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Ripen Tomatoes Before First Frost

Ripen Tomatoes Before First Frost

Ripen Tomatoes Before First Frost It’s the last full week of August and the first frost that will hit my garden is less than a month away. I need the space tomatoes are in for spinach and other greens to keep us supplied with fresh vegetables over the winter. It’s time to ripen tomatoes before first frost and get the job done quickly. Snip New Growth You know the first frost is coming and you still have a lot of…

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Row Covers – What are they and how do you use them?

Row Covers – What are they and how do you use them?

Row Covers Row covers serve several purposes in my garden. I sometimes purchase row covers by the yard off a big bolt, or I raid the linen closet for old sheets. No need to be too fancy, the plants don’t care. Covers hold in a few degrees of warmth at the beginning and end of the growing seasons, can provide shade from summer’s extreme sun, and block insects from tender seedlings. I like Agribon. It’s tough enough to be used…

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Sheet Mulching – What, How, When, Why

Sheet Mulching – What, How, When, Why

What is Sheet Mulching? Timing is everything! I have “research sheet mulching” on my to do list. I’ve been told a couple of times in the last week that I should be doing it. Dan went into great detail and answered a lot of questions. I like the idea but I’m not sure I have the time. If you use sheet mulching how much time does it take you do an area about 10′ x 10′? Do you spend a…

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Gardening at Sunrise

Gardening at Sunrise

Gardening at Sunrise Tree tops swayed in a breeze before sunrise this morning. I watched them while still curled up beside Steve, reluctant to leave my cozy spot but eager to go to the garden. It’s August in Maine – hazy, hot and humid. Today’s forecast calls for 85°, the dew point around 60°, and the humidity at 80% and rising. Ugh. We’ve had a welcome break from the humidity that sparked a yearning for autumn, but it moved back…

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Garlic Harvest, Curing and Storage

Garlic Harvest, Curing and Storage

Garlic Harvest Tuesday was garlic harvest day and I was eager to see how well the German Extra Hardy Hardneck Garlic produced. It was supposed to rain so I was up and out early to pull the bulbs…under bright sunshine and without a cloud in the sky. Timing the garlic harvest is tricky. I pulled one head last week to give to my uncle and thought it looked just about ready, and another last night that was perfect. Tips on…

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Coming Home to Food

Coming Home to Food

Coming Home to Food I spent last week in the Adirondacks, tucked away in Cabin 3 at a women’s writing retreat. There’s always something to learn, and learn I did. A lot. I don’t have Pam and Deb giving me ideas on what words to write in the next five, ten, 25 minutes so I have to create or find my own prompts. There isn’t anyone to cook three meals a day for me now. But then there’s the garden….

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Tomato Variety Reviews – To grow again or not to grow again

Tomato Variety Reviews – To grow again or not to grow again

Tomato Variety Reviews These tomato variety reviews appeared as a post in the old blog. It’s worthy of updating a little and giving it a spot here. Tomato season should have some sort of national event and cause for celebration. It takes months to get from the tiny seed to a ripe tomato. Planting, watering, transplanting to larger pots, transplanting into the garden, more water, weeding, staking and tying, pruning. It’s a lot of work. It’s worth it when that…

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Self-Seeding Vegetables – Garden Volunteers

Self-Seeding Vegetables – Garden Volunteers

Self-seeding Vegetables – Garden Volunteers Self-seeding vegetables are probably more common than you knew. We’re usually pretty good about cleaning up the garden at the end of the season so we don’t give self-seeding veggies a chance to replace themselves. Most gardeners who grow tomatoes have missed one or two during fall clean-up. When that happens, you find a clump of seedlings commonly called “volunteers” in the garden the following year. If volunteer seedlings are offspring from hybrid plants, you…

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July Gardening Tips

July Gardening Tips

July Gardening Tips July is another busy month in the garden. My peas are producing now so later this month, when they’ve worn themselves out, they’ll be replaced. It sounds harsh, doesn’t it? One of the first seeds to be sown, watched and waited for, cheered over when they broke through the soil’s surface, and then unceremoniously ripped out or rototilled under, and replaced. These July gardening tips should help you get focused and cut down the time you spend…

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Growing Peppers in Your Garden

Growing Peppers in Your Garden

Growing Peppers in Your Garden One of my favorite parts of gardening is growing peppers. I don’t favor them because they’re one of my favorite things to eat. When it comes to eating, peppers are good but they don’t agree with me, something I try to not take personally. I love growing peppers. There are so many shapes, flavors, uses, sizes and even colors that they never get boring, and peppers aren’t fussy. Growing Peppers – Tips Pepper seedlings don’t…

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