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Tuesday, March 10 , 2015

Don’t Plant Your Garden Wrong

Depending on what climate you live in, you might be getting ready to sow some seeds or plant some seedlings! Here's the word on what to put where, based on how much sun you get.

If a section of your garden is bathed in sunlight, consider growing corn, melons, peppers and/or tomatoes. They thrive in the sun.

If a section of your garden doesn’t get much sun, consider growing lettuce, pumpkins and/or spinach, which all thrive in the shade.

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Monday, June 02 , 2014

Lettuce-Growing Secrets

Want to grow a tasty, less bitter batch of lettuce? Here's how to do it...

Let your lettuce plants grow in a shady patch of your garden. The Farmers' Almanac suggests planning your garden so that lettuce will be sheltered by taller plants, such as tomatoes or sweet corn...and consider planting rows of chives or garlic between lettuce plants to control aphids. (The chives act as "barrier plants" for the lettuce.)

What, you've already planted your lettuce? Then go find a shady spot and plant some more. Lettuce plants mature quickly, so you can sow a new set of seeds every two to three weeks for a continuous harvest. If you keep the lettuce cool as a cucumber, it will mature without any bitterness...but then again, wouldn't we all?

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Monday, June 24 , 2013

To Grow Sweeter Tomatoes

Did you know that tomatoes are the most popular homegrown vegetable? You probably aren't surprised. The vine plants are easy to grow in containers on patios or decks or in a simple backyard patch of dirt…and a fresh, homegrown tomato tastes light-years better than what you'd get in the grocery store. Would you like your tomatoes to taste even sweeter? Here's what to do: Lower the acidity of your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda (one-quarter to one-half cup, depending on the size of your plants) around your maturing plants and working it into the soil (about an inch or two below the surface). Do this once a week, and your tomatoes will taste sweeter.

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Tuesday, October 02 , 2012

Garden-Fresh Tomatoes for Thanksgiving

If you clean your garden in autumn and find some unripe tomatoes, pull out the plants—roots and all. Shake off the dirt and hang the plants upside down in your basement or garage. The tomatoes will ripen on the vine. Think of it, fresh tomatoes at Thanksgiving!