Category Archive: Gardening

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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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Jun 04

You Can Grow That – In a Greenhouse

Gardening Jones takes a look at how she is using her wee greenhouse to get more produce.

Admittedly I was disappointed in the wee greenhouse we bought; I had expected more. I thought it would stay warmer during the cold, and I didn’t expect it to be able to get so hot so very fast. I had done some reading up on it, but most people that write or videotape about their …

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May 29

The Answer is… Part 2

Gardening Jones answers some of the most commonly asked questions about growing food.

Here are a few more of the most common answers we give. If you have a question, chances are you’ll find the answer here or in Part 1. 1. It’s a determinate type. Why did my tomatoes suddenly stop producing when they were doing so well? If you planted a determinate type, you will get …

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May 15

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 …

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May 04

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. …

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May 01

8 Garden Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Gardening Jones takes a look at 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 …

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