How to Bake Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds make a nutritional snack and are easy to prepare. And why throw away those seeds when you are carving your Halloween masterpiece or making a holiday pie? Harvesting pumpkin seeds Always wash your pumpkin well before cutting it. A pumpkin may look clean but chemicals might have been used when it was grown so wash it in warm soapy water and let dry. Carefully cut into your pumpkin. Scoop out the stringy membrane. If your pumpkin sat...

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Why Prune Tomato Plants

Some people prune tomato plants and some just let them grow wild. So why might you want to prune your tomato plants? For larger tomatoes If you prune the plants more growth will go into the tomato and not vine production. When growing tomatoes vertical or in hanging baskets Plants can become heavy so when growing them vertical on a trellis, tomato cage or in a hanging basket you may want to prune them to lighten the plant and weight. Grandpa...

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Tomato Blight information and tips

Tomatoes are one of gardener’s favorite crops to grow.  And unfortunately they tend to be one of the most difficult crops. They need warm temperatures at night and even moisture. So if you have a “moody” summer, that means dry spells, wet spells and varying temperatures your tomatoes may suffer. Two ways that your tomatoes suffer are with more insect problems. These can be controlled if you watch the plants and remove insects...

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Green Beans vegetable facts and myths

There’s an old wives tale that you never pick beans when they are wet. They say the beans get rust. I am not sure if this is true but I am a picky bean harvester so I have try to harvest beans when they are dry. If they are somewhat damp I wear gloves. So I have never tested the saying. Has anyone had rust on his or her beans? And is moisture the real cause? I do like fresh beans but I like them when they are small, pencil thin, with very...

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Plant your second crop of summer squash now

I gardened for years before I realized why my summer squash always fizzled out in production by the end of August or beginning of September. They were tired! The hot July heat and heavy production that most summer squash produce tires the plants out and they either die, get diseases or drop drastically in production. So I did a little research and found that many people plant a second crop in late June or early July. A second crop will supply a...

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A garden plan for the beginning gardener

A good-size beginner vegetable garden is 10×16 feet; this is a easy to mange size garden that will still produce plenty of vegetables. You can plant in the normal vegetable garden style, in the ground or you can opt for raised beds or square foot garden techniques. A plot this size, planted with the vegetables below, can feed a family of four for one summer. There will also be a little extra for canning and freezing or giving away. There...

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