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Little Spring Bulbs
Add some sparkle to your home garden. Read article
Growing Summer Eggplant
Beautiful fruit with a luscious, succulent texture and mild flavor. Watch Video
Growing Onions
Onions are the tastiest of vegetables and are extremely easy to grow from “sets” or “transplants”. Watch our video to learn to grow your own onions. Watch Video
Canning Basics
Canning is a great way to keep enjoying your garden bounty all year long. Many gardeners think it’s difficult to do but it’s really very simple. Read article
Garden of Bargains
“We, The Vegetables. . .”
This Spring, George Ball puts his signature on the Bill of Rights...for vegetables everywhere. Read article
Raspberries Gardening Guide
What to do when your plants arrive. Read article
Small Fruit Gardening Guide
What to do when your plants arrive. Read article
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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.