What Is Companion Planting?

What Is Companion Planting

Companion planting is a phrase that many gardeners have heard or read about, but what exactly is companion planting? Plainly put, companion planting is the concept of planting two or more plants next to one another to enhance the growth or flavor of the plants. Usually companion planting uses both vegetable plants and some ornamentals in order for the plants to support each other.Ever heard of the "Three Sisters Garden"?The Three Sisters … [Read more...]

How To Build a Simple Cucumber Trellis

How To Build a Simple Cucumber Trellis

Using a trellis to support your cucumber plants, or other vining vegetables, is the best way to grow beautiful and tasty cucumbers. Many gardeners have learned the hard way (including me) that letting your cucumber vines just spread upon the ground is a good way to not have many cucumbers.The plants are much more susceptible to diseases, such as powdery mildew, and can cause the fruit to rot on the bottom when they are allowed to spread on … [Read more...]

How To Choose Tomato Plants

How To Choose Tomato Plant Seedlings

Many vegetable gardeners, myself included, choose to buy tomato plants from a garden center rather than start them from seed. Doing this is a great way to jump start the tomato production in the garden. Tomato plants are quite adaptive, which makes them a superb candidate for transplanting.Tomatoes are arguably the most popular vegetable in the home garden. Nearly 24 million tomato plants are sold each year in the U.S., far surpassing any … [Read more...]

Tomato Disease Resistance List

Tomato Disease Resistance Abbreviations List

Whenever you look at the plant tag or seed packet of tomatoes, you may see a bunch of strange abbreviations. Those abbreviations indicate that the cultivar has been bred for specific disease resistance. Combinations of V, F, and N are the most important to look for, but try to choose cultivars bred for resistance to problems common in your geographical area. To help clarify what these abbreviations stands for, I developed this list:ASC = … [Read more...]

What To Do If Your Vegetable Garden Fails

What To Do If Your Vegetable Garden Fails

As the economy flounders, more and more people are becoming interested in growing their own vegetables. With this incoming wave of vegetable gardening popularity comes a new group of novice gardeners. This is great news for the vegetable gardening community, and I say it's about time you got involved in growing your own vegetables.Some vegetables are easier to grow than others, and there always seems to be some type of pest that's ready to … [Read more...]

Tomato Green Bean Soup

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INGREDIENTS1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped carrots 2 teaspoons butter or stick margarine 6 cups chicken broth 1 pound fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces 1 garlic clove, minced 3 cups diced fresh tomatoes 1/4 cup minced fresh basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper DIRECTIONS1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and carrots in butter for 5 minutes. Stir in the broth, … [Read more...]

Fried Green Tomatoes

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INGREDIENTS4 large green tomatoes 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 1/2 cup bread crumbs 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 quart vegetable oil for frying DIRECTIONS1. Slice tomatoes 1/2 inch thick. Discard the ends.2. Whisk eggs and milk together in a medium-size bowl. Scoop flour onto a plate. Mix cornmeal, bread … [Read more...]

Fried Green Tomato Lasagna

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INGREDIENTS4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 5 tablespoons butter or margarine 4 large green tomatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese … [Read more...]

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