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Gardening with Jack: Here we Go Again

August is the true true beginning of the hurricane season for Abaconians. The Weather Channel will soon be our number one channel to catch first thing in the morning and our attention will be on named systems floating across the Atlantic from Africa. August is also a kind of forced …

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Gardening with Jack: Potted Plants

Following are the main rules for growing plants in pots. 1.            Research your plants. Some plants need perpetually damp conditions while others like to dry out between waterings. You may find it handy to keep your potted plants in groups with similar watering needs. 2.            Use bigger pots than you …

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Gardening with Jack: Solarisation

By Jack Hardy Hundreds of years ago in mediaeval times it was known that growing the same crop in the same area of land was unproductive. A rotation system was established so three areas grew distinctly different crops while the fourth lay fallow and was manured by cattle or other …

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Gardening with Jack

April is a month of decisions for the home gardener. Summer is coming and looking after our plants will become more difficult. Many favourite vegetables will be almost impossible to grow successfully and those that usually grow well are often an acquired taste. Should we grow these vegetables in the …

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Gardening with Jack

Easter time is usually when the best time to make cuttings starts but Easter is very late this year so if we have cuttings to make we should start in March. The principles governing cuttings are very simple. A section of a woody plant limb can be cut away from …

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Gardening with Jack: Onions

Full-sized bulbing onions are the last of the major vegetable groups to plant and will produce their harvest in May. Non-bulbing onions such as scallions could have been started earlier in the year but large onions must wait until conditions are just right. Onions require lengthening days in order to …

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Gardening with Jack: Seeds and Plants

By and large the dedicated home gardener grows crops from seeds and has the satisfaction of product control right from the beginning. To buy an established plant is almost like an adoption instead of a birth. There are times however when buying plants just makes sense. Abaco’s winter residents find …

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Gardening with Jack: Root Crops

Root crops are a valuable addition to the vegetable garden. Beets and sweet potatoes are staples in Bahamian gardens but there are many other root crops that deserve attention. Beets can be yellow or red but red is favoured locally. The seeds are contained in knobby capsules that make sowing …

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Gardening with Jack: Lettuce and Greens

Gardeners rarely count the cost to figure out how much they are saving by growing instead of buying but when it comes to salad makings the economics are obvious. Lettuce and greens are simple to raise and by growing them yourself they are always fresh. If your lettuce of choice …

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Gardening with Jack: Fruitful Vines

The group of plants that are mostly vinous and produce garden staples such as cucumbers, melons, squashes and pumpkins is generally known as cucurbits. Most of the cucurbits share the same growing requirements: well-drained soil, plenty of compost, and warm conditions. Our fall and winter temperatures are just fine for …

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