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FAQ: When to Harvest Vegetables?

For new gardeners and also for anyone growing something new, when to harvest vegetables and other common edibles is a big question. Too soon, and it may taste like grocery store produce. Too late, and it might be tough, woody or full of seeds. So as not to try to reinvent the wheel, please hop [...]

June 2, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Techniques & Issues  2 Comments

The Colors of Vegetables – Is it Just Eye Candy?

You probably have heard terms like phytonutrients and antioxidants used when people are talking about nutrition, or maybe when they are trying to sell you a food product. It is part of the same idea of eating a rainbow, in that by choosing a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables, you will get a [...]

January 25, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Gardening  No Comments

Winterizing the Garden

It’s spring in Australia, and just cool enough now that our southern neighbors are starting their fall gardens. Areas north have already received snow. Here in Northeastern Pa. it’s time to put most of the garden to bed for the winter. There are a number of ways you can do this, this is what’s happening [...]

October 25, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Gardening, Techniques & Issues  6 Comments

2 Ways to Thwart Birds

There are two problems with birds in our roadside garden this time of year. The first is that they are stealing seeds. Specifically, squash seeds. They must be attracted by the newly turned soil and its promise of worms; the seeds they find are most likely just a bonus. But of the 6 squash hills [...]

June 7, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Techniques & Issues  4 Comments

4 Ways to Support Tomatoes… Well, actually 5.

Every gardener knows at least one way to support the most anticipated crop of the season. Many have their favorite way. Here’s a few options you may have heard of, and one I bet you didn’t: 1. Stakes Likely the first way anyone supports a tomato, stakes are easy to do and relatively inexpensive. Points [...]

May 24, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, How to Grow, Tomatoes, Tomatillos & Ground Cherries  8 Comments

6 Ways to Protect Your Plants

You put a lot of work into growing food, so it is all the more difficult to bear when nature hampers or even destroys your efforts. Here are some ways you can protect your plants from what life throws at them. 1. Season extenders. Early in the season and again in the fall, depending on [...]

May 18, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Techniques & Issues  2 Comments

Jones’ Laws of Gardening

• A passing shower, desperately needed, will do just that. • When in doubt, if you water your garden- it will rain. Conversely, if you don’t, it won’t. • If your seeds don’t come up when they should, plant more. The first seeds will then come up immediately, followed closely by the second batch. • [...]

May 13, 2014  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Jonesen'  19 Comments

12 Plus Veggies You Don’t Need to Harvest Before the Frost

When still new to gardening, we thought everything that wasn’t a perennial plant had to be harvested before a frost. As it turns out, that isn’t the case. Although the majority of the beds are cleaned out before the temperatures drop, there are a few things that can stay out without protection here in our [...]

October 19, 2013  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, How to Grow  No Comments

Squash Bugs

Although prevalent in many gardens, we never had squash bugs before. It was only recently in fact that I remarked to Mandolin how lucky we have been not to have them, or worse, squash vine borers. I guess I spoke too soon. It was that same day that these showed up, as if they were [...]

August 30, 2013  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Gardening, Techniques & Issues  4 Comments

Squashing Misconceptions

Probably the most common incorrect information that is being shared is the idea of squash and cross pollination. Although we have posted about this before, it’s a good time to explain it again. If you think of two squash as if they were cats, it’s easier to understand. Say a black cat and an orange [...]

August 23, 2013   Posted in: FAQs  No Comments