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Midseason Fertilization for Vegetable Gardens

Increase this season's harvest with a midseason fertilization.

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mgm audio 070214 fertilizingThe amount and type of fertilizer needed is dependent on your soil, past fertilization practices and the type of plants you are growing.

A soil test is the best way to get the information needed to develop a fertilization program for your garden. But until you have your soil tested, consider following these guidelines.

Select a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer like Milorganite to avoid damaging plants during hot dry summer weather.

Fertilize leafy vegetables when they are about half size. Wait until the tomatoes and peppers start producing fruit before fertilizing them.

Apply 1 pound of a low nitrogen fertilizer for every 100 square feet. Sprinkle granular fertilizer along side or around the plants. Gently rake it into the soil if needed. Liquid fertilizers are applied by a sprinkling can or garden hose.

A bit more information: Always read and follow label directions for the mixing rates and application methods for the fertilizer you select. And with proper care you will have plenty of produce for you, your family, friends and the hungry in your community. Contact Garden Writers Association's "Plant a Row for the Hungry" program for information on donating extra produce to the hungry in your community. Call toll free 1-877-492-2727 or visit gardenwriters.org.

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National Garden Bureau Declares 2016 to be the Year of the Carrot

Once grown for medicinal purposes, we now consider carrots a tasty part of our diet. And in celebration of this nutritional vegetable the National Garden Bureau has declared 2016 The Year of the Carrot.

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National Garden Bureau Declares 2017 Year of the Pansy

Is it a weed or a flower? Until the 19th century most people considered the now popular pansy a weed. In recognition of its beauty, diversity, versatility and easy-grow nature the National Garden Bureau declared 2017 The Year of the Pansy.

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National Gardening Association - National Garden Month

Join the National Gardening Association and celebrate the joys and benefits of gardening this month – National Garden Month.

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National Gardening Exercise Day

It's National Gardening Exercise Day, so get out and workout in your garden today!

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National Mushroom Day

What can you grow in a dark damp location? Mushrooms, of course.

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National Sweet Potato Awareness Month

Celebrate National Sweet Potato Awareness month by including these tasty and nutritious vegetables as a main course, appetizer or side in your meals.

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National Zucchini Day

Celebrate National Zucchini Day, August 8th, by adding fresh zucchini to your relish tray, frying it with onions as a side or by leaving a few of the baseball bat sized fruit on your neighbor’s front porch. Just be sure to ring the bell and run.

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Native Plants for the Shade

Don’t let a little shade stop you from going native. A look at nearby shady natural areas and many of the new garden catalogs will provide lots of ideas.

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New Ways to Include Herbs in Your Landscape

Add a little zip to your garden and meals by planting herbs.

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New Year's Resolution Garden

The holidays are filled with lots of delicious foods and sweets. But now is the time to resolve to grow your own vegetables and eat healthier in the New Year.

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No Tomatoes? Check the Weather

No fruit on your tomato plants? Blame it on the weather. Tomatoes thrive in warm sunny conditions; but temperature extremes can prevent otherwise healthy plants from setting fruit.

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Non-blooming Roses

If your hybrid tea rose has stopped blooming or changed colors, a dead graft union may be the problem.

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Nutritious and Delicious Peppers

They're not just pretty and delicious, peppers can help strengthen your bones, fight cancer and reduce inflammation.

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Old Fashioned Flower Favorites

Picture a favorite garden from your past. Perhaps it included such traditional favorites as foxgloves, peonies, gardenias and sweet peas. Gardeners and brides are once again including many of these old-fashioned favorites in their gardens and weddings.

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Orienting the Rows in Your Veggie Garden

North to south, east to west – does it matter how you orient the rows in your garden?

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Outdoor Vegetable Cleaning Station

Don’t let your garden soil end up in the kitchen. Instead create a produce cleaning station outside near the garden.

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Overwintering Container Planters

Trees, shrubs and perennials are great for container gardens. But as winter approaches we need to provide a bit of care to help them through the winter.

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Plan and Plant a Row for the Hungry

Make a difference one row of vegetables at a time.

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Planning a Vegetable Garden for Harvest and Preserving

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh produce, but canning, freezing and drying can help extend your enjoyment throughout the year.

Take some time to plan a garden that will provide you and your family with fresh produce and enough extra to preserve as needed or desired.

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Plant a Bit of Magic - Fairy Garden

Add a little magic to your landscape with a fairy garden.

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Plant a Patriotic Red, White and Blue Garden or Container

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a little red, white and blue in the garden.

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Plant a Row for the Hungry in Your Community

Gardeners are some of the most generous people I know. They love to share their ideas, passion for gardening and of course produce. So when you are overwhelmed with tomatoes, peppers, greens and zucchini, contact a nearby food pantry or meal program that can get these vegetables to people in need.

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Plant Your Own Fertilizer - Cover Crop and Green Manuring

Plant your own fertilizer this fall to improve next year's garden.

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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 a Garden...Jump Start the Growing Season

Don’t let cold soil and late spring frost delay the start to your garden season.

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Planting and Training Cucumbers, Squash and Melons

The soil has finally warmed and it is time to get pumpkins, melons, squash and cucumbers in the ground.

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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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Prepare Ahead for Garden Center Shopping on Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is filled with parades, memorials, picnics, gardening and a trip or two to the garden center. All the new and beautiful plants, stacks of pots and bags of growing supplies can be overwhelming for both the experienced and new gardener.

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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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Prepare Your Lawn for Summer with Late May Fertilization

Help your lawn prepare for the stressful summer season with a late May application of a low nitrogen organic fertilizer like Milorganite.

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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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Prevent Problems in Your Vegetable Garden

Try a bit of preventative care in this year’s garden. You’ll increase your landscape’s beauty and productivity with less work on your part.

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Protect Plants and Containers from Squirrels

Squirrels dig up bulbs, munch on tomatoes and damage containers and hanging baskets. You'll need a variety of techniques and some luck to win the battle with these varmints.

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Rain Gardens

Don’t let the all that valuable rainwater go down the storm sewer. Instead, put it to work growing a beautiful garden in your landscape.

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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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Repair or Repurpose Leaky Garden Hoses

Don’t throw away that leaky garden hose. Repair or find another use for this garden accessory before adding it to the landfill.

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Rhubarb

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

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Safely Store Landscape Products

Whether you’ve gone organic or use traditional fertilizers and pest management products you need to store them properly for safety’s sake and their longevity.

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Sage, a Holiday Herbal Favorite

When you contemplate a winter holiday meal, stuffing seasoned with sage may be on the menu. This herb has long been used for culinary and medicinal purposes.

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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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Selecting Artificial Lights for Indoor Gardens

Whether you are trying to start plants from seeds, get your African violets to bloom, or keeping your indoor plants alive, a bit of extra light can help.

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Shade Combinations for Attracting Hummingbirds

Don’t let shade stop you from attracting hummingbirds to your garden. Include a few hummingbird favorites in the garden or container plantings.

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Shared Border

Get rid of the fence dividing yours and your neighbors’ yards. Instead create a beautiful garden you both can enjoy.

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Sifting Through Garden Catalogs

Your mailbox and dining room table are overflowing with catalogs filled with pictures of beautiful flowers and scrumptious vegetables. With so many choices it can be a bit overwhelming – I can help.

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Sitting Areas in the Garden

Stop and take a moment to sit, relax, and enjoy your garden. And while you do so, look for new areas to create more such spaces.

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Skip the Bonemeal

Fall means bulb planting and for many gardeners it means breaking out the bone meal to get them well-rooted and growing. Consider skipping the bone meal. You’ll save money and have better long-term results in the garden.

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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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Spiral Herb Garden

Grow a 25-foot row of herbs in a circular garden 6 feet in diameter and 3 feet tall by creating a Spiral Herb Garden.

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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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Starting Plants from Cuttings

Expand your indoor and outdoor garden by taking cuttings from your favorite plants.

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Starting Plants from Seeds

Extend the gardening fun and save money by starting your plants from seed.

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Sterilizing Soil

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

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Storing Squash for Winter

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

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Strategies for a Low Maintenance Perennial Garden

Look for ways to reduce maintenance and still have a beautiful perennial garden.

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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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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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Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) for Difficult Growing Conditions

Don't let heavy shade or damp and clay soil stop you from gardening. Consider adding a Summersweet, Clethra alnifolia, to your landscape.

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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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Sweeten Your Garden and Meals - Stevia

Grow your own natural sweetener. Use leaves of the Stevia plant to sweeten soups, sauces, or beverages.

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Take a Walk in the Park Day

Improve your family’s health and support your local park by celebrating Take a Walk in the Park Day.

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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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Vernal Equinox - Celebrate the Change of Seasons

Celebrate the equinox with a walk through a nearby botanical garden, a bit of garden maintenance, an indoor garden project or by starting a bloom chart.

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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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Visit a Park and Improve Your Mood

Gather family and friends and head out to a nearby park to celebrate holidays, family events or just to relax and escape the stress of everyday life.

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Vote for Your Favorite Flower

There is still time to cast your vote for your favorite flower.

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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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Waterwise Vegetable Gardening

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

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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 Lawn Care

Give your lawn a break this winter. Adjust your lawn care practices and use with the change in seasons.

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Year of the Gerbera Daisy

It’s the fifth most used cut flower in the world, comes in single, semi double, double and spider type flowers and is the 2013 Flower of the Year. Did you guess? It’s Gerbera Daisy.

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Year of the Watermelon

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

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