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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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Gardening with Jack: Early Tomatoes

We are into the hottest month of the year yet it is time to start tomatoes from seed and tomatoes do not like heat. Warmth, yes, but not heat. Experienced gardeners will be able to cope with the conditions and less experienced practitioners will learn along the way what works …

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Gardening with Jack: Garden Teas

Teas are both healthy and refreshing and if you collect your makings from the garden they are also very cheap. Teas are usually freshly made and drunk hot but can also be prepared, cooled, and used ice cold. You can also use the sun to make your teas. Place your …

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Gardening with Jack: July Gardens

If all has gone well your vegetable growing areas are covered with clear plastic to solarise the soil, your potted herbs are in the shade for protection against the summer sun, and the main jobs left in July are mowing the grass, maintenance weeding, and picking mangoes. During an inspection …

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