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How to Make Inexpensive Garden Container Soil: Organic Fertilizer, Lime, Peat Moss, Compost & Dirt

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How to Make Inexpensive Garden Container Soil: Organic Fertilizer, Lime, Peat Moss, Compost & Dirt

by Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Gardener) Do not get fooled into thinking you need to buy expensive container/potting mixes for your container vegetable or flower gardens. There is nothing magical about the base ingredients they use that you can't buy separately, mix and make something as good if not better. Why make your own container mixes? It will save you a ton of money that you can use in your garden in other ways and you can tweak your recipe, based on the needs of your garden. For instance, high summer heat... add more peat moss, coco coir or water retaining organic...

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A List of Cool Weather Vegetable Crops

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A List of Cool Weather Vegetable Crops

By Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Gardener) Cool weather crops can often take a light freeze and frost and manage without problems. They are often crops you can plant in the spring and fall as they love the cool weather. Cool weather vegetable crops like nights that average in the 50’s, moving down into the 40’s or up into the 60’s at times. They like their days in the 60’s and 70’s. Once you get into the upper temperatures many of the plants stop producing, bolt to flowering for seed production or just die out. Here is a list of cool...

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No Room for a Vegetable Garden - Try a Community Garden: Containers, Planting Peas & Broccoli, Basic Tour

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No Room for a Vegetable Garden - Try a Community Garden: Containers, Planting Peas & Broccoli, Basic Tour

by Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Gardener) If you don't have room for a garden, try looking locally for a community garden. My plot, as seen in the video, is about 20' x 25' and costs me $40 a year. That is a bargain, as I get an endless supply of wood chips and water and the people there are wonderful.  Community gardens have a beauty, I think on we gardeners can appreciate. The picture, to many, looks like a dump and the whole area of 60 plus plots looks like some strange post apocalyptic tent city. Through the gardener's eyes,...

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5 Cucumber Garden Tips: Care, Feeding, Spraying, Transplants & Trellising

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5 Cucumber Garden Tips: Care, Feeding, Spraying, Transplants & Trellising

by Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Gardener) Cucumbers love the warmth of summer  As the season goes on, your cucumbers can begin to look "beat up" and tired. It may be from the high summer temperatures, insects, diseases or all three.  A lot of times, here in Maryland Zone 7, I get great production from my cucumbers from late June until the end of July. But as August approaches, the plants just get beat down. That leads me to my first and most under utilized cucumber tip.     One key point that I want to stress is that cucumbers needed to...

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How To & The Benefits of Topping Off or Pruning Pepper Plants: Several Video Examples with Control Plants

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How To & The Benefits of Topping Off or Pruning Pepper Plants:  Several Video Examples with Control Plants

  By Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Gardener)  There are several reasons you may want to prune peppers. One reason is to help the pepper plants develop stronger sturdier stems. Another reason is to force or create a bushier plant with more side shoots which leads to more flowers and potentially more peppers.     I want to be clear, you do not have to do this. If you haven't pruned peppers before, take the middle ground. Prune a couple plants and see how they respond. One of the things I love about gardening is that it is an ongoing creative...

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