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Tough Love: Hardening Off

Plants in the process of hardening off.

So you've transplanted your little seedlings into bigger pots and...now what? How do you decide when to plant them out in the garden? If, like me, you can't see past them out of your kitchen window, that may be telling you something. On the one hand,...

Plants in the process of hardening off.
Plants in the process of hardening off.

Plants in the process of hardening off.

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Transplanting seedlings

transplanting

I hope you were enthused to start your seedlings off indoors recently. By now they should have germinated and you may be wondering what next. Once they have a couple of true leaves (not the cotyledons – or first leaves the seed produces), it's time...

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Tomater!

heirlooms

Whether or not you have started your tomato seeds, have tomato plants on order or already have plants in the ground, here is some great locally-sourced tomato information.  For the past four years, the Sunrise Garden Research Project –...

Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Some Observations on High Tunnels

Failing end wall cloth

High tunnels are a great addition to a production program in our climate as it enables earlier harvests for growers.  I haven't been here long enough to assess whether our intense light breaks down greenhouse films prematurely, but so far they seem...

Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Spring gardening tips

Natural garden stakes near Puerto Montt, Chile

Ants are already running up and down the fruit trees, so now is probably a good time to put an insect barrier around the trunk.  I have found that if I put a strip of very fluffy quilting fleece around the trunk before wrapping it in paper tape...

Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM

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