When to Harvest Vegetables

January 25, 2013 |

Once your vegetable garden is planted and begins to produce a crop, you can spend a few moments every day in the garden to monitor then and decide when to harvest them. This is one of the joys of growing vegetables. Generally speaking, picking early and often is the best way to harvest vegetables for…

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Day 24: Succession Planting in the Vegetable Garden

January 24, 2013 |

Even with a short Minnesota growing season, you can extend the productivity of your vegetable garden by replanting certain vegetables a second or even a third time. It all depends on timing—as well as a little luck with the weather breaking your way. At the beginning of the season, you can get early crops like…

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Day 23: Critter Control in the Vegetable Garden

January 23, 2013 |

The two biggest issues for vegetable gardeners in the North are deer and rabbits. Both are relentless and clever, if they are hungry enough. Fencing can work to control both types of pests, though installing effective fencing requires some effort and expense. Other pesky mammals and rodents — voles, moles, mice and gophers, for example…

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Day 22: Insect Pests in the Vegetable Garden

January 22, 2013 |

Before we even start talking about pests, let’s be clear: Most bugs are good bugs, and trying to keep your vegetable garden bug-free is not only an exercise in futility, it’s not good for the food you are going to eat or the planet. One way to keep destructive pests at bay is to plant…

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Day 21: Weeding Your Vegetable Garden

January 21, 2013 |

Once your vegetable garden is planted, you’ll have just a few ongoing chores: watering, picking and weeding. None of these need be onerous (and, of course, picking vegetables is just a joy!) but weeding is sometimes viewed as a huge task. It’s not — and there are ways you can reduce your time spent weeding…

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