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What Garden Plants Grow in Sandy Kansas Soils?

What Garden Plants Grow in Sandy Kansas Soils?
“I’ve tried some plants and flowers that say they grow in sandy soil, but no success. Do I need to stick to container gardening or add something to the soil in my flower beds? Thank you.” Question from Susan of Wichita, Kansas
Answer: If you choose the right plants for your site and improve your soil’s fertility, you will […]

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What is the Best Time of Day to Water a Garden?

What is the Best Time of Day to Water a Garden?
“What time of the day is best to water your garden?” Question from Joy of Delta, Ohio
Answer: Timing is everything when it comes to good irrigation. In areas with regular rain and higher humidity, the best summer watering time is in the cool early morning when soil-water retention is highest. Early moisture prepares plants for […]

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What are Good Fruits for Cold Climates?

Blueberries are good fruits for cold climates.
“What would be a good fruit to try and grow in a cold climate?” Question from Chelsea of Alpena, Michigan
Answer: Lots of classic garden berries are very hardy and grow beautifully up north. Blackberries, blueberries, currants, gooseberries, strawberries, and raspberries are among them. If you are new to berry planting, I would start with lowbush blueberries because they are […]

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What Is the Best Black Gold Soil for Raised Beds?

Best Black Gold Soil for Raised Beds
“I have several raised garden beds (6’x3′ and 2’x2′) both 18+ inches deep for vegetables.  I am debating between the “natural and organic potting mix”, “organic flower and vegetable soil”, and “natural and organic raised beds and potting mix”.  Is there a clear choice here or would I be good with any?” Question from Lars of Chicago, Illinois
Answer: All […]

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How Should I Irrigate My Santa Rosa Plum Tree?

How Should I Irrigate My Santa Rosa Plum Tree?
“How often should I water with drippers my 20-year-old Santa Rosa plum tree?” Question from Gloria of Morgan Hill, California
Answer: Even established trees with deep roots need supplemental water during dry spells. In arid areas where soils are poor, irrigation is even more important, as is fertilization. Let rainfall decide when you irrigate your Santa Rosa plum […]

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What Are the Best Strawberry Varieties for Texas Gardeners?

What are the best strawberry varieties for Texas?
“What are the best strawberry varieties for Texas? I really would like to enjoy them year-round, and I have the ability to grow them in a raised bed that can easily be covered.” Question from Deb or Alvarado, Texas
Answer: Great timing! I just planted 25 strawberries in my own Delaware garden, so strawberries are on my mind. […]

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What Makes a Good Raised Bed Site?

What Makes a Good Raised Bed Site?
“How does one determine the best location for a raised bed in one’s yard?” Question from Joanne of Cary, North Carolina
Answer: What Makes a Good Raised Bed Site? There are several criteria for siting a raised bed. Here are the top five to consider.

Sun: Choose a location with at least eight hours of sunlight. Twelve is even better.
Topography: The […]

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Can I Use Your Soils with Slow-Release Fertilizer for Growing Vegetables?


“Can I use soils with controlled-release fertilizer for organically grown vegetables in pots? Are there any chemicals that wouldn’t be appropriate for organic gardening? Thank you!” Question from Jenny of Chatham, Massachusetts
Answer: Some of our soils contain slow-release fertilizers, and all of our products are natural & organic, including our soils with slow-release fertilizer, even though some lack the OMRI Listed seal. The OMRI […]

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How Do I Stop Birds From Eating the Garden Seeds I Sow?

Protective screen will stop birds from eating the garden seeds.
“How do I stop birds from eating the garden seeds? We have 16 raised beds in our community garden, and we are trying to use 1-2 of them to grow from seeds only. Our problem is that birds keep picking at the seeds almost as soon as we sow the seeds. Do you have any suggestions […]

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How Do I Stop My Tomatoes from Cracking?

How do I stop my tomatoes from cracking? There are several ways to end this problem.
“Stop my tomatoes from cracking! Last year even though the weather was optimal with sun and rain my cherry tomatoes continued to split as they grew and most were not edible as the bugs got into them as soon as they split. Is there a way to stop them from […]

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