Recipe: Homemade Pico de Gallo

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If you planted tomatoes this season, chances are you're beginning to see high yields. Though it's satisfying to see your plants teeming with the juicy, red bulbs, if you are like most gardeners, your joy may have turned to panic when trying to figure out just how to utilize the large harvest of tomatoes that are overcrowding your countertops.You could give them away or barter with a friend for other produce, but there’s a reason you chose … [Read more...]

Gardening on a Budget

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Many people get into gardening because they are hoping to save some money. After all, growing your own produce not only saves you a few trips to the grocery store, it's also a much more cost effective way to have all your favorite vegetables on hand. But, as many new gardeners may discover, creating and maintaining a garden can become expensive if you aren’t careful.Here are some quick tips on how to keep your veggie garden within budget … [Read more...]

Tomato Type Breakdown: Top Picks for Home Growers

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Tomatoes are one of the most varied plants you can put in your vegetable garden. Available in a wide range of shapes, colors, and tastes, there really is something for everyone. But how do you choose what to plant?Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the most popular tomatoes gardeners tend to plant, so you can find one that is right for your needs.To make it easier, I decided to divide the list into Hybrids and Heirlooms.Top … [Read more...]

How to Pick the Right Tomato for Your Garden

The large variety of tomatoes means there is a perfect type for every garden.

For most of us, deciding on a tomato to grow can be a daunting task. The best way to narrow down what ones you want in your garden is to consider a few main factors.Determinate or IndeterminateTomatoes generally have two different growing habits. Determinate tomatoes are of the bush variety, so the plants grow to a specific height, usually two to three feet, and then bloom and ripen the fruit. Indeterminate tomatoes, or vine tomatoes, … [Read more...]

Review: AnySharp Smart Sizzors

AnySharp Smart Sizzors

When I first received the Smart Sizzors from AnySharp, I was very excited about the product’s claimed versatility. A good pair of gardening shears can be hard to find for a decent price so, with the Sizzors retailing for only $24, I was interested to see if the product would live up to the hype. The design itself immediately sets it apart from traditional scissors, offering additional blades and edges around both the blade and the handle. … [Read more...]

Review: The Gardener’s Hollow Leg

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It's finally warm enough to get out in the garden, so I was really excited about the opportunity to test out the Gardener’s Hollow Leg. This seemingly simple product is actually an ingenious invention from the mind of fellow gardener, Bob Blomberg.Blomberg has a gardening style similar to mine---one where he tended to wander and stumble upon problems that needed to be addressed. This meant he would either have to go back and get a tool he … [Read more...]

Protecting Your Plants Naturally

Introducing ladybugs into your garden is a great way to keep plants safe, as ladybugs will eat other insects like aphids.

As the weather begins to warm and the sun comes out, so do insects and other creatures. Though some may be helpful to your garden, there are many pests that can be harmful and will eat away at your crops if you aren’t careful.Most gardeners are aware of the number of sprays and pesticides that are available on the market. But, if you’re like me, and don’t want to contaminate your crops or the air, there are also plenty of ways to keep … [Read more...]

Planning Your Veggie Garden, Part Three: Preparing and Planting

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As you may have guessed, preparing your soil is one of the most essential things that needs to be done before you begin putting seeds in the ground.After the winter season, the soil will require quite a bit of attention. Be sure to test the soil to ensure it is ready for planting, however, because working it too early in the season will create uneven, compacted clumps. The best way to know if the ground is ready to be tilled is to grab a … [Read more...]

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