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Vegetable Gardening Resources for Mid-Atlantic Gardeners

Are you new to vegetable gardening in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania or other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region? Here are several free vegetable gardening resources from regional experts that might be of interest to you or someone you know.   Vegetable Gardening Practices to Protect the Chesapeake Bay and Waterways This useful, brief self-assessment from the…

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Seed Starting Resources for Mid-Atlantic Gardeners

The growing number of seed starting workshops and classes that we’re entering into the Mid-Atlantic Gardener calendar of gardening events this winter tells me that more of us are choosing to enjoy home-grown food from our own gardens. Are you ready to learn about growing your own vegetables (and flowers) from seed? Or do you…

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Microgreens: 6 Reasons to Plant Them

Microgreens are baby plants, and on January 10 and 17, 2017, the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia will be teaching folks how to plant them. I caught up with Rebecca Halbe, who will be leading the workshops, and she shared these excellent reasons for growing your own. Greater variety. Yes, you’ll find commercially grown microgreens…

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Arlington Garden Tool Lending Library Grows Fans

The Arlington Garden Tool Lending Library offers residents temporary use of nearly 150 gardening tools. What a brilliant idea! I passed the program during a recent visit to Central Library, the main branch of the library system in Arlington, Virginia. Housed inside “The Shed” located in a library courtyard, the program offers planting and digging…

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7 Vegetable Gardening Tips for Late Summer

Here are a few vegetable gardening tips to keep in mind as you begin transitioning to the fall vegetable garden after a busy (and hot) summer. Battle the heat with routine watering. We’re hoping that the worst of the hot weather is now behind us, but during extended periods of extreme heat, you can help…

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Vegetable Garden Pests: How to Spot a Problem

Vegetable garden pests are beginning to cause the most damage this time of year. John Esslinger, a Penn State Extension Educator in Bloomburg, Pa, shares these tips to help you identify vegetable garden pests that are currently in your garden and those that may be coming soon. Cucumber Beetles. With the arrival of the second…

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Tomatoes: How to Grow a Healthy Crop

Growing tomatoes is a cherished summer pastime for many of us. Whether you’re up to your ears in tasty tomatoes, nursing plants plagued with common diseases, or just starting out, these 10 tips on how to grow healthy tomatoes from the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) can help you get better results. Select disease-resistant varieties. Check…

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12 Vegetable Garden Tips for July

Keep your vegetable garden thriving and productive in July with these 12 tips and tasks adapted from the Piedmont Master Gardeners in central Virginia. Save Space in Your Vegetable Garden. Provide vertical support for runner varieties of beans and cucumbers by constructing temporary or permanent woven wire fences or arbors. Then train plants to grow…

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13 Vegetable Garden Tips & Tasks for Early Summer

It’s been a busy month in vegetable gardens across the mid-Atlantic region. In fact, the National Gardening Association estimates that one in three U.S. households now grows food! As we wrap up spring vegetable gardening and move into the summer, here are 13 useful reminders and tried-and-true tips to keep in mind from the Piedmont…

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When to Plant Warm Season Vegetables

For help answering the question when is the best time to plant warm season vegetables, this timely May 9 post from Penn State Extension, by Extension Educator Carl John Esslinger, offers some good answers. Thanks, Carl! As Carl points out, it’s useful to keep in mind that not all warm season vegetables tolerant cool temperatures…