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How to Harvest Watermelon

Watermelons on the green melon field in the summer

Juicy, red watermelon is the perfect addition to any summer get-together. But how do you pick the perfect one? Nearly all of us are familiar with the disappointment of biting into a flavorless, unsweet watermelon. This has probably happened when you selected the wrong watermelon at the grocery store or maybe you harvested your homegrown …

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7 Reasons Your Cucumber Leaves Are Turning Yellow

Cucumber seedling crop failure, yellow dry leaves and small plant size

Have you been growing cucumbers in your garden and noticed that the leaves are starting to turn yellow? Don’t worry, this guide has got you covered! If your cucumber plants have started to produce yellow leaves, it’s important to figure out the cause so you can take steps to remedy the problem. Read on to …

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7 Trap Plants for Pest Control in Your Garden

Caterpillar on yellow sunflowers. Sunflower pest.

Think of trap plants as your garden martyrs. The term refers to plants sown early and grown expressly to be eaten by those pests that would otherwise chow down on your favorite garden fruits and vegetables.  Trap plants should be planted well in advance of any other garden vegetable and, once infested with pests, can …

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6 Tips For Growing Veggies in Small Spaces

This small urban backyard garden contains square raised planting beds for growing vegetables and herbs throughout the summer

Growing veggies can be such a satisfying experience and has so many great benefits (such as getting to eat them!). But not everyone has a big backyard garden to grow their veggies, so it is important to know how to grow them in smaller spaces so you can enjoy your plants. Here are six tips …

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6 Reasons You Should Plant Marigolds With Tomato Plants

Tomatoes ripening in the garden

When most people think about planting flowers with their tomato plants, they think of petunias or maybe some other type of taller flower. But did you know that companion planting marigolds with your tomato plants can actually be beneficial for both? Companion planting is a great way to naturally deter pests, improve soil health, and …

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How To Grow Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are growing, close-up

Brussels sprouts are a wonderful cruciferous vegetable that can be planted during mid summer months. Cooler temperatures enhance this vegetable’s flavor and they can even be harvested after the first frost. These vegetables are packed with protein and can make a wonderful addition to salads and power bowls.  This guide will teach you everything you …

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Why You Should Add Coffee Grounds To Your Tomato Plant’s Soil

Unrecognisable woman in casual clothing holding a box of used coffee ground to use as compost in her garden.

Would you believe that adding coffee grounds to your tomato plants can make your plants healthier and more productive? It’s true! Coffee grounds are a great source of nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium- all of which tomatoes need in order to thrive. So next time you’re enjoying a fresh cup of coffee, don’t forget to save …

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