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Using Blossom Set

The pepper and tomato plants are doing great-however the weather is not cooperating. A spring snow storm blanketed the area over the week end. It’s not the snow that bothers me but the cold. Within the next week or two I would like to start moving my plants outdoors to harden them off. If the [...]

Deciding What to Plant

The thing I like about planting your own garden is that you can pick which varieties you want to plant. I just love the hybrid pink tomatoes, but there is no way I can buy them at the store. The same with growing your own plants. If you are able to start from seed,  you [...]

Transplanting Pepper and Tomato Plants

If you started your pepper plants early like I did they are getting to be pretty good size. I spent a few hours this week end transplanting them to larger containers. I like to only move them once between the time I start them and move them into the garden. 70 plants so far and [...]

Seedlings for Spring Planting in Zone 4

Hopefully if you grow your own vegetable plants, and you live here in the North County- you have got a start on some of them. My green pepper plants have be growing for little over a month now, and looking very good. But compared to the tomatoes they grow so slow. But that’s ok. They [...]

Cheap Grow Lights for your Vegetable Seedlings

In this part of the country around the Great Lakes we don’t get quite as cold in the winter time as they do inland. A big reason for that is the cloud cover off Lake Superior. Known as the Lake effect weather this area is so well known for. This can create a challenge for [...]

How to test the soil in your Vegetable Garden

It is a good idea to test your soil in an existing garden every 2 to 3 years. Don’t wait till you start having problems. By doing regular testing you can stay on top of it. Especially soil ph. Even if you have a good fertilization technique, the ph still can change. I don’t think [...]

Mantis Tiller Cultivator-A little Machine that Tackles big jobs

A little machine that saves a lot of time and tackles some big jobs. I saw the ads for the Mantis, received information in the mail, and never paid much attention to any of it. Leave it up to my 80 year old mother. I came home one day to a box sitting on my [...]

Gardening Tips for Early Tomatoes

I think every person I know that has a vegetable garden strives to get early tomatoes . Here in the north country to get them by the end of July can be a real challenge. I have been able to get early tomatoes by the 4th of July. But it takes a lot of work. [...]