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Cucumber Seedling Germination

Seed Germination Observations

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Seed germination is affected by several factors – moisture, temperature, light, soil and time. We look at a recent test we did and lessons learned.
Kellog's Potting Soil OMRI

Potting Soils – the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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Potting soils come in all shapes and sizes, but do those potting soils really work as advertised and contain healthy, wholesome ingredients to help your precious seedlings get that critical head start they need?
Square Foot Potting Soil Closeup

Are Seed Starting Mixes Worth Your Money?

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Seed starting mixes can be confusing – what’s good and what’s junk? Is the extra expense worth it, or is the cheapest mix just as good? Let's take a look!
Heirloom Tomato

Determinate and Indeterminate Tomatoes –What’s the Difference?

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Are determinate tomatoes best for your garden, or would an indeterminate be better for you? How to tell, and what do the terms mean, exactly?
Potato Leaf and-Regular Leaf Tomato

Heirloom Tomato Leaves – Potato Leaf vs Regular Leaf

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Heirloom tomato leaves have two main different and distinct types of leaves – potato leaf and regular leaf. We'll show you the differences!
Heirloom Chile Inspection

Growing Quality Heirloom Chiles

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Take a short trip with us to see what goes into growing quality heirloom chiles from a world-class breeder.

Succession Planting – Boosting Garden Production

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Succession planting is basically one crop following another in the same space to maximize the amount of food produced. We'll show you how to do it!

Controlling Bindweed in the Garden

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Field bindweed is one of the most invasive and destructive weeds in cropland and gardens. Read why it grows and how improving soil fertility controls it.

Stopping Bermuda Grass in the Garden

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Bermuda grass: love it or hate it - most people fall into one of the two camps; there doesn’t seem to be much in-between.
Heirloom Seed Corn

Heirloom Corn Types & Planting Tips

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Heirloom corn is becoming popular as people taste the depths of flavors they offer. There is much more than just the sweet, fresh eating varieties!

Heirloom Watermelons – Size vs Flavor

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With watermelons, both size and flavor matter. Heirloom watermelons grown at home will give the absolute best flavor and taste, regardless of size.
Aquaponics Process

Successful Aquaponics Seed Starting

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Successful Aquaponics Seed Starting is fairly simple, but there are a few basic things to know before getting started. Here's how to start successfully.
Rabbit in Garden

Critters In The Garden Questions

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We share some of the best ways our customers have found of keeping critters out of the garden and your heard-earned veggies!
Fungus Gnats

Controlling Fungus Gnats in Seedlings

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Fungus gnats are more a nuisance than a real problem in seedlings, but we'll show why they show up, how to monitor and control them.
Seedling Damping Off

Damping off – Causes and Control

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Damping-off is a soil borne fungal disease that can attack almost all young vegetable seedlings. We show simple methods to control and treat damping off.

Overwintering Cucamelons

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Cucamelons can be overwintered as a perennial if they produce tubers in their roots. This technique gives earlier and larger harvests the second year.
Heirloom Lettuce

Improve Lettuce Seed Germination

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Lettuce seed won't sprout in too warm soil, so it's ideal for early and late season planting. We'll show you when and how to plant for the best results!
Coconut Geranium on Seed Screen

Seed Quality from Two Perspectives

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Seed quality is important to the home gardener, small scale grower and large farmer. Make better choices and buy wiser by understanding seed quality
Garden Cleanup for Pests and DiseaseTerroir Seeds | Underwood Gardens

Late Season Pest and Disease Prevention

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Pest and disease prevention is a major topic for many gardeners and for good reason. We take a top down approach to manage for next season with easy tips.
Garden Tools

Garden Tool Cleanup

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Fall and early winter is a great time to do a garden tool cleanup, do any needed repairs and see if there is any other tools needed for next year.
Aphids on Leaf

Controlling Aphids Naturally

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Aphids are perennial pests that gardeners deal with, often with very mixed results. We'll show you both prevention and treatment methods for aphids.
Blossom End Rot

Blossom End Rot – What To Do

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Blossom end rot is a perennial problem for gardeners. We'll show you both preventative and immediate techniques to minimize this all-too-common disease.
Wild Galapagos Tomato

Wild Galapagos Tomato

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The Wild Galapagos Tomato (Solanum cheesmaniae), is very popular for its production and adaptability to extreme environments from hot to cold.

What Happened To My Seed Germination?

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Seed germination issues happen every spring and challenge many new and experienced gardeners and growers. We cover the biggest hurdles and how to fix them.
Seed Starting Mix

Seed Saving for Quality Interview

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Seed saving is very popular today, but planting those seeds can give very mixed results; understanding seed quality avoids disappointment and confusion.
Humboldt Elementary School Garden

Humboldt Elementary School Garden

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The Humboldt Elementary School Garden was started about 20 years ago by Linneal Nick, a former teacher who raised money for the original raised bed garden.
Sowing Seeds

Seed Orientation During Planting Improves Germination

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Seed orientation during planting isn’t something that most gardeners pay attention to, but perhaps they should as it could improve their germination rates.
Raised Bed with Compost

Compost – What We’ve Learned

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Compost is one of those foundational cornerstones of any successful garden. It really is simple to make and we'll show you how we do it!
White Sonora Wheat Head

White Sonora Wheat – Perfect Grain for the Home Gardener

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White Sonora Wheat is popular again as many claim it's the best flour for cakes, breads and tortillas.Easy to grow!
Mature Dill Seeds

Harvesting Dill

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Homegrown dill is delicious, easy to grow and easy to harvest. We'll show you how!
Elephant Garlic

Where Does That Plant Come From? Botany 101

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Many varieties of plants do not grow, or grow well, from seed. To help your understanding, here's a quick botany lesson on plants and how they reproduce.
Spring Wildflowers

Plant Your Spring Flowers in the Fall

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Did you know fall is the best time to plant flower seeds for next spring? Fall planting gives you that beautiful patch of flowers next year.
Emergency Seed Plan

Emergency Seeds – How to Feed Your Family in a Crisis

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Survival seeds, emergency seeds or emergency seed banks have had a lot of attention lately. How useful are they, really? We take a closer look.
Russian Dacha Garden

Russian Dacha Gardening – Homescale Agriculture Feeding Everyone

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Dacha gardening grows half of Russia's total food production in home gardens in a difficult and short-season climate, with no machine or animal inputs.
Lavender with Bee

Lavender Soothes Animals Too

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Lavender has been soothing and healing people for millennium and also helps dogs and horses with stress or anxieties through aromatherapy.
Basket of Peppers

Grow Better Peppers with Shade

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It's easy to grow more and better peppers through the hot summer with these proven techniques. Avoid heat stresses, diseases and extend your season.
Pepper Seedlings

Chile and Pepper Growing Tips

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Chiles can be grown with great success in many varied garden climates across America. We give you some good tips for a great start in your garden!
Heirloom Tomato Seedlings

Starting Seeds at Home – a Deeper Look

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Starting seeds at home is easy and gives more choice than the local garden center. We take a deeper look at germination and the needs of the seeds.
2014 Heirloom Seeds Catalog

Catalog Reading and Garden Planning Tips

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Perusing seed catalogs and garden planning is a favorite pastime of gardeners everywhere during the cold, short days of winter. Here's some tips to help!
The Seed Underground

The Seed Underground – A Revolution to Save Food

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"The Seed Underground - A Revolution to Save Food" by Janisse Ray is an amazing book for everybody, whether you are a gardener, seed saver or foodie or not.
Adding Sardines

Best Homemade Fish Emulsion

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Fish emulsion feeds the soil and plants with biologically available nutrients while increasing soil and microbe health. Make the best emulsion at home!
100% Pure Shea Butter

Shea Butter – Healing and Moisturizing Miracle

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Shea butter is winning over home gardeners with its benefits,…
Fresh Cucumbers

How to Prevent Bitter Cucumbers

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Don't settle for bitter cucumbers from your garden! Here are some easy techniques to get the tastiest cucumbers possible.
Coffee grounds

Coffee Grounds Build Compost and Soil Health

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Coffee grounds are great for soil, providing minerals and energy to decomposing microbes, buffering soil pH and feeding earthworms.
No Destructive Bugs

Home Garden Bug Solution

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Here's a recipe we’ve found to be effective in dealing with unwanted insects and other bugs in your garden in a non-toxic way.
Seed Planting

Succession Planting for the Home Gardener

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Succession planting is attracting home gardeners who discover much more production possible from their current garden without chemicals.
Picking Perfectly Ripe Heirloom Vegetables2020 Terroir Seeds|Underwood Gardens

How to Pick Perfectly Ripe Heirloom Vegetables

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Finding and picking perfectly ripe heirloom vegetables or fruit requires the engagement all of your senses. Read on as we show you how!
Heirloom Tomato Flower with Bee

Heirloom Tomato Growing Tips

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The heirloom tomato has seen a meteoric rise over the past few years. We share tips to get the best out of your heirloom tomato plants!
Free-range Chickens

Heirloom Gardening for Backyard Chickens

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Raising backyard chickens is becoming increasingly popular, no matter where you live. Growing heirloom vegetables is the best way to feed them well.
Seed Starting Mix

Seed Starting Media for the Home Gardener

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Good seed starting media is essential for healthy strong transplants for the home gardener. We show the different elements for a great seed starting media.