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Cinder blocks Vegetable Garden
March 11, 2018

Cinder blocks Vegetable Garden

By Connie Oswald Stofko Is it safe to use cinder blocks in a raised bed, or might chemicals from the concrete blocks leach out of the blocks to contaminate your soil and food plants you grow there? Can you use pressure treated lumber? Can you grow food plants in the hellstrip, the area between the street and sidewalk? John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell…

French Vegetable Garden Design
January 17, 2018

French Vegetable Garden Design

In the French kitchen garden or potager, gardeners have intermingled vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs since medieval times. For the French, the potager has always been the country counterpart of the grand chateaux parterres. Potagers are more popular than ever in France; a government survey taken in 1994 revealed that 23 percent of the fruit and vegetables…

Backyard Vegetable Garden Design Ideas
December 30, 2017

Backyard Vegetable Garden Design Ideas

Tame the Great Outdoors in your backyard by dressing up the space with a garden. Backyard gardens give ample opportunity for self-expression, since they’re typically somewhat private and hidden. If you’re dealing with wide open spaces out back, a garden can help solve that problem, too. Learn a few tips you can use in your backyard garden design. The key word…

Best Insecticide for Vegetable Garden
December 21, 2017

Best Insecticide for Vegetable Garden

Even in the best-managed vegetable gardens-ones with soil rich in compost, and a diversity of plants to encourage natural predators-certain pests will occasionally get out of hand. There is a nugget of truth in the old maxim that insects are most likely to gang up on plants that are already unhealthy because of a soil nutrient imbalance or drought. This is the…

Garden Vegetable Soup
December 18, 2017

Garden Vegetable Soup

With our miserable bone-chilling weather, I had a taste for a good hearty quick soup. However, when I went to the local grocery store (why are they all called ?supermarkets?? how come there are no averagemarkets, goodmarkets, or alsoranmarkets?} to purchase the vegetables, the only green beans they had looked every bit as bad as TV chef Jamie Oliver?s hair. So…

Best Vegetable Garden Design
November 21, 2017

Best Vegetable Garden Design

Growing a great vegetable garden involves juggling the needs of dozens of different crops. Some like it hot while others prefer cool spring or fall growing conditions. Some can be closely planted while others need lots of room. But figuring out when to plant what — and where — just got easier. With the help of our interactive, you can quickly get the data you…

Garden Design Vegetable Patch
October 19, 2017

Garden Design Vegetable Patch

Gardening with children provides numerous opportunities for hands-on learning, inquiry, observation, and experimentation. Gardening also helps children build an understanding of and respect for nature and our environment. When children participate in growing edible plants, they are more motivated to taste, eat, and enjoy fruits and vegetables. With some planning…

Beautiful Vegetable Garden Design
October 4, 2017

Beautiful Vegetable Garden Design

When it comes to vegetable gardening, there are numerous tips and other vegetable garden design ideas that can make the task an easier one and the vegetable garden a more eye appealing space. As no one garden is the same, not all ideas for designing a vegetable garden will work for everyone. Many of the following vegetable gardening ideas, however, not only have…

Designing a Vegetable Garden with raised beds
September 25, 2017

Designing a Vegetable Garden with raised beds

Raised bed gardens , tiny plots, container gardening, and other techniques help you grow more in less space. Here are 5 tips to make your harvest bountiful—plus, a garden plot design. 1. Raise Your Beds Forget about growing plants in single file in long, parallel rows. You can grow up to 10 times the amount of produce in the same space with raised beds. In a…

Home Vegetable Garden Design
July 15, 2017

Home Vegetable Garden Design

Growing your own food can be a very rewarding experience. When well planned, a home vegetable garden can produce fresh healthy food many months of the year. Whether you are looking to start simple with some lettuce and tomatoes for salads or you want a gourmet garden that produces artichokes and asparagus, you’ll find that growing vegetables is not that hard…

Backyard Vegetable Garden
December 17, 2016

Backyard Vegetable Garden

Backyard Vegetable Garden What to Plant: getting the best return on effort Although you will have your own ideas and preferences about what vegetables to grow, this list is developed for people with limited space for a backyard vegetable garden, with a focus on crops that are easy to grow and expensive to buy. • peas (edible pod) Peas are one of the first crops…

Herb and Vegetable Garden Designs
January 22, 2017

Herb and Vegetable Garden Designs

Edible landscaping is simply a way of using veggies, herbs and flowers in the garden that will perform multiple functions, such as for food, flavor and ornamental appearance. Let’s take a look at how to mix edible plants in the garden. Veggies, Herbs and Flowers The idea of mixing edible crops with ornamental plantings was once frowned upon. However, grouping…

Fertilizing Vegetable Garden
October 12, 2016

Fertilizing Vegetable Garden

As garden vegetables grow, they undergo an intensive process that strips nutrients from the soil. Adding fertilizer keeps soil in optimum shape to feed your garden. Choosing the right type of fertilizer and adding the right amount depends on the soil and the plants you’re growing. Soil tests are a great way to know what to add. 5-10-5? Deciphering the numbers…

Container Vegetable Gardening
June 15, 2017

Container Vegetable Gardening

Want to have more control over growing conditions and enjoy higher yields with a lot less work? Garden in containers. Container gardening is an easy way to garden, especially when you lack yard space. Plant Pots: The Bigger, the Better Large plants need lots of space, and most roots need room to grow. Avoid small containers as they often can’t store enough water…

Cottage Vegetable Garden Design
March 14, 2017

Cottage Vegetable Garden Design

Why think about your vegetable garden design before planting? Thinking you and your family’s desires, needs, and goals before planting is the single biggest thing you can do to have a garden that won’t become a burden. I have heard SO many people tell me that they started a garden one time only to give up around July when the weeds and heat became too much. It…

Design for Vegetable Garden
October 30, 2016

Design for Vegetable Garden

‘Keep the faith and keep on digging, knowing that you will eventually succeed.’ Photograph: Lucy Chamberlain Fancy building the vegetable garden of your dreams from a weed-strewn wasteland? Lucy Chamberlain shares her sage advice For culinary gardeners, creating your own edible garden sets you on an almighty high. It can be daunting at first if you don’t know…

Designing Drip Irrigation system Vegetable Garden
August 31, 2016

Designing Drip Irrigation system Vegetable Garden

Soaker hoses’ slow, steady drip ensures that almost no water is lost to surface runoff or evaporation—all of that water goes to your plants. It also means very few nutrients leach down beyond the reach of plant roots. Furthermore, since soaker hoses deliver water directly to the plants you want to grow, less is wasted on weeds . The soil surface between the plants…