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Play with dirt: intermediate gardening tips

You’ve been gardening for a couple of years and want to kick it up a notch. We hear you! These tips are for folks that have been gardening for a couple of seasons, want to increase their productively or expand the variety of their plants. Click on the links below to learn how to grow plants vertically or how to extend the garden season. And be sure to visit your local garden center for advice and encouragement.


Fruit Plants

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Fruit plants can be a rewarding crop to grow. A small initial investment provides a plethora of fruit for years to come. To be sure, there is some effort involved, but the rewards are great. As a young family or a retired person, there is noting like picking a peach fresh off of the tree.

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Growing tip: Plan a Vegetable Garden

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What vegetables do your family like? What size garden do you want? What will grow well on your site? Make a sketch on paper to show where you will plant each crop.

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Growing tip: Planting a Vegetable Garden

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Cool weather crops, such as broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and Brussels sprouts, can tolerate a little frost so they can be transplanted two weeks or so prior to the average date of the last frost.

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No Dig Gardens

Planting vegetable gardens without tilling the soil Run time: 02:17

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Vertical Gardens

Gardening when space is limited: grow up! Run time: 02:12

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Growing tip: Pruning Flowering Shrubs

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If left un‐pruned, the old woody stems will dominate and suppress vigorous, healthy new growth.

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Growing tip: Colorful Container Gardens

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Container gardens offer endless possibilities for small spaces or as focal points in larger landscapes. Containers range from traditional pots to buckets with holes, or cast‐off boots!

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Wind Screening

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You can give a little special attention to plants that you want, or need to. Simply drive three stakes in the ground to form a “triangle” pointing in the direction the winter winds usually come from. Wooden tomato stakes serve this purpose well. Then staple some burlap securely to the stakes to break the force […]

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Scents in the Garden

Bringing another dimension into your garden through fragrance Run time: 02:14

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Growing tip: Annuals for Sun

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Flowering annual plants bloom from spring to fall. They don’t overwinter, but the reward of low maintenance continuous color is worth the effort of planting out in May.

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