Ethan’s Garden

by Penny Howard Children’s Gardens A couple of days ago, my middle grandson came to me and started talking about growing a garden.  He was telling me about a small space in his backyard and wanted to know if it would be good for a garden.  Since it is very narrow and between a shed and the fence, we…

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Tomato Blight

Tomato Blight Anyone who grows tomatoes has experience with tomato blight.  It is just one of the things that happen in a garden.  If you are going to be successful at raising tomatoes, it is essential that you have an understanding of tomato blight, what causes it, and how to deal with it. What is it? Tomato Blight is…

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Fruit Tree Seeds

Fruit Tree Seeds Fruit tree seeds, some times called pits or stones, are often just tossed in the trash.   Why not have a little fun and see if you can sprout them.   If you have a particular tree that you enjoy or that produces amazing, it might be possible to multiply your enjoyment by starting a few new trees…

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Measuring Tank Sprayer Application Rates

If you use a pump-up tank sprayer in your garden or landscape, it is important to know the application rate that the sprayer puts out. Even most organic products have application rates listed as gallons per 1000 square feet. It is easy to test your tank sprayer and determine the application rates before you begin applying any product to…

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Tank Sprayer Safety

A Word of Caution Pump up tank sprayers are such common items around the garden and greenhouse that we seldom give them a second thought.   I keep two or three around all the time.   The plastic varieties have gotten so inexpensive that I keep several to mix various things in rather than have to rinse and wash one out…

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Blossom End Rot

A lot of you may be seeing some problems in your garden right now, especially if you are growing tomatoes,  peppers, squash, cucumbers and melon fruits.  One of the most common complaints I hear is fruits, which develop a moist, soft dark spot on the blossom end of the fruit.  Many people believe this to be a fungus or…

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Making Pickles

By Penny Howard We planted cucumbers this spring.  Lots of cucumbers.  And they obliged and produced lots of fruit.  So, we have made pickles.  Yes, lots of pickles.  Dennis has water bathed several batches. Some with peppers and some without.  Some with a variety of peppers.  Refrigerator Pickles I make refrigerator pickles.  One day, when my grandsons were at…

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Garden Maintenance – Managing the Heat

Just like managing your turfgrass during the hottest part of the summer, there are things you need to be doing to help your vegetable garden make it through these extreme temperature events in the best possible condition.  Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your garden when temperatures soar. Strategies for Beating the Heat Watering…

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September Garden to do List

Planting Continue planting your fall garden seeds if you are going to transplant.  Many of your coll weather plants can be seeded directly into the soil later in August. Dianthus, daisies, ornamental cabbages, poppies, nasturtiums, pansies, snapdragons violas, and other cool-weather annuals will provide color for your fall garden Now is a good time to plant perennial herbs Finish…

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Propagation

There are many ways to reproduce plants.  The one most people think of is from seeds, but that can present problems, especially with hybrids.  There is one way to reproduce plants, true to type, even if they are on grafted stock or are hybrid varieties.  Taking cuttings and rooting through propagation techniques almost guarantees plants that will be true…

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