Growing Organic Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a warm season crop and need good soil, lots of sun and plenty of room to grow. Soil should be fertile, aerated and warm enough for growing in temperatures of 65°-75°. Starting Seeds for Transplants Seeds can be started indoors one month before the last frost in peat pots by sowing 3-seeds per pot, later thinning to one […]

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Growing Organic Cilantro

Grow In Cool Weather Cilantro needs cool temperatures to grow well. Cilantro will bolt (send up a flower stalk) as soon as the roots get above 75 degrees or so. This happens quick in a small 3″ pot in hot sun. Cilantro needs to be grown in early spring or fall when the weather is cool. It requires mostly sunshine […]

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Growing Organic Potatoes

Growing potatoes in the home garden is easy and fun. Home grown potatoes taste better than the ones you can buy at the grocery store. You know your potatoes are free of harmful chemicals, and you can store them for several months. Get an early start – Potatoes are cool weather crop and by planting potatoes early you’ll avoid the […]

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Composting How To

I am very particular about what makes it onto my compost pile.  I am rather “legalistic”, when it comes to my ORGANIC compost pile.  No scraps make it to MY pile, if I, personally, didn’t grow the food.  Some common composting materials include scraps from the yard and the vegetable garden.  Used coffee grounds and tea leaves are also good additives for the soil.  Eggshells are fine, but be sure […]

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Growing Organic Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a cool weather crop that matures in the early summer or in the fall. Cauliflowers should be grown in full sun. You will get small heads if you grow in partial shade. Needs well-drained rich soil.Ideal pH 6.0 to 6.8, but can tolerate pH as high as 7.4 Plant cauliflower transplants when they are six weeks old. For […]

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Growing Organic Turnips

Turnips are a popular easy to grow cool weather crop. They grow in full sun to partial shade and like a rich well-drained soil with the pH of 6.5 Sow turnip seed directly in the ground as early as the soil can be worked. Sow turnip thinly ¼-½” deep. Space young turnip plants to 4-6” apart. Grow a second crop of turnips […]

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Growing Organic Peas

Peas thrive in cool, moist weather. Early plantings normally produce larger yields than later plantings. Peas may be planted whenever the soil temperature is at least 45°F. Plantings of heat-tolerant varieties can be made in midsummer to late summer, to mature during cool fall days. Allow more days to the first killing frost than the listed number of days to […]

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Growing Organic Spinach

Spinach can be grown in both spring and fall. The ideal growing temperature is between 50 and 60°. Young seedlings are sensitive to hard freeze and temperatures below 20° Spinach seeds germinate from seven to 10 days and are ready to harvest 40 to 50 days. Plant seeds five to seven weeks before last frost in the spring, and late […]

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Growing Beets

Beets prefer full sun & cool weather but will do well in a wide range of conditions. Air temperatures of 60°F – 65°are ideal for beet plant growth and development. Beets will withstand a light frost Beets prefer loose, well-drained, sandy loam soils rich in organic matter. Beet seeds are actually a cluster of seeds and will produce more than […]

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Growing Organic Lettuce

Lettuce is a cool-season vegetable and develops best quality when grown under cool, moist conditions. Lettuce seedlings will tolerate a light frost. Temperatures between 45 F and 65 F are ideal. Lettuce grows in a wide range of soils. Loose, fertile, sandy loam soils, well-supplied with organic matter are best. The soil should be well-drained, moist, but not soggy. Like […]

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