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Growing Rhubarb

March 4th, 2010

Rhubarb is a hardy perennial in all but the hotter and dryer climates and will most often bear a productive crop for 8 to 15 years. That said, it is advisable to properly prepare the soil for your first planting, as the rhubarb will be relying on the nutrients and soil structure for a good […]

Vegetables for Raised Beds

February 27th, 2010

We are planning on growing vegetables in raised garden beds for folks in assisted living communities and would appreciate some advice on why type of vegetable plants we can grow. Our beds will be 12-18″ deep. Answer: The depth of the boxes sounds just fine for most veggies, as long as they are well-draining containers. If these […]

White Butterflies Destroying My Cabbage Plants

February 22nd, 2010

Have trouble every year with white butterflies laying eggs on my cabbage plants and destroying a lot of the heads. Do you think cheesecloth staked over the plants would not hinder sunlight, and keep those pesky bugs from laying eggs?  Bill S., ND Answer: Row covers will work to keep out any flying pests but […]

Plant Advice For Hot Weather

February 15th, 2010

I am interested in tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, also Japanese eggplant, and lettuce, for a start.  Must be sure that the plants can tolerate our weather because while we have had an exceptionally cold and miserable winter, it will soon be over and then the hot weather will start. Last summer we had a lot […]

How to Care for Euphorbia Plants

February 8th, 2010

Looking for info on how to manage and care for the Tasmanian Tiger Spurge. We discovered them last year and love them but want to know how to winterize, cut back, and prepare for the next growing season.  Any and all information would be greatly appreciated.  We have several in our perennial beds, so now […]

Starter Plant Question

February 2nd, 2010

If all goes well, I would like to buy all my plants from you. Here is what I am looking for: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sun Master Tomato, and Red, Green, and Yellow Bell Peppers. If you can provide these for me, it would be great. I hate buying my starters from big box home stores. Their plants […]

Flavorful Vegetables at Your Fingertips

January 31st, 2010

Everyone knows that vegetables are part of a healthy diet.  They're also crucial ingredients in many recipesyet fresh vegetables aren't always available when you need them.  Canned vegetables are mushy and bland, and frozen veggies get freezer-burned quickly.  If you don't garden, or you live in a climate with a short gardening season, or you […]

The Bell Boy Pepper Plant

January 29th, 2010

With their beautiful glossy leaves and colorful fruits, Bell Boy Pepper Plants look equally at home on the patio or in the vegetable garden. All-American selections winner, the Bell Boy Pepper is considered a first class ‘all rounder' and its popularity with chefs has exploded within the last ten years. The vigorous growing plants will […]

Double Impatiens, Party Hardy

January 26th, 2010

If your garden decided to throw a party, Double Impatiens would be the first guest invited, one of the first to arrive, and one of the last to leave. They light up the shady corners of your yard with their vibrancy, are low maintenance, and clean up after themselves. What more could you ask? Double […]

Can Herbs Be Grown In Pots?

January 25th, 2010

I want to order herbs that will be grown in pots on the patio.  I have a lighting system.  What do you recommend?  I live in Zone 10, S. Florida.  I like herbs because they are edible and I love the aromas.  I need to know what size pots, too. Ellen L. Answer: The really […]