Spring gardening

What Happens if You Don’t Thin Seedlings
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What Happens if You Don’t Thin Seedlings

Is is really that big of deal if you don’t thin seedlings? When you plant garden crops from seed — whether indoors or directly in the garden — you may find yourself in a dilemma that most beginning gardeners face: LOTS of sprouts! Planting Seeds Too Close Together One one hand, you’re excited. They sprouted!…

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What to Do When a Spring Frost or Freeze Threatens Your Early Crops

On a mid-March morning one year, had you been at my home, you would have found me in my blueberry bush bed, taking giant sheets off my blueberry bushes. My fingertips grazed the white blossoms to see if the freezing temperatures from the past two nights had damaged them. Since each of those blossoms is…

Planting Seeds Directly in the Garden: Which vegetables and when to sow?
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Planting Seeds Directly in the Garden: Which vegetables and when to sow?

If you’re a beginning gardener, you may wonder, “Can I plant seeds directly in the ground?” We commonly think of transplanting baby plants when we begin a new garden, but which crops should you start from seed outdoors — directly in the garden — and when do you plant them? That’s such a great question and…

What Kind of Green Beans Should You Grow?
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What Kind of Green Beans Should You Grow?

You’re planning your summer garden, and you know you want green beans. You may not know if you want to freeze them, can them, or simply grow enough to eat fresh. You just know you want them. They’re supposed to be one of the easiest crops to grow, so it shouldn’t be that hard, right?…

Growing Blueberries? Avoid these 4 Beginner Mistakes
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Growing Blueberries? Avoid these 4 Beginner Mistakes

When I began gardening, I wanted to start growing blueberries right away. One of the most healthy fruits you can eat, blueberries are expensive to buy at the grocery store, and the flavor of store-bought blueberries simply can’t compare to homegrown. Growing blueberries is much simpler than you would think. All the work — which…