Category Archive: Gardening

tips, info and pics from hands on practical experience

Feb 07

Garden Planning – 7 Tips for Stocking the Larder Shelves

Gardening Jones looks at planning a garden with storing the harvest in mind.

Himself and I are about as different as any two married people can be. He’s coffee, I’m tea. He’s salty, I’m sweet. If it is a choice between going left and going right, we won’t go the same way. For years after we got married we would buy two different brands of toothpaste. You get …

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Jan 30

Garden Planning – Using Visuals

Gardening Jones shares how she plans out the gardens each year.

Gardeners know the winter months are made more bearable by planning for the upcoming gardening seasons. We like to use visuals to get a feel for what we will plant. It also is a great way to remember for the following year, in case some crop rotation is needed. Usually we start out with a …

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Oct 23

7 Random Gardening Tips

Gardening Jones shares a few gardening tips, including info on making these Tomato Shooters.

Here are a handful of gardening tips to help make your experience just a little more successful, and therefore, enjoyable: Your tomatoes can still ripen on the vine even when frost threatens them. Simply dig them up, trim off the dirty end or wash, and hang the plants upside down in a warm area. They …

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Aug 12

Too Many Tomatoes? Bite Your Tongue!

Gardening Jones share a few things you can do when the weight of your tomatoes is more than the plant can bear.

So we’re having a really great tomato season here in the northeast. Really great. We protect our crop from squirrels, and in spite of the overabundance of insects caused in part by the mild winter, we haven’t had one, knock on wood, tomato horn worm. The mild temps did bring about a few bad bugs that …

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Jul 31

9 Plus More Random Gardening Tips

Gardening Jones share some gardening tips you just might not know yet.

Like most of things in life, there is always something new to learn from others. Perhaps they learned from first hand experience or maybe they were educated by someone else. Either way, when they share it is priceless. So here are a few things that might help you be more successful in your garden. Oh, …

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Jul 16

5 Good Reasons for Pruning Your Vegetables

Gardening Jones shares some good reasons to do more pruning in your vegetable garden.

Sure, you probably know that pruning fruit trees and vines helps to make them grow healthier and be more productive. Did you know the same can be said for your vegetable garden? Here are a few reasons why pruning can help you get more from your garden: 1. It improves air circulation around the plants, which …

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Jul 09

13 Good-to-Know Tomato Facts

Gardening Jones shares a few things about tomatoes you may not already know.

1. Tomatoes are technically a fruit, not a vegetable as is often thought. I should say they are a fruit botanically, legally they are a vegetable. Zucchini are also botanically classified as fruit. I’m not sure of their legal status though. 2. Different sites vary, but it is thought that there are at least 10,000 …

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Jul 02

11 Edibles it’s Not Too Late to Plant

Gardening Jones looks at mid-summer planting in Zone 5/6.

  Here in our Zone 5/6-ish gardens we can expect to see fall frost as early as the end of September, more likely in October. You can check your dates using your zip code here. Then look at the seed packets to find the Days to Maturity, and count backwards. So assuming there is room, …

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Jun 30

10 Random Gardening Tips

1. Watering your garden in the early morning prevents moisture loss that can occur later in the hotter part of the day. It also helps prevent powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that thrive in high humidity levels. Similarly, mulch helps conserve moisture and prevent those nasty microorganisms from splashing up on the plants. 2. …

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Jun 18

What Makes Oregano and Mints So Invasive?

Gardening Jones talks about Mint and it's relatives.

In most climates, mints and other members of the mint family, which include oregano and all the balms, are very invasive. There are 2 reasons why: 1. This family’s roots are called rhizomes, and they can and will travel quite a distance underground. Check them out in the pic above. They are so determined in …

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