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How and Why You Should Prune Pepper Plants

I’ve been growing my vegetables and flowers on top of a fenced-in concrete patio for the past three years. It’s a pretty big learning curve, because I haven’t quite figured out my growing zone yet. I live in zone 6b, but the concrete slab under my patio garden heats things up to similar temperatures as Arizona in summer! Trying to keep everything alive and productive is half of the fun.

Speaking of productive plants, let’s talk about helping pepper plants produce better.

What is the best way to increase productivity in peppers?

How do you fix a leggy pepper plant so it gets bushier and produces a better harvest?

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How and Why You Should Chit Your Potatoes

Every year that I garden, I try to find new and easier ways to do things. One of my more recent discoveries is Potato Chitting!

For many gardeners in North America, potato chitting is an unknown concept. The word “chitting” itself, is new for most people. However, potato chitting is an old fashioned gardening term, that has been practiced for generations.

There are many reasons why you should consider chitting your potatoes. I will tell you why you should do it and show you how easy it is!

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15 Steps to Successfully Transplant Your Seedlings

15 Steps to Successfully Transplant Your Seedlings

Are you planning on starting your seeds indoors this year?

If you have, but need a little help getting started, take a look at my Ultimate Guide to Seed Starting. In this guide, I show you what tools you need to get started, then walk you through simple step-by-step directions.

If you have started your seeds, then you’ve probably seen them germinate, grow and develop their first set of true leaves.

Now that they’ve reached this stage, what’s next?

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The Ultimate Guide to Seed Starting

The Ultimate Guide to Seed Starting

Have you started your seeds this year?

Do you start them indoors, or do you plant them directly in the garden?

Perhaps you buy your starter plants from a local nursery or big box store?

There are many benefits to starting your own seeds, like being able to grow varieties that are unavailable in stores, growing organic seeds, and even planting crops that are not sold as seedling starter plants.

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How to Grow and Use Red Kuri Squash

How to Grow and Use Red Kuri Squash

I love winter squash! My favourite way to eat it is in soup. I’ve made soup from numerous squash varieties and they all turned out really well! It’s difficult to mess them up.

Some have a taste of their own, while others easily adapt to the seasonings used. I find squash to be a very easy vegetable to work with. It is especially satisfying on a cold Fall or Winter’s day.

Every year, I aim to discover a new squash variety and this year “Red Kuri” squash came in first place!

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