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Growing Tomatoes

By Jan Cashman Tomatoes are the most popular garden vegetable. We sell thousands of tomato plants each year. You can grow delicious, nutritious tomatoes, in our high mountain climate with its cool nights and short growing season by using a few tricks. Tw... [ View Page ]

Tomato Growing Hints

Choose early maturing varieties for highest yields—70 days or less (see chart) Sow seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost or buy started plants Make sure the plants you buy have strong, thick stems and are not leggy Harden off before pl... [ View Page ]

Plant Hardiness Zones

Plant Hardiness Zones—What do they mean?  Are they important?  By Jan Cashman 12/3/13 This winter, when you’re studying gardening magazines and seed catalogs to decide what to plant next spring, do you ever wonder about the “Zone” numbers next t... [ View Page ]

May Checklist

Prune evergreens and spring-flowering hedges Sow Lawn seed once soil warms Plant bare root nursery stock Spray for fire blight at apple blossom time Sow wild flower seeds and native grasses Fertilize, mow and water lawn Sow cool-season vegetable se... [ View Page ]

Edging Options

A barrier between grass and flower or shrub beds can keep grass from encroaching on your beds and keep mulches from spilling over into your grass.  Edging helps the gardener who wants a low-maintenance landscape to keep their grounds looking neat.  There... [ View Page ]

The 2011 Gardening Year

by Jan Cashman The weather every year is unique, but 2011 had some real extremes.  We had a snowy winter.  According to Greg Ainsworth, columnist for the Chronicle, “from November through June, was the 3rd wettest period in 113 years.”  At the MSU ... [ View Page ]

Container Gardening

Everyone is gardening in containers these days. Small lots and condo living contribute to this trend. People want the ease of planting and caring for a small, ‘contained’ garden. Homeowners are interested in decorating not just the inside of their home... [ View Page ]

8 More Pruning Questions Answered

by Jan Cashman My husband Jerry’s father used to say the time to prune is when your pruners are sharp.  That old nurseryman’s adage holds true for minor pruning, but now, in late winter when fruit and shade trees are dormant, is the best time to prun... [ View Page ]

10 Often Asked Questions about Pruning

Jerry’s father used to say the time to prune is when your pruners are sharp. That old nurseryman’s adage holds true for minor pruning, but now, in late winter when fruit and shade trees and shrubs are dormant, is the best time to prune. (However, do no... [ View Page ]

Learning about Gardening from the Grass Roots Up

Jan Cashman Increasing your knowledge of horticulture can help in your quest for a more beautiful, colorful yard and a more abundant vegetable garden.  There are many ways to learn about gardening—from talking to your neighbor who has a green thumb, to... [ View Page ]

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