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How to Grow Potatoes in Containers – A Roundup of the Best Ideas

Potatoes are a surprisingly easy and nutrient-rich addition to container gardens. Here’s how to grow potatoes in containers, so you can enjoy them even when you don’t have a lot of garden space.  These Peruvian vegetables provide healthy amounts of iron, potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, according to the United States Potato Board, and …

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How to Grow Tomatoes in Containers – 5 Tips For Success

Tomatoes are one of the easiest and most popular vegetables to grow in containers. Once you learn how to grow tomatoes in containers, you can harvest the plump red fruit from the convenience of your porch, balcony, or patio. How to Grow Tomatoes in Containers Growing tomatoes in containers requires choosing the right soil, container, …

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How To Grow Potatoes – A Step By Step Guide

While potatoes are inexpensive to buy, there’s nothing quite as delicious as homegrown potatoes. I LOVE unearthing some and cooking them right away. My favorite new potatoes are fried, or steamed together with fresh peas: YUM! If you’d like to learn how to grow potatoes, you’re in the right place. The Best Soil For Growing …

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12 Fast Growing Vegetables to Plant for an Early Harvest

Whether you want to squeeze in another crop or two before the first frost or are eager to harvest veggies in the spring, it’s helpful to know about fast growing vegetables. These can also be useful for filling in gaps in crop rotations. 12 Fast Growing Vegetables to Plant for an Early Harvest Tomatoes, peppers, …

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10 Types of Raised Garden Beds: Small-Space Gardening for Every Budget

If you have limited space for a garden or want something more accessible and lower maintenance than a traditional garden, raised beds may be the answer. Raised bed gardening involves growing plants in soil higher than the natural ground level, often enclosed by some sort of frame. There are many different types of raised garden …

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What Is Blossom End Rot? A Quick Guide to Identification, Treatment, and Prevention

Dark spots on the blossom end of tomatoes, or even squash, peppers, or melons, may be a sign of blossom-end rot. What Is Blossom End Rot It is a physiological disorder that causes tissue in the blossom end of the fruit to break down and rot. Though not a disease, blossom-end rot can be very …

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What Is Corn Smut? How To Identify, Prevent and Treat Corn Fungus

If you notice odd growths on your corn plants, it may be corn smut. What is corn smut? It’s a fungal disease that affects all types of corn, including sweet corn, popcorn, and field corn. Although not economically significant for other types of corn, it renders sweet corn visually unappealing for fresh sales and difficult …

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What Tomatoes Are Best for Canning: Tips for Salsa, Sauce, and More

Tomatoes are one of the many wonderful flavors of summer, and thankfully, they can be preserved to enjoy during the colder months. While freezing and drying also work effectively, canning results in the best flavor and texture. Whether you want to buy a bushel of tomatoes to can or are planning your garden for next …

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Why Are My Tomatoes Splitting? Reasons and Solutions for Cracked Tomatoes

When my tomatoes finally began ripening a few weeks ago, I went out to the garden eager to pluck those plump, fleshy fruits from the vine. But as I moved from one plant to the next, my excitement turned to frustration as I wondered, why are my tomatoes splitting? Nearly every tomato had at least …

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