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Fix Garden Problems with Companion Planting

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Fix Garden Problems with Companion Planting

Just like people, garden vegetable plants grow best when they’re with friends! If you struggle with pests, critters, or even want a better crop, companion gardening can help! For instance, did you know that bee balm and mint planted near tomatoes will enhance the flavor?  Gardeners have been using companion planting for centuries as a natural approach to harnessing each plant’s unique qualities to mutually benefit each other. There are hundreds of combinations to try (or avoid) so knowing the family of your plant is a good start (for example, broccoli and cabbage are from the same family so they have the...

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A Healthy Garden Starts Before Planting.

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A Healthy Garden Starts Before Planting.

Every gardener runs into common problems during the summer from blight to weeds to pests but few of us are willing to resort to pesticides or herbicides. These healthy garden tips can help minimize and eliminate pests in your garden and protect your plants as they grow. #1 Start with the soil. A healthy garden begins with the best soil you can find or create. For brand new gardens, buy the best from a garden center. Don’t be tempted to fill up from your community compost pile – these are often filled with weed seeds and worst yet, diseased plants. If you have...

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Five Tips for Planning a Bountiful Veggie Garden.

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Five Tips for Planning a Bountiful Veggie Garden.

For gardeners spring fever usually comes a little early . . . right around the time the seed catalogs show up! Don’t we all page through and create that perfect garden in our heads? Overflowing, of course, with bountiful produce. Here are a few tips to help you make your garden dreams a reality. Tip #1 Be honest about space needs. Follow the guidelines on the seed packet or plant tag. We’re always tempted to squeeze things in a little closer together but this can reduce your harvest and make your plants more prone to disease. Tip #2 Put it on...

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