Gardening Tips For Success

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After a rough winter, spring has finally arrived and the long awaited gardening season is finally in full swing. If you are new to gardening I’ve put together a few tips with the beginner in mind and shared them this past week over at Gnowfglins. While the list might seem somewhat basic, it is what I would have really liked to know when I was first starting out.

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How to read a Seed packet

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When I started my first garden, I started with very little background knowledge at all. I purchased seeds at the local hardware store, not really knowing what varieties to choose and why, not really knowing if the time was right for what crop, and whether or not certain things would grow in my area. I had seen the tiny writing on the back of the seed packets, but it made little sense to me. I needed someone to sit down and explain all of this to me, but those gardening websites took for granted that I knew this basic information.

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Homestead Cooking with Carol

Homestead Cooking with Carol

Do you often find yourself in the following predicament: in the kitchen at 8pm after a hard day of gardening, your family needs dinner, but you don’t nave enough energy even to prepare peanut butter crackers; let alone something healthy and nourishing? Do you find this predicament to be frustrating in light of the fact that your efforts to grow your own food often leave you without the energy to prepare and preserve it? Read on about Homestead Cooking with Carol, a fabulous new resource to help you in your homestead kitchen.

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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

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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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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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