Category Archive: FAQs

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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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 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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Apr 15

Easy Raised Beds

building rasied bed

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 …

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Mar 26

12 Plants that Help Save Gardening Space

Gardening Jones shares some plant varieties that can help you get more from your 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 …

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Mar 19

9 Tips for More Successful Transplants

A few simple tips to help your transplants thrive.

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 …

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Mar 12

FAQ: About First True Leaves

Gardening Jones takes a look at what true leaves are, and what that means .

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 …

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Jan 04

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, …

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Dec 19

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, …

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