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Tips for Growing Tomatoes

January 18, 2013 |

I heard it a lot when I talked to gardeners last summer, and the summer before that: “My tomatoes are doing terrible—I don’t know what I did wrong!” People are understandably disappointed when the plants they’ve carefully tended and nurtured fail to produce the bountiful crop they dreamed about all winter, and they assume that…

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Day 17: Tips for Growing Greens

January 17, 2013 |

Growing greens — lettuce, spinach, arugula and other leafy things — in your vegetable garden produces big pay-offs in taste and nutrition for relatively little effort. And, nothing says summer has arrived quite like a trip to the garden to cut lettuce for a salad. As with any vegetable garden, the first rule is to…

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How Far Apart to Plant in the Vegetable Garden

January 16, 2013 |

In most vegetable gardens, plant spacing is determined by what sort of things you plan to grow and how many plants of each variety you plan to put in. Conventional gardening wisdom advises that vegetable plants need ample space around them for air to circulate, and also to avoid crowded roots, and that’s true up…

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When to Plant Your Vegetable Garden

January 15, 2013 |

Planting a vegetable garden isn’t just a one-day affair. It’s often done over several weeks, depending on the weather and other factors. There are a variety of ways to determine when to plant what. Cool Season/Warm Season At their simplest, vegetables tend to fall into two categories for planting — cool season and warm season.…

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Day 14: Winter Sowing for Your Vegetable Garden

January 14, 2013 |

One of the most popular articles ever written for Northern Gardener was on winter-sowing perennials. Winter sowing involves sowing seeds outdoors in mini-greenhouses, made of milk jugs, deli containers and other sealed plastic containers. The seeds are planted in damp soil, then the containers are set outside. Natures thawing and freezing cycles help crack open…

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