How To Ripen The Last Tomatoes Of The Season

Jack Frost is such a kill-joy when he brings the tomato season officially to an end. We can gather all our old bedsheets and cover plants for a few nights, but cool temperatures just don’t ripen the last of the tomatoes. There are plenty of recipes using green tomatoes for “mock apple pie” and green…
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The Importance Of Fall Tilling And Cleanup Of Vegetable Garden

At some point each fall the vegetable garden is officially finished. The squash and pumpkins are harvested. The potatoes are dug. The carrots are left in the ground as long as possible to cold-sweeten. But before the ground freezes solid, the garden should be cleaned and tilled, rather than waiting until spring. Here’s why: Much…
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How To Tell If Your Tree Is Growing At Top Speed

Everyone who plants a new tree probably wonders how long it’ll take the young sapling to turn into a spreading shade tree. Exactly how fast can we expect trees to grow? Besides height, trees grow in canopy spread and an increased root system. How quickly they grow depends on the type of tree and whether…
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Are Garden Carrots Really Sweeter After A Frost?

If we leave our carrots in the garden until after frost, is it true they become sweeter, or is that an old wives’ tale? Well, I’m never quick to dismiss old wives’ tales, because some of the best gardeners I’ve known have been old wives. Gardeners who enjoy growing carrots have long known that delaying…
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Should Lawns Be Cut Shorter In Fall?

Remember how refreshing the aroma of newly cut grass is when you mow the lawn for the first time each spring? Well, the old saying about familiarity breeding contempt probably applies to the mowing season. By fall, lawn mowing tends to lose its luster, aroma or not. What about the mowing height for fall, are…
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