Vegetable & Food Gardening

Share the Fruits and Vegetables of Your Garden

Garden abundance offers an opportunity to share food with your community!
This is the time of year when home vegetable gardens reach their peak with summer produce ready for picking. Just walking around my neighborhood, I see that the tomatoes are turning color, a sure sign that the harvest season is upon us. Once summer vegetables begin maturing, they continue at a rapid pace, often too rapidly. […]

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Pruning Cherry Tomatoes VLOG

Have your vining cherry tomatoes overgrown your cage or trellis? Here are a few pruning tips to get them back under control. Pruning tomatoes will also encourage air flow and discourage fungal diseases.

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Growing Artichokes in Colder Climates VLOG

Growing artichokes up North is easy, if you grow the right kinds and give them the right care. Learn how to grow great artichokes if you live in USDA Hardiness Zones 7-4. You can even grow your own from seed!

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Basil Growing in Containers VLOG

Learn how to grow many different kinds of summer basil in containers with success. Basil growing in pots and containers is fun, easy, and yeilds lots of fresh basil for cooking.

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Cultivate Beneficial Insects in the Garden

Ladybug adults and larvae (orange and black) waging war on black aphids!
 
Your garden is a battlefield with more life and death drama than the Serengeti during wildlife migrations.  Among your beautiful plants and flowers there is that age-old war playing out every day as the insect world fights over who eats what.  Some insects are pests that eat your plants – they are garden prey.  Other […]

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Sweet, Sweeter, and Sweetest Sweet Corn


Sweet corn is summer bliss, but not all ears are the same. So, what makes one type better than the other? It depends on your sweet tooth. Crisp sweet corn comes in different sugar levels, from supersweet to old-time sugary sweet. Here’s what you need to know to choose the best ears to suit your taste.

What Makes Sweet Corn Sweet?
 
The first sweet corn was sold […]

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Plant a Cactus Fruit Garden

Prickly pear fruits are tangy and often deep red. (Opuntia ficus-indica shown)
Cactus fruit are a forgotten staple of hot climates where they ripen quickly with a very high sugar content.  Fruits are cooked down into syrups, squeezed into icy drinks, made into jam, or eaten fresh after peeling.  These native fruits of the American Southwest and Mexico are both a staple and a survival food, depending […]

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Black Gold® Vegetable Garden Photo Contest Winners!


After receiving many submissions for the Black Gold® N&O Vegetable Garden Photo Contest, we selected the first, second, and third place winners. The photos were judged by a team of five Black Gold® staff members. Photo content, quality, and garden “wow” were all considered in the selection process. We were so excited to see the amazing successes everyday gardeners having success with Black Gold® potting mixes and […]

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Tomato Container Growing VLOG

Growing summer tomatoes in containers is easy! This simple how-to shows the five basic steps for growing amazing tomatoes in containers. To grow tomatoes in patio containers, I always choose large pots fitted with a tomato cage and filled with Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Mix. It’s made for organic gardening and my tomatoes grow really well in it!

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