Growing tomatoes in heat How to Grow Tomatoes in Hot Weather

Sizzling summer temperatures can bring your previously productive tomato plants to a screeching halt. When days hit 85°F to 90°F and nights hover above 75°F, tomato flowers often fail to pollinate, then drop — which in turn puts new fruit production on hold. Continue reading

Tomato family crops shouldn't be planted in the same spot year after year. Rotating Vegetable Crops for Garden Success

To keep the vegetable garden healthy, avoid repeating the same planting plan in the same spot. This practice, called crop rotation, can feel a bit like juggling, but it’s important to prevent crop-specific pests and diseases from building up and … Continue reading

Use row cover fabric for plant protection. Row Cover Fabric Equals Protection for Your Plants

When the weather gets cold, we pull on sweaters or button our coats. The extra insulation holds our bodies’ heat inside the protective coverings. The same principle works for garden plants. Like a coat for the garden, a floating row … Continue reading

Stake Tomato Off the Ground Feature How to Support Tomatoes

Tomato plants benefit from support, whether a cage, stakes, or a myriad of other creative solutions. Learn how to support tomatoes and get inspiration from our slideshow of solutions. Stake or support tomatoes off the ground to: Avoid diseases Make … Continue reading

plant-tomatoes-deep-feature Plant Tomatoes Deep, Deep, Deep

Each Bonnie tomato label urges you to plant tomatoes deep, so that a full 2/3 of the plant is underground. That means that if you buy a 10-inch tall plant, all but the top three inches is buried. Why? Because … Continue reading

Pepper to Stake or Not to Stake feature To Stake or Not to Stake Pepper Plants?

You decide. Although many peppers are strong plants that do a good job at holding themselves upright, they sometimes need a little help. If you live in an area in which the growing season is long, peppers tend to grow taller … Continue reading

Let Cucumbers Grow Up feature Let Cucumbers Grow Up

Cucumbers do best if they can climb instead of spread over the ground. The tendrils of the vines will grab fences, string, wire trellis, or tall cages so that the vines climb the structures. This makes for better air circulation … Continue reading

For Early Tomatoes feature For Early Tomatoes, Try This

Want to bite into your first homegrown tomato soon? Here are four easy ways to speed the harvest. Normally, tomatoes are planted at least two weeks after the last frost, but with steps 2 and 3, you can cheat the … Continue reading

Using hay mulch will help retain water Drought-Busting Techniques

As summer heats up, use these drought-busting techniques to keep your garden watered, healthy, and productive throughout the season. Continue reading

drought busters feature Drought Busters Respond With Many Good Ideas

Read these great ideas from some of your fellow Bonnie gardeners dealing with drought. Plastic Mulch in Black, Green, or Red I mulch the garden at spring planting with black, green, and red plastic mulch, depending on the plants I … Continue reading