April 2006

Exciting Summer Squash

April 30, 2006

You’re probably sitting there asking “what could possibly be so exciting about any summer squash?” Well, if you’ve limited your gardening to the typical zucchini and crookneck squash varieties, then there’s a lot that you may find interesting and exciting about some of the less common summer squashes.

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Garden Newsletter 04-06

April 29, 2006

The current issue of the Gardening Secrets Newsletter has been sent out to each gardener on my email list. If you haven’t signed up to receive this free gardening newsletter or didn’t receive your copy; go straight to the Gardening Secrets Subscription Page.

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Mock Broccoli

April 26, 2006

Okay, there’s really no vegetable called Mock Broccoli that you’ll find in any seed catalog or gardening book. I made the name up, but it perfectly describes the edible seed stalks that you can harvest right now from your raised bed of spring greens.

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Snap Pea Supports

April 24, 2006

Providing some type of pea support or a trellis is a good idea when growing sugar snap peas borne on short to medium sized vines. And a strong support system is essential if you choose to grow the taller snow pea and green shell pea varieties.

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Sunburst Pattypan Squash

April 21, 2006

Sunburst is a perfect name for this golden yellow colored pattypan squash variety. Sunburst squash is a hybrid variety that’s extremely easy to grow and can be sown directly into the garden after the soil has thoroughly warmed in late spring.

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Salsify – Oyster Plant

April 18, 2006

I recently planted Salsify, also known as Oyster Plant or Vegetable Oyster, in my garden and the seeds have already sprouted and began growing. Salsify is a rather uncommon root crop that is not often found growing in home gardens, but is actually a very care free vegetable to cultivate.

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Red Bud Trees

April 17, 2006

As I was driving around this weekend I couldn’t help but notice all of the Red Bud Trees in the area. They are in full bloom and these colorful trees are absolutely covered with pinkish purple blossoms. At times the flowers can even be seen growing in clusters on the trunks of the trees.

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Frost Free Dates

April 14, 2006

The following comment from Melissa was made to a post discussing the importance of choosing the correct time to plant vegetables inquired into the best way to determine frost free dates: “How do I find out when the frost/freeze danger is over for my area?”

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Sugar Snap Peas

April 11, 2006

If you enjoy eating fresh peas but aren’t crazy about the idea of picking and shelling bushels of pea pods, then sugar snap peas may be the perfect vegetable to plant in your home garden. Sugar Snap Peas are delicious and just as easy to grow but eliminate the effort required to shell and prepare the peas for cooking.

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