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Bringing Out the Best in Your Tomatoes

Veggie gardeners everywhere appreciate a well grown tomato. When you produce a healthy, delicious tomato, it truly does seem like the sky is the limit. There is so much you [...]
  • Growing Pumpkins by Hub Pages and Sustainable Gardening
    It is the time of year where pumpkins are upon us. Between the recent Halloween holiday and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, pumpkins are taking the spotlight at this time of year. Pumpkin drinks are being consumed in every coffee shop and pumpkin pies are on the list for Thanksgiving dinner. They are also great in soups and breads. At the time it is safe to say pumpkin is everywhere, but the real question is does pumpkin belong in your garden? Pumpkins are actually pretty easy to grow [...]
  • Soil Test by Input Garden
    A very important part of veggie gardening is soil. It is the foundation for plant growth and a large part of what determines your success or failure at growing the veggies you wish to have. With that in mind, soil is something we should pay extra attention to not only caring for but also knowing more about. If someone were to ask what type of soil you had in your garden, how readily would you be able to answer that question? Knowing the answer to this is vital to being able to properly cater to [...]
  • Basil and Tomatoes by Mystical Magical Herbs
    A life well-lived is not boring, and part of that should be not eating boring foods. Leave the bland meals for someone else and instead dine on those infused with flavor. An excellent way to do this is to cook with basil grown in the veggie garden. Basil is a very fragrant plant that is widely used in cooking. It is a wonderful seasoning herb and is very popular in pesto. In addition to being delicious, basil is also quite healthy. It has flavonoids that have demonstrated an ability to protect [...]
  • Stinkbugs by MacGardens
    There’s no getting around the fact that sometimes gardening can stink. That is, if your garden is plagued by stinkbugs. These pesky creatures are big fans of the veggie garden and their presence is not advantageous in any way. In addition to stinking the place up, they can do heavy damage to plants and veggies if the population is large enough, laying eggs to hatch more stinkbugs in the process. Add to that the odor they emit to deter predators and it is safe to say no veggie gardener wants [...]
  • Cardboard in the Garden by Shaun's Backyard
    Weeds are pretty high on the list of things that annoy us as gardeners. They can grow persistently and it takes time that we simply do not always have to eradicate them. There is always the option of commercial weed killing products, but you may not want to use those in your garden. So what’s a gardener to do about weeds? One way to combat weeds is by mulching. You can use a heavy layer of grass clippings, straw, pine needles, and much more to create a barrier against weeds. As from fighting [...]
  • Yellowing Leaves by My Tiny Plot
    There is such a great feeling of accomplishment when you look out upon a beautiful veggie garden in a vibrant shade of green. Seeing all that green is a reminder that you’re doing things right and your plants are healthy. All of us aspire to seeing green, but unfortunately sometimes yellow makes an appearance instead. The yellowing of plant leaves is known as chlorosis and can be attributed to many things. Chlorosis is an outward reflection of a plant that is not getting enough chlorophyll. [...]
  • Starting Seeds by We Know Stuff
    Saving our hard-earned dollars is something that is at the forefront of many of our minds these days. In order to make ends meet, we cut corners where we can, which sometimes includes the veggie garden. Something to remember about saving money is that it is not always done exclusively by omission. Just because you may not have a ton of money to spend does not always mean you have to give up on the things you love, such as gardening. You may simply have to garden smarter as opposed to not at all [...]
  • Drying Herbs by Video Jug
    Something that occupies space in many of our veggie gardens are herbs. No matter what dish you are preparing, the addition of herbs can really make it pop, enhancing taste and aroma. Whether it is basil, rosemary, or cilantro you like the most, sparing space in the garden to grow herbs is a decision you won’t regret. Once you’ve grown a crop of herbs, it is essential that they are stored properly as a means to preserve and use them use them over time. Since herbs are used in small amounts, [...]
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    We’re so glad to have CaliKim join us here on, and so proud to have her amazing gardening videos on our forums! As a matter of fact, CaliKim has just posted five new videos to the CaliKim forum. Check them out below! Butternut Squash Harvest How to Know If Butternut Squash is Ready for Harvest First Winter Garden Pt. 1 – How to Get Seeds Started and What to Plant Are you starting your own winter garden? Have a question for CaliKim? Talk to the gardening [...]
  • Bucket Gardening by McKarion
    An ongoing issue when it comes to vegetable gardening is space, or a lack thereof. So many people wish to have veggie gardens at home but feel they cannot do so because they live in apartments or have very small yards. Despite what may seem like size limitations, it is actually possible to have a veggie garden with only minimal space. One way to do this is by bucket gardening. It is amazing just how far five gallon buckets and planting materials can go in terms of providing your family with [...]
  • Planting Garlic by Off the Grid News
    One of the more versatile items you can grow in the veggie garden is garlic. A member of the Allium (onion) family, garlic is widely used in cooking thanks to the flavor it lends to dishes. Garlic is very easy to plant, grow, and care for in the garden. It also takes up very little space so there is almost always room in any garden for garlic. Other reasons for which garlic is praised are the health benefits it provides. It is low in calories but has plenty of room to pack in nutrients such as [...]


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