This is a common complaint among vegetable gardeners this year. Here it is the end of August and many of us are only harvesting a tomato here and another there. Yes, there are green fruits on the plants but they aren’t turning red very quickly. The reason for this problem is the weather. “Oh great,” [...]
Is the foliage of your tomato plant disappearing at an alarming rate? If the plants are small it might be woodchuck or deer damage, but if the plants are taller, an insect may be responsible. When the leaves at the top of the plant are being stripped but the stems left in place, you probably [...]
Easy Steps to Starting a Raised Bed on Cape Cod
June 7, 2013
I have been working at this garden center for over 17 years. I have lived in my house with a very big yard for over 10 years. You would think I would have a huge Veggie garden but I [...]
In the past week several customers have asked a question and then concluded by saying, “I’m planting my first vegetable garden.” We want these customers to be successful with their veggie garden, so we’re offering these words of advice.
If you’re making raised beds, don’t put landscape fabric or plastic on the bottom. Till up [...]
It used to be that a vegetable garden was a rectangular patch of soil in the backyard, often fenced to keep out the rabbits. Next came the popularity of the raised bed garden, and many people decided to make their rectangles smaller and raise them off the ground. Although some still choose these styles, the [...]
It’s cold outside and spring can’t come fast enough. Some of us satisfy our urge to plant by planning our vegetable gardens, but those in the know aren’t waiting….they’re growing micro-greens indoors.
Micro-greens are the youngest plants imaginable. They may be tiny but are nevertheless filled with flavor and nutrients. Tiny beet microgreens taste just [...]
If you see your tomato foliage rapidly disappearing, chances are you have one or more tomato hornworms. Another sign that this pest is at work is the black pepper-like “frass” (aka caterpillar poop) that is sprinkled over the tomato foliage. Look closely at the stems and underside of the leaves and you’re likely to find [...]
Everyone loves a tasty, homegrown tomato. As the song writer Guy Clark has written, “There are just two things that money can’t buy: true love and home grown tomatoes.”
This is the type of harvest that one of our employees had this summer. We will be dreaming of these this winter…
For the best [...]
As part of our Totally Tomatoes Weekend, Nancy Cavanaugh gave a cooking demonstration that showed some of her favorite ways to prepare home-grown tomatoes. Mouths watered and attendees were rewarded with samples of the dishes she prepared. Of particular interest was the Roasted Tomato Basil Soup from the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and the Fresh Tomato [...]
Are you interested in fresh, tasty food? Would you like to be able to go out into your yard and pick ingredients for dinner? If your answer to these questions is “yes” but you’re not ready to install a full-scale vegetable garden or berry patch, this post is for you.
Many of our customers would [...]