Coldframes for Beginners, Part One

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Coldframes are a worthy investment of your time and money, but they don't have to be elaborate, especially for the home gardener. Coldframes are essentially small, simple greenhouses used to extend the gardening season. They can be as elaborate as your budget allows, or as simple as a 4x6 structure using recycled materials. As with any first time gardening project, it's better to start out small until discovering how beneficial it will be to … [Read more...]

Midsummer Vegetable Troubleshooting: Part II

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This is part two of the garden troubleshooting questions.  Depending on the response I may continue to do this every month.  Even those of us who have gardened for years seem to find ourselves stumped every now and then.  I've always believed one can never have too much gardening knowledge.My tomato plant is not forming new tomatoes, what can I do?Humid, hot weather can keep the fruit of the tomato plant from setting. Mother Nature … [Read more...]

Midsummer Vegetable Troubleshooting: Part 1

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Troubleshooting isn't just for computers. Sometimes questions crop up because of a new problem or situation in our garden.  Just when we think we've got our bases covered, we spot a new pest on a plant or run across something odd in the garden.  Today I have three answers to fairly common problems in the garden to start off a "Troubleshooting" series at Veggie Gardener. Next week there will be three more problems followed by answers … [Read more...]

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...]

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