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Quick Tomato Tip

by Fern on April 18, 2012

in Fruits & Vegetables,How To

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See that sucker there? Suckers are secondary branches that grow in the joints of existing branches. Pinch ’em off. Suckers take energy away from growing tomatoes. No tomatoes will form on sucker branches.

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Allium is the name of a great genus of plants for container gardeners. “Allium” literally means “garlic” in Latin, but botanically speaking, it includes onions, chives, and ornamental flowers as well. They all grow from bulbs and all have grass-like or tubular leaves with an onion/garlic scent to them when you brush up against the leaves. Because of their bulbous nature, they tend to be able to survive a bit of neglect, great for beginners and lazy gardeners!

Here’s how to grow several different type of edible alliums on your patio, porch, balcony, roof top, or anywhere else you can stick a pot…

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GUEST POST: Sprouting For Healthy Eating

March 12, 2012
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I am so excited to share this guest post about sprouting (which is a container garden of sorts…) by Phil Nauta. He is a SOUL Certified Organic Land Care Professional and author of the book Building Soils Naturally, coming out in Spring 2012. He has taught for Gaia College and been a director for The […]

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Beautiful Baby Salad Greens

March 2, 2012
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Ornamental edibles are all the rage these days. Which is kind of funny, because the edibles haven’t changed at all, it’s just that we’re all noticing how beautiful (i.e. “ornamental) they are. Take mesclun salad mixes, for example. Did you ever take a moment to notice how beautiful baby lettuce leaves are? There are so […]

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Five Things Friday: Citrus

January 27, 2012
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I’m starting a new series called “Five Things Friday.” Each Friday, I’ll share links to five articles all curated around a theme. This week, all of the links will be related citrus trees. Growing them. Eating their fruit. The pests that bother them. Etc. While I have your attention, I want to invite you to […]

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Grow Some Tangy Citrus in Your Container Garden

January 5, 2012
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This post has been rumbling around in my head for quite some time. Citrus trees are among container gardeners’ favorite victims fruit trees, so I don’t know why it has taken me so long to put my thoughts down in a blog post. I have had several citrus trees, including blood oranges and tangerines. Though […]

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Garden Adventures with Gail, Part 2

September 8, 2011
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Gail is back with a new update from her balcony garden! You may remember from Gail’s first guest post that she’s from Calgary, AB Canada. Gail is was new to gardening back then, but she’s got another year of experience under her belt now. I think you guys will really identify with the success and […]

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Grow Baskets Full of Berries

July 4, 2011
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I am really sweet on strawberries this year. I’ve been tucking them in practically all of my pots and enjoying the tasty rewards for over a month now. Which has led to a problem of abundance. What do I do with the one or two plants left in a six pack that I have no […]

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Grow Delicious Tomatoes in Four Simple Steps

June 20, 2011
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It is a tad late in the season to be planting tomatoes, but in most of the U.S. there is still time. Planting and growing tomatoes in a container garden is pretty easy once you have the basics down. But before we discuss the basics, make sure you start with the right tomato, and if […]

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Let’s Start Talking Pots for the Community Container Garden

April 11, 2011
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Are you participating in the community container garden? I sure hope so! But even if you’re not, it’s still important to know what sized pot goes with what kind of edible plants. Tomatoes will not be happy living in a 10 inch pot for the entire summer. Nope. No way! But chives? They’re much more […]

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