answer to the common question “What’s wrong with my tomato?” It is caused by the plant’s lack […]


May 15, 2016 · gj · 2 Comments
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A Perennial Pepper Plant – You Can Grow That!

I have heard of people that have pepper plants that are multi-years old. And guess what? They don’t all live in a year round growing area. That’s right. People are growing peppers, then bringing them indoors to winter over. Supposedly, you can also keep them growing all year indoors, and that’s what I intend to try. […]

May 4, 2016 · gj · One Comment
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8 Garden Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Some garden lessons are learned by finding out what went wrong. It’s tough because it usually means less or no crop of that particular edible. But then, they are lessons you never forget. Planting broccoli near the strawberries. I couldn’t figure out why the broccoli plants were not doing well one year, and here it […]

May 1, 2016 · gj · One Comment
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What to Do in the Garden – April

Coming in under the wire, this is more about what should have been done. Again, this is for our zone 5/6 area, so adjust as needed. March and April are tough because the weather is so unpredictable. Still, you can plant peas, most leafy greens, cole crops, carrots, beets, radishes, potatoes, and onions by now. […]

April 30, 2016 · gj · No 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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Easy Raised Beds

You can build a raised bed pert near anywhere. All you need is the right sun requirements for what you want to grow, and materials for the bed that will hold the soil. If the area you choose is on an incline, make sure you keep your bed level. Otherwise, after a rain you will […]

April 15, 2016 · gj · 7 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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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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9 Tips for More Successful Transplants

A few simple how-to’s can help your plants handle being transplanted better, and reduce the effects of transplant shock. Of course, always start with plants that have been hardened off. Moisten the soil your plant is in. This will help the soil stick to the roots, so the plant doesn’t have to experience a totally new […]

March 19, 2016 · gj · No Comments
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FAQ: About First True Leaves

If you grow plants from seeds, you will likely hear many gardeners say not to transplant your seedlings until they have their first true leaves.   This isn’t exactly correct. My Dad has been gardening for 90 years, and he thinks that old gardener’s tale is funny. I’ll tell you why. But first, let me show […]

March 12, 2016 · gj · One Comment
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