Tuesday’s Tips — July Gardening

It's getting really hot pretty much everywhere, so we're going to focus on keeping your plants well-watered. Plants transpire (evaporate) water vapor through tiny holes on their leaves — mostly on the underside. This helps to cool the plant and draws nutrients from the soil and roots to the upper parts of the plant. On hot... Continue Reading →

Garden Journal — Spring Cleaning

I completed my March gardening to do list in the final days of the month. I collected all my tools, cleaned them up, and sharpened and oiled my pruners. All the garden beds are cleaned and ready to go, and I pruned the winter damage to my shrubs and trees. I planted cool weather veggies... Continue Reading →

Tuesday’s Tips — Transplants

There's no theme or focus today, just a little of this and a little of that — kind of like what's going on in my head today. Tip #1 — Getting Transplants Off to a Healthy Start Now that we're all scrambling to get our baby plants in the ground, here are a few tips... Continue Reading →

Tuesday’s Tips — Companion Planting

Companion Planting Each spring as we make plans for planting our vegetable gardens, one of our guides is the ancient tradition of companion planting. Companion plants are mutually beneficial, helping each other by increasing nutrient uptake, pollination, productivity, or by controlling pests. You should also be aware that certain plants should not be planted near... Continue Reading →

Tuesday’s Tips — Phenology

Here's a fascinating set of tips courtesy of Mother Nature. Using Nature to let you know when to plant crops by observing bud break on plants, the first appearance of specific insects, or the migration of birds is an age-old gardening/farming technique. The study of this practice is called phenology. And although it can sound... Continue Reading →

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