How Can You Tell When Winter Squash is Ready to Harvest?

How Can You Tell When Winter Squash is Ready to Harvest?

Winter squash can be harvested when rind is hard. To test for ripeness, gently press your thumbnail against the outer skin. If the skin resists, the squash is ripe. If your nail breaks the skin wait another week and try again.  When ready, cut squash from the vines leaving 2 inches of stem attached. Learn […]

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Frost Protection For Your Vegetables

Don’t let a light frost stop your gardening!  If you experience a light frost look for damage.  If you don’t noticed any, your vegetable plants will continue to produce vegetables until cold evening temperatures return.  If you want to protect any of your vegetables plants from future frost and cold weather, watch weather predictions.  If […]

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Using Buckwheat as a Garden Cover Crop

As your peas, spinach, radishes, and lettuce are finishing, consider replanting with buckwheat for a soil fix! Buckwheat is a warm-season annual cover crop and can be planted mid-spring through August to smother weeds, loosen tight soils, and fix nitrogen into the soil.  Buckwheat is quick to germinate and should be mowed about 7 days […]

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Growing Romanesco

Growing Romanesco

What’s that weird vegetable with the pointed cones all over it? Related to broccoli and cauliflower, it’s an unusual crucifer called romanesco. Even though it may not be something you see every day, it’s just as easy to grow as its more common relatives. Looking like an elaborate work of art or alien from space, […]

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Consider Using Straw, Hay, or Compost in Your Garden for Mulch

Straw, hay, or compost will help keep down weeds, conserve moisture so you do will not have to water as often, and will add organic matter to the soil at the end of the season. It also does not have to be removed at the end of the growing season While fabric and plastic mulch […]

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