Orchard Variety Recommendations

If you want to plant some food producing woody plants including trees, shrubs, vines, or brambles, this is the post for you and now is the time to order!   Ordering fruit and nut producing plants can be very overwhelming especially when you have a small space you are working with.  Usually you can only […]

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That Mountain of Catalogs

This is the time of year that if you have been gardening for long you get a deluge of seed and plant catalogs in the mail.  Although it can be really fun to look through them and read all the glowing descriptions it can also be overwhelming to figure out what to order.  So today […]

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Prepping the Garden and Orchard for Winter

Prepping the Garden & Orchard for Winter By this time of year, most of us are ready for a break.  It becomes easy to just leave the garden as it is and worry about it in the spring. Although leaving it for spring is tempting after a long year of tending the garden and orchard, […]

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Increasing Pollination in Your Veggie Garden with Companion Plants

Guest Post by Nicole Miller-Struttann, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Webster University Many crop plants rely on local insects for pollination. While honeybees can be important pollinators in agricultural settings, wild bees are often better pollinators. That is good news in some ways, because it means you don’t need a honeybee hive to increase pollination. […]

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Orchards Are a Buzz with Local Researchers

Guest Post by Nicole Miller-Struttann, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Webster University Orchards are popping up in a lot of community gardens around the country, and it’s easy to understand why. They help to provide local sources of high-quality fruits, create shaded nooks for people and animals alike, and reduce the environmental impacts of long-distance […]

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June Tip: Vertical Gardening

What if I told you there was a way to increase vegetable production without increasing garden size and that it would also reduce disease without using any fertilizers or pesticides.  Sounds like a marketing scam but it’s not, it’s vertical gardening.  Training and supporting plants that would normally sprawl over a large area of the […]

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May Tip: Controlling Caterpillars

If you’re noticing some holes in your cabbages, collards, or other greens it most likely is caused by caterpillars.  It always seems right when the plants start looking great that the caterpillars come out in mass. Luckily caterpillars are one of the easy pests to control in the garden. The best way to get rid of […]

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April Gardening Tip: Should I Plant My Tomatoes Yet?

Should I Plant my Tomatoes Yet? By: Dean Gunderson One of the most frequent questions we get this time of year is some variation of, “can I plant my tomatoes yet?”  The answer is no!  As a warm season crop tomatoes cannot tolerate any frost.  Technically you can plant them as soon as the last […]

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March Tip

March is the month of spring gardening!  This is the month to plant all of your cool season vegetables.  Starting in mid-March you are safe to plant root crops, greens, and brassicas. This is the time to plant carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, spinach, lettuce, collards, kale, chard, mustard greens, arugula, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, bok […]

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How to Read a Seed Packet

Seed packets have tons of useful information and it is important to look at all the information over just a pretty picture. Pretty much all seed packets will have the following information on them. Reading seed packets not only helps you become a better gardener but it will also help you learn about the different […]

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