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...]

Planning Your Veggie Garden, Part Two: Mapping

Light exposure is an important factor to consider when deciding where to plant your garden(s). Use this image and article as a guide to help you decide. Image by Lauren Thompson.

Mapping out your garden before you plant it is a crucial step that sometimes gets overlooked. It is a good idea to sketch out your garden on graph paper as close to scale as possible. This will allow you to get the most out of the space you have, something that is essential for those who are limited to smaller plots. Before your can do this, however, you need to choose a location.The first thing to consider is light exposure. ”Full-sun” … [Read more...]

Planning Your Veggie Garden, Part One: Deciding What to Plant

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Spring is officially here, and so it is time to start thinking about your outdoor garden. Even though the ground may still be frozen, planning for your spring planting now will make sure that you are successful in your gardening this year.Deciding what to plant is one of the first things you will need to consider. What do you want to eat this season? Though this may seem like a simple question, it is one of the most important things you can … [Read more...]

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