Quirks

Why Does pH Matter?

You may have heard of soil pH. You may have even heard some people say that they don’t worry about testing the soil; that it is usually okay. That’s often true. But if the soil pH is not okay, how will you know? You then risk potential problems. So, if you want to do things… Read more »

What Is the Trick to Cilantro?

Knowing how it grows. Cilantro easily grows into a leafy rosette of aromatic fresh flavor that just can’t be replaced by the dried leaves in the grocery spice rack. However, don’t be surprised when the longer days of spring cause the plant to quickly stretch up to about 2 feet tall with white flowers on… Read more »

Tomato Quirks

Sometimes a tomato doesn’t turn out looking like you’d expect. Here are some tomato quirks you might see that are caused by neither insects nor diseases — and what (if anything) to do about them.

The Secret Life of Broccoli

A closer look at how broccoli develops will help you grow perfect heads. Broccoli is temperature sensitive. When plants sit exposed to cold below 40 degrees for a week or two, they suffer chilling injury. This triggers heads to form way too early. On the other end of the scale, if you plant too late… Read more »

Surgery for Squash Vine Borers

When squash vines suddenly collapse, it may be the work of squash vine borers. If you find that borers are at work, surgery for squash vine borers is a last-ditch technique to try save your plants. Once borers are inside the plants, you have two options: ignore them and harvest what your plant will give… Read more »

Conquer Blossom End Rot

When tomatoes, peppers, melons, and eggplant develop a sunken, rotten spot on the end of the fruit, the cause came long before you found the problem. It’s called blossom end rot, and here is why it happens. Vegetables need calcium for healthy development. When tomatoes, peppers, melons, and eggplant can’t get enough from the soil,… Read more »