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First Things First: The Good Guys

Do you know all your good insects and the various stages of development!  This is a must have book for all organic gardeners! In this book and supporting video, called First Things First: The good Guys, I discuss the importance…

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Carrots Not Germinating?

Why are those carrots not germinating?  A common perceived problem when planting carrots. Carrots have a slow germination rate and its important to either use a companion plant that germinates fast or mark that spot where those seeds were planted.…

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Growing Sorrel

Sorrel is technically from the buckwheat family, it’s a perennial herbaceous plant with long, narrow, arrow-shaped basal leaves that gets about 14” to 18” tall.  It’s native to Europe and there are different types of sorrel.  Two types are common…

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Growing Broccoli

Broccoli ready for harvesting. The head should be between six to ten inches in diameter.   Growing Broccoli Broccoli is a staple in my garden. It is part of the cabbage family like kale, cauliflower, collard greens among others.  They…

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Growing Collard Greens

[caption id="attachment_745" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Harvesting collard greens[/caption] How to Grow Collard Greens Collards are part of the cabbage family that can be grown easily in the cooler climate.  They are highly nutritious and very rich in vitamins A (48%), K…

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How To Grow Cauliflower

[caption id="attachment_748" align="alignright" width="300"] Purple self-blanching cauliflower[/caption] How To Grow Cauliflower Cauliflower is a member of the Brassica family, a cabbage family that grows in the cool season.  It requires good timing in order to get the cauliflower to develop. …

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How To Grow Corn

How To Grow Corn If I was asked, ‘What is your favorite vegetable?’, then I would hesitate for a short bit, as I love so many, but I think I would say it is corn.  I drive one and a…

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How To Grow Sweet Potatoes

[caption id="attachment_757" align="alignright" width="300"] Recently  planted sweet potatoes[/caption] How To Grow Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes are native to South America.  Spanish colonizers introduced them to them to the Americas and Asia in the sixteenth century. Now, they are grown all…

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Growing peppers

Growing peppers [caption id="attachment_761" align="alignright" width="300"] Different type of peppers[/caption] Peppers are a warm season vegetable that goes back to 7500 BC in Latin America. Mexico is where the first self-pollinating varieties were grown.  They were also grown for thousands…

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Growing Watermelon

Growing Watermelon [caption id="attachment_766" align="alignright" width="229"] Full size watermelons[/caption] It’s not too late to get those summer vegetables in the ground.  You just have to use transplants, as the season is well on its way in most of the Northern…

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Summer Plantings

It’s finally warm enough in the evenings that all your summer plantings should be in the ground.  Some of these can be direct seeded, like: lima beans, bush beans, okra, and corn. [caption id="attachment_770" align="alignright" width="300"] Cucumbers[/caption] Those that are…

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What Vegetables Need Pollinators?

Vegetables That Need Pollinators   [caption id="attachment_487" align="alignright" width="300"] What Vegetables Need Pollinators?[/caption] This list is not exclusive but rather a sample of some of those vegetables that absolutely need pollinators.  These, while being pollinated, are also providing food for…

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How To Grow Summer Squash

How To Grow Summer Squash Summer Squash is a seasonal vegetable that requires warm temperatures in order for it to grow nicely.  We actually consume the immature fruit while the skin is still soft and edible.  They are relatively fast producers…

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Why Don’t I Get Beets or Radishes, Only Leaves?

Why don't I get beets or radishes, only leaves?  I often get asked this question.  Watch  video for a complete answer. If you want to learn more about radishes or beets click on the links. [caption id="attachment_487" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Why…

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Pruning Tomatoes

  [caption id="attachment_783" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Typical sucker growing between main stem and leaf.[/caption] It’s hard to explain on paper how to prune tomatoes.  I will be making a video later on but for now I will provide pictures.  Therefore, if…

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