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Day 24: Succession Planting in the Vegetable Garden

Even with a short Minnesota growing season, you can extend the productivity of your vegetable garden by replanting certain vegetables a second or even a third time. It all depends…

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Day 23: Critter Control in the Vegetable Garden

The two biggest issues for vegetable gardeners in the North are deer and rabbits. Both are relentless and clever, if they are hungry enough. Fencing can work to control both…

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Day 22: Insect Pests in the Vegetable Garden

Before we even start talking about pests, let’s be clear: Most bugs are good bugs, and trying to keep your vegetable garden bug-free is not only an exercise in futility,…

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Day 21: Weeding Your Vegetable Garden

Once your vegetable garden is planted, you’ll have just a few ongoing chores: watering, picking and weeding. None of these need be onerous (and, of course, picking vegetables is just…

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Day 20: Feeding Your Vegetable Garden

Vegetables are living, growing things, and they need to be fed. The amount of nitrogen, phosophorous, potassium and trace minerals that plants need varies. (See below for list of heavy…

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Day 19: Tips for Growing Tomatoes, Part 2

Now that you’ve got your tomato planted, there are other things to keep in mind, like how to minimize its upkeep. One way is by spreading mulch, such as a…

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Day 18: Tips for Growing Tomatoes

I heard it a lot when I talked to gardeners last summer, and the summer before that: “My tomatoes are doing terrible—I don’t know what I did wrong!” People are…

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Day 17: Tips for Growing Greens

Growing greens — lettuce, spinach, arugula and other leafy things — in your vegetable garden produces big pay-offs in taste and nutrition for relatively little effort. And, nothing says summer…