Building a Coldframe or Hot Bed

A cold frame or hotbed is an easy and inexpensive structure to create. It functions as a small greenhouse, enabling gardeners to extend their growing season in both spring and fall.  It can be used to harden off seedlings in spring or grow late season crops of cold tolerant plants like greens.   LocationThe ideal location for... Continue Reading →

Choose, Store And Decorate Pumpkins And Gourds

Colorful pumpkins and gourds are popular fall decorations, and their appearing for sale in many locations now. But no matter if you're growing or purchasing pumpkins or gourds for display, decoration, cooking or storage, choosing the best specimens and storing them properly is key. Select Healthy, Mature Pumpkins & GourdsIt's important for good storage and longer-life... Continue Reading →

Harvesting and Curing Onions

Knowing when your onions are ready for harvest and how to prepare them for storage are important steps toward having a successful crop.   A common practice passed down among generations of gardeners is that bending over the onion leaves, while they are still green and growing, will prevent the leaves from growing so much... Continue Reading →

Horseradish  

If you’ve never tasted horseradish (Armoracia rusticana), then think wasabi (Wasabia japonica). These two foods have a nearly identical flavor, often described as peppery, spicy and pungent, however, the sharp taste of horseradish only lasts a short time and doesn’t sear your mouth like hot peppers do.   Horseradish foliage. Image from Pixabay.com.  Both the... Continue Reading →

Renovation of Strawberry Plantings

Strawberry plantings can produce for several years, but yields decrease with each year of harvest.  Diseases, weeds and weak plants limit the life span of a single planting, so do not expect a bed to maintain its quality for more than three fruiting seasons.  By following the recommended renovation or renewal procedures, you can maximize... Continue Reading →

Thinning Tree Fruits

Fruit trees in the home orchard often set abundant crops if spring pollination conditions are good and most home gardeners do not thin fruit trees enough or at all. Only 10% of peach flowers are needed for full crop set and peaches are particularly prone to branch breakage under heavy crop load.   Very heavy fruit loads... Continue Reading →

Weird Squash – Pollination Gone Wrong?

The growing season is in full swing and gardening questions abound! Including questions about pollination and its effects in the vegetable garden, so here is a quick look at pollination and how it will - or won’t - affect the plants in your garden.    Can pumpkins be planted near cucumbers, or will they cross pollinate... Continue Reading →

Spring and Summer Care of Raspberries

Raspberries are widely grown in Nebraska and a very popular home garden fruit. They are not difficult to grow if given the proper care. Here are the best pruning, fertilization and watering practices for your raspberries, along with a few tips on weed, insect and disease control.   Harvest time. Image from Pixabay. PruningRaspberries can... Continue Reading →

Creating a Patio Garden 

If you’re short on space, try your hand at creating a patio or container garden.  Containers fit well on an apartment patio or balcony, as well as in larger landscapes. The key to being successful involves using large containers, a good growing media, and selecting vegetables and flowering plants sized right for growing in containers.      Patio Choice Yellow, All-America Selection 2017... Continue Reading →

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