Author: Erin Nelson

Tomatoes All Decked Out Patio Style

Yellow, spotted leaves, and mushy fruit are common issues for potted tomatoes, especially in late summer. Plant your tomatoes correctly and avoid these issues altogether!

Incorrect Pot: Tomatoes have big root systems, and no amount of extra water or fertilizer will substitute for lack of space for the roots. I recommend a large tree pot. Five-gallon buckets are not large enough to have a happy tomato all summer. Once the roots grow to the sides of the pots, they are easily burned by the heat of the sun. You’ll notice this from excessive wilting, as well as dry edges and yellowing on the leaves. Ten to fifteen-gallon pots are best. Make sure that the pots have drain holes on

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Spear Your Dinner! With Asparagus!

Asparagus is a member of the lily family. It grows best from crowns, though a few can grow well from the seed of open-pollinated varieties like ‘Purple Passion’ and ‘Martha Washington’.

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Mulching Misery

WARNING: Though mulches can dress up your yard and garden space, prevent weeds and hold moisture in the soil, some mulches on the market can actually cause harm to your plants and animals. Use caution when choosing your mulches.

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Onion Time is Now Time!

If you want BIG onions, grow from seed! Dry bulbs, sold as ‘onion bulb sets’, were last year’s onions, and they really want to focus on flowering, so getting big bulbs from them is difficult.

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Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter Cactus?

These pretty flowering cacti are tropical cactus! They grow attached to trees in the jungles of Brazil, not in deserts on the ground! So keep pots small, short, and squat rather than deep to mimic their natural growing conditions.

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Plant your Evergreens Now!

This is a great time to plant evergreen trees. Here are some quick tips to make sure you find the right trees for your property.
Size Matters
This is by far the number one mistake I see: trees planted literally 1 foot from the foundation and directly under the eaves of the house. Think looooong term! Give that tree the best life it could possibly have and plant it with its full size in mind.

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Collecting Seeds

Humans have played an intricate part in hybridization of seeds since the stone age. I’m NOT talking GMO here, I’m discussing good old fashioned cross

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Seconds Anyone?

Now that you’ve harvested those carrots, and the peas have long since pulled out, it’s time to plant again! Don’t let that bare ground go to waste and get that second crop growing now!

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Myth Busting the Mosquito Plants!

Nothing is more irritating to me than seeing plants labeled with misleading or outright false information. In the case of plants labeled as ‘mosquito repellents’ (ex. citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, mints, catmint, and lemon balm) these are sadly, inflated claims.

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Everybody Needs a Friend

Here’s a couple ideas for ‘companion gardening’ this year! Mix up the monoculture in your garden for a better, all natural success rate!

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