Vegetables

Mid-July In The Vegetable Garden

The heat is on, and that means that our vegetable gardens should be growing gangbusters. Here’s a checklist of what to do in the veggie garden in mid-July. Weed, weed and weed. Most of us find that the weeds that were tiny over the Fourth of July are now monsters! Pull them quickly and often.…

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Is It Too Late To Plant Vegetables?

Or… “Can I still plant vegetables in the garden in late June?”  The answer to the first questions is no, it’s not too late. The answer to the second question is yes! Frankly, you can plant most vegetables now and many can be sown or placed in the garden through the rest of the summer.…

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Jump-Starting Tomato Plants

Mid-March is the time to start tomato plants from seed if you’re growing them inside under lights. Some of our customers do this,while others want to jump-start their tomatoes by buying seedlings later in April and then growing them on indoors until it’s time to plant them outside in late-May. Here are some tips for…

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Soil For Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens

“What kind of soil should I put in my raised beds?” our customers ask. This is one of the topics that will be covered in our upcoming program for inexperienced vegetable gardeners on March 11th. Raised beds are one method of growing vegetables, and in areas like Cape Cod where the soil is often sandy,…

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A Schedule For Seeds & Cuttings on Cape Cod

When it comes to starting seeds indoors, timing is everything. In February our customers frequently want to know if it’s too early to start their tomato seeds. They ask if it’s OK to begin to grow other vegetable plants and flowers inside. Some seeds can be started quite early indoors while others are best left…

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For The New Vegetable Gardener

I spoke to a man today who was planning on planting a vegetable garden in 2018 for the first time. He wondered what he should be thinking about now that might help him jumpstart this project. “What does the new vegetable grower need to know?” What a great question…the information applies not only to the…

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Late June Veggie Garden Problems

Do you grow vegetables? If so, here are some situations you might be dealing with, their causes and the organic solutions. Small Holes in Leaves Cause: flea beetles Solution: dust plants with diatomaceous earth, reapply after a rain. Usually two or three applications will be enough knock the beetles down to acceptable levels. Shredded Leaves,…

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What’s Wrong With My Tomato Leaves?

At this time of year those who grow tomatoes often see signs that the plant isn’t thriving as they’d like. Holes in the leaves, yellowing of the tomato foliage, or brown, dying stems are common. Like damage on other plants, however, we should never assume that what we see is all related. When it comes…

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Something is Eating My Tomato Plants!

entomoligists You walk into the garden and suddenly notice that part of your tomato plant has disappeared. Where there were leaves yesterday, only bare stems remain. The damage is too high for it to be a rabbit… “What is eating my tomato’s leaves?” you wonder. Chances are, it’s the tomato horn worm. These are the…

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The Garden in Early July

Have you ever driven past one of those signs by an apartment building or condo that says, “If you lived here, you’d be home now”? I thought of those signs this week when I was out in my garden. As I picked peas, lettuce, baby kale and an assortment of flowers, I thought about the…

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