Spring Garden

Common Problems Growing Sweet Corn in the Home Garden
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Common Problems Growing Sweet Corn in the Home Garden

Is there anything better than fresh sweet corn on a hot summer’s day? (Well, maybe fresh-picked watermelon.) While I didn’t always grow sweet corn, once I started, it quickly became a family favorite and has earned a staple spot in my garden. Getting corn to a full harvest sometimes presents challenges. Whether you are considering…

Tomatoes: What Can Go Wrong?
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Tomatoes: What Can Go Wrong?

If you were to take a poll of the most popular vegetable grown in the garden, I’d be hard-pressed to think it was anything other than the tomato plant. It seems as though most gardeners (new and veteran) take pride in growing tomatoes in their gardens. Just because tomatoes are popular, however, doesn’t make them…

Squash: What Can Go Wrong and How to Prevent It
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Squash: What Can Go Wrong and How to Prevent It

Are you growing summer squash? Most home gardeners grow some kind of squash in their summer garden. However, growing squash isn’t without its troubles. I like to call this a “feast or famine” crop — because when everything goes right, a bumper crop awaits! But this isn’t always the case, even from season to season….

10 Onion Growing Problems and How to Prevent Them
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10 Onion Growing Problems and How to Prevent Them

Are onions staples in your kitchen? Do you want to grow more of them in your garden, like I do? We currently have over 300 planted in our garden! After harvest, I store onions whole for a few months and then freeze and dehydrate the rest. Each year I have a goal to grow enough…

9 Organic Mulch Options for the Vegetable Garden
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9 Organic Mulch Options for the Vegetable Garden

You’re already convinced that mulching is essential for the vegetable garden. But as a gardener who wants to choose organic inputs whenever possible, what kind of mulch options should you consider? Several years ago, I wrote an article about 4 mulches for the vegetable garden — each of which I had used myself to a…

Mulching the Vegetable Garden: Why it’s essential and how to do it
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Mulching the Vegetable Garden: Why it’s essential and how to do it

When we think of the early spring in our gardens, most of us think of PLANTING! Yes, while this is the number one task most of us are doing right now, not far behind it is a process we cannot skip — mulching the vegetable garden. Most of us who mulch, and even those who…