Worm Castings for Starting Soil

I have been worm farming for a couple of years now so when I decided to start this year’s tomato and pepper plants I thought I would use some of the casting I have on hand as a starting soil. The results were amazing. The growth rate has been really good with no additional nutrients […]

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 […]

Start 2011 with Early Peppers

Happy New Year! Are you ready to Plant? I know it is only the end of December; but I am planning on starting my Green Pepper plants in about 2 weeks. Why? Because here in Upper Michigan I don’t trust the weather. There is also something about the green plants that boost my moral in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Watermelons so Great

This time of the year is prime for watermelons in all parts of the country. A lot of heat and enough moisture for rapid growth makes for a great tasting watermelon. Along with that comes some added benefits. Watermelon is 92% water. But look what you get in the other 8%! Watermelon provides more lycopene […]

How to start a Strawberry Bed-Zone 4 Strawberries

I was out hunting mushrooms and came across some ripe wild strawberries. They are so good but also so small. They are no match for the present day strawberry plants we have available today. If you have wanted to start a strawberry bed but missed your opportunity this past spring. Get your garden area 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 […]

How to Grow Garlic in a zone 4 vegetable Garden

  If you live in the north country and grow garlic you are probably looking forward to harvesting it around the middle of July. There is nothing like fresh garlic to sauté and use in your favorite recipes. If you are new to planting garlic in your vegetable garden it is not difficult. In the […]

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