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Planting Cover Crops and Green Manure by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating A cover crop is a quick-growing crop used to cover exposed ground, prevent erosion or soil compaction, and block weeds. Cover crops such as buckwheat, clover, rye or other g ... Read on »
October Vegetable Garden by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Summer crops will continue producing into the fall until the weather gets cold enough to stop them. Pick tomatoes, summer squash, eggplant, and peppers to keep the summer ha ... Read on »
Strawberry Planting: Fall and Spring Seasons by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Strawberries can be planted in fall or late winter for spring harvest in mild winter regions. Plant strawberries in early spring for summer and fall harvest where winters ar ... Read on »
Garlic Growing Tips by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Fall-planted garlic is usually ready for harvest in early- to mid-summer. Spring-planted garlic will be ready for harvest in the fall. For the best quality and yields plant ... Read on »
Late-Summer Fruit Calendar and Maintenance by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Begin planning for the new fruit planting season.   If you live in a mild-winter region, fruit trees and bushes can be planted while the soil is still warm this a ... Read on »
Spring Cabbage, Fall Cabbage, and Winter Cabbage by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating The terms spring cabbage, summer cabbage, fall cabbage and winter cabbage refer to the season in which the cabbage is harvested.   Cabbage grows best when it co ... Read on »
Pea Growing Tips by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Grow peas during the winter in mild-winter regions; in cold-winter regions grow peas in the spring and sometimes in the fall. Peas germinate more slowly in cold soil, in abo ... Read on »
September Vegetable Garden by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Vegetable crops will begin to take longer to ripen in September. Give melons, limas, and tomatoes more time to ripen naturally. Eggplants are ready for harvest when they are ... Read on »
Pepper Harvest Tips by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Sweet peppers can be picked when immature or full size, green or red. Hot peppers can be picked at any time for fresh use; hot peppers for drying or pickling should be picke ... Read on »
Spinach Growing Tips by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Spinach is a cool weather crop that grows best when daytime temperature remain consistently below 75°F--commonly in spring or fall. Young plants will bolt when exposed to ... Read on »
How to Ripen Tomatoes on the Vine by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Standard-sized tomatoes take 20 to 30 days from blossom set to reach full size--commonly called "mature green"; they take another 20 to 30 days to ripen, that is begin to ch ... Read on »
Citrus Tree Pruning by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Citrus trees are largely self-shaping, requiring little pruning. Occasional pruning to shape leggy branches or to give a citrus tree a desired shape can be done any time of ... Read on »
Fall Harvest Vegetable Varieties by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Fall harvest crops are planted in mid- to late-summer. These cool-season crops get a quick start from seed or seedling in warm summer soil and come to maturity in the cool d ... Read on »
Vegetables for Fall Harvest by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Leafy greens, root vegetables, and members of the cabbage family are good fall harvest crops. These crops can be planted in mid- to late-summer for fall harvest.   ... Read on »
Mid-Summer Fruit Calendar and Maintenance by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Fruits are ripening by mid-summer. Keep fruit trees and vines thoroughly watered; avoid letting plants dry out, especially newly planted fruits and fruits growing in contain ... Read on »
August Vegetable Garden by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Begin to think about harvest in August. Warm-weather crops will be ready for harvest in the next six weeks. Keeping the soil evenly moist as crops finish maturing is importa ... Read on »
Lettuce Growing Tips by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Lettuce grows best in cool weather and sunny locations. Spring, mid-summer, and early fall are the times of year to plant lettuce, but you can grow lettuce in the summer e ... Read on »
Watering and Water Content of Vegetables by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Vegetable crops need 1 inch of water each week--as a general rule of thumb; this is the equivalent of about ½ gallon of water or slightly more per square foot of garden. Som ... Read on »
Vegetable Growing in Hot Weather by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Vegetables are sensitive to hot temperatures--just as they are sensitive to cold temperatures.   Each vegetable crop grows best in its own range of temperatures ... Read on »
Mulch: Hot Weather Vegetable Garden Protection by Steve .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Mulch reduces evaporation from the soil surface, moderates soil temperature, and insulates roots from summer heat (and winter cold). Mulch suppresses weeds, reduces soil com ... Read on »