Category Archives: Beginner Gardeners’ Guide

Our Top 5 Flowers for Pollinators

If you’re like us, you’re worried about pollinators—we need them for production of about 35% of global crops by volume and over 85% of the world’s flowering plants, and many pollinator species are in decline or at risk of extinction. … Continue reading

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Crop Talk: Growing Bountiful Kale at Good Heart Farmstead

I love kale. I love it for its ability to thrive in many zones (including our Zone 4 location), and for the way it keeps on giving all season long. At Good Heart Farmstead, we grow kale from May through … Continue reading

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Potato GrowBag GIVEAWAY!

You loved the Potato GrowBags from last month’s giveaway so much, we decided to give away more—so this month THREE lucky winners will each receive: a Potato GrowBag from Gardener’s Supply and  a $15 gift certificate for seeds or seed potatoes of your … Continue reading

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The Sweetest Beet: Basics of Soil Nutrition

To grow well, beets need neutral to slightly alkaline soil and proper thinning (since in most cases, each beet seed is actually a capsule containing 2-4 seeds). But beets are also a little pickier in how they absorb and utilize … Continue reading

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Potatoes 101: How to Get Great Yields with Successful Techniques

Potatoes are a simple, fun crop to grow and can help you eat local year-round thanks to their impressive shelf life. In addition to choosing the right varieties for your needs, it’s also important to choose a successful growing method. … Continue reading

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Plentiful Potatoes: Selecting the Right Varieties for Your Needs

Potatoes are versatile for a wide variety of culinary uses, make a great storage crop and are generally simple to grow. That being said, you’ll have by far the best success when you think carefully about your needs and select varieties … Continue reading

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Sweet Success: How to Choose [and Grow] Tomatoes & Peppers

Choose your own adventure! No matter where you grow, it’s important to select tomato and pepper varieties that are well-adapted to your region and conditions. If you grow in Alaska, you’ll need to choose short season varieties that will mature … Continue reading

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Windowsill Salad: 5 Greens You Can Grow Anywhere

For years I bemoaned the arrival of winter, as much for the shortage of local vegetables as for the long months of cold and darkness we have here in Northern Vermont. But two years ago I had an epiphany that … Continue reading

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Getting Started: Growing Onions & Leeks from Seed

There are a lot of advantages to growing onion & leek plants from seed – you have more varieties to choose from, it’s more economical than buying sets (especially if you already have a seed starting setup), and the onions … Continue reading

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5 Environments for Storing Vegetables Until Spring

It was not long ago that the preservation of homegrown foods for year round use was a practical necessity. As a result, root cellars and large, unheated pantries were common features of the home. While most farms will have established … Continue reading

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