Gear up for Spring Planting

Gear Up for Spring Planting

While spring is still a few months off, spring planting season (for me at least) is just around the corner: February 15 signals the start of the cool weather growing season for my area. I have spent the past few weeks taking inventory of my seed supply, perusing seed catalogs, and making a list of what I need to get our garden started. If you are as eager as I am to get started with your gardening, here are a few things you can be doing now in spite of it still being January.

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Keep Going with your Zucchini!

Zucchini ~ Black Fox Homestead.com

In my zone 6b garden, zucchini seeds can be sown directly from mid-May right on up through September 1 making for an excellent fall crop. Louise Riotte, the author of Carrots Love Tomatoes, reported that her late planted zucchini fared much better as she was able to pretty much avoid squash bugs and the squash vine borer.

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Gear up for Fall Gardening: Vegetable Families and Crop Rotation

eggplant ~ Black Fox Homestead.com

Time to gear up for fall gardening. As we get ready to plan for this next growing season one of the things we’ll take in to consideration is crop rotation ~ in order to effectively rotate your crops, a gardener needs to know their vegetable families.

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Natural Ways to Control Pests in the Garden

A cabbage worm devouring my arugula

Summer brings with it some of our favorite garden vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, to name just a few.
But summer also brings some of the garden’s most notorious pests whom, if left out of control, will devour those vegetables before they have a chance to make it to our table.

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Keeping a Garden Notebook

Gardening Notebook

While maintaining a healthy soil, getting the right crops in at the right time, and excellent cultural practices are key aspects of maintaining a healthy garden, keeping a garden journal is also one that (at least for me) is so often overlooked. Read on to learn more about The Gardening Notebook, an excellent resource for recording your garden.

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More Tomato Troubles ~ Blossom Drop

Blossom drop in tomatoes ~ Black Fox Homestead.com

Blossom drop is a condition where the blossoms of the tomato plant drop before they can produce fruit. This condition isn’t restricted just to tomatoes, it can also be found in cucumbers and squash. Read more to find out about the causes and how it can be controlled.

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A Duo of Carrot Recipes…using the entire carrot!

Paris Market Carrots

Share Carrots are not supposed to grow in Oklahoma. The soil just isn’t very friendly towards them. In fact, when I filled out a recent market grower’s declaration form, “carrots” weren’t even listed as a crop. I was delighted then, … Continue reading