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Posts in category Pests and Diseases

When Blight Strikes, it’s Time for Tough Love

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How do you become a better gardener? Practice. That’s the secret. In my practice this season, I planted two tomatoes in our front-yard vegetable garden, showcasing them in shiny red pots (from our Viva line) that flank the front entrance. They looked so nice. Front yard vegetable gardens can be beautiful. But then it rained. […]

Enjoy Clean, Blemish-Free Berries with
New Strawberry Supports

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Learn more: Planting and Growing Strawberries Don’t let a rainy day spoil a crop of just-ripening strawberries. Our easy-to-install, adjustable Strawberry Supports elevate ripening fruit and allow air to circulate. This promotes even ripening and minimizes rot. Use the supports in place of straw to decrease mold and mildew problems, especially during wet growing seasons. […]

What on Earth is DE?

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Back in 1984, when we first started selling 4-pound bags of Diatomaceous Earth, people often asked, “What exactly is it?” Well, 20 years later, people are still asking. Diatomaceous Earth, also known as DE, is made from the mineral remains of single-cell aquatic plants. The formulation we sell is a super-fine dust (applied by hand […]

Crop Rotation in a Compact Garden? How?

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We get this question a lot: “This year, I grew a bunch of eggplants, eight tomatoes, and several chile pepper plants in my elevated raised beds, Terrazza planters and a 3×6 raised bed. I have read that next year, I should not plant any of these in the same place as I did this year. […]

Fighting Fruit Flies

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To get rid of fruit flies, the easy and efficient solution is to buy a trap. We offer some beautiful options, including a crackle-glass pear that looks nothing like a trap. However, if you are looking for a DIY solution, here are some of the best ideas from the employee-owners of Gardener’s Supply: Ann: My […]

Company Farm Update: New Potatoes!

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Company Farm, our project to grow food for those in need, is well into its pilot year. So far, so good! Our goal: Grow potatoes in our corporate “backyard” (Burlington, VT), using volunteer gardeners from the staff. The entire harvest will be donated to our local food shelf. When it comes to pests and diseases, […]

Prevent Blossom-End Rot, a Common Tomato Disease

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A water-soaked spot at the blossom end of tomato fruits is the classic symptom of blossom-end rot. This relatively common garden problem is not a disease, but rather a physiological disorder caused by a calcium imbalance within the plant. It can occur in pepper, squash, cucumber and melon fruits as well as tomatoes. Blossom-end rot […]

Jennifer’s Journal: Welcoming Beneficial Wildlife

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June 24 Some quick gardening between rainstorms: I weeded beds and fertilized the tomatoes, thinned the newly planted lettuce and hilled all of the potatoes. I also set up a Small Animal Barrier to protect the lettuce from neighborhood critters. June 26 At some point, as your garden grows, you’ll come to terms with the […]

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