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

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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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Crops That Can Be Planted Mid-Summer

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Now that it is officially summer, we move into the warm season which brings on pests, weeds, and for some of us, triple digit temps making garden work most unpleasant.
If you can manage to power through however, here in our zone 6b(ish) garden there are a few crops that can be planted later on in the season rewarding you with a late summer/early fall harvest.

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Decoding Tomatoes: Tomato Stuff You May Have Wondered About But Were Afraid To Ask

Some of our favorite heirloom varieties: Cherokee Purple, Cream Sausage, and Austin's Pear

Share …a  post with the new gardener in mind. When I first started growing tomatoes, I thought a tomato was simply a red fruited vine that one planted in the summer. It wasn’t until I gained momentum and little bit … Continue reading