Category Archives: Growing Tips

A Guide to Planting Spring Cover Crops

Planting cover crops is a powerful way to improve your soil. Cover crops perform a host of valuable functions like increasing soil organic matter, fixing nitrogen, breaking up compaction, suppressing weeds and preventing erosion. In this guide we’ll discuss your … Continue reading

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The Perfect Potato: How to Choose Varieties

Ever since potatoes in the grocery store came to be known simply as “red”, “white” or “russet”, knowledge of potato cookery has gone into decline. While potatoes are fantastically versatile, there are significant differences in the varieties that make them … Continue reading

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A Guide to Seed Starting: Brassicas & Succession Planting (Part 3)

In our last blog post we covered starting artichoke transplants and “hardening off”, the all-important period of acclimating your seedlings to the outside world. This week we’ll talk brassicas (the family that includes kale, cabbages, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and … Continue reading

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A Guide to Starting Seeds: Artichokes & Acclimation (Part 2)

If you read our article from last week, you already learned about gathering your seed starting materials, including lights, soil, containers and more. You (hopefully) figured out your last frost date, and used it to determine when to start your … Continue reading

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Hot Potatoes – for Every Purpose

Here at High Mowing, we LOVE potatoes. They always appear at our monthly potluck lunches, they’re endlessly versatile in the kitchen, and they store beautifully–an important feature in a state where the growing season is a mere 120 days (in … Continue reading

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A Complete Guide to Starting Seeds: Tools, Tips and Alliums (Part 1)

Whether you live in Washington or Maine, Arizona or Tennessee, your time has come—time to dust off your grow lights, unfurl a seedling heat mat, and soak your cell trays in soapy water. Because even if there’s still snow on … Continue reading

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Our Top Varieties for California Growers

Each year High Mowing attends the EcoFarm conference in Pacific Grove, California, and each year we are fascinated to hear about the diversity of climates that California growers work with. This year one farmer mentioned that his farm in Sebastopol … Continue reading

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Top 5 Tomatoes for Containers

Whether you’re growing on a rooftop, porch, patio or fire escape, it’s essential to choose the right tomato varieties when growing in containers. The ideal varieties to choose are either determinate or semi-determinate, meaning that they have a more concentrated … Continue reading

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Reaping the Benefits of Pelleted Lettuce

Plants have been doing a pretty good job developing strategies to move seeds around for a few hundred million years. The ranges of sizes, shapes, and packaging have clearly suited them well. There are some, particularly the round ones, that … Continue reading

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Be First to Market with Colorful Vegetables

In Vermont, most farmers’ markets start in May. This may seem late to those of you growing in warmer climes, and it is. What’s even more shocking is that at that time of year, there’s only just enough produce to … Continue reading

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