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Purple Sprouting Broccoli Is A Winter Crop Worth Growing
How To See Purple Sprouting Broccoli Through The Winter When cold temperatures arrive, cover the plants with a mobile cold frame, a double layer of row cover or a miniature hoop house, if you live where temperatures regularly dip below 10 degrees F.
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Philadelphia
Grow Greens Year-Round With Below-Grade Trench Planting
Step 6: Cover The Trench When The Time Is Right The trench should be left open and uncovered while the growing season continues. Do not use opaque plastic as it will block light from reaching the growing plants.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
3 Ways Of Overwintering Artichokes In Cold Climates
Dig the crown and root system out of the garden and gently shake all the soil from the roots. Each of these methods is described below. Another great way to overwinter artichoke plants is in a container.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Winter Gardening: 3 Ways To Have Radishes For Christmas Dinner
If night-time temperatures dip much below freezing, bring the container inside for the night. Most radish varieties are ready for harvest a mere 30-45 days after the seeds are sown, making them a fall crop that can be timed to reach maturity just when...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Build A Raised Bed High Tunnel To Extend The Harvest
Step 3: Cut PVC Pipe If Needed For raised beds that average four to five feet across, the PVC pipe will not have to be cut, but if your bed is more narrow, or you want the hoops to have a lower profile, cut all three pieces of 1/2-inch PVC down to an...
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Philadelphia
7 Steps to the Easiest Cold Frame You\'ll Ever Make
More fall gardening tips from HobbyFarms.com: 4 Tips to Keep Your Garden Producing Into Fall 18 Vegetables for Your Autumn Garden 6 Winter Ground Covers You Never Thought to Grow 3 Autumn Chores for a Healthy Lawn 5 Cover Crops for Your Small-Scale Garden...
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Philadelphia
7 Winter Activities to Improve Your Garden
Alternatively, planting cover crops like winter rye or winter wheat at the end of summer or in early fall will provide similar advantages and give you improved protection during the transition from winter to spring.
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Philadelphia
Turning the Page: Autumnal Equinox
I can't bring summer back, any more than the man in the moon can., defined as an unseasonably hot spell after a frost,can fool us, or lull us back into an "Endless Summer" frame of mind, cold weather and shorter days are here to stay, until next year,...
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El Segundo
Why You Should Plant More Cucumbers In Early July
It's a great way to fill garden space vacated by earlier crops, and you can even grow the vines up a trellis or fence if you'd like. To protect cucumber plants from light frosts, cover the vines with a double layer of floating row cover.
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Philadelphia
Build a Cold Frame from a Storm Door
You can also install a pair of piston closers (one on each end) and use the opening clips on the closer rods to hold the door open. In most areas, you'll gain four to eight weeks of growing time by using a cold frame to start plants and harden off seedlings.
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Philadelphia
How to Delay Bolting of Your Spring Greens
Today I share some tips on how to delay bolting in these vegetable crops. Pick the Right Varieties You can also delay bolting by making sure you choose the correct cultivars of all the cool-season greens you plant on your farm.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How To Keep Growing Poinsettias After Christmas
After the holidays pass, continue to keep your poinsettia in a bright window, but out of direct sunlight. Place your poinsettia in a room with a daytime temperature between 65 and 75 degrees F.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
4 Tips to Keep your Garden Producing Into Fall
Although many of us think of spring as prime planting season, mid to late summer is the perfect time to succession plant. Companion Plant You can also succession plant for late season harvests by adding a few of these crops in between your existing warm-season...
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Philadelphia
How to Propagate Succulents: 2 Techniques for Success
Cacti are a type of succulent, but there are many succulents that are not cacti. That's all there is to it. For this method, large-leaved succulents, such as kalanchoes, flapjacks, sedums or echeverias, work best, though you can try it with smaller leaved...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Ag Bites: Make The Most Of Your Garden Hoop House, Year-Round
The concept of season extension always sounds nice, and when you finally get a hoop house, you realize what a value it is. This story originally appeared in the July/August issue of Hobby Farms magazine.
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Philadelphia
6 Household Items You Can Upcycle for the Garden
However, be cautious when recycling windows. Tiny shoes are excellent for sedums and other smaller specimens, while big boots can overflow with petunias or other cascading flowers.
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Philadelphia
3 Ways to Start the Spring Garden with Cold Frames
Ventilate: Ventilation is required to remove moisture and prevent disease, as well as regulate temperature. Transplant Heat-Hardy Seedlings Heat-loving vegetables, like eggplant , okra , peppers and tomatoes , can be started indoors three weeks earlier...
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Philadelphia
The Best Squash And Pumpkin Varieties For Storage
Consider these delicious and tough-as-nails squash and pumpkin varieties for storage. They're both beautiful and tasty. Today, I'd like to introduce you to some of the best squash and pumpkin varieties for storage.
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Philadelphia
4 Reasons Your Greenhouse Tomatoes Are Failing
The answer is the number of plants you should put in this structure. “Varieties bred for the greenhouse environment need to be used, rather than field- or garden-type tomatoes,” according to Rick Snyder, PhD, of Mississippi State University Extension...
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Philadelphia
Fruits and Vegetables - Planting and Eating With the Season
Add beets and broccoli to the menu and enjoy a delightful taste all the way through October. For states with a shorter growing season you may want to focus on fruits or vegetables that require a shorter season such as beans, melons, strawberries, and...
California
El Segundo
5 Simple Steps to Build Low Tunnels
To remedy this problem, it's a good idea to build a small hoop tunnel over the beds to hold the fabric above the plants. Cut the pipe to the proper lengths. Step 5 Cover the hoop frame with heavy-weight floating row cover or plastic.
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Philadelphia
11 Crops to Plant This Fall
Don't lay the straw down in a thick layer; rather, remove sections from the bale and fluff them up and sprinkle the loose material over the soil. Space the plants 4 to 6 inches apart in rows 1 foot apart, and mound dirt around the stalk every couple of...
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Philadelphia
Growing Brambles in High Tunnels
Healthier plants and fewer pests are two additional benefits to growing brambles in high tunnels. Cathy Heidenreich, berry extension-support specialist for Cornell University, says the high tunnels extend the growing season more economically than using...
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Philadelphia
Our Favorite Garden Season Extenders
Re-Pins And what do I use to hold the row cover down? A hoop house provides a comfortable place to work in cold temperatures or rain. I love these red re-pins. The convection-heated space allows greens to grow late in the season and fruits to ripen early,...
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Philadelphia
Pests and High Tunnels
Many insects are still a problem.” In addition to the horn worm, he's experienced issues with tomato fruit worms, two-spotted spider mites, tarnished plant bugs and cucumber beetles.
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Philadelphia
Cool Weather Annuals for Winter
Planting these too late will ensure failure. Grow your own blend, beginning a month or more prior to the final frost date and you will not go back willingly.is so versatile; it's a wonder that the next green on this list has been outshining it lately.
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El Segundo
Overwintering Root Vegetables: 3 Methods For Success
One of the easiest ways of overwintering root vegetables is to tuck them under a heavy layer of mulch. The piece of concrete reinforcement wire at the base is strong enough to allow you to move the pile as needed while the smaller holes of the bottom...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Grow Heat-Loving Crops—Even In the North
“We routinely keep peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and melons covered [in floating row cover] for the first month,” he says. Melons “A lot of people think you can't grow watermelon or cantaloupe in the north, but you definitely can,” Stearns says.
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Philadelphia
Autumn Interlude
In a song my C.W. McCall he reflects on the changing of the seasons: "Summer to fall, young to old, then to now. As gardeners, we know that fulfillment comes from our connection to the earth and what we can create from it.
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El Segundo