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Early Fall/Late Summer Garden – Pictures and Observations

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Tomatoes

All except one tomato plant gave up producing about 6 weeks sooner than usual. That means no tomatoes for me in December and/or January.

The most beautiful and most productive tomato plant was the one in the fence border close to my back door. It’s still producing! And it’s why I’ll have […]

Fall Crops – Starting in Flats – Can be a Strategy for Pest Control, Increased Yield, Saving Space and Time

Almost 40 years of gardening and I’m enjoying starting fall crops more than ever this year; mainly because of the benefits I’m enjoying from an adjustment to my usual seed starting and transplanting methods.

How the Adjustment Came About

A couple of weeks ago the first lettuce seeds I’d started for fall had germinated. They were small, but a size good for transplanting if […]

Lettuce – Kale – Various Greens / Do you Need to Thin Them?

A reader of TMG, Heather, wrote to me yesterday and said she had not gotten around to thinning her kale and lettuces. She said that the packets mentioned suggested spacing and also gave the option of thickly sowing for cutting, especially the Russian Kale and Jericho Romaine.

She wanted to know if she should “still thin at least somewhat? Or just let them be?”

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Seed Starting – Warm Weather Crops – Adapting the Wintersown Method – Things You Need to Know

I’ve described my modifications of the wintersown method (that I use to get an early start on warm weather crops) in many posts, especially in my recent post and the one at the end of February. But, I’ve received questions from readers that would indicate a misunderstanding of my particular adaptation of wintersown.

The wintersown method of planting in jugs, taping them up, and […]

Transplanting Seedlings – A Tip to Help them Take Hold More Quickly

I know somewhere I’ve already addressed this tip for transplanting seedlings, but I sure couldn’t find it anywhere.  Maybe I wrote it in a letter to the “special 100 list” last year. It’s a tip that can make a big difference in how quickly your seedlings take hold once they’re in the garden.

For more years than I care to remember (about 32) I […]

3 Ways to Help Guarantee Your Success in Spite of the Crazy Weather

Late with seed starting this year? Or did you start a month or so ago? Are you a bit worried about how the cold will affect the success of your garden this year?

Worry all we want, we can’t do much about the weather.  But there are a few things we can do to give our plants and gardens a great chance for success in spite of the weather. —–read more—-

Seed Starting – When to Begin – Adapting to Change

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Variables – That’s Just Gardening

The reason for trying to start fall/winter crops in August is to give them as many days to get established with long daylight hours and warmth as possible.  The more growth they get in before low light and cold weather sets in — the more bountiful will be your winter harvest.

Long about the first of August this year the rain was still coming […]

Wintersown – Answer to Questions about Seeds and Transplanting

I received an email from a reader this morning who planted lettuce via the wintersown method and wanted to know if they planted the right number of seeds per jug or bottle. 9 seeds were planted in each of 4 jugs. Also used were four 2 liter coke bottles in which they planted 4 seeds each.

No set Rules

There are no set rules […]