How to Grow an Early Tomato Crop

If you hate settling for supermarket tomatoes with their inferior taste and quality, it’s time to start growing your own. With a bit of ingenuity and effort and these tips, you can be picking fresh ripe tomatoes in June. Here’s how you can shorten that long stretch from the last windowsill-ripened tomatoes of fall to

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Seed Types – Seed Terminology

How to Understand Seed Catalog Terminology The seed catalogs have arrived in the mailbox, giving us a glimpse of spring to come. As gardeners, these are our winter dream books. They give us information about seed types as well as glossy photos of the vegetables, herbs and ornamentals we can grow, and always include great

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How to Grow Carrots Successfully

Are you growing carrots in your garden? Carrots are the perfect snack – crunchy, nutritious, low in calories and sweet tasting. They are easy to grow, a versatile ingredient in many cuisines, and are one of the most widely grown and eaten vegetables around the world. These orange roots are an excellent source of beta-carotene

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Growing Strawberries: Sweet Taste of Spring

Sweet juicy strawberries, available in supermarkets and your local farmers’ market, are a sure sign that the spring growing season has arrived. But why not grow your own? Did you know you can easily grow four strawberry plants in as little as one square foot of dirt! That means you can grow strawberries in containers

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Hostas – The Perfect Shade Perennials

Hostas (or Plantain Lilies) are a beautiful and very diverse group of hardy perennials that are perfect for shady areas. There are about 40 species and thousands of cultivars. You won’t choose hostas for their flowers. It’s the stunning and diverse foliage that is the attraction with these plants. With a vast selection of cultivars to

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Time Saving Weeding Strategies

Be Diligent with your Weeding Strategies  Here on the wet west coast, weeds don’t take much of a break for winter. We gardeners need some time saving weeding strategies to hold the weeds at bay. One of the best weed-control strategies is as simple as good timing. Get at them while they’re still small, and

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Is Your Garden Drought Resistant?

What’s the weather forecast? That is serious information for gardeners who are worried that their gardens may not be resistant to dry hot conditions. Extra-hot, extra-dry summer conditions can wreak havoc on our gardens. Luckily, we can choose from a wonderful range of adaptable and drought resistant plants to keep our gardens looking healthy and

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How to Make Gardening Easier: My 9 Top Tips

We gardeners are always searching for ways to make gardening easier. Gardening is enjoyable, rewarding, relaxing… and hard work There is always something to do – planning, planting, watering, weeding, harvesting. Most gardeners enjoy the time they spend working in their gardens, but there comes a point when garden tasks can pile up, making you

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Tips for Gardeners From Around the Web

This week I’ve had fun exploring articles on the web, and I’ve gathered together some crafty ideas and smart tips for gardeners to share with you.

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