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  • What You Need To Know About Seed Starting Containers

      Starting seeds can be a truly rewarding practice for the home gardener, but it does require some basic know-how and the right materials. If you’re new to growing plants from seed, it’s important to understand that not all products or DIY...

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  • Use a Planting Calendar

      If you start vegetable plants indoors, it is often helpful to list seeding dates on a calendar so that plants are ready for transplanting at the proper time. To do this, choose your transplant date and count back the number of weeks necessary to...

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  • Fall Planting of Asparagus and Rhubarb

      We sometimes receive questions as to whether asparagus or rhubarb can be moved in the fall. Though these crops are traditionally transplanted in the spring (mid-March to mid-April), a fall move can be successful. Wait until the top has...

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  • Harvesting and Roasting Sunflower Seed

    Sunflowers are usually ready to be harvested beginning in mid-September and into October. Seed heads can ripen on the plant, but they will need protection from birds. Try covering the heads with a paper sack or cheesecloth once the petals start turning...

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  • When is watermelon ripe?

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  • Heat Stops Tomatoes from Setting Fruit

      Temperatures that remain above 75 degrees F at night and day temperatures above 95 degrees F with dry, hot winds will cause poor fruit set on tomatoes. High temperatures interfere with pollen viability and/or cause excessive style growth leading...

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  • Squash Vine Borer

      ​If you have squash or related plants that suddenly wilt and die, you may have squash vine borer. This insect will bore into the stems of squash, zucchini, pumpkins and gourds. Hubbard squash are a favorite, and butternuts are less likely to be...

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  • Planting Asparagus

    Though it is too early to plant asparagus, it is not too early to make plans and prepare soil. This crop is a perennial and will survive for many years if given proper care. It prefers full sun and a well-drained soil and is usually placed on the edge...

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  • October Gardening Calendar

    OrnamentalsWeeks 1-4: Continue watering, especially evergreens if soils are dry.Weeks 1-4: Nuts or seeds of woody plants usually require exposure to 3 months cold before sprouting. This may be provided by outdoor planting in fall or "stratifying" in an...

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  • PLANTING MUMS AND OTHER SEPTEMBER GARDENING TIPS

    September, the kids are back in school and just as you wouldn't send your kids off to school unprepared, neither should you ignore the needs of your garden as it heads into fall.  Gardens need special care to help prepare them for winter and for the...

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