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...]

How To Pick Okra

How To Pick Okra

I don't know about you, but okra is one of my favorite vegetables. Mix some stewed tomatoes in the pan with some okra and corn, and I'm in heaven. I think I could eat that stuff every day!If you love okra as much as I do then you probably have a few stalks of it in the garden. Okra is very easy to grow and even easier to harvest. Really, the only thing that okra requires is good soil and hot temperatures - the hotter the better.As you … [Read more...]

Grow Magazine Review

Grow Magazine

While browsing around in my local Barnes & Noble, I came across a magazine devoted to vegetable gardening. The first thing that caught my eye about the publication was its larger than normal-size and the colorful picture on the cover. I flipped through a few pages and decided to give the magazine a shot. The magazine was titled simply Grow.Grow is published by The Taunton Press and is Fine Gardening Magazine's special guide to … [Read more...]

How To Pick Banana Peppers

How To Pick Banana Peppers

If you are like me, you love to grow (and eat) banana peppers. There are many uses for these delicious peppers such as in salads, pizza toppings, spaghetti sauce, and can be used as many other flavorful additions to food. There is much confusion on when is the right time to harvest banana peppers once they begin to grow. It is important to know when and how to properly pick banana peppers.What To Look For When Picking Banana PeppersYour … [Read more...]

Squash Casserole

squash-casserole

Ingredients6 cups large diced yellow squash and zucchiniVegetable oil1 large onion, chopped4 tablespoons butter1/2 cup sour cream1 teaspoon House seasoning, recipe follows1 cup grated cheddar cheese1 cup crushed butter crackers (recommended: Ritz)DirectionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F.Saute the squash in a little vegetable oil over medium-low heat until it has completely … [Read more...]

How To Dry and Store Fresh Herbs

How To Dry and Store Fresh Herbs

Air drying herbs is not only the easiest and least expensive way to dry fresh herbs, but this slow drying process also doesn't deplete the herbs of their oils. This process works best with herbs that don't have a high moisture content such as Dill, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Summer Savory and Thyme. Moisture dense herbs like Basil, Chives, Mint, Tarragon preserve better in a dehydrator, or try freezing them. Use a microwave or oven to dry herbs … [Read more...]

Tips for Preventing and Treating Tomato Blights

Tips for Preventing and Treating Tomato Blights

You have worked hard on growing your tomatoes this season - you prepared the prefect soil, carefully tending the tomato seedlings, and planted them with supreme care.Now it's time to start thinking about all the different uses for those delicious tomatoes from your garden. Then one day you go out to the garden and notice that some brown spots are forming on the bottom leaves of a particular tomato plant.Crikey! It's early blight! … [Read more...]

12 Homemade Natural Remedies for The Vegetable Garden

12 Homemade Natural Remedies for the Vegetable Garden

Whether it is some pesky bug or fungus, there are always issues to tend to in the garden. It seems that gardeners have always been on the cutting edge of natural solutions for common problems in the vegetable garden and the home. There are several reasons for using natural remedies in the vegetable garden:The ingredients are readily available The ingredients are usually very inexpensive These rememdies are very environment-friendly … [Read more...]

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