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Down with dirt: expert gardening tips

You’ve been playing in the dirt for many years now and need some more inspiration. Maybe you want to maximize your productivity. Maybe you’re stuck in a rut and need some outside perspective. Our expert section will be growing.

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Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden

Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden

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Companion planting is growing two (or more) crops near each other with the theory that they help each other in nutrient update, improved pest management and reduced pesticide use, enhanced pollination and higher vegetable yields.

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Container Gardening with Fruit

Container Gardening with Fruit

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Colorful, attractive tree fruits, such as apples, peaches and plums will grow beautifully in containers and small spaces. Include berries—strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries – to enjoy fresh fruit all summer.

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Cover Crops

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When the growing season starts to wind down, it’s a great time to evaluate the successes and failures in the vegetable garden and to get to work on improving soil structure and fertility for next year’s crops.

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Heirloom Vegetable Varieties

Heirloom Vegetable Varieties

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One of the hottest trends in vegetable gardening today is the growing of heirloom varieties. There are many reasons why gardeners are turning to heirloom vegetables. For some, it is a way of connecting with their past.

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Tomato and Potato Problems: Late Blight Management for Fall, Winter and Spring

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Occasionally, New England growers experience a widespread outbreak in tomatoes and potatoes of late blight. When this occurs, fall is the time for gardeners to take steps to prevent this disease from surviving the winter, and to prepare for a healthy crop the following year.

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Late Blight on Tomatoes and Potatoes

Late Blight on Tomatoes and Potatoes

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Home gardeners should be aware of Late Blight caused by Phytophthora infestans—a very destructive and very infectious disease that kills tomato and potato plants in gardens and on commercial farms across the U.S.

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Lily Leaf Beetle Lilioceris lilii

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Lily leaf beetle (Lilioceris lilii) is known to lay its eggs and develop only on true lilies, Lilium species (Turk’s cap lilies, tiger lilies, Easter lilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies) (not daylilies), and fritillaria (Fritillaria sp).

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Problem Soils

Problem Soils

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Our back yards offer an abundance of places to grow our own food. However, your garden soil may hold some secrets that can affect your health and your desire to grow vegetables in your back yard.

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Season Extenders

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Most vegetable crops are very sensitive to cold weather, and the majority grow only during the frost-free months of the year, limiting the growing season in New England.

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Seed Saving

Seed Saving

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An increasing number of gardeners save seeds from plants that grow well in their garden. This is enjoyable and fascinating. It allows you to continue growing varieties that are difficult to find in catalogs.

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