Harvesting Summer Vegetables

Knowing when to harvest vegetables is just as important as knowing how to grow them.  Some have a long time over which you can harvest, others must be harvested at just the proper stage of ripening.  Harvest at the wrong time, and your vegetables may not ripen properly if too young, or be tough and bitter if too old. You […]

Watering trees and shrubs

Trees and shrubs need moist, but not thoroughly wet, soil in order to grow well, resist insects and winter injury, and, in some cases, to produce flowers and fruit. If fruiting plants fail to fruit, or produce few fruit, it may be due to drought during flowering or fruit production. From early spring until about September 1, apply water adequately […]

Helping lawns deal with drought

With a changing climate, droughts seem to be getting more frequent and sometimes of a longer duration.  Proper mowing, watering, and fertilizing are some of the strategies you can use to help a lawn deal with droughts and to survive. During periods of intense heat or drought, lawns will go dormant.  They’re still alive, just not growing, so won’t need […]

Garden Strawberry Planting and Care

The Strawberry is our most widely cultivated small fruit. In suitable varieties it is grown in every state, much of Canada, except the coldest regions, and even in the milder parts of Alaska. It is grown extensively commercially in widely separated parts of the United States and Canada and is the most popular and easily grown garden fruit. The common […]

Hand-Pollinating Pumpkin Plants

Hand-Pollinating Pumpkin Plants PROBLEM: My pumpkins keep flowering and setting fruit, but the fruits (pumpkins) keep withering up when they are an inch or two long. I’ve tried putting wood under them, thinking they were rotting, but that hasn’t worked. Now I am wondering about soils, too much water, insects? Any suggestions? LIKELY ANSWER: Do you have bees (pollinators)? Sounds like […]

Porky Pumpkins Tip Scales at 1000-Plus Pounds

Web Alert: Porky Pumpkins Tip Scales at 1000-Plus Pounds By NANCY STEDMAN & STEVE DITLEA October 11, 1996 To the four-minute mile and the eight-foot high jump, add yet another legendary performance barrier, shattered just last Saturday: the 1,000-pound pumpkin.   Paula and Nathan Zehr from Lowville, N.Y., set a new record last weekend with their 1,061 pound pumpkin. Credit: Associated Press […]

How to Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin

Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin (supplement) – by George Brooks(Note: Click on the small images to view a 400×296 image)   The first Stage of Pumpkin Mound building, broad tapered sides are formed to capture the Spring sunshine. Next, an area in the middle is hollowed out and a heating cable, (optional), is laid in the bottom. It is then covered […]

Direct Start Method of Pumpkin Growing

I first developed this method approximately nineteen years ago for growing squash and have been refining it ever since. It is intended to produce the largest vine possible (12’+) by the ideal fruit setting date of June 20 to July 10th (based on my growing season). The second benefit is to obtain 80 to 90% of the pumpkin’s growth by […]

Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin

Compost Feeding Your Pumpkin – by George Brooks This article was originally written for a September time frame especially the Compost Section. Keep this in mind and adapt it to what ever time of year you are starting. Start planning for next year to improve your chances of growing a big one. The following article is about one method that […]