# Garden tips
Starting A Garden
My first season of summer gardening is coming to an end and I would like to share some tips I have learned that can hopefully help you get started on your garden next year!. Let's start with the beginning, which is starting seeds indoors. This is something I tried to do, and did not do well at first! My first mistake was underwatering and I lost quite a few seedlings because of this. What I started to do once I realized my mistake was check to see if the soil was damp, if not I would bottom water, so I would fill the tray with about a 1/2 inch of water and let the seedlings drink up! My second mistake was not having my plant lights close enough to the seedlings. You pretty much want the light within an inch of the emerging seedling otherwise it will become leggy as it tries to reach for the light, and this creates a weaker plant. Now I still saw some success, but my seeds that I direct sowed were much stronger and produced better than my leggy seedlings from indoors.
August Crops You Can Plant In Your Zone 5 Garden
all may be approaching, but it isn't too late to get some crops in the ground to harvest before the brutal winter arrives!. Let's start with crops you should get in the ground in the next few days to ensure a harvest:
Growing A High Yield Of Delicious Tomatoes In Your Backyard
Here are a few tips on growing tomatoes at home! There are so many delicious varieties and I’d love to hear which ones you’re growing!
Starting Your Fall Garden
The weather may still be hot, but fall will be here before we know it! That's right! It is time to get started on those fall gardens. In most places is it likely too hot to actually plant your cool weather crops outside, I am in the same situation. But this is the time to get our seeds started indoors.
Crops That You Can Start Right Now (Mid July) !
Did you know that you still have time to start some crops in your garden? I am located in zone 5 and based on my zip code I still have until the mid to end of October before the first predicted frost! You can figure out the date for your zip code on the Famer's Almanac website. Right now I have about 90 days left in my growing season, which leaves a lot of room for some great garden growth!
Growing Melons In Your Garden
Melons make the perfect summer treat! It is even more rewarding when you can walk into your own backyard and pick a fresh one for your family. Here are some tips to grow the best melons!
Harvesting Garlic From Our Off Grid Garden } Hard-Neck Garlic Planted Last Fall
I planted garlic at the end of last October. It is now time to harvest and cure it. It is so exciting to see the bulbs after a long cold winter. This is hard-neck garlic, which is best for our Maine weather. It takes 2-3 weeks to cure. It must be kept dry, and there is airflow around it.
Harvesting Marigold Seeds And Why You Should Be Growing Them
Marigolds offer a variety of benefits to your garden! I am going to share some of those for you and then teach you how to harvest your own seeds so you never have to buy them again!
Growing Delicious Cucumbers
Cucumbers are a favorite in our household! We like to make pickles, use them in salads, have them alone as snacks, and of course we share them with our pup!. Here are some tips to make the most out of your cucumber plants!
Pollinating Your Squash Plants
Although this is a job for the bees, sometimes they need a little help! There are a few reasons for this, one being that the bees cannot get to or see the flowers (it helps to prune your plant a little), and another being that you may not have enough bees around to help! It is very easy to help the process.
Here’s why you shouldn’t let the calendar dictate when to plant your spring garden in Forsyth County
Garden display at Atlanta Botanical Garden(Michelle Hall/NewsBreak) (Forsyth County, GA) Did you or your neighbors head outside during the beautiful weekend to work on your spring garden? You might have started too soon. Despite what the calendar says, the change of season from winter to spring does not signal it’s time to start planting. There’s even an old wives’ tale that says never plant before Easter, because there’s bound to be another frost.