Try Arugula This Fall

Have you ever grown arugula? 

It's a leafy green you can grow much like lettuce. It has a stronger flavor than most lettuces, in fact, it's more closely related to hearty greens like kale and mustard greens.

Best part is - it's so easy to grow!

You have probably tasted it in "spring mix" bagged salad from the grocery store. It adds a sharp or peppery flavor to the mix. Arugula is mainly used in salads, but it also...

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Get Ready for the Fall Garden

It's the middle of summer but it's time to get that fall garden underway. 

The cooler temperatures of fall is ideal for certain crops.

Some traditional spring crops will handle the cool fall weather well. 

Two Most Important Factors

The two things you need to know whether a crop will thrive in the fall are:

  1. How many days are there until the average first frost date?
  2. How long does it take for a crop to mature?

First Frost Date

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Washing Leafy Greens

After the harvest, you will need to clean what you picked. 

Greens especially need cleaning. They tend to be low to the ground, and when it rains (or you water your garden), bits of soil and mulch splash up and cling to the leaves. 

Nobody wants to eat gritty, dirty greens. 

Greens can be a bit tricky to clean up, but with practice you'll become more efficient. You'll enjoy your homegrown greens without any annoying...

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Washing Root Vegetables

It's fun to harvest vegetables from your garden! That's the whole point of growing a vegetable garden, right? 

Once you harvest them, there's more work to be done - namely cleaning the harvest. It can be tedious and messy, but it's necessary. 

If you're going to eat your newly-harvested root vegetables right away, you can clean them right after harvest. This also applies if you're going to put your harvest in the...

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Onion Harvest 2022 - How to Grow a New Crop Thoughtfully

My intention for the 2022 season was to grow a successful onion crop.

And I did!  I planted 72 onion sets and harvested 70. 

This post isn't about bragging. I wanted to share how I did it, and I hope it will help you when you want to grow a particular crop that seems too difficult, or one that you've failed growing in the past.  


Step 1: Set the Intention

The biggest step is to set your...

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Ugh, Cabbage Worms!

Cabbage worms are a real problem here in the midwest. 

If you're growing cabbages and cabbage relatives, read up on these little stinkers. 

Cabbage worms attack these plants:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage (including Napa Cabbage)
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard Greens
  • Turnips

Cabbage Moths

How to Identify

Cabbage worms are the larvae of small white or pale yellow moths. You've probably noticed them flitting around the...

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What's This Bug?

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Sometimes I get inspiration from various gardening Facebook groups for what to write about in my weekly blog article. I look at what people are asking in the group.

Probably the most popular question is something like this:

"Anybody know bug what this is?"

It's a good question to ask! You can't respond effectively to an insect if you don't know what it is!

Now that we have the Internet, it's relatively easy to find out what any...

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Insecticidal Soap Spray

Organic insecticides use naturally occurring substances to kill insects, or they use simple chemicals that break down without harming the environment. I really don't like to use insecticides of any kind, but sometimes they can help. 

Pests in the organic garden are expected - it's just part of the process. It's pretty remarkable how a healthy plant can resist and recover from an attack from pests. I had read about how healthy plants...

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Yes! You Can Start Your Garden in the Late Spring

Is it too late to start a garden now? Can you start a garden in June? 

The good news is that you can start a garden (almost) any time! 

The bad news is that you can't grow absolutely every crop if you're starting now.

If you only recently decided you want to garden, here's how you can get it going for a good harvest this year! And by all means, yes, start your garden! 

How Much Growing Time Remains?

You need to know your...

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Growing Great Tomatoes: Water and Fertilizer

To get the best tomatoes, pay attention to watering and fertilizing your tomato plants.

Watering Tomato Plants in Your Garden

Tomatoes need a good amount of water, and they produce better with deep watering. Deep watering is when the water sinks deep into the soil, not just remaining at the surface. How you apply irrigation water does impact how deep the water will get. 

Some guides have advised that tomatoes need about 1 inch of water...

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