Brew Compost Tea The Easy Way

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There are several ways to brew your own compost tea, from buying some expensive equipment (some brewers range from $100 to $600) to brewing it right in the backyard with supplies that you may already have or can get very cheaply. Compost tea is the best fertilizer you can get, and it is totally natural and organic. Brewing this wonderful concoction yourself is an easy way to supercharge your vegetable garden.What Is Compost … [Read more...]

Perennial Vegetables Keep Coming Back Year After Year

Perennial Vegetables Keep Coming Back Year After Year

Most of the vegetables grown in the home garden are annuals, depending on which hardiness zone you live in. Annuals typically grow and produce fruit during the growing season, then die off after the first frost. There are some vegetables that are perennials - meaning they will come back the next season and produce again.  There are not many of them, but the ones that are readily available are scrumptious to eat, and a joy to grow. Let's discuss … [Read more...]

12 Ways To Save Money Vegetable Gardening

12 Ways To Save Money Vegetable Gardening

The current economic recession has brought about a surge of interest in vegetable gardening. For those that are venturing into growing vegetables for the first time, the start-up costs can get out of hand in a hurry. Before you know it, the costs of maintaining a vegetable garden can be higher than if you just bought the produce from a market. Here are twelve ways to save money vegetable gardening:Plan AheadBefore digging that first … [Read more...]

10 Strange & Unusual Fruits & Veggies

10 Strange and Unusual Fruits and Vegetables

Growing up in the South (the Mid-Atlantic area actually) I was surrounded by the typical southern vegetables; corn, tomatoes, okra, yellow squash, butter beans, watermelon, and cantaloupe just to name a few. These fruits and vegetables were the staple of the summer dining table, and boy were they good. It wasn't until after I became an adult (and getting access to the internet) did I start discovering some fruits and vegetables that were a little … [Read more...]

Planting Vegetables Using Moon Gardening

Planting Vegetables Using Moon Gardening

While browsing around the internet, I came across some very interesting websites that discussed a gardening technique called moon (or lunar) gardening. At first glance, I thought maybe they were referring to gardening at night. Strange, I thought, but it is cooler at night. After a bit of reading I realized I totally had the wrong idea.Moon gardening is a way of gardening according to the phase of the moon. I remember as a kid my grandfather … [Read more...]

How To Bake an Overgrown Summer Squash

How To Bake an Overgrown Summer Squash

A couple years ago an oversight actually turned into a delicious idea. I walked out to my patch of yellow squash plants and found a squash that had become huge. It was about 14 inches long and had a diameter of about 4 inches. As soon as I saw the summer squash I immediately became angry at myself for not checking between the big leaves better for possible pickings. This one had slipped by, and was now probably not worth eating.Typically when … [Read more...]

Are Ants In The Vegetable Garden a Bad Thing?

Are Ants In The Vegetable Garden a Bad Thing

I have read a few debates on the internet about ants in the vegetable garden. Some have commented that ants must be removed from the garden area. On the other hand, I have read that ants do not pose a threat and can be left alone. In my opinion, it really depends on the type of ant.Garden AntsI call the typical little black, or red colored ant, the garden ant. They may have a more sophisticated name, but I don't know it. Garden ants can … [Read more...]

Preventing Blossom End Rot In Tomatoes

Preventing Blossom End Rot In Tomatoes

One problem that tomato growers have faced at one time or another is blossom end rot. There is nothing more frustrating than picking what appears to be a nice tomato, only to find that the bottom end (or blossom end) has started to rot. Many times it is prevalent early in the season, but tends to settle out after the first few tomatoes. If you are having some issues with blossom end rot, there are some techniques you can use to help prevent … [Read more...]

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