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Herbs for Shady Areas

  With their typically delicate foliage and strong scents and flavors, herbs are perfectly suited for a shade garden. If not an outright shaded space, plant shade garden herbs in and around larger plants in the garden. You’ll likely also benefit from the synergy ofcompanion planting, as well,...
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Tomato Blossom Drop

  Blossom drop is a common tomato growing problem that can be extremely frustrating to the home gardener. Otherwise healthy looking tomato plants set flower blossoms, only to have them dry up and fall off the plant before a fruit is formed. What Causes Blossom Drop in Tomatoes?...
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Pruning

No other part of fruit growing creates more uncertainty and confusion than pruning. Terminology such as renewal pruning, replacement pruning, tip bearers, spur bearers, fruit buds and growth buds abound and cause confusion and trepidation. And that’s before the question of winter or summer pruning has been raised....
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chicory

About chicory There are three types of chicory: red chicory, which is sometimes known as raddichio and is often seen in mixed salad packs in supermarkets; sugarloaf varieties, which resemble lettuces and forcing chicory – this isn’t grown in the normal way. It’s deprived of light, or forced,...
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Growing cabbages and brassicas

What to grow A wide range of common leafy vegetables, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale and cauliflower are all part of the Brassica genus. Some root crops such as turnips, swedes and kohl rabi are also part of this nutritious group. Most brassicas are relatively easy...
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Soil with an Alkaline pH

Technically, any soil that has a pH above 7.0 is considered an alkaline soil. Most plants grow best in a slightly acid soil with a pH in the 6.0 to 7.0 range. A few such as Rhododendrons, blueberries, boxwood, heaths, heathers, pin oak and others do best in...
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