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All About Cabbage

Cabbage is a cool season crop - sow seeds indoors 6 weeks before your last hard frost. You can direct sow a crop for fall harvest in mid-summer.

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All About Garlic

Garlic plants require deep, friable, well-drained soil in full sun. Dig plenty of organic matter into the soil before planting.

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All About Carrots

Carrots are an easy to grow cool-season crop. All you need is a bright, sunny location with well-drained soil that is free from stones.

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All About Beets

Beets are a cool season favorite grown for their fleshy, round to oblong roots. Beets can also tolerate hot temperatures too.

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All About Collards

Collards prefer rich, well-drained soil in full sun. In spring sow seed directly in the garden 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep after danger of heavy frost.

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All About Artichokes

Artichokes are best grown in damp weather, with cool summer temperatures and mild winters.

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All About Kale

As winter crops, kale and collards can't be beat. These two members of the cole family are the least problematic and hardiest plants in the wide and varied Brassica tribe.

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All About Cucumbers

No summer garden should be without cucumber plants. They are very easy to grow from seed and are very prolific.

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • If the best looking melons in the garden had little or no flavor last summer, the problem may be the variety planted. Some melon types do better in a region than others and only trial and error or an experienced local gardener or county extension agent can guide you.

    Occasionally the problem is the soil. It may lack sufficient nutrients or the pH can be too low. Dig in compost or rotted manure before planting. Melons do best in neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Have your soil tested and if the pH is below 6.5, amend with lime. Sometimes a lot of rain near the time of harvest will dilute the sugar in melons affecting taste. Watermelons will regain their sugars if you hold off harvesting for a few days. Cantaloupes will not.