Squash and Pumpkin – Growing Tips

Squash and pumpkins are North American native vegetables. There are a large number of different types of squash, and different varieties vary significantly in fruit shape and color, as well as plant habit. Many types are attractive enough to be used for fall decorating and displays. Varieties of Squash Winter squash varieties are grown for their mature fruit, which can be stored for use during fall and winter. The Butterscotch Hybrid Squash is an AAS Winner that has an exceptionally sweet flavor. With compact vines, they are great for small spaces. Spaghetti squash is a type of winter squash that […]

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Companion Planting Guide

When planning your vegetable garden, it is beneficial to learn the principles of companion planting to help you design a successful garden. What is Companion Planting? Companion plants are neighboring plants that will provide each other with additional beneficial nutrients and can provide an easy pest management strategy to help your garden flourish. Be careful, however, as some neighboring plants can have the opposite effect on each other. Before you start planting your garden, it is important to learn what plants should and should not be neighbors in your vegetable garden. Companion Planting Favorites Two plants all vegetable gardens can […]

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Garlic Growing Guide

Homegrown, properly harvested and stored garlic provides a fresh flavor that can not be matched by any supermarket garlic. Garlic is relatively easy-to-grow. It is a hardy perennial vegetable, though it has a fairly long production season. It is a crop well worth considering for your garden. Types of Garlic There are two main types of garlic – softneck and hardneck (sometimes called “stiff neck”) forms. Softneck varieties generally produce more cloves per bulb and store longer than hardneck types. The same softneck garlic variety common in supermarkets can be grown in the garden. However, there are many additional varieties […]

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Small Berries and Tips on Growing Them

Blueberries Blueberry Variety Perpetua Blueberry The Perpetua Blueberry is an attractive fruiting shrub. It produces two crops of fruit each season. The plant is bushy and vase-shaped. It will grow small sweet berries in mid-summer, then flower, and produce a second crop in the fall. Its glossy, dark green foliage changes to a reddish hue in the fall making it highly ornamental. Since it grows to 4 to 5 feet tall, this blueberry can be planted in the ground or a patio container. This blueberry would grow well in Zones 4 – 8. It loves full sun and acidic soil. […]

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