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How Do I Harvest and Store Hardneck Garlic?


“I planted garlic bulbs for the first time and chose the hardneck variety ‘Music’. I understand that they will be fully mature around the first of August. Where is a good place to cure the bulbs for the duration? I live in a USDA Hardiness Zone 6 area.” Question from Belinda of Fort Wayne, Indiana
Answer: I have actually grown ‘Music’ garlic with great […]

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Can I Grow Asparagus in Central Florida?


“I’m looking for asparagus that will grow in USDA Hardiness Zone 10b.” Question from Lori of Venice, Florida
Answer: Asparagus generally survives in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-8 and requires a winter dormancy period to successfully grow and produce spears.  In northern regions, plants can produce for up to 30 years, but they don’t tend to fare well down south where winters are warmer.
With that said, […]

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Help! I Have Egg-Covered Tomato Hornworms on My Tomatoes.


“I noticed two strange-looking caterpillars with eggs on their backs in my tomato garden this year and learned these were hornworms and they are terrible for tomato plants.  I intend on moving my tomatoes elsewhere next year.” Question from Jennifer of Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania
Answer: You are in luck! You don’t need to worry about the tomato hornworms on your tomatoes because the eggs on their […]

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What Are Good Small-Space Garden Vegetables for Spring?


“What food crops can I plant in my vegetable plot this upcoming spring, if any?  I already dug out my summer plot and have limited land, so I would like to use it, if possible.” Question from Jennifer of Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania
Answer: There are so many wonderful cool-season spring vegetables that will grow well in your limited garden space. These can be started indoors […]

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How Do I Stop Powdery Mildew?

This zinnia has a severe case of powdery mildew.
“Every year I get white mold on the leaves of various plants in my vegetable garden. I don’t use any fertilizer or pesticide, other than an organic compost in the soil. It usually doesn’t cause a great deal of problems but is there something I could or should be doing?” Question from Lynda of West Warwick, Rhode […]

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I Need Tips for Cold Frame Gardening


“With which of your products does one prep the soil for winter crops in a mini greenhouse, type Cold Frame Mini Green House by Juwel (I just got one)?  It will face South-East.  Any experience growing with this method?  Any easy crop recommendations?” Question from Judy of Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

Answer: Thank you for your questions. I have gardened in a cold frame and observed […]

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I Have the Ugliest Caterpillars on My Orange Trees!

The giant swallowtail butterfly (Heraclides cresphontes)
“I have the ugliest caterpillar living on my orange trees, eating the leaves. There are more than one. They are dark in color, with different markings. These are just smaller than your little finger, with the top or face part ????, bigger than the tail. What are these, and should I get them off my Orange Trees. Tree’s are only […]

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Why Aren’t My Heirloom Tomatoes Producing Fruit?


“My heirloom tomato plant is growing beautifully. However, it has not one tomato on it, while another bush, under same growing conditions, is more prolific though it still does not have ample tomatoes. Is there something I am doing/not doing correctly? During the long summer days the beds do get over 6 hours of sun a day, as the days are getting shorter they […]

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Can I Plant a Vegetable Garden In Partial Shade?


“Please tell me if a slightly shaded location is suitable for a veg garden. It is partially shaded for most of the day. There’s a creek running behind my yard’s fence where the bed will be. And please guide me to the best articles for starting a garden in my area. Should I soak this hard soil and mix it with (something?)or just put(something?)on […]

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How Should I Prepare The Base of My Raised Bed?


“In a raised bed application, what should I use first before adding soil to prep the bed to reduce weeds and grass?” Question from Marlene or Stuart, Florida
Answer: There are several ways to stop perennial weeds from rising from the base of a new raised bed. You can either do the obvious– roll up your sleeves and completely desod and remove all weeds from […]

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