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TAG : Rebecca Anne Cole

When and How to Harvest Broccoli

 Photo by Rebecca Anne ColeHarvesting broccoli at the right time can be tricky, especially if the weather turns hot all of the sudden. Broccoli heads tend to bolt without warning when temperatures soar above eighty degrees. Once the heads start to flower, they are past the point of harvesting. ...

Companion Planting to Maximize Garden Space

Photos by Rebecca Anne ColeWhen I first started my garden I made sure each vegetable variety had its own designated row. I wanted my garden to resemble a compact version of a farmer’s field, with meticulous crops carefully maintained in systematic rows.  While my garden looked neat and ...

Transplanting Tomato Seedlings

Photos By Rebecca Anne ColeTomato plants are tender annuals that require full sun and warm temperatures to thrive. They are heavy feeders, needing plenty of moisture and well drained soil. Whether purchased from a grower or started indoors from seed, tomato plants need special care when being ...

Starting Tomatoes from Seed

When most people think of heirloom vegetables, the tomato comes to mind. Here in Maryland, we love our tomatoes, and no vegetable garden is complete without an heirloom tomato plant. Many common tomato plants can be found for purchase in early May, but availability and variety are ...

When and How to Transplant Cabbage Seedlings to the Garden

Photo Credit: Rebecca Anne Cole Cabbage seedlings, those precious little plants that have been nurtured so tenderly throughout the winter months, will eventually need a final place to call home. The effort expended to start each plant from seed, careful watering and adjusting under grow lights ...

Beautiful Beneficial Nasturtium

Photo Credit Rebecca Anne ColeNasturtium, also known as Indian cress, is a climbing annual plant, with vines reaching up to 10 feet in length. The intricate flowers mature into impressive displays of yellow, orange, and red. The dainty flowers, leaves, and green shoots are edible, and have a ...

Starting Onions from Seed

Onions require a long growing season and are usually started indoors 10-12 weeks before they will be set out in the garden in early spring, after the threat of frost. Onions need abundant sunlight, which determines the size and development of the bulb, and are categorized by the amount of ...

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