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  • Compost: Turn food waste into soil nutrients! – Compost is an important soil amendment made of decomposed plant matter including food scraps. You can make right it in your backyard! With the right recipe, your compost heap will not omit bad odors, will lighten the load (and cost) of your trash, and will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. Adding compost to soil helps to restore the organic matter content allowing for greater moisture and nutrient retention and providing necessary food for essential microorganisms that live in healthy soil. Read more →
  • Cover Crops – Got an area in the garden that just is not going to get planted? Try a cover crop! Cover crops are crops that are grown simply to enhance soil quality, rather than to directly produce food for people. Cover crops provide food for the living soil. Read more →
  • Deadheading Flowers – Deadheading your flowers—pulling or clipping spent blossoms off—will ensure better blooms throughout the season. Read more →
  • Dry Bean Seed Saving – Saving seed from dry beans could not be easier! Read more →
  • Early Planting – Here are some tips on getting on start on early plantings. Learn about crops that are less risky to plant early, and also some tricks that can help you protect your plants on those often cold spring nights. Read more →
  • Fertilizing Young Plants – Memorial day weekend is traditionally the time to plant the warm weather garden crops like tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, melons, squash, peppers, eggplant, basil, lavender, rosemary, and all the other tender annual flowers, herbs, and veggies. Young bedding plants do best with a fertilizer boost when planting. Read on to learn more about fertilizing young plants. Read more →
  • Freezing Tomatoes – Freezing tomatoes is super easy. Once frozen, tomatoes do not hold their shape and are somewhat mushy which makes them perfect for use in soups, chili, sauces, or added in to a stir fry or anything else you’d like a little tomato flavor in! Your winter self will be so pleased that you’ve done this! Read more →
  • Frost Protection – Traditionally there is still a good possibility of frost in the Connecticut River valley through May 20, and up in the hills through Memorial Day weekend or even the first week of June. With care, you can still get a head start on the garden. Read more →
  • Geotextiles: Biodegradable Plastic Mulch – Why waste time pulling plastic mulch at the end of the growing year? Experiment with this newly developed biodegradable mulch to save time and energy. Read more →
  • Geotextiles: Black Plastic – Plastic mulch has been used in commercial vegetable production since the 1960’s. The material has proved to be a boost to agricultural productivity. Read more →

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