Video: Let’s Start Growing Vegetables
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by Susan
1d ago
It always seems like it takes forever for a new season to begin, doesn’t it? But it’s finally time to start growing vegetables again. Hooray! That is the topic of my newest video. In it, I’ll share our 2024 garden plan and layout, and discuss the type of soil preparation I like to use. NOTE: As a refresher on choosing the right fertilizers and soil amendments, look for my Fertilizer Basics video underneath my newest video below. Then you’ll see my husband Bill and I moving our hoop house to a new location. As I mention in the video, we built the hoop house in 2014. To see how it went together ..read more
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Video: Organic Insect Control Pt. 3
Susan's in the Garden » Vegetables
by Susan
1M ago
It’s time for the 3rd and final video in my series about organic insect control. And I saved the worst for last! In the video, I focus on cucumber beetles, Japanese beetles, squash bugs and squash vine borers. You’ll see what different life stages look like, which crops they are attracted to, what their damage looks like, and how to control them organically. If you’re wondering what’s in the photo to the left, those are the eggs of squash bugs. They’re typically laid on the undersides of squash or pumpkin plants, between the large veins. And the photo at the very top is of Japanese beetles. I ..read more
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Video: Organic Insect Control Pt. 2
Susan's in the Garden » Vegetables
by Susan
1M ago
Tobacco hornworm. This week’s video is the second of three installments about organic insect control. In this video, I focus on more challenging vegetable garden insects: flea beetles, hornworms, and slugs and snails. Although I should clarify that those last two are technically mollusks, rather than insects. It is so important to use organic strategies and products to control these and other types of damaging insect pests. Why? Well, the whole idea of growing your own food – other than saving a lot of money – is to eat healthy, chemical-free produce. Right? The insect in the photo at the very ..read more
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Video: Organic Insect Control Pt. 1
Susan's in the Garden » Vegetables
by Susan
1M ago
The above left photo shows leafminer damage on beet leaves. As many of you know, I am totally into bugs and am probably referred to as The Bug Lady by some! So it won’t surprise you to hear that my newest video is the first of three installments that are about organic insect control of some of the most annoying vegetable garden pests. Yahoo! This week’s episode is about cabbage worms, aphids, and leafminers. The main take-home message I want to share with you is that it IS very easy to control these pests by using row covers. And, as I said in the video, I would much rather exclude bugs from p ..read more
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Video: Soil and Composting Basics
Susan's in the Garden » Vegetables
by Susan
1M ago
In this week’s video, I tackle two meaty topics: caring for your soil and home composting. But fear not! As you know, I try to keep my videos short and sweet by sharing EXACTLY what you need to know. I think we gardeners tend to overlook the importance of our soil, yet it’s the very foundation of all life. You’ll learn a mind-blowing fact about this. And I have all sorts of tips for keeping your soil healthy and productive. When it comes to composting, I think a lot of folks are intimidated because they think it’s more complicated than it really is. You’ll learn what materials you can (and ca ..read more
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Video: Fertilizer Basics
Susan's in the Garden » Vegetables
by Susan
2M ago
I am frequently asked questions about fertilizer: which kind to use for plants, how different types impact plant growth, and when one should use them. I knew this would be a great topic for a video! You’ll learn what the numbers mean on a package of fertilizer and how the nutrients benefit the crops we grow. It makes a BIG difference! I hope you’ll find this really useful. I should add that I’m not trying to promote any particular brand of fertilizer in this video. They just happen to be what I have on hand at the moment! @epicgardening #epicgardeningambassador The post Video: Fertilizer Bas ..read more
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I’m an Epic Gardening Ambassador!
Susan's in the Garden » Vegetables
by Susan
2M ago
Big news, everybody! I have recently become an Epic Gardening Ambassador! So what does that mean? Kevin Espiritu, who is the owner of Epic Gardening and Botanical Interests Seeds, recently reached out to me about becoming one of his ambassadors. His motto is to “teach the world to grow,” and he wanted share more of my gardening videos and social media posts with his huge group of followers. As you might guess, I immediately said “yes!” Since I want everyone to know how to grow their own food and nurture our planet, this was a perfect fit for me. Kevin’s handle on Instagram and Facebook is @Ep ..read more
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Video: Seed Starting Indoors Pt. 3
Susan's in the Garden » Vegetables
by Susan
2M ago
I didn’t intend to shoot three videos on the topic of indoor seed starting but here we are! After the second part was in the can, I received some great questions and realized there were a few more details to share with you. This video includes an update on the seeds I planted last week, an unusual way to start onions from seed, when to start your seeds, the differences between cool- and warm-season vegetable crops, the best timing for starting your tomatoes and peppers from seed, and a special seed-starting resource you can use on my website. I hope you’ll find all of these seed starting topi ..read more
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Video: Seed Starting Indoors Pt. 2
Susan's in the Garden » Vegetables
by Susan
2M ago
Are you ready for the next installment in my seed starting video series? In this one, I’ll get down to the business of planting seeds so will provide step-by-step instructions on the process. Then you’ll learn about watering, fertilizing, up-potting and hardening-off the seedlings so they’re ready to grow in your garden. And if you’re wondering about the photo of the pelleted seeds, you’ll learn something interesting about them in this video as well. During the video, I mentioned how I start a few lettuce seeds early so that I can get them off to a good start and then transplant out into the ..read more
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Video: Seed Starting Indoors Pt. 1
Susan's in the Garden » Vegetables
by Susan
2M ago
Well, today’s a momentous day because the first of my videos on seed starting is now available! In this one, I cover why indoor seed starting is such a great skill to have, I list the vegetable crops that I typically start indoors, the wealth of information that you’ll find on seed packets, special considerations for starting certain types of seeds, and the basic supplies you’ll need. Next week, I’ll go into more detail about seed starting supplies, go through you the steps for planting seeds, and discuss the care of your seedlings once they are up. In the video, I mentioned a product called ..read more
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