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Growing Biennial Vegetables for Flowers and Seeds
Stored in separate plastic bags, sound specimens will keep in great condition until late winter or early spring. Deep mulch that reduces repeated freezing and thawing of the soil is a good way to enhance the cold tolerance of parsley, celery, other biennial...
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Win the War on Weeds!
Use a sharp hoe to skim the surface and dislodge or slice the seedlings. Keep compost heaps and potting mixes covered to prevent blown-in seeds from settling. Ground Resistance Resistance is far from futile! Consider covering bare soil with a cover crop...
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How to Create a Vegetable Garden on a Slope
Very steep slopes that require steps to navigate need beds that sit atop one another and must be maintained from the sides, while more moderate slopes can include pathways between shallower tiered beds.
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5 Tips for Late Summer Planting Beds
I won't plant my garlic until October, but between now and then I might sow a quick mustard cover crop to suppress weeds, or use the broadfork to aerate the soil deep down, all the while throwing on more compost.
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How to Ripen Fruit Faster
Some plants produce many tens of fruits over the growing season, so keeping on top of fruit removal may prove to be a daily task. Simply lay these soft-skinned beauties, stem-side down and not touching, between two layers of breathable linen.
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6 Ways to Extend Your Harvests
Prune to Let the Sunshine In Strong growth over the summer months can mean that taller plants cast shade where they didn't before, compromising crops that need plenty of direct sunlight.
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Fight Pests Without Using Bug Spray
Mulching will also help to suppress weeds (which can sometimes harbour pests) while encouraging pest-munching ground beetles. Dealing with pests in the garden can feel like an ongoing battle.
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Growing Cabbages from Sowing to Harvest
Red cabbages are popular for braising or pickling. Or sow into trays or pots then transfer the best seedlings into individual cells or pots to grow on. Caterpillars prefer nasturtiums, so they'll be more likely to eat these instead of your cabbages.
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Make the Most of Your Summer Garden
Wind chimes give an immediate impact but consider the neighbors; wood or bamboo wind chimes are less invasive and more natural sounding than metal ones. Make the most of late summer's abundance by seeking out imaginative recipes to turn any gluts into...
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Try Asian Radishes this Fall
There is some truth here, in that a review of studies from around the world concluded that compounds in daikon radishes may help prevent diabetes, cancer and disorders of the digestive system.
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3 Ways to Use Up Your Glut
Making Pickles and Chutneys Pickles – raw vegetables preserved in spiced vinegar – and chutneys – vegetables and/or fruits cooked slowly with herbs, spices, sugar and vinegar – are a must for any kitchen gardener travelling on the road to self-sufficiency.
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Growing Rutabagas for a Bumper Fall Harvest
The largest rutabaga I've ever grown got mixed up with the Brussels sprouts and enjoyed plenty of elbow room. The roots will push up as they gain size, and garden-grown rutabagas tend to be more top-shaped than round.
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Saving Seeds from Beans, Peppers, Onions...And More!
Once they've turned a straw color, simply rub the seed heads between your fingers to release the seeds. ...And the Worst Vegetables for Seed Saving Avoid saving seeds from the cabbage family.
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Keep Plum Trees Healthy and Productive With Summer Pruning
Don't leave a stub of branch sticking out – it will only die back and could introduce disease. Branches infected with silver leaf will have a tell-tale dark stain at the centre. Do any branches point inwards, cross over each other or look like they'll...
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How to Dry Chili Peppers
Keep them whole or halved for dropping into spicy homemade curries, or pulverise them first – in the food processor or with the end of a weighty rolling pin (somewhat noisy but strangely satisfying!).
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Help Your Garden Survive a Summer Drought
Mulching can keep soil cooler and reduce evaporation How to Apply a Mulch Thoroughly soak the ground before adding your mulch. Mulching to Keep Soil Cool and Moist Mulches are a must during any summer drought, and a mulch of organic material such as compost,...
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Grow Potatoes for a Christmas Crop
Apply an occasional feed of liquid fertilizer ( home-made fertilizers are great for this purpose). Harvesting and Storing Second Crop Potatoes The moment of truth is when the foliage starts to turn yellow and die back.
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Growing Fruit: Why Thinning Creates a Better Harvest
Thinning Other Fruit Trees Pears need less thinning than apples but will still benefit from having young fruits thinned out to give consistent harvests. Apples generally produce clusters of between two to six fruits.
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5 Organic Controls for Greenhouse Whitefly
The real clincher for quibble-free identification is their habit of swarming away when approached or disturbed. You can buy sticky traps, or make your own. You can buy them on cards primed with ready-to-hatch pupae to hang up near infected plants.
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Gummy Butterflies (Sugar-Free)
Prices start at : 6.99 USD / 1lb bag

You better catch these mini sugar-free gummy butterflies before they fly away. In assorted colors and yummy fruit flavors. We'll do whatever it takes to make it right. WARNING: EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION MAY HAVE A LAXATIVE EFFECT If you experience a problem...
  • Ingredients: *15 grams of sugar alcohol per serving* *WARNING: EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION MAY HAVE A LAXATIVE EFFECT*Maltitol, gelatin, lactic acid, citricacid, natural & artificial flavors, FD&Cyellow 5 & 6, blue 1, red 40, *aspartame,vegetable oil, (coconut oil), carnauba wax. Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.
  • Calories: 50
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How to grow: Shallots (Growing Guide)
Spacing Single Plants: 5" (15cm) each way (minimum) Rows: 3" (10cm) with 5" (15cm) row gap (minimum) Sow and Plant Set individual cloves in prepared ground in the fall. Companions Beet, Chamomile, Carrot, Strawberry, Lettuce, Chinese Cabbage and Cabbage.
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How to grow: Cucumber Beetle, Striped (Growing Guide)
Floating row covers are the most dependable way to protect plants. Preventing Problems: Plants including buckwheat, borage, catnip and radishes attract numerous beneficial that can help control cucumber beetles.
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How to grow: Borage (Growing Guide)
Feeding Not generally needed. A good companion for any crop that needs strong defense from insects. Harvesting Cut back borage plants by half their size in midsummer to encourage reblooming.
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How to grow: Onion Root Maggot (Growing Guide)
They lay eggs at the base of onion plants, and the larvae tunnel into onion roots. Dig and move perennial onions every fall. Be sure to get covers installed early, before the newly emerged adults fly in search of host plants.
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How to grow: Valerian (Growing Guide)
Store in airtight container. Crop Rotation Group Miscellaneous ● Soil Any average, well drained soil. After two years, valerian will grow into a 18" (45 cm) wide clump. Plants die back to the ground in winter and re-emerge in spring.
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How to grow: Lemon Balm (Growing Guide)
Lemon balm can be transplanted from early spring to early summer. Spacing Single Plants: 1' 11" (60cm) each way (minimum) Rows: 1' 11" (60cm) with 1' 11" (60cm) row gap (minimum) Sow and Plant Start with a purchased plant, or obtain a rooted piece from...
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How to grow: Tulip (Growing Guide)
Clear primary colors create a festive effect in a mixed planting. Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Tulip Aphids (General) Slug Snail Spacing Single Plants: 5" (15cm) each way (minimum) Rows: 3" (10cm) with 5" (15cm)...
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How to grow: Ageratum (Growing Guide)
Some varieties produce white or pink blossoms. Crop Rotation Group Miscellaneous ● Soil Fertile, well-drained soil. Spacing Single Plants: 7" (20cm) each way (minimum) Rows: 7" (20cm) with 11" (30cm) row gap (minimum) Sow and Plant Sow tiny ageratum...
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How to grow: Tomato (Large) (Growing Guide)
Store at room temperature. Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area. Companions Marigold, Broccoli, Chives, Mint, Borage, Parsley, Basil, Pepper, Asparagus, Monarda, Lettuce, Garlic, Dill and...
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