The focus on Vegetable Gardening and Herb gardening in the past several years has been on growing more flavorful, nutritious, and fresher produce than can be found in your local grocery store. Our mouths water for the fresh herbs, garden ripened tomatoes, spicy ethnic peppers, and veggies of all kinds that we see in farmer’s markets and high end grocery stores. But growing your own vegetables is easy and fun and produces a more flavorful harvest for your cooking. We often get asked by beginner gardeners, “How do I get started?” or “I don’t know what to do!” Continue reading →
Ordering Tomato Seedlings before Christmas???We know it can seem like a strange thing to do but there are a lot of good reasons to start your spring garden shopping online early! By ordering your tomato seedlings online with us early, not only does it help us pay for our seeds, heat and supplies, it also helps us make sure we have enough plants for everyone at the perfect time for planting. Continue reading →
Vegetable Gardening is such an important part of our lives and it used to mean survival for families who lived before us. Without the food they grew in the garden and the few animals they kept, they literally would have starved to death. Of course we don’t starve in this country anymore because we don’t have a garden but it does make you think about the hardship families went through in seasons with poor crop results.
Fall is a great time of year and is a great time to correct your soil nutrient levels deficiencies.
pH correction is so important to all vegetable plants’ success and so many of us forget to add lime or other corrective minerals to the garden before springtime hits. Doing these tests now and getting the additives in now gives them time to break down and do the job. Look in our catalog for pH correcting products and also add lots of compost too! Continue reading →
There are both Good Bugs and Bad Bugs in your Garden so here at The Tasteful Garden we promote natural pest control methods such as keeping your garden clean and weeded, using mulches and good compost in the soil, and using organically made pesticides only when absolutely necessary.
There are many bugs in the garden but some of them are good bugs, or beneficial insects and others are bad bugs that really need to be chased out of the vegetable garden to insure you get a good crop.
Don’t forget to fertilize your garden, organically!
Just like us, healthy plants need food, in regular amounts and it is necessary to provide them with almost everything they need. Fertilize your garden Organically which is the most healthy way for plants to eat, and just like us, they will be happier eating healthy. Our backyard soils have some minerals and calcium but it is always a good idea to supplement them so they have a complete source of all of the ingredients they need. Continue reading →
How Much Water Does My Garden Need? Watering in the garden can be difficult to decide during the time of year when summer rains are sporadic. Knowing exactly how much is needed for each plant can be tricky but as a rule of thumb water the garden only if there has been less than 1″ of rainfall per week. Continue reading →
When should I plant my vegetables and herbs? The best time to plant Is not the same for everyone.
Each person has to decide at what point their garden is ready for certain types of herb and vegetable plants. Perennial Herbs can be planted just about anytime it is beginning to get warm but Annual herbs such as Basil and Dill need to wait until night temperatures are well above freezing every night. Tomatoes and other “warm season” vegetables are frost tender and will be severely damaged by even a light frost which can happen when temperatures are as low as 36-38 degrees. “Cool season” vegetables like lettuce and broccoli like a bit of frost but a light freeze can cause damage and hard freezes will kill them completely.
Timing is everything. Knowing the right time to plant in your area is crucial to success. If you plant too early or too late, your plants will not reach certain growth stages at the right time, and may not get fruits produced. Tomatoes and other vegetables grow according to temperatures and day length so the planting time must take that into account. Fortunately for most vegetables, this is shortly after your average last frost date which can be checked on our website by simply entering your zip code. Continue reading →
Reports of Bonnie’s Plants in the Northeast with Tomato Late Blight are in the news right now and I am sure many folks are worried about their tomato plants. This is an incredibly nasty disease that causes terrible looking lesions which start on the stems and move to the leaves. Continue reading →
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