Cover Crops For The Backyard Garden

  What Is A Cover Crop? At the end of the summer harvest, when all the veggie plants are dead and gone, it’s time to till the soil and work plant debris back into the dirt so that it decomposes over the winter.  But, that result in bare soil –…

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Assassin Bugs – Hired Guns Of The Garden

  Assassin Bugs Are Executioners – Eradicating Pests That Destroy Veggie Plants Yep.  That’s what they are.  Carrying an ominous name, assassin, these warrior bugs are worthy of our protection.  Enough of them can annihilate most of those enemy critters that eat the fruits of our labor before we have a chance…

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Growing Mesclun – A Torrent Of Taste

  What On God’s Green Earth Is Mesclun? Some folks think that it’s some kind of illegal hallucinogenic drug that hippies consumed back in the 1970’s. Oh wait – that was mescaline – so, that’s a lot different! Mescaline is a derivative of the Peyote Cactus – usually coming from…

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Jim’s October 2018 Garden Answers

October 2018 Garden Answers Check out the answers here – for the October 2018 Quiz. You can find them in recent posts for The Perfect Vegetable Garden.   Answer to Question #1 The question was:  After installing trench pipe to divert rainwater and covering it up with dirt, what were…

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Jim’s October 2018 Garden Questions

October 2018 Garden Questions We’re into the eighth month of garden questions since they began back in March of this year.  And, as always, the questions can be found in recent posts somewhere inside The Perfect Vegetable Garden.  Some of these questions may be particularly baffling – so, feel free…

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Nothing Beats Growing Beets

  A Little History – Don’t Beet Me Down Somewhere during the Medieval period – between 400 A.D. and 1500 A.D. – beets were being employed to cure a number of digestive and blood ailments. These red taproots – also called beetroot – were also believed to be able to…

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