How to Survive a Heat Wave

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Vegetable plants need nutrients, sun and water to thrive. If they are popped into the soil and left on their own they most likely will do poorly, unless your climate has the perfect amount of rain, sun and fertile soil. A heat wave with no rain and dry windy days will suck the moisture from the ground and leave the vegetables vulnerable. How can we protect the vegetable garden? Below are five actions that will aide the vegetable plants during a … [Read more...]

Join The New Veggie Gardener Forum

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To help celebrate the opening of our new forum (sign up here) we're giving away $500 worth of free gardening goods from two generous sponsors Dr T's Nature Products and Havahart.How To Win A Free Prize In Our New Forum:Step 1: Register Here (it's free and easy) Step 2: Share useful gardening tips and be a helpful member in the new community Step 3: We will use a random number generator to select winners (only quality posts and threads … [Read more...]

How To Mulch Your Vegetable Garden

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Mulching is one of the best things we can do for your vegetable garden. Properly placed mulch helps control the weeds, keeps the soil from drying out as quickly and helps  it stay cooler in the summer. There are many materials that can be used for mulch, some are better than others. Experienced gardeners will no doubt have their favorite mulches, having found the one that works best through trial and error. Sometimes experimenting in the … [Read more...]

Growing Lemon Scented Herbs

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Lemon scented herbs are a delight to grow in the garden and use in the kitchen. There is a nice selection of plants to choose from that emit the light, refreshing scent, as well as the taste of lemons. Most are easy to grow from purchased plants, and those that need a bit more care are worth the effort. Lemon herbs can be grown in an herb bed or in the garden with vegetables. Below is a description and summary of each herb and with tips on … [Read more...]

Companion Planting With Herbs

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Companion planting in the garden has most likely been around for as long as man has been planting seeds. It's simply a method of partnering up vegetables and herbs that benefit each other. Though companion planting isn't a cure all for garden pests, it's certainly worth the effort. Herbs and vegetables are perfect culinary partners in the kitchen as well as the garden.Let's start with easy to grow herbs and the vegetables they work well with … [Read more...]

Succession Planting for the Home Gardener

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 What is succession planting, and how can it help the home gardener? An example serves as the best explanation. Peas are a cool weather crop and can be planted as soon as the garden soil can be worked. Cucumbers can't handle frost, and should be planted in the summer when the temperatures are much higher. Planting the peas early, then later pulling up the plants, when the harvest is dwindling, to sow cucumber seeds is an example of succession … [Read more...]

Grow Your Own Salad Greens

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Many of us grew up in a time when a salad consisted of iceberg lettuce and assorted vegetables. Some restaurants still stick with the standard salad fare, but home gardeners have an amazing amount of options when it comes to growing salad greens. Space doesn't have to be an issue because spring greens can be sown directly into containers, raised beds or traditional vegetable gardens with ease.What are "spring or salad greens"? A simple answer … [Read more...]

How To Rotate Vegetables in the Garden

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Rotating vegetables to a new location each year gives gardeners a one up on pest control, soil health and avoiding diseases. I personally experienced this in my 4 foot by 8 foot raised garden bed, when I switched the location of the  tomatoes and cucumbers one year. The season before, the cucumbers had developed a bad case of mildew.  When I moved them to the other side of bed they were mildew free the entire season. The tomatoes also appeared … [Read more...]

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