Category Archives: Beginner Gardeners’ Guide

Winter’s White Gold: Forcing Belgian Endives

It’s time to start forcing Belgian endives! If you missed it, check out our post from this spring, Winter’s White Gold: Planning Ahead for Belgian Endive Harvest. This previous post outlines the first part of the Belgian endive production cycle, … Continue reading

Posted in Ask The Expert, Beginner Gardeners' Guide, Growing Tips, Winter Growing | Leave a comment

Got Veggies? Lacto-Ferment Dilly Beans and more for Healthy Winter Meals

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but in Vermont everybody makes “dilly beans”, vinegar-pickled string beans with garlic and dill.  When I first heard about dilly beans after moving to VT in 1999, in order to immerse … Continue reading

Posted in Articles by Megen Hall, Beginner Gardeners' Guide, Farmer Authors, Health and Wellness, Recipes | 10 Comments

What’s Wrong with My Garden? Part 2: Demystifying Common Diseases

If you read last week’s article you already learned plenty about dealing with common garden pests. Now let’s get into the common garden diseases and how to prevent them. Garden diseases can be difficult to diagnose—many of them have similar … Continue reading

Posted in Beginner Gardeners' Guide, Growing Tips, Plant Diseases | 9 Comments

What’s Wrong with My Garden? Part 1: How to Manage Common Insect Pests

Nearly everyone who’s gardened for a season or two has experienced that moment of shock when, upon entering the garden, one first lays eyes on a squadron of cucumber beetles happily chomping away on the squash plants. After the shock … Continue reading

Posted in Beginner Gardeners' Guide, Growing Tips, Plant Pests, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

The World’s Best Tomato Trellis

When it comes to tomato trellising, sometimes I feel like I’ve seen it all. The farms I’ve worked on usually use either the Florida Basket Weave (which sounds like a fancy hairdo to me) or tomato clips with the Greenhouse-String … Continue reading

Posted in Beginner Gardeners' Guide, Growing Tips | Tagged | 19 Comments

Organic Varieties That Grow Well in the Southeast

At High Mowing Seeds, we know how important it is to offer varieties that are well adapted to the climates in each region of the country. We are always gathering feedback from our customers, staff, and seed growers about how … Continue reading

Posted in Beginner Gardeners' Guide, Commercial Growing, Variety Highlights | Tagged , | 4 Comments

When to Plant (& Succession Plant): Using Margaret Roach’s Planting Calculator

In Vermont we frequently use the term “cabin fever” at this time of year, since it seems like such a long time since it was warm enough to spend our days outdoors. It’s easy to feel stuck inside and disconnected … Continue reading

Posted in Beginner Gardeners' Guide, Growing Tips | Leave a comment

A Cold Frame for Many Occasions

The dog days of summer are dwindling and the cooler temps of September have commenced in Northeastern VT.  Season extension has been a hot topic in our region as of late, and so many folks are scrambling to get ready … Continue reading

Posted in Beginner Gardeners' Guide, Growing Tips, Winter Growing | 4 Comments

A Garden Seed Worth Saving

Many years ago, I was working on a farm, and happened by a group of people who were gathered around for a workshop.  The man giving the workshop, who was about my age, was talking excitedly about plant sex which … Continue reading

Posted in Articles by Megen Hall, Beginner Gardeners' Guide, Seed Saving and Production | Leave a comment

Don’t Forget About Fall! Seeding Now for Autumn Abundance

Growing is an act of faith and foresight. Faith because you plant these seeds, tiny embodiments of life, small parcels of potential, and you trust that with the proper conditions and care, they will grow.  Foresight because in farming and … Continue reading

Posted in Beginner Gardeners' Guide, Commercial Growing, Growing Tips, Winter Growing | 4 Comments