Time To Mulch

Start putting mulch around your summer plantings like melons and squash to keep the moisture in the soil. It will prevent blossom end rot on tomatoes too. I used my bolted lettuce plants around my Swiss chard, and bolted spinach plants along my bean row. Straw is an excellent mulch also. Lawn clippings and leaves are also good. Anything organic […]

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Leggy Veggie Starts

I believe that gardening is a series of annual experiments, with lot’s of opportunities to fail and succeed. Sometimes I intentionally “test” one theory against another, and sometimes nature forces that test on me. This year I bought, against my better judgement, some very leggy veggie starts from the local “we do it for charity” greenhouse. Normally these guys have […]

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When can I plant my seeds

In the spring it’s always tempting to get out there and plant some seeds in your garden. I like to get started early and get the earliest crop possible. Generally speaking there are 2 things to monitor when it’s time to plant: Soil Temperature Last Frost Soil Temperature Most seed packets list the soil temperature required before planting. To measure […]

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