Category Archives: Growing Tips

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

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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

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Bee the Change: Inviting Pollinators to the Table

Giveaway! We’re giving away a crate of pollinator-friendly goodies including A Bee’s Garden Organic Non-GMO seed collection from High Mowing, tinctures from Urban Moonshine, seed bombs and skin care products from Badger Balm. See the end of this article for … Continue reading

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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

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How to Graft Tomatoes

Ever thought of grafting your own tomatoes? Grafted tomatoes combine rootstock that is bred for disease resistance and vigor with the top of another tomato variety that has excellent flavor and productivity. Grafting tomatoes allows you to create a tomato … Continue reading

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Seeding Beets and Carrots with Success

Beets and carrots are a weekly selection at most farm stands for good reason. There are varieties to meet the needs of almost any seasonal slot, and they taste amazing regardless of whether they’re fresh out of the ground or … Continue reading

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Jumpstarting Spring: How to Greensprout Potatoes

Spring is getting off to a late start here in Vermont, and in many other parts of the country as well. As a result our customers have been asking us what they should do with their potatoes while they wait … Continue reading

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Paper Pot Transplanter

As a small-scale organic grower, transplanting can be one of those back-breaking, knee-scabbing tasks that makes you grudgingly buckle down to get those onions, brassicas, lettuces in the ground. There have been a number of innovations to try and make … Continue reading

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Budget Seed Starting on a Small Farm

Late winter brings farmers out of the seed catalogs and into seed houses.  As greenhouses are heated, potting soil spread into trays, and seeds placed in each cell, excitement mounts for the coming season and all its possibilities.  For many … Continue reading

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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

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