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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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Gardening with Jack: Summer Fruits

Papaya and bananas are productive all year round but most other fruits have a definite season to look forward to. All of our summer fruits can be eaten out of hand but some can be enjoyed in other ways. Boil dark red Barbados cherries (Acerola) in sugar water. When cool …

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Gardening with Jack: Merry Month of May

When I was a boy (a long long time ago) I used to enjoy the old English Robin Hood ballads. Every ballad was set in the merry month of May and made me wonder what on earth Robin, Maid Marion, Friar Tuck and Little John got up to in the …

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Gardening with Jack: Summer is Coming

Like it or not, summer is on the way and we must adapt what we grow in the garden to the hot, humid conditions that will soon be upon us. Our flowering shrubs – from roses to oleander – should receive a seasonal application of fertilizer to keep them happy. …

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April Garden

Easter is a demarcation time in the garden calendar. Although the vegetables in our gardens are looking fine and producing well, for many their days are numbered. It is now too late to plant seeds for most popular vegetables and we have to carefully consider what to grow during the …

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Gardening with Jack: End of the Year 2017

This is the last article of the calendar year but in reality we are merely halfway through our productive vegetable growing season. In many ways we are at a beginning. The winter solstice occurs on 22nd December and from that date on our days will be lengthening instead of decreasing. …

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