How To Prune Tomatoes

When growing tomatoes, the ultimate goal is to help the plant yield as much ripe fruit as possible. If you’re growing indeterminate or “vining” varieties (Big Boy, Beef Master, most heirlooms), pruning your plants to remove unwanted shoots and leaves ensures that all the nutrients are going to the tomatoes. If you’re growing a determinate variety (Biltmore, Heinz, Patio), too …

A Cocktail Garden

Mint. Basil. Lemon Verbena. Rosemary. Cilantro. Dill. Whether they’re muddled, infused, or simply snipped for a pretty and fragrant garnish, fresh herbs make a wonderful addition to summer cocktails. Add citrus (lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit) and there is no end to what you can create! A great thing about these herbs is they require very little space in a …

June Gardening Tips

– Divide late-summer or autumn-flowering perennials. If necessary, go after phlox and artemisia with a sharp spade or even an ax. If delphiniums need to be divided, remove and replant the new little plants growing around the outside of the clump. Discard the hard old heart. – Trim climbing roses and attach securely to fences or trellises. Continue fertilization of …

Growing Cool Weather Veggies

Cool-season veggies grow best at temperatures averaging 15° cooler than those needed by warm season types. Many have edible leaves or roots (lettuce, spinach, carrots, and radishes); others (artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower) are grown for their immature flowers. A few (peas, broad beans) produce edible seeds. Most can endure short periods of frost. For best results, you need to grow them …

February Gardening Tips

February can be a tough month on plants, but with a little effort you can keep your plants healthy and vibrant while planning your spring garden! Follow these easy tips to keep your garden in top shape this February.

January Garden Tips

If you have brought in geraniums for winter color, they must be placed in a window that receives direct sunlight all day and a daytime temperature of 70 to 75 degrees is maintained. Keep in mind geraniums do not like to be over watered. · Never apply water to houseplants late in the afternoon. The foliage should not be wet …

December Gardening Tips

Holiday Trees Nothing enhances a festive mood like the scent of fresh evergreens. Follow these tips to make the most of your holiday greenery: Choose a Christmas tree that has firm needles that don’t fall from branches when handling the tree. Individual needles should bend rather than snap if you pinch them between your fingers. Also, inspect the stump; the …

October Gardening Tips

For many of us, the crisp days of autumn mean a bounty of pumpkins for carving jack-o-lanterns or baking scrumptious pies along with the ingathering of all the other fruits of our labor. But for countless backyard gardeners, autumn is the time to ‘strut their stuff’ before the crowds that gather time again, at local or even national pumpkin growing …

What to Plant in May

Sourced from The Urban Farmer Finally warm temperatures are here to stay and you don’t have to worry about that frost. You may think it’s too late to grow all your favorite vegetables from seed but warm May temperatures have made the soil perfect for sowing seeds. Warm soil will allow for fast germination and growing plants. Good choices are …

Starting Seeds Indoors

The arrival of March means that winter is finally coming to an end and Spring is just around the corner! However, temperatures may still be quite cold during the days and nights, and frost and snow still pose a threat to budding outdoor plants. While it’s not quite an ideal time to start planting your spring garden outside just yet, …