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What Does Planting Vegetables Have to Do With Mother’s Day?

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there. The day is finally here that vegetable gardeners have been waiting for all spring. It’s time to start planting those tender vegetable crops in your garden. Knowing what, when, and how to plant can offer many rewards in the long run. Continue reading


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Growing Safe Produce Following a Flood

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Use extra precaution to ensure safe vegetables this season. Image by Pezibear from Pixabay

We have been through a lot this spring.  We have had blizzards, floods, and everything in-between for weather including two bomb cyclones. It isn’t even May yet.  Now that the worst is over, we hope, find out what you need to do to have safe vegetables from your garden to eat this year. Continue reading


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Troubled Tomatoes?

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Tomatoes were once thought to be poisonous and were avoided at all cost.  Today tomatoes are grown in over 86 percent of home gardens in the United States.  This popular plant has many common diseases and problems that can plague it.  With a little help, you can keep your tomatoes in tip top shape. Continue reading


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Tossing Tomatoes: Vegetable Garden Clean-up

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Zucchini killed by frost.

The presence of frost usually means that your vegetable garden is either limping toward the finish line or has completed production for the year.  Fall is the perfect time to clean up the vegetable garden and its tools to prepare them for next year.  Continue reading


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Starting Scrumptious Spears

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Asparagus spears just starting to emerge. Photo by S. Cochran.

Spring is almost here and you know what that means… asparagus season.  Asparagus is the favorite perennial vegetable.  If you happen to be one that loves this vegetable, you can grow it yourself with a little know how.  Continue reading


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Spring is Confusing…

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Spring blooming squill- photo from Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County

Spring in Nebraska is a very confusing time of year for most gardeners.  We get teased with the nice weather for a few days, only to have snow or cold temperatures snap us back into the reality of living in this wonderful state.  There are a few tasks that should be completed in the “spring” of the year, others need to be put on hold for just a little longer.  Continue reading


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Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

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Behold… the Great Pumpkin

Picking the perfect pumpkin is an art.  Finding one with the perfect size and shape that can be turned into just the right jack-o-lantern is tougher than it sounds.  Whether its orange or white, finding that flawless pumpkin can be made a little easier with just a little assistance. Continue reading


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Don’t Throw in the Trowel On Your Garden

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Cool season crops. Photo from hortupdate.unl.edu

While some gardeners are ready for the gardening season to be over, others are raring up for another round.  If you are one who isn’t quite ready to throw in the trowel, now is the ideal time to start thinking about that fall vegetable garden.

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To-MAY-to or To-MAH-to?

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Whether you pronounce it to-MAY-to or to-MAH-to, either way you say it they are both delicious.  Tomatoes are grown in over 86 percent of home gardens in the United States, but there are many common diseases and problems that can plague tomatoes.  With a little help, you can keep your tomatoes in tip top shape.

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