Harvesting And Storing Garden Squash

There’s something very satisfying about raising squash, potatoes, onions, carrots and other garden vegetables that keep for the winter. Maybe it’s a carryover from being raised by Depression-era parents. Having food in storage is comforting and reassuring. Gathering squash in the fall adds to the charm of autumn. Squash that store well are called “winter…
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When To Dig And Store Onions

Onions are the unsung hero of the vegetable garden. They quietly grow, taking very little space, never crawling all over neighboring vegetables, and they store all winter. Plus they’re one of the most-used vegetables in cooking. What’s a hotdish without onions? Here’s the when, where, and how of digging onions: Onions are ready to dig…
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Hot New Class Of Peonies

Every once in awhile a plant comes along that hits the region by storm like Wave petunia and Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea. What’s the latest? Itoh peonies, and we’ll be hearing a lot more about them as word spreads. Most of us are very familiar with beautiful old-fashioned peonies (called herbaceous peonies) that have been popular…
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September Yard And Garden To-Do List

September is a busy month around yard and garden. Here’s a monthly checklist of recommended activities. Lawns Surprisingly, September is the most important month for lawn care, more important than spring. Research proves grass is more active in fall, and promoting its health in September has the greatest impact on vigor next spring and summer.…
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Squash Vine Problem Becoming Common

Is it just my imagination or did gardening have less problems 50 years ago? Oh, we had the occasional cutworm that we fought with Folgers Coffee cans around each young tomato plant, and we were on the lookout for potato bugs. But squash was easy – you planted, it grew. Well, those days are long…
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