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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

December: What to grow now

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Northern farmers are busy with their final harvests and beginning to plan and order seeds for their next planting season. Growers in the South are harvesting their fall crops and planting cool weather vegetables that grow well through the winter. The following can now be planted now in suitable growing zones: - Carrots, cucumbers, beets, onions, turnips, Irish potatoes,and other root crops. - Lettuce, cabbage, collards, spinach, chard and other leafy vegetables. - Peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, melon and other above ground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas. Also, cucumbers, peas, cantaloupes, and other vine crops. - Grains.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:14

What to plant now: November?

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November:  What to Plant Now Planting and farming is winding down in the North as last harvests are picked before the first frost. In the South, with the withering heat finally a thing of the past, this is a good time to plant root crops such as: - Carrots, beets, onions, turnips, Irish potatoes, cabbage, collards. - Spinach, chard and other leafy vegetables as well as peas, squash, corn, tomatoes, and other aboveground crops.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 01:42

October: What to plant now!

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The planting season is pretty much over now in the Northern states with farmers and gardeners busy harvesting this year's final crops, but there are still some cool season vegetables that can be put in for a later fall harvest or for overwintering.   In Zone 7, with minimum temperatures of 0 to 10 degrees F, these cool season vegetables should be put in before the first fall frosts start to harden the soil: Asparagus crowns Beets Blueberry Broccoli Carrots Garlic Kale Onion family Peas Lettuce Raspberry Rhubarb crowns Spinach In Zone 8, with minimum temps of 10 to 20 degrees F, the following…
Thursday, 04 September 2014 20:05

September: What To Plant Now!

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The growing season in the northern United States is winding down while gardeners and farmers in the south are coming into their best planting season.  But even up north, there are still vegetables you can plant that will keep producing well.  Remember to pay attention to your USDA zone and pick a variety that suits your growing conditions. New England and Mid-Atlantic  Arugula Kale Lettuce Mache Radishes Spinach Midwest/Central U.S. Arugula Broccoli Lettuce Mache Peas Radishes Spinach Turnips Southern U.S/Gulf Arugula Beets Cabbage Carrots Cauliflower Kale Leeks Lettuce Radishes Spinach Strawberries Swiss Chard Tomatoes Turnips   
There are two excellent reasons for composting.  The first is that compost is a great source of nutrients for your garden, and the second is that it keeps tons of organic material out of landfills and put to good use. Below you'll find a chart courtesy of the City of New York that shows what materials can be composted and which should not be composted. Unusual items that can be composted include things like cut hair or fur clippings from pets, tea bags and coffee grinds.   Do not compost anything that may attract rodents or other pests, or that…
Saturday, 07 June 2014 20:16

Felco: Absolutely the Best Pruning Shears....

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If you’re in the market for pruning shears, Felco (made in Switzerland) is the long-trusted brand to buy. They cost more than those found at Home Depot, Lowe’s or Walmart, but they last DECADES longer.  Here’s why: 1.  They work with less effort on your part, cutting easily through thick branches without jamming or spreading the blades. 2.  There are different models designed for different hands and different uses.  Small ones for smaller hands (perfect for a woman); left-handed ones for lefties; ones with a rotating blade for getting into tight spaces; and dozens of others. 3.  Designed and engineered…
Monday, 02 June 2014 02:12

June: What to plant now!

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Summer’s around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time for planting. You may want to plant some of these fruits and vegetables as transplants for an earlier harvest.  Or, if you’ve got more patience, you can still start from seed, but be sure to read the packet to see how many days are needed for maturity.   Beans If you plant seeds, you can still get a crop in 35 days depending on the variety.  Plant different varieties over a couple of week’s time to get a continuous harvest throughout the summer months. Suggested varieties:  Contender, Kentucky Wonder, Topcrop…
Many people are under the misconception that all fruits continue to ripen after they are picked.   Fruits that STOP ripening when picked:   Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, All Citrus: Clementines, Grapefruits, Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Tangerines                    Cucumbers, Eggplants, Figs, Grapes, Olives, Peppers, Pineapples, Pomegranates, Raspberries, Strawberries, Summer squash, Watermelons The truth is that some stop ripening the moment they are harvested and will rot, mold or dry out once they’ve been picked.   Fruits that CONTINUE to ripen after harvesting: Apples, Apricots, Avocados (only start to ripen when off the tree), Bananas,…
Photo by Vera Cole     What’s the difference between determinate and indeterminate varieties?   Determinate Plants: Ripen within a two-week period and then die. Determinate tomatoes are also called “bush tomatoes” and grow to a height of about 4 feet.  Once the fruit has set at the top of the plant, the “bush” stops growing.  Approximately 65 days after planting the tomatoes ripen at around the same time, and then the plant dies.  They don’t need to be staked and are perfect as large container plants.   Bush tomatoes should never be pruned as it greatly reduces the size of the…
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:50

May: What To Plant Now

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Click on pictures in the article will take you to our Country Store   Finally, the risk of frost is over in most parts of the country - unless we get more unusual weather.  Warmer temperatures make the soil perfect for starting your garden from seed or get a head start with transplants from your local garden shop.  An added bonus of warm weather is that it accelerates plant growth.   Beans Both bush and pole beans can be planted now.  Plant a variety of beans over a period of days in order to get a continual crop through the…
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