Archive for Gardening Tips

When and How to Harvest Garlic

| July 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

With garlic, there are three harvests or crops you can use: The first harvest is in early spring, when garlic plants are about a foot tall. You can either cut some greens or pull some complete plants as scallions and use them in your cooking as a source of fresh garlic. The second harvest is […]

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How to Grow Peanut

| November 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Peanuts are a fun crop to grow because they taste good. They are native to South America. They need a long growing season, and light sandy soil. They do not grow well in clay soils, as the pea pods or “Pegs” burrow into the soil. These pegs have difficulty pushing through clay soils. Did you […]

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How to Control Late Blight for Your Tomato?

| June 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Late blight (Phytophthora infestans) occurs commonly each year in many places around the United States and the world. There are steps that we, as home gardeners, market farmers, and commercial growers alike, can take in order to reduce late blight recurrence this growing season. Grow plants in a warm, dry, sunny area. If you have […]

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What’s Tomato Blight and What’s the Cause?

| June 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

When gardeners on the West Coast refer to “blight”, they usually mean the disease called “late blight”, caused by Phytophthora infestans. This disease is famous as the cause of the Irish potato famine in the 1800’s. Phytophthora infestans is not a fungus or a bacterium or a virus. It belongs to a group of organisms […]

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Ladybugs – Friends of Farmer & Gardeners

| June 10, 2011 | 1 Comments

Many people are fond of ladybugs because of their colorful, spotted appearance. But farmers love them for their appetite. Most ladybugs voraciously consume plant-eating insects, such as aphids, and in doing so they help to protect crops. Ladybugs lay hundreds of eggs in the colonies of aphids and other plant-eating pests. When they hatch, the […]

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Backyard Composting

| June 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

The secret to backyard composting is in the recipe. All you need is a 50:50 ratio between ‘brown’ and ‘green’ material, a little patience and some help from the sun and air. ‘Brown’ materials are carbon-based. They include dried grass and plants, leaves, sawdust, wood chips, straw and dryer lint. ‘Green’ materials are nitrogen-based. They […]

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How to Control Slugs in Your Garden?

| June 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

Slugs can be one of the most damaging pests of vegetable and flower gardens in Colorado. Slugs thrive under high moisture conditions. The most effective way to reduce slug problems is to reduce humidity in a garden. Metaldehyde baits can help control slugs if they are applied correctly and at the proper time. Slugs can […]

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How to Till Your Garden?

| April 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

After you have determined when to till a garden, you can start tilling the dirt. Mark out the area where you will be tilling your soil. Start at one end of the marked out area with your tiller. Much like you would when you are mowing the lawn, go across the soil one row at […]

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When is the Right Time to Till Your Garden?

| April 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Before you can learn how to till a garden you need to know when to till a garden. For most people, the best time for tilling dirt is in the spring. Before tilling your soil you must wait for two things. The soil must be dry enough and warm enough. If you do not wait […]

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When to Start Sowing Seeds in Coastal B.C. Canada?

| March 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Spring is definitely coming. Birds are singing; Cherry Blossom is smiling… It is time to prepare for our gardening. So, when is the right time to start sowing flower or visitable seeds if you live in the west coastal B.C. in Canada? Below is a vegetable planting chart to help you get started.  

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