Spring Garden Tips
Waterwise Vegetable Gardening

You can grow garden fresh produce while conserving water and limiting the time spent watering.

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mgm audio 032614 waterwise veg gardenWater gardens early in the morning to minimize water lost to evaporation. Always water thoroughly but less frequently to encourage deep more drought tolerant roots. Use a soaker-hose or drip irrigation to slowly place the water directly on the soil where it is needed.

You can create your own slow watering device. Use old gallon milk jugs to apply water where it is needed. Punch several small holes in the bottom of the milk jug. Fill with water and place next to your tomatoes, peppers or other large plants. The water slowly seeps into the soil where it's needed.

And don't forget to mulch with shredded leaves, evergreen needles or other organic material. Mulching helps keep the soil cool and moist, reduces weeds and adds organic matter to the soil as it decomposes over the season.

A bit more information: Most gardens benefit from an inch of water each week. Monitor rainfall with a rain gauge and supplement as needed. Apply needed water in one application to heavy soils. Make two applications of 1/2 to 3/4 an inch of water in sandy soils. Remember to let the weather and plants, not the calendar, be your guide.

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Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Be a part of history and save money when planting next year’s garden. Collect and save the seeds from your favorite heirloom tomatoes this fall.

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Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Be a part of history and save money when planting next year’s garden. Collect and save the seeds from your favorite heirloom tomatoes this fall.

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Saving Hibiscus, Mandevilla, Bougainvillea and Other Tropical Plants Over Winter

You’ve enjoyed their blooms all summer and now you would like to preserve your hibiscus, mandevilla, bougainvillea, or other tropical plant for next season.

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Saving Leftover Seeds for Next Season

Take a break and prepare for next season by organizing your left over and partially filled seed packets.

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Sealed Lid Seed Sprouting

Increase seed starting success and fun with the sealed lid method my friend and horticulturist Bob Polomski learned from his father.

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Selecting Rain Barrels

Save money and be kind to your garden and the environment by capturing rainwater and putting it to work in your landscape.

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Smart Irrigation Month - Planning a WaterSense Irrigation System

Watering our landscapes properly can save water and improve our plants' health. And if you decide to invest in an irrigation system make sure to get the best value and water savings by doing your homework first.

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Space and Time Saving Garden Technique

Create a raised bed, compost and rotate your garden crops in one space using this convenient garden technique.

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Space Saving Vegetable Gardening Tips

Don’t panic if your garden plans are bigger than the available planting space. I have some space saving techniques that can help you get the most out of your landscape.

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Speed Up Your Tomato Harvest

Be the first in your neighborhood to harvest a red ripe tomato from your garden this summer.

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Spring Clean Up & Proper Disposal of Pesticides

Spring is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. And that often means cleaning out the garage, shed or basement. Don’t toss those outdated, unwanted garden chemicals in the trash. They can contaminate our environment, including our drinking water.

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Squash Vine Borer

All your hard work is paying off with an abundant harvest. Then, one day you notice your squash plants are wilted and near death.

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Storing Squash for Winter

Continue enjoying homegrown flavor of squash throughout much of the winter.

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Summer Lawn Care

Warm temperatures, drought and summer rain storms take their toll on our landscapes. Keep your lawn healthy and looking its best despite the summer weather.

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Sustainable, Low Maintenance Keyhole Gardening

Increase garden productivity while decreasing water and fertilizer needs with keyhole gardening.

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Sweep Your Way to Cleaner Water

Break out the broom and sweep your way to cleaner drinking water.

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Sweet and Tasty Homegrown Carrots

Grow the best crop of carrots yet with proper selection, timing and care.

Select carrot varieties known for their sweet flavor. Dantes, Little finger, Short 'n Sweet, Sweetness, and Tendersweet are just a few to consider.

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The Last of the Tomatoes

Fall has many of us scrambling to protect plants from frost, move tropicals indoors or finish harvesting our vegetables. Be sure you collect a few green tomatoes to ripen indoors.

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Three Sisters Planting Tradition

Try a Native American tradition of planting corn, squash and beans - the three sisters’ method - together in your garden this year.

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Time Vegetable Plantings for Greater Success

It's all in the timing and that goes for planting vegetables.

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Tired of watering? Save time, money and water with a few simple changes.

Mulch your garden beds with shredded leaves, evergreen needles, or other organic matter. It conserves moisture while suppressing weeds and improving the soil.

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Tomato Troubles

You waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. But don’t worry, you can still have a great harvest and improve things for next season.

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Try Black-Eyed Peas and Cabbage This New Year

Start the New Year with a good luck meal of black-eyed peas and cabbage.

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Upcycle Pool Noodles into the Garden

Don't throw away those worn out or forgotten pool noodles. Put them to work in the garden.

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Vacation Care for Indoor Plants

Summer is the time for vacations and travel. And if you can’t find a plant sitter, you may need to get creative when it comes to keeping your indoor plants alive.

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Vacation Care for Plants

You’ve got the car packed, the pets at the kennel and your kids are ready to go. But what are you going to do about all those beautiful containers?

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Vacation Care for Your House Plants

You can stop your mail, kennel your pets, but it is difficult to find a reliable house plant sitter while on vacation.

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Value of Trees

Plant a tree and improve your mood, save money and improve the environment.

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Visit a Farmer's Market and Plan Your Garden

Farmers Markets are on the rise as more and more of us are looking for locally grown fresh produce. You may be surprised to find one or more popping up near your home.

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Water Problems in Your Landscape and Solutions

Don’t let standing water, seasonal flooding, and poorly drained soils stop you from growing a beautiful landscape. Try one of these strategies to manage the excess water and create a healthy environment for your landscape plants.

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Water Trees for their Health and Longevity

Save energy, care for new trees, and conserve water in one easy step.

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Water Wise Gardening

Use water wisely in your landscape to save you time, improve plant health and reduce your water bill.

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Water Wise Gardening

No matter where you live, being a water wise gardener makes environmental and economic sense. And it’s really easier than you think.

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Watering Tips for New Trees

Save time, energy, and conserve water while caring for your new trees.

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Weed Control

It starts with one little plant. Next thing you know your garden is overrun with them. Some start from seeds that have been dormant in the soil for years while others move in on the wind, in soil additives or with garden transplants.

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Weed Control in the Garden

No matter the time of the season, weeds seem to grow and thrive. Keeping them under control will give you a healthier, more productive and attractive garden.

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What's On My Plate Day: Grow Nutritional Vegetables

Celebrate “What’s on my Plate Day” and surprise your family with a plate full of nutritious vegetables. Serve ‘em cooked up as ratatouille, chopped and mixed in a stir-fry or tossed in a tasty salad.

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Wilted Plant Leaves

Stop, put down the hose and make sure that wilted plant needs more, not less water before turning on the faucet.

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Winterize Your Lawn Mower

Save yourself time, money and frustration by properly storing your mower for winter.

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Year of the Watermelon

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2013 the Year of the Watermelon.

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