Tips and Guidelines for Growing the Best Beets

Tips and Guidelines for Growing the Best Beets

Growing the best Beets can be easy and satisfying if you follow a few simple tips and guidelines. Prepare the soil, fertilize carefully, sow the seed lavishly, thin them conscientiously and keep the bed weed free will allow you to grow the best beets. * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you do, you will help support StraightWay, Inc. (www.straightway.org), a non-profit rehabilitation program that works with whole families as well as single moms and dads, and single guys and gals. Choosing varieties: There[…]

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Tips for Growing Broccoli

Tips and Instructions for Growing Broccoli

Broccoli is one of those vegetables we take for granted in the supermarket, but growing Broccoli is surprisingly easy to do for yourself. It is a cool-season crop, so it is grown in the spring and fall. Summer Broccoli probably comes from the southern hemisphere growing areas. * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you do, you will help support StraightWay, Inc. (www.straightway.org), a non-profit rehabilitation program that works with whole families as well as single moms and dads, and single guys and gals.[…]

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Growing and Harvesting Cauliflower

Growing and Harvesting Cauliflower in the Fall Garden

Cauliflower is best grown as a fall crop. It can be grown in the spring, but that is not recommended. Cauliflower needs cool temperatures to grow best. It requires deep rich soil, plenty of organic material, cool temperatures and plenty of water and fertilizer. Planting Cauliflower: Planting as a spring crop: Plant outdoors around January 15. Be sure to keep an eye out for any freezing weather, and protect the young crop with row covers and mulch. Planting as a fall crop: plan for harvesting at the first fall frost date (Dec. 15 in Zone 9). Check your seed package[…]

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Planning the 2017 Gardening Year

Planning the 2017 Gardening Year

Now is the time to get down to business in the garden. We’ve done all the groundwork on getting the garden ready, now we will concentrate on getting seeds into the ground. When to Plant: Get a monthly calendar. Mark the last frost date in the spring (In Zone 9, that is around March 15th) and first frost date in fall (in Zone 9, November 15th). Count back from the first frost date by weeks. Check your seed packages. Some will say ‘plant indoors X weeks before last frost.’ Plant those on the indicated time frame. Some will say ‘plant[…]

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Things to do to prepare the January garden

Things to Do to Prepare the January Garden

For Zone 9 gardeners, now is the time to prepare the January garden. Time to get everything ready for spring. There are things you can do in the garden when it is warm, and things you can do indoors when it is cold like it is today (32 degrees at 10:30 in the morning here). Planning next year’s garden: Look back over your garden notes for things to improve or change. Are there areas of standing water to fill in, or areas that need improved drainage? Can you grow water-loving plants there? Were there areas in your garden that were[…]

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State of the January garden

State of the January Garden

There doesn’t seem to be much growing in the January garden. No surprise there. This is the first year I’ve tried a fall garden, so I didn’t have much of an idea of what to plant. Beginning the walk through with the herb garden, the only thing in bed 1 is the scraggly mint plant with its ant bed, and a full plot of oregano. I’m planning on getting some Mint cuttings from the plant, then get rid of the ant bed in that spot. The Mint should grow readily from the cuttings. Mint is invasive, spreading from runners. I[…]

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