Burpee Community - Gardening How-To's http://www.burpee.com/community/forums/gardening-how-to-s Burpee Community - Gardening How-To's en-US Burpee //d1l316k04n1hna.cloudfront.net/static/images/burpee-favicon.png 16 16 Burpee http://www.burpee.com/community/ <![CDATA[TOMATOE SEEDLINGS]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/723/tomatoe-seedlings HI THERE I ALWAYS TRY TO START MY GARDEN PLANS FROM SEED AND GET THEM TO SPROUT BEAUTIFUL BUT A WK OR TWO AFTER THEY GET LANKY AND PRODUCE TALL THIN NON BUSHY PLANTS WHY ? I GROW IN A INDOOR GREENHOUSE W/PLANT LIGHTING HOW DO I GET THE STALKS NICE AND THICK LIKE SOME OTHER GROWERS?  ALSO MY NEIGHBOR GAVE ME A TOM. PLANT FOR MY GARDEN SOON AFTER PLANTING THERE WERE LITTLE BROWNISH BLACK SPOTS ON THE LEAVES THAT SEEM TO SPEAD LIKE WILD FIRE THROUGHOUT THE OTHER TOM. PLANTS WHAT WAS IT?

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/723/tomatoe-seedlings February 1, 2014
February 8, 2013 February 8, 2013 <![CDATA[growing on a chain link fence]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/521/growing-on-a-chain-link-fence Hi, I have a chain link fence around my back yard and Id like to grow plants on it. Im zone 4 and was hoping to plant  both annuals (vegies) and perennials , my concern is that its in full sun and the metal fence will heat up and harm my plants. Has anyone found what plants would work well for this?

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/521/growing-on-a-chain-link-fence February 8, 2013
<![CDATA[Tomato Tips!]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/629/tomato-tips%21 Watering:

Tomatoes need even watering to prevent blossom end rot.  Water thoroughly but not too often (twice per week should suffice at first) and try to water early in the day so that plants will dry off before the evening.  This helps to reduce disease problems. 

 

Support:

For maximum tomato yields, always stake or cage your plants.  Emerging fruits will benefit from improved air circulation and less ground pest problems. 

 

Early Pest Prevention:

Wrap the tomato stems with a piece of cardboard or wax paper that extends an inch above and below the soil to protect them from cutworms.  A regular office stapler can be used to secure the material in a circle.  After the stems toughen up in 3-4 weeks, cutworm damage will no longer be a concern and the paper will have rotted away. 

 

Do you have any tomato tips to share with us?

 

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/629/tomato-tips%21 April 24, 2013
<![CDATA[Beat the Heat!]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/672/beat-the-heat%21 How do you keep your plants alive and refreshed during the hot summer months?

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/672/beat-the-heat%21 July 22, 2013
<![CDATA[blackberries in North Texas]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/668/blackberries-in-north-texas I am new to Plano, Texas and would like to start my garden by planting blackberry canes along the fence that will be my garden boundary. Any advice? Anyone have success in Zone 8 with blackberries or other fruits I can train along a fence?

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/668/blackberries-in-north-texas July 15, 2013
<![CDATA[About Me]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/667/about-me Irene Belammy is an expert landscaping designer and has spent 9 years beautifying homes and properties in and around Toronto. She recommends using services of Terrastone Landscaping Inc., a full service restoration and creation company with a reputation for offering top quality services. In her spare time, she loves going on short vacations with friends and family.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/667/about-me July 9, 2013
<![CDATA[Hardening summer squash]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/661/hardening-summer-squash In the description of the summer squash their is mention of hardening them with dry heat.  Then they can be used later in the year.  Has any one been successful with this?  Should I leave them in the sun or in a hot attic?  How exactly is this done?  Thanks for your help.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/661/hardening-summer-squash July 2, 2013
<![CDATA[Grow Lights]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/584/grow-lights First time in using a grown lights!  For those of you who are experience in using a grow lights, please share with me your recommendation in using the grow lights for my vegetable garden.  Thank you

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/584/grow-lights March 23, 2013
<![CDATA[Garden Gifts for Dad]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/649/garden-gifts-for-dad Father's Day is this coming weekend!  Did you remember? 

If your Dad is a gardener, we have some great offerings you can buy for him on Burpee's website.

Or why not do something simple like cook him a good meal or help out with his garden displays?  I bet Dad would love to wake up to a beautifully lanscaped garden done by his children!

 

 

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/649/garden-gifts-for-dad June 10, 2013
<![CDATA[Weeds in a vegetable garden]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/590/weeds-in-a-vegetable-garden Last season my vegetable garden was overrun by weeds, I could not keep on top of them by pulling I just had to give up. I did have vegetables grow in amongst the weeds.  This year I am looking for something I can do before I plant (by the end of May) to get rid of the weeds. I am fairly new to gardening so I don't know what I can put in the garden to combat them that wouldn't hurt the vegetables or pets. My husband said we might have to dig out the soil and put new soil down but if I can do something else I would rather not have to remove the soil. HELP!!

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/590/weeds-in-a-vegetable-garden March 25, 2013
<![CDATA[CARROTS1]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/382/carrots1 I grew carrots every year when I lived in South Jersey but I strike out trying to grow them in Southern California. Last year I spade-forked the ground to a depth of 9 inches, then scattered seed.  I got 3 carrots, and not great ones!  This year I dug 9-inch deep trenches and mixed the soil with sand, then soweed seeds in rows topped with 1/3-inch of light soil, tamped down. I water each morning.  Nothing!  Any thoughts? 

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/382/carrots1 April 19, 2012
<![CDATA[Carpet of Snow - Alyssum]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/619/carpet-of-snow---alyssum I started Carpet of Snow - Alyssum and it is growing very fast.  It is quite long and I was wondering if I could pinch it back to get it to grow thicker.  I also wasn't sure if I should put a bunch of seeds in each section or just one?  I ended up putting 3 or 4 in each section.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/619/carpet-of-snow---alyssum April 14, 2013
<![CDATA[resa beds]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/601/resa-beds im new at rasd bed gardening wat shoud i no be for starting angey help will be thankful it going to be organic

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/601/resa-beds April 1, 2013
<![CDATA[My 1st Fall Garden (2nd Season Gardening)]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/378/my-1st-fall-garden-%282nd-season-gardening%29 This is my first year doing a 2nd season garden and I am extremely excited to start it. Laughing I am moving into a new house in 2 weeks so there is no real reason to start it where I am now so I am getting real anxious. I have started to germinate a few of my seeds which I am not sure if I should have done since I did some reading today and found out that everything should have been a direct sow. So I have a few questions since I am new to fall gardening. I usually plant a few things during the spring/summer but I am far from a master gardener but I hope with a few more years I hope to be.

I ordered two plants from burpees.com; broccoli and cabbage and seeds for carrots, lettuce, green beans, spinach, collards, kale, and cucumbers. And from my local nursey I bought some more seeds mostly herbs and a few repeats of seeds I got online.(BusyBee in Glenwood Illinois is going out of business and all the seeds are 5/$1 and the pots are all 60% off) I really wanted to do onions and garlic but I wasn't sure with living in Chicago how everything would turn out and I didn't want to spend a whole lot of money and barely get anything in return.

So my main question is how do I go about getting my garden to grow and have a very plentiful garden? Also what is a good fertilizer to use? Also any tips that have worked for others in the Chicagoland area? I am extremely grateful for any help anyone is willing to give to me. Thanks in advance.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/378/my-1st-fall-garden-%282nd-season-gardening%29 September 16, 2012
<![CDATA[pinching tomato seedlings?]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/506/pinching-tomato-seedlings I have always started my tomatoes inside because out growing season is short here in Montana. My question is, I know there is a way of pinching back the seedlings so you get a nice thick stalk on the tomatoes, a bushy plant. I am tired of having these little teeny skinny things. How many true leaves do I need to have on my plant before I start pinching. I want some plants that look like the ones you buys from the garden centers.   Has anyone ever grown these "Dwarf" tomatoes, I just ordered 4 varieties from Heritage Tomatoe, she could not tell my why they are called Dwarf as they reach 4 ft, nothing Dwarf about that.......

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/506/pinching-tomato-seedlings January 16, 2013
<![CDATA[Mold on herbs :(]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/544/mold-on-herbs--%28 Hello, I am new to herb growing and bought the Burpee tree stand set with Oregano, Sweet Basil, Chives, Parsley and Cilantro.  I currently have it set up in my kitchen with a grow lamp on it for approx. 12 hrs a day.  The recommendation was at least 6...The problem is that my Cilantro and Parsley have a fine white mold growing on the soil. How can I safely get rid of it??

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/544/mold-on-herbs--%28 February 17, 2013
<![CDATA[lasagna garden ]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/534/lasagna-garden- has any tried the lasagna garden method?

 

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/534/lasagna-garden- February 12, 2013
<![CDATA[hand pollinating]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/530/hand-pollinating I have noticed less bes and insects around to pollinate my garden and also a reduction in produce. Any tips or trick that may help me? i'm going to try and do some hand pollinating this summer to see if this helps production.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/530/hand-pollinating February 11, 2013
<![CDATA[Starting an Avocado Tree ]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/539/starting-an-avocado-tree- I have a wonderfully large avocado pit/seed that I want to plant in the ground. I've tried growing an avocado tree in a container and it started off really well but died during a freeze. I was out of town and couldn't bring it inside. Frown. So I would like to go ahead and plant this one in my front yard. Are there any special fertilizers or nutrients I should give it? Should the soil be a little sandy or will regular topsoil do the trick. I'm planning on planting soon so it will have the entire Spring and Summer to get some good roots going. It doesn't really get cold here until late November, early December.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/539/starting-an-avocado-tree- February 14, 2013
<![CDATA[Greenhouse Newbie, when to start]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/536/greenhouse-newbie%2C-when-to-start I have a new Burpee (Palram) greenhouse and am wondering how to best utilize it. In particular, when. I'm in Northern CA. We've had a cold winter (for us) with consecutive nights below freezing. Summers can get very hot with temps executing 100 degrees for 4-5 days. My greenhouse is in a location that has a lot of Southern Exposure.

I'm starting to stash empty milk jugs full of water in the greenhouse as a temperature equalizer and am able to run an extension cord and space heater out for really cold nights. I purchased the cover for protection on the hot summer days, but I'd imagine it will get toasty. I have the "automatic" vent arm. The floor is gravel.

I have a variety of vegetable and flower seedlings growing indoors. I want to move them to the greenhouse at the right time, then many of them into the garden.

I understand plants have a variety of needs and tolerances, but am wondering if people have any general suggestions or guidelines to share.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/536/greenhouse-newbie%2C-when-to-start February 14, 2013