Spring Garden Tips
Grow a Nutritious Garden in a Pot

Add a bit of nutrition to your diet and landscape. Grow a container full of nutritious vegetables for your patio, deck or balcony.

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grow vegetables in a container garden Try using peppers, eggplants or tomatoes for a vertical accent. All are nutritious and suited for container gardens. Use patio tomatoes or provide a decorative support for taller tomato plants. And, try growing cucumbers, peas or beans up a decorative trellis for a nutritional vertical accent for your pot. Or, how about a plant or two of corn – just for fun!

Tuck a few onions and garlic in your container. They’re fragrant when crushed and found to lower blood sugar, cholesterol and aid in digestion.

And, add some flavor, color, and crunch with carrots, beets and radishes. And, don’t forget the greens. Lettuce, spinach and other greens are high in Vitamin A and C as well as calcium.

So be creative and look for small-scale attractive vegetables suited for containers and high in nutritional value.

A bit more information: Continually harvest the outer leaves of lettuce and other greens to keep the plants producing and your planters looking good. Plant a second crop of radishes, carrots and beets once the first planting is harvested. Consider a summer planting for fall harvest. Include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale transplants. Seed some fast maturing vegetables like carrots, radishes, beets and greens around and between these bigger vegetables.

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Plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collards, kohlrabi and other cool season crops now, for a fall harvest.

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Planting a Garden...Double Up for a Bigger Harvest

Double your harvest without increasing your garden space. Try planting short season vegetables like lettuce, radishes and beets between long season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, okra, cabbage, and broccoli. When the short season veggies are ready to harvest, the longer season larger vegetables will need the space.

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Planting Garlic

Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, fight heart disease, boost your immune system, and add a bit of flavor to your meals by growing your own garlic.

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Poor Garden Harvest

Blame it on the weather. This could be one cause for a poor garden harvest.

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Poor Melon Harvest - Few and Tasteless Fruit

It's not your fault. Blame it on the weather when your muskmelon harvest is small or the fruit is tasteless.

You'll notice muskmelons lack the usual sweet flavor when the weather is dark and cloudy. Overwatering or excess rainfall as the melons ripen also dilutes the sweet flavor.

mgm audio 080316 poor melon harvestPoor pollination explains the lack of fruit. The first set of flowers are all male. The second set are male and female so pollination and fertilization can occur for fruit to develop. Cold rain and cloudy conditions can reduce pollination. Make sure to grow bee friendly plants in your landscape.

Very hot weather and drought can also prevent fruit development. Be sure to water plants thoroughly when the top few inches of soil are crumbly and slightly moist. Mulch with straw, shredded leaves or other organic matter to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

A bit more information: Water properly throughout the season, manage weeds and mulch the soil. Keeping plants healthy reduces the risk of diseases that can also impact the fruit's flavor.

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Prepare Garden Soil Now for Next Season

Now is the perfect time to start preparing for next season's garden. As you finish harvesting a garden bed start preparing for the season ahead.

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Preparing Dormant Annuals for the Growing Season

Clear a spot on the windowsill and make room for geraniums, fuchsias, lantanas and any other plants that were stored in a cool dark location indoors for winter.

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Preserving and Sharing Your Harvest

Are you like me and always squeeze in that extra tomato plant, another row of beans or that one left over pepper plant? It seemed like a good idea at the time. But now you have more produce than you need.

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Preserving the Asparagus Harvest

Preserve the flavor and nutrition of asparagus to enjoy year round.

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Pruning Currants and Gooseberries

Many gardeners are growing their own fruits and vegetables, including some traditional favorites like currants and gooseberries. Proper pruning will keep these plants looking good and productive.

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Pruning Fruit Trees

Increase your harvest with proper pruning.

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Pruning Raspberries

Prune raspberries in winter to increase your harvest and reduce pest problems.

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Recycle Fast Food Containers

Don’t throw away or recycle those fast food containers just yet. Reuse them when gardening indoors and out.

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Recycle Wrapping Paper into Decorative Pots

Don't throw away that wrapping paper. Give it and other scrap paper a second life in creating decoupage pots for your garden.

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Relay Planting for Bigger Harvest

Plan for a season long harvest of corn, beans and other vegetables with relay planting!

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Rhubarb

Grow the main ingredient for a classic, delicious, and family favorite – rhubarb pie.

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Save Money and Still Have a Big Tomato Harvest

Whether you have a large or small planting budget, the more you save on each project means the more projects you can do.

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Save Money by Starting Plants from Seed Directly in the Garden

Maximize your plant budget and enjoyment by starting plants from seeds right in the garden.

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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 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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Simple Combination Attracts Goldfinches

What do cosmos and lettuce have in common? You can start them both from seed directly in the garden for you and the goldfinches to enjoy.

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Simple Strategies for Planting Small Seeds

Do you have trouble properly spacing the small seeds of carrots, radishes or lettuce? It's easy to end up with half the package in one short row. This is a waste of seed and time spent thinning.

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Simple Tips for Planting Annuals

Memorial Day is the traditional start of gardening for many. Get your plants off to a healthy start with proper planting.

Include annuals on your Memorial Day planting list. They can add a little color and even fragrance to any garden in any season.

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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 Container Gardens

Add a bit of color and fragrance to your entryway with a spring container garden.

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Sterilizing Soil

Save money and your plants from disease by growing in pathogen-free potting mix.

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Still Time to Plant Vegetables - Late Additions to the Garden

Don’t let the calendar stop you from gardening. There is still time to plant vegetables for you and your family to enjoy.

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Storing and Cleaning Pots

Fall is about clean up and preparation for the season ahead. Don't overlook your containers when packing away summer garden supplies.

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Storing and Preserving Herbs

Preserve the flavor and zest of herbs with proper storage and preservation.

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Storing Squash for Winter

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

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Strawberries for Any Landscape

Anyone can grow fresh strawberries for their cereal in the morning or to enjoy with a glass of wine at night.

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Strawberries for Every Space Garden

Add a bit of nutrition and beauty to your patio, deck, or balcony with a pot of strawberries. It’s a great way to keep a nutritional snack close at hand.

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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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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 History of Indian Corn

Enjoy the beauty and a bit of the history of the Indian corn used in your fall decorations.

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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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Tomato Growing Tips

Space challenged gardeners can grow tomatoes in containers. A 3 to 5 gallon pot is perfect for a single tomato plant skirted by a few flowers or herbs. Or try mixing a few tomatoes in with your shrubs and flowers.

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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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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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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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Waterwise Vegetable Gardening

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

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What's New: 2011 All-America Selections Winners (AAS)

Get your garden off to a winning start by including a few All-America Selections winners in this year’s 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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Winter Care for Unplanted Trees, Shrubs and Perennials

Fall plant sales and all those tempting new varieties have many of us buying more plants than we have time or space to plant. Protect them over the winter and reduce your workload by heeling them in until you have time to find a permanent spot in your garden.

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Winter Container Gardens and Outdoor Arrangements

Add a bit of greenery to your front steps, window box or patio with a winter container.

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