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…


Day 16: How Far Apart to Plant in the Vegetable Garden

In most urban vegetable gardens, plant spacing is determined by what sort of things you plan to grow and how many plants of each variety you plan to put in….

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Day 15: When to Plant Your Vegetable Garden

We’ve spent several days talking about starting seeds indoors, hardening them off, using a cold frame and winter sowing vegetable seeds. You’re probably thinking, “All right, already, when do we…

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Day 14: Winter Sowing for Your Vegetable Garden

One of the most popular articles ever written for Northern Gardener was on winter-sowing perennials. Winter sowing involves sowing seeds outdoors in mini-greenhouses, made of milk jugs, deli containers and…