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All About Swiss Chard

Chard is a close relative of beets. It is often grown as a summer substitute for spinach because of its tolerance for warm temperatures.

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Asparagus

Asparagus roots received before planting time should be kept in moist sand, or wrapped in damp newspapers, and stored in a cool cellar. Wipe off any storage mold.

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All About Radishes

Although among the easiest and fastest vegetables to grow, radishes can be overwhelming. Every seed in a generous packet sprouts and very shortly literally hundreds of radishes are demanding harvest.

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All About Melons

All melons are warm-season crops that prefer rich, warm soil in full sun.

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All About Petunias

Petunias are moderately easy to grow from seed, and extremely easy to grow from commercially grown seedlings.

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All About Broccoli

Broccoli is a slow-growing, cool-season crop that grows best in full sun. The key to success is to grow broccoli where they are sure to get a full days worth of sun, and no shade.

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All About Arugula

Arugula grows best in cool, moist, well-drained soil. Full sun is OK but light shade is even better during the hottest times. 

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All About Cilantro

Cilantro needs full sun or light shade in southern zones since it bolts quickly in hot weather. It grows best in a well-drained, moist soil.

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • Before digging out all the half-used seed packets saved from last year, keep the following in mind.

    Seed is a perishable product and loses viability over time. The seed that spouted so well last year and filled your garden with colorful blooms and a bountiful harvest, may not perform so well this year.

    The germination rate will be lower, requiring time and money to add fresh seed to fill in gaps in rows. In addition, the vitality of the seedlings may not be as vigorous as those that germinate from fresh seed.

    Your time is valuable and your garden an investment. That is why we suggest using fresh seed each year.