What to Do in the Garden in February
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by Park Seed
2y ago
February is still bitterly cold in many parts of the U.S. In southern states, the days may start getting warmer in preparation for the spring. Don’t worry about whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not. We’ve got plenty of gardening activities to keep you busy until you can get your hands in the garden again. Feed the Birds February is a hard month for many birds in the U.S. Their typical food supply runs low this month, making it difficult for them to thrive during the cold. You might be leery of feeding birds, especially if you’ve seen them eating seeds or plants from your garden. Howev ..read more
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How to Prevent Blossom End Rot
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by Park Seed
3y ago
Growing a healthy and bountiful garden is a dream of all gardeners.  No matter what your reason is for growing a vegetable garden, you want to grow loads of pretty vegetables.  It can be a bummer when blossom end rot rears its ugly head in your vegetable garden.  Let’s talk about what blossom end rot is and how to prevent it. What is blossom end rot? Blossom end rot shows itself as a nasty, dark colored lesion on the blossom end of vegetables. It is most commonly seen as a dark, wet-looking spot on tomatoes, squash or peppers. Although these are the most common plants ..read more
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Supporting Vining Plants in the Garden
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by Park Seed
3y ago
Cucumbers, spaghetti squash, and beans are very popular vegetable plants to grow in the garden.  These plants are very productive and easy to grow.  They are also usually vining plants. Vining plants will put off runners that will attach to and grow up surfaces or other plants.  If you have space in the garden for these to run along the ground, they will.  They will create trailing vines that can take up a large amount of garden floor space. You can use this vining and climbing ability in your favor.  Since vining plants will readily climb up structures, you can give t ..read more
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6 Best Vegetables for a Vertical Garden
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by Park Seed
3y ago
Vertical gardening is gaining in popularity among many gardeners. Smaller yards mean smaller gardens, and one way to maximize the space is to garden vertically when possible. Whether you are using trellises, fences or free-standing structures with pockets for planting, the amount of actual garden space needed is significantly less than if the same crop was grown the traditional way. Vertical gardening opens the door to growing more vegetables even if the only space you have is the patio or balcony of your apartment or condo. Plant vegetable seeds like pole beans or peas and let them grow up t ..read more
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Choosing the Right Garden Fertilizer
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by Park Seed
3y ago
Have you ever found yourself on the fertilizer aisle at your local garden center, trying to decide what type of garden fertilizer you need to use for your plants?  There are so many options available that it can quickly overwhelm you if you don’t know what to choose.  The wrong fertilizer can do more harm than good.  Not only will the wrong fertilizer be unable to give your plant what it needs, it could actually harm your plant by creating toxicities.  Let’s talk about how to choose the best fertilizer for your plants, every single time. What’s in garden fertilizer? Fertil ..read more
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Do tomato plants need support?
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by Park Seed
3y ago
Tomatoes are one of the most commonly grown vegetable plants. In fact, many gardeners have turned growing vegetables into a science. There is tons of information about tomato plants and seeds and the best practices to get the novivce grower ready to start growing. For example, you may have read about whether or not to prune tomato plants, or whether you should grow heirloom tomatoes or hybrid tomatoes. The chances are, when deciding how to grow your plants, those things are a matter of personal preference. Some other topics though, aren’t so much personal preference. You ma ..read more
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Planning Your Next Vegetable Garden
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by Park Seed
3y ago
It’s the end of the growing season in most of the U.S. which means that you’re probably starting to think ahead to your vegetable garden for next year.  The best time to plan your next vegetable garden is when the previous year’s vegetable garden is still fresh on your mind.  Here’s what you need to consider when you start planning your next vegetable garden. Think about this year’s vegetable garden The best way to plan a vegetable garden is to consider what you did this year, what worked and what you would have done differently.  Let’s start by thinking about what you did this ..read more
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Enjoy Home-Grown Vegetables Indoors
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by Park Seed
3y ago
It can be a bit of a bummer when your summer garden starts to fade and you’re getting the last of your summer harvests in.  So what can you do to continue getting those delicious summer vegetables all year long? Bring your summer vegetable garden inside and enjoy fresh home-grown vegetables indoors this fall. Nothing tastes as good as a home-grown tomato.  Even the best heirloom tomatoes at your local grocery store can’t compete with the flavors and texture of a home grown tomato.  Tomatoes that are in the grocery store are at least a few days out from being harve ..read more
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Introduction to Permaculture
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by Park Seed
3y ago
Perma–nent Agri-culture Permaculture.  You’ve likely seen the word and wondered what the heck it means.  When you search the term ‘permaculture’ online, numerous definitions come up.  In fact, there’s even a webpage that lists over 50 definitions of permaculture.  There are many ways that you can define permaculture. Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, who first coined the term in 1978, defined permaculture as: “The conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the h ..read more
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Safely Canning Your Summer Harvest
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by Park Seed
4y ago
A large harvest is a good problem to have!  If you’re looking for ways to preserve your summer harvest, you’ve probably considered canning it.  Canning is a perfect way to preserve your harvest and make delicious foods for you to eat at home. Many foods that you enjoy can be created and canned at home.  It’s important to make sure that you are canning your foods safely.  Many of the methods used by your grandparents aren’t safe and reliable methods of canning.  Unfortunately, you may not know that your foods aren’t safe to eat until you’ve already eaten them. Botulism ..read more
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