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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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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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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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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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Avoiding Squash Vine Borers

Knock on wood squash vine borers have never been an issue for us, at least not yet. It tends to happen more in the South, but we are not immune here in the North. I have seen many social media posts by equaintances describing the devastation these hard to get rid of pests can cause, […]

January 4, 2016 · gj · 4 Comments
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5 Things to Know About Plant Pollination

Knowing how plants are pollinated can help you get a better harvest. The most confusion we see about pollination centers around the terms self-pollination and cross-pollinated. Here’s the deal: 1. Self-pollinated does not refer to a gardener moving pollen from a male flower to a female flower themselves. This is hand pollination. 2. This term is often, […]

December 19, 2015 · gj · 4 Comments
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A Gardener’s Dilemma – Pineberry

  The wonderful hybrid (not genetically engineered) Pineberry is a variety of strawberry somewhat new to our gardens. We purchased only one plant last spring, they can be somewhat expensive after all, and planted it in a new bed with a few strawberry plants we got from their runners. We did what we normally do with a […]

November 17, 2015 · gj · 3 Comments
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Getting Serious About Growing Tomatoes

I mentioned earlier that this past summer was not our best gardening season. It was in fact the second worst ever, which is saying a lot. And our tomato harvest was not spared. Between the late spring that never left, and the summer that arrived in September, there is very little fruit to can. This […]

October 24, 2015 · gj · 5 Comments
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