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Enjoy Clean, Blemish-Free Berries wit...

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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, es [...]

What on Earth is DE?

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Diatomaceous Earth, featured in a 1984 Gardener’s Supply catalog Diatomaceous Earth 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 [...]

Crop Rotation in a Compact Garden? Ho...

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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. What is a small-space gardener to do?” Ther [...]

Fighting Fruit Flies

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A sundew plant is a clever gardener’s fruit fly trap. Pear Fruit Fly Trap 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 em [...]

Company Farm Update: New Potatoes!

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Small, “new potatoes” harvested during a round of weeding. Varieties include Superior, Chieftain and Carola. 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 st [...]

Prevent Blossom-End Rot, a Common Tom...

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A tomato with blossom-end rot. 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 tomat [...]

Jennifer’s Journal: Welcoming B...

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Potatoes are an unusual crop in that you bury the plant as it grows. 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 you [...]

Tomato Diseases: Five Ways to Fight B...

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Early blight. Photo courtesy of Meg McGrath, Cornell University A spell of cool, rainy weather in many parts of the country has created the ideal environment for tomato diseases to flourish. Fungal diseases like late blight, anthracnose and septoria leaf spot spread like wildfire on wet leaves. For many tomato growers, the question isn’ [...]

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