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Growing Tomatoes from Seed

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Growing Garlic in NJ

NJ Garden Bed Installation for Fall 2016

Gardening Shortcut: How to Plant Your Fall Vegetables in 2 Hours or Less

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5 Common Gardening Mistakes

What does Kale look like? (Kale vs. Collards vs. Swiss Chard)

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Growing Tomatoes from Seed in NJ

Ever considered growing tomatoes from seed? If you're anything like we are, and by this I mean busy, you might decide that buying plants at the local nursery and transplanting them on May 15 or so is the better option for you.

However, others like my NJ gardener pal, Laura, who has been gardening for decades, might opt to take a more experimental and hands-on approach. Of course, growing tomatoes from seed involves far more time and effort than going out to buy a plant that someone else coaxed to life. But if you've got the time, why not try out growing tomatoes from seed this spring? After all, you just never know when the knowledge might prove useful in your life.

To grow tomatoes from seed naturally involves buying some seeds. And if you're serious about tomatoes, which we surely are, then you may already know that hybrid varieties that you'd typically find on the seed racks at Shoprite and Home Depot, are the lackluster option which will produce mediocre tomatoes at best.

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Growing Garlic in NJ

with Guest Blogger, Laura Knott

Laura Knott is a dear friend of our family who, in my estimation, wins the award for Most Impressive Organic Garden in the northwestern part of NJ. For many years now, I have been the delighted recipient of delicious, home cooked creations borne of her backyard bounty.

Laura and her husband Tom impress me especially with their home-grown garlic. We are garlic people all the way. I once attended a garlic festival in the Poconos with Laura. While there, we took heady sniffs from an assortment of garlic varieties. We also partook of atypical fare such as garlic bisque ice cream. And we purchased garlic and spicy-pepper infused oils to add to our culinary collections.

It's September as I write this, and the time to plant garlic is nigh. If executed correctly, your garlic plants will burst forth from the ground sometime next spring.

I thought I'd consult with Laura, whom I consider a garlic-growing expert, for the proper protocol on the topic of garlic growing in NJ. Below, a series of questions that she has so kindly provided answers for.

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Gardening Shortcut: How to Plant Your NJ Fall Garden in 2 Hours or Less

So you want to plant some cold-weather loving veggies, but it's August, and it's hot, and you just don't have time?

Guess again. If executed properly, all you need is one afternoon of light gardening to be on your way to enjoying some hearty soups, stews and side dishes that include your favorite greens this fall and winter!

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What is Direct Sowing? Best Vegetables to Direct Sow in Your NJ Garden

Are you new to gardening? Then you may wonder what it means to direct-sow garden seeds. To direct-sow simply means planting your garden seeds outside in the soil, as opposed to planting them in little, peat-filled containers indoors.

Either method of planting seeds can be enjoyable. It just depends on how much time you want to devote to your gardening hobby.

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5 Common Gardening Mistakes

New to the gardening game? Don't let these frequently-made farming flubs pas put the kaibosh on your crop this summer!

Gardening mistake 1: Planting in poor quality soil. The quality of the soil means everything to the health and vitality of the veggies and herbs growing in it. Your garden beds should be filled with dark, rich and loamy soil, formed from mountain rocks that have broken down and are rich in minerals.

Depending on where you live, your soil may be already be loamy, or it may be made of mostly clay or sand. If the latter is the case, purchase some quality soil from a local nursery before getting started with planting. You should also be composting a balance of green and brown matter, to fertilize your garden with throughout the growing season. This is the best way to assure a nutrient-rich place for your plants to feed and thrive.

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What Garden Vegetables to Plant on May 15? Zone 6 NJ

First-time NJ gardener? You're probably anticipating an inaugral harvest of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers. And if you've never gardened before, then you probably have no idea when to plant any of these vegetables.

May 15 is the generally acknowledged, official garden-planting day here in NJ Zone 6. So if you want to grow the aforementioned produce, and also other summer fare like zucchini, peppers, eggplants and herbs, then this is the day to do it. On May 15, here in NJ, you can safely place those little baby plants into the soil of your garden beds.

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Ode to the Turnip | Planting Turnips in NJ Zone 6

Ah, the humble turnip... my all-time favorite vegetable. Beautiful, smooth white-and-purple painted globes of goodness, often with a flat bottom. I always think of Beatrix Potter's wonderful drawings. So many varieties of turnips to plant, taste and enjoy!

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What does Kale Look Like? (Kale vs. Collards vs. Swiss Chard)

I recently opened my emailed copy of the Burpee newsletter to discover their big sale on kale. A well-timed message, but there was one problem. The newsletter had pictures of collard greens, not kale!

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What can you do with your NJ garden in July?

Mid July heats up NJ like no other! If you thought it was time to ditch the shovel in favor of sitting in front of the air conditioner, guess again, organic gardener. There's a whole host of garden veggies that live for the scorching summer weather.

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What to Do When You Miss Your Planting Date

A big concern for beginner gardeners is what if you miss your planting dates? To those just learning, growing vegetables and herbs successfully does require being mindful of a time table. Some plants thrive in cooler weather, and other prefer the heat of summer. Some take several months to mature, while others are ready to eat in just 30 days from the time you planted seeds.

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Answers to Common Questions Asked by First-Time Gardeners Who Live in NJ Zone 6

People who want to grow their own vegetables but have never done it before often need a little guidance and encouragement. It's hard to know where to begin, what to plant when, and such, when you've never done it before. Some answers to common question for those who are new to the gardening game:

Should I grow my vegetables in pots, or in garden beds?

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Shady Yard Vegetable Garden: Is It Possible?

A reader emailed us asking if there was any hope for growing garden vegetables in her shady yard, in which the sun was being blocked out by several mature oak trees. We did some research, and some thinking, and this is what we came up with. If anyone has any stories of successfully growing veggies and herbs in a yard with a lot of shade, please tell us what you did to make this happen! We welcome all pertinent comments on Facebook.

The first tip we came across was to trim all low-hanging tree branches from (in the reader's case), those great oaks. This makes sense for a few reasons:

1. Trimming your trees will improve their health overall.

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Sacrificial Carrot: How to Make Your NJ Carrot Crop Go the Distance

Prior to this past summer, I was never able to grow carrots. They emerged from the ground looking like... well, God forgive me, let's call them my little orange Thalidomide babies. But then I tried something different. First, I did some research on how to grow carrots. Then I employed some of the new techniques that I had learned about.

And then, a glorious thing happened. Not only did I manage to coax to life a crop of carrots that were straight and strong, thick and sweet... but the carrot bed continues to yield well into November and will probably keep on going for another two months at least.

What did I do? Allow me to share:

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Average Frost Date for NJ Zone 6, and How to Prep Your Garden for the Big Chill

October 15 is noted as the "average first frost date" for Planting Zone 6, as per the Farmer's Almanac and various other gardening information sources.

Around these parts of NJ, this time of year typically brings a light frost, which means that water vapor on the plants will freeze due to the temps having dropped to 32 degrees Farenheit... but this condition won't remain for long. Once the sun has been up for a while, things typically thaw out.

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Fall Gardening in NJ Zone 6, and Putting Your Garden to Bed for Winter

Ah, another sad September when we must say goodbye to those glorious red tomatoes, luscious cucumbers and summer harvests of kale and chard. Trying to squeeze in time to tidy up the garden before back to school and autumn's onset.

Did you know: you can prep garden beds in the fall so they'll be ready for planting when next spring arrives?

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Fall Garden Vegetable Planting Guide for NJ Zone 6

Fall gardening can be confusing for those of us who haven't been gardening our entire lives. Can you really plant vegetables in September? What are the cutoff dates for getting cold-weather loving veggies in the ground?

The answer to this depends on the type of vegetable, and the days that it will take for a particular plant to reach maturity according to the information on the seed packet. There are also other factors, like whether it will be unseasonably warm or cool this fall, and whether you have taken the time to fertilize your garden soil before re-planting after summer's harvest.

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Tomato Harvesting Q&A for NJ Zone 6

If you're anything like we are, then you probably spent a good part of your summer watering, watching and waiting for those tomato plants to yield some firm, red fruit. And then just when you had all but given up, here comes a sudden windfall of tomatoes!

So now you probably want to know what to do now that your garden is a veritable tomato factory. Here are a few tips for harvesting delicious, NJ tomatoes at their peak of excellence.

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What to do with an Overgrown Vegetable Garden

At some point in the heat of summer, you may look at your raised bed vegetable garden and wonder when and how it ended up morphing into an out-of-control jungle. Tomato plants wrapped around each other and everything else, kales shading out parsley, eggplant cowering beneath a gigantic zucchini bush... when did all this growth end up working against you in your effort to cultivate nice, healthy veggies?

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Q: When to pick garden vegetables?

A: I don't think there's a specific time necessarily, but we do know that you should avoid picking veggies just after a rain or after the plants are wet.

The reason for this is that the plants are more susceptible to picking up diseases/germs from your fingers when they're wet...

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Q: How often should I water my vegetable garden?

A: Many experts suggest that once vegetable garden plants are established they should be watered deeply once per week – about an inch. Two inches if it's been really hot.

I don't know about you, but I have no way of knowing how many "inches" of water I am spraying on my veggie plants. There are many factors that, even if you found a way to know that you were applying 1 or 2 inches of water, would alter the amount that actually reaches the roots of your plants.

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Gardening Tricks for Busy and Lazy People

So you want to grow a garden, but you don't want to spend all your time getting dirty, laboring in the hot sun, pulling weeds, and all the things that make gardening not-so-fun. I get it: you have a life. You go to your job every day. You raise and take care of kids. You spend too much time on Facebook. All those things that get in the way of making gardening the Zen activity they say it's supposed to be.

Here's a secret: I'm a lazy gardener myself! My husband and I both are. Just this past weekend, I looked at my grove of tomato plants, all drooping, creeping and curling around each other like a hunted forest, and I thought: Man, I guess I have to re-stake these. But I really don't want to! So I got some bamboo poles that we had been collecting. I went hunting for a ball of twine and a pair of kitchen shears. And then I put in just enough effort to get those maters from dragging on the ground.

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Gardening With Young Children

Gardening is a highly useful, lifelong skill that can be taught to children at a young age. The benefits of sharing this work with your little one are many. It will promote good health as kids develop an appreciation and taste for fresh veggies and fruit. It will get them outside and away from the computer, giving them a chance to breathe the fresh air, use their muscles, and develop gross motor skills.

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How to Plant Peas When There is Snow on the Ground

To the new gardener, early spring planting can seem confusing. How are you supposed to put seeds in the ground when the ground is covered in snow, and you haven't done anything in the way of loosening up the soil? They say to plant the peas on or around St. Patrick's Day. But... snow? Huh?

For my first few years as a neophyte gardener, I just didn't bother planting anything until May. The weather was just too confusing to me. But after having the garden beds for several gardening seasons in a row, I began to understand. The good garden soil is already there, waiting beneath the piles of snow. All you have to do is move the snow aside in one spot, fluff things up a bit, and put your seeds in. Done and done.

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Growing Herbs Successfully in NJ Zone 6

Here at GardenBedsNJ, we love herbs! They're easy to grow. They add a little something to an ordinary recipe to make it excellent, and they're really good for you. Best of all, herb plants are highly scalable to the space in which they live. Keep a small basil plant in a pot on your kitchen windowsill to snip fresh leaves through the winter. Plant the same basil plant in well-composted soil in your garden this spring, and watch it morph into a 2-foot high monster.

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How to Grow Strawberries Organically

Strawberries are tough to grow for a few reasons. For all the work and planning they require, the harvesting season is pretty brief. Here in Zone 6, we plant strawberries in the early spring, to be harvested by end of May, and June in the case of some varieties. Strawberry plants are susceptible to viruses, fungus, nematodes, aphids, grubs, beetles; and of course gray mold. And if not well fertilized, your strawberries that do survive may be quite small, much less so than the pesticide-sprayed ones purchased at the grocery store.

Despite this – don't be discouraged! If you enjoy a challenge, and would love some fresh-picked berries atop your cereal in the morning or served with delicious, whipped cream for a treat -- then by all means try your hand at growing strawberries the organic way!

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Garden Planning in February? Yes! Start Now and Be Ready for Spring Planting

Winter blues getting you down? Don't just dream about garden planning for NJ's spring planting season... do it! Even a first-time gardener can successfully grow healthy and delicious vegetables if they learn the basics of gardening and plan their plot in advance. Below, a list of things to plan and consider before you lay the groundwork for your NJ backyard garden.

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What Vegetabes Can You Plant in Midsummer?

Being relatively new gardeners (this is our fifth year of growing organic vegetables here in NJ Zone 6), we occasionally still have to research certain aspects of gardening before being able to write about them. Mid-summer planting was one of them.

My mother has been gardening for most of her life, and I remember that last year she showed up in the middle of summer armed with seeds to plant beets, pole beans, and Swiss chard I think. So going on that... mid summer is a time to plant any vegetables that will either mature (for eating) before the first killing frost strikes... or, the kind that will survive or even thrive in sub-freezing temperatures.

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Gardening Tips for Beginners

It took me a few years to get the hang of gardening. Seems like whether it was turning beds, planting seeds, fertilizing or what-have-you, there was always the question in my mind: "Am I doing this right? HOW do I do this again?"

Some gardening tips for beginners:

Location is everything. Try to grow your garden in the most southerly spot. If you can't do this because your backyard is north of your house...

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Cool Weather Crop: How to Grow Cabbage in NJ Zone 6

by Maria G.

Thinking about growing cabbages in your organic garden this year? This is a cool-weather crop that thrives in the early spring and fall. If you're reading this in April, you've already missed your chance to have organically grown cabbage this gardening season. But don't worry – September will be here before you know it, and you'll have another chance to grow cabbages then.

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How to Grow Vegetables from Seed

by Maria G.

I wrote a recent entry about how I grew some beautiful lettuces from seed. Today, at a garden center, I came upon a rather expensive shallow pot filled with the same types and colors of lettuce that I had successfully cultivated myself. These ready-to-eat lettuce plants were large, and evidently heavily fertilized. Looking at them, I thought: "Why would I want to eat that, and who would pay that price?" My seed packet cost less than $2.00 and had yielded beautiful, organic results. I also observed that the spacing of the plants in this store's container would surely not allow them to flourish for long.  

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How to Plant Cucumbers in NJ Zone 6

Cucumber plants grow quickly and impressively from seed. The first time you dig a little hole and drop that big cucumber seed in, expect to be shocked when fast comes the day that a mighty cucumber sprout emerges triumphantly from the dirt. From there, your cucumber plants will just seem to lap the other veggies that you also start from seed, appearing as green giants among their spindly little sproutling friends.

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Growing Lettuce from Seed vs. Direct Sowing Lettuce

(aka Fresh Picked Salad for One)

by Maria G.

A great deal of thought and planning takes place when I look over the selections in the seed catalog in November. I hope to choose interesting varieties of seed that do well in my NJ garden and taste great when prepared for the table.

Lettuce is an early crop which grows best in cool temperatures. You can either start your seeds in early spring and transplant into the garden beds for an early harvest... or, direct-seed them into your garden without the extra steps.

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Companion Planting

Companion planting is an effective way to keep pests and disease away from your organic garden vegetables without the use of chemicals and pesticides. My husband and I have been experimenting with organic gardening techniques for the past five years, and this has become part of our successful planting strategy.

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Choosing a Fertilizer for Your Vegetable Garden

Vegetables grow best in soil that contains 5 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphate, and 5 percent potash. The commercial fertilizers list this ratio on their bags, so if you see a fertilizer that's labeled 5-10-5, then you know you're buying the right thing.

That being said, we do not generally recommend commercial fertilizers for growing a vegetable garden. Although many people use them with some measure of success, a far better method for growing nutrient-dense, pest-and-disease resistant veggies is by fertilizing with organic compost.

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Getting Your Raised Garden Beds Ready for Spring Planting

While those of us who are on top of the gardening game may have already put their March 15 peas in the ground, many more are only now just starting to consider what to grow this summer. A raised bed garden is simple to create, and offers the following advantages:

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Is Rototilling Necessary? To Till or Not to Till Your NJ Garden Beds This Spring

"To grow healthy, productive plants you need healthy, productive soil. It is the organisms in the soil that provide the food plants need, in the form they need, when they need it."

-Dr. Elaine Ingam, SoilFoodWeb.com

The first year we had our little backyard garden, we rented a rototiller and went to work processing the soil for planting. While this seemed like the right thing to do at the time, we quickly learned that tilling is an unnecessary extra step in raised bed gardening that can actually harm rather than help your crops grow....

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Planting Red Onions in Early Spring in NJ, Zone 6

Yesterday, my husband pulled a living onion out of the ground in our backyard. It's March 13, and our NJ garden is, for the most part, just piles of dormant earth waiting to wake up. So, this was very exciting for us.

He diced it up immediately, and we sprinkled the tangy, fresh, deep-purple-and-white-streaked bits over our bowls of chili that night. I used the rest, along with some carrots and kale, to flavor a vat of chicken soup.

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Where Does Your Garden Grow?

by Amy Todisco, Green Living Expert and Organic Farmer

Haven you given much thought to where to plant your organic vegetable garden? It’s a very important first step.

You don’t want to go through the hard work of creating a garden designed to grow healthy organic food only to find out that there is some toxic substance (such as lead dust, paint chips, stain, or some other toxic product that was scraped, sanded or power washed off your home and now sits in your soil.

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Baking the Weed Seeds Out of Your Garden Beds

One effective method of removing weed seeds from your vegetable garden beds is to bake them out with black plastic. We first heard about this method from eco-landscaping and organic gardening expert The Yard Fairy.

At the beginning of the gardening season, lay black plastic down over your garden beds and let it sit for several weeks. The black attracts the sun and heats the ground to high temperatures, resulting in a "greenhouse effect" that kills any existing weed seeds that may be living in your soil. Remove the plastic when you're ready to prep your garden beds for planting.

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Training Your Tomato Plants

It's important to train your tomato plants to grow up and not drag on the ground. Of course, you can let your tomato plants drag along the ground if you want to, but this will probably reduce the amount of edible fruits and possibly transfer rot and disease to the plant.

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Jersey Tomato Plants: Common Problems

What NJ gardener doesn't salivate at the thought of plucking the season's first, plump red tomatoes from the vine? Unfortunately, while nearly every gardener from the garden state has tried their hand at tomato growing with some measure of success, there are some common issues that we all face.

Tomato troubles? Try these preventive methods:


Lots of leaves but few or no fruit: High nitrogen fertilizers such as Miracle Gro yield large, leafy plants but no fruits. Look for a phosphorus-rich fertilizer instead such as Bloom Booster. Heavy rainfall or temps higher than 90 degrees can also cause this problem, unfortunately.

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Growing Tomatoes in New Jersey: Some Tips for Beginners

Trying your hand at tomatoes this summer? While some first-time farmers shy away from the seemingly more complicated crops like corn or beans, nearly every newbie is willing to stick a few tomato plants in the ground and hope for the best.

If you've never grown tomatoes before (or you have but you're still learning), here are some quick tips for success:

Select a spot at the back of the garden. Tomatoes are among the tallest plants, along with trellis peas and beans. They should be placed behind smaller plants, at the northernmost point, so that they don't block sunlight from the lower-growing vegetables. Make sure there's enough space for each plant to have 2-4 feet between them (depending on whether they're determinate or indeterminate varieties, and caged versus staked plants).

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When to Plant Early Spring Vegetables in NJ

For new gardeners in NJ: of course, the below dates are only an approximation. If you're not home on April 1, it's okay to plant your carrots on April 7!

March 15: Peas and Radishes.

Peas. The "first" plant of the early spring gardening season, avid gardeners get excited to sow their pea seeds right around St. Patrick's Day—even if there's still snow on the ground. Climbing peas will require a trellis, placed close to but not directly on top of the area where you planted your pea seeds. Bush type plants can stand alone without a trellis.

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The Advantages of a Raised Bed Garden

Thinking about creating a garden this year? Then take a lesson from the Chinese, who successfully cultivate prolific, raised bed gardens in miniscule backyards. High, mounded garden beds yield nearly twice the amount of produce than traditional row gardens. The plants also tend to be bigger and bear more fruit. Here are a few more reasons why raised bed gardens are the way to go.

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When and How to Start Prepping Your Garden Beds in New Jersey

In February, the soil is usually frozen and therefore can't be worked. So if you intend to plant an early spring garden, then the best time to ready your garden beds for planting is before the second week of March. You want the soil to be prepared in time for that first spring planting, traditionally peas, on or around St. Patrick's Day. The earlier the better to dig fresh garden beds and plant early spring crops-- but you do have some time if you don't plan to start gardening until May 15th.

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RECENTLY ADDED

Controlling Weeds in Your Organic Garden

"Winter Sowing Works" Amazon Kindle Book from Bohemian Reflections

Determinate vs. Indeterminate Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes from Seed

Buying Good Garden Soil in Hunterdon, NJ

What Type of Soil is Right for My Raised Garden Beds?

Growing Tomatoes for Sauce

NJ Tomato Growing: Organic Control of Aphids, Stink Bugs and Fruit Worms

Growing Garlic in NJ

NJ Gardening Shortcut: How to Plant Your Fall Garden in 2 Hours or Less

NJ Garden Bed Installation for Fall 2016

Gardening Shortcut: How to Plant Your Fall Vegetables in 2 Hours or Less

What is Direct Sowing? Best Garden Plants to Direct Sow in Your Garden

5 Common Gardening Mistakes

 

FALL GARDENING ZONE 6

Why Dig Organic Garden Beds During the Fall?

Broccoli Planting Instructions for NJ Zone 6

Cool Weather Crop: How to Grow Cabbage in NJ Zone 6

When to Plant Fall Vegetables in NJ Zone 6

Average Frost Date for NJ Zone 6, and How to Prep Your Garden for the Big Chill

Fall Vegetable Planting Guide for NJ Zone 6

Putting Your NJ Garden to Bed for Winter

What does Kale Look Like? (Kale vs. Collards vs. Swiss Chard)

 

ORGANIC GARDENING E-GUIDE

NJ Zone 6 Organic Gardening E-Guide Teaches New Gardeners How to Grow Their Own Dinner

Ordering our NJ Gardening E-Guide: was it good for you?

IT'S FINALLY HERE! NJ Zone 6 Complete Planting E-Guide Now Available for Purchase

 

SPRING GARDENING ZONE 6

What Vegetables to Plant on May 15

Ode to the Turnip

Best Seed Catalogs

When and How to Start Prepping Your Garden Beds in New Jersey

When to Plant Early Spring Vegetables in NJ

Garden Planning in February? Yes! Get Ready for Spring Planting in NJ

Getting Your Raised Garden Beds Ready for Spring Planting

Is Rototilling Necessary? To Till or Not to Till Your NJ Garden Beds

Garden Planting Dates for NJ Zone 6

How to Plant Peas When There is Snow on the Ground

What to Do When You Miss Your Planting Date

Baking the Weed Seeds Out of Your Garden Beds

Planting Onions in Early Spring in NJ Zone 6

Broccoli Planting Instructions for NJ Zone 6

Sacrificial Carrot: How to Make Your NJ Carrot Crop Go the Distance

How to Grow Strawberries Organically

How to Plant Cucumbers in NJ Zone 6

Growing Herbs Successfully in NJ Zone 6

Spring Gardening in NJ: What to Plant on May 15?

Mid Spring Gardening Upkeep

 

ORGANIC COMPOST & FERTILIZERS

Organic Composting Q&A

Mulch Q&A for Vegetable Gardens

Choosing a Fertilizer for Your Vegetable Garden

6 Quick Tips for Gardening Without the Use of Chemical Fertilizers or Pesticides

 

GROWING VEGETABLES FROM SEED

How Long Do Garden Seeds Last? Seed Viability Chart

How to Grow Vegetables from Seed

Growing Lettuce from Seed vs. Direct Sowing Lettuce

 

RAISED BED GARDENING TIPS & FAQ

The Advantages of a Raised Bed Garden

NJ Zone 6 Gardening Q&A

Best Time to Water Your Vegetable Garden, Best Time to Pick Vegetables

Gardening Tips for Beginners

Growing Vegetables in Shade: Is It Possible?

NJ Zone 6 Complete Garden Planting Guide

Where Does Your Garden Grow?

Hardiness Zones in NJ

Gardening Tricks for Busy and Lazy People

Gardening With Young Children

Hay or Straw: Which is Right for Your Vegetable Garden?

What is a bumper crop?

 

SUMMER GARDENING ZONE 6

What Vegetables Can You Plant in Mid Summer?

July Gardening Update: Zone 6 NJ

How often should I water my vegetable garden?

When to Pick Garden Vegetables?

What to Do With an Overgrown Vegetable Garden

Tomatoes Planting Instructions for NJ Zone 6

Peppers Planting Instructions for NJ Zone 6

What can you do with your NJ garden in July?

Picking and Cooking Beets: How to Harvest and Prepare Beets so People Actually Enjoy Them

 

GROWING JERSEY TOMATOES

Growing Tomatoes in New Jersey

Training Your Tomato Plants

Jersey Tomato Harvesting Q&A

Jersey Tomato Plants: Common Problems

Tomatoes Planting Instructions for NJ Zone 6

 

PESTS AND DISEASE

Organic Pest Control in Your Garden: Slugs, Snails, Potato Beetles

Companion Planting

 

 

 

 

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