Growing Vegetables Under Cover
Vegetable plants often need protection from cold weather and persistent pests, particularly when they are young and most vulnerable. Being prepared with the appropriate equipment and protective covers is the best way to avoid losses.
Keeping Pests at Bay
Netting supported on wire hoops prevents pigeons from feasting on young brassicas. A finer mesh will also keep out butterflies, whose eggs hatch into hungry caterpillars.
Protecting Winter Leaves
Salads, such as these dark red lettuces and Asian greens, respond well to the protection from cold, wet weather that a cold frame provides, allowing them to be grown all through the winter.
This greenhouse is bursting with seedlings to be hardened off and potted on. Even in a small garden, a greenhouse can be worthwhile, providing valuable space for raising seeds and achieving earlier harvests.
Shielding Tomato Plants
Outdoor-grown tomatoes can be hardened off and shielded from cold nights in an inexpensive plastic greenhouse, which conveniently houses a standard-sized growing bag.
Tips on Protecting the Garden From Pests
Keep critters away from your growing carrots with these simple yet effective tactics.
Tips for Growing Potatoes
Want to grow potatoes in your garden, but you aren't sure where to start? Try these easy steps to have a bountiful harvest of spuds next fall.
Growing and Harvesting Kohlrabi, Yardlong Beans and White Eggplant
Here are some growing tips and harvesting hints to help maximize the yield of kohlrabi, yardlong-bean and white-eggplant crops.
Diseases, Insects and Animals
These three things constantly threaten gardens. Here are some effective tactics for keeping these threats at bay.
5 Frequent Questions About Yard Prep for Growing Vegetables
Preparing the yard for a vegetable garden may take time, but it will pay off all season long.
By attracting natural predators, you can keep insect pests from destroying the plants in your garden without the use of chemicals.
Combining Vegetables and Flowers in Your Garden
Small gardens need to look their best year round and usually have no room for a separate vegetable garden, but with a little imagination, vegetables can look striking alongside flowers and produce a tasty harvest, too.
Identifying and Dealing with Problem Insects
Gardeners often play detective when figuring out what's chewing holes or causing yellow or brown spots on favorite plants. Here are some clues to help solve common garden mysteries, as well as tips for dealing with pests.
Vegetable Garden Plans
Taking time to plan a vegetable garden before you plant can pay dividends throughout the season. Clever use of low rows and tall accent plants creates microclimates that different vegetables enjoy, as well as great visual effects.
Choosing a Site for Your Vegetable Garden
Growing vegetables in ideal conditions is not always possible, particularly if you have limited space, but it pays to find a sunny spot that is sheltered from the wind and easily accessible for watering and weeding.
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