Category: Organic Gardening

Squash and Cross Pollination

Summer squash, winter squash, pumpkins and gourds belong to the Cucurbita family. Members of this family may cross-pollinate with each other. (Insects can bring pollen from other plants to female flowers.) However, the first year of a cross, the resulting…

Watermelons and Cross Pollination

Do you have to separate watermelons (Citrullus lanatus) from other types of melons to keep them from cross-pollinating? No, other types of melons like cantaloupes or honeydew (Cucumis melo), and cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) can all be grown close together without…

Blossom End Rot

Blossom end rot on tomatoes Photograph by David B. Langston, University of Georgia Tomatoes grown in containers and indeterminate (vining) heirloom tomatoes can be more susceptible to Blossom End Rot (BER) that is caused by an inability to adequately uptake…

May Garden Calendar

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Wow… May already. Where did the time go? The gardening calendar for May provides a list of recommended food growing tips and gardening chores.
As I mentioned in the last calendar update, April and May, about growing organic food, more people garden in April and May than any other time of the year.

Gardening with Children

If you have a large area of land behind your house, you can start gardening with the whole family. Plans for gardening can be a fun experience for you and your kids. Not only does it promote a strong bond in the family by doing something in common, but it also is a rewarding activity. After some time and efforts spent on your garden, you will be able to reap the fruits of your labor. It is also a form of activity that will awaken the interest of your kid on nature and the awareness on how to take care of it.

Monoecious Cucumbers

Cucumbers and other vine crops are monoecious. Monoecious plants have separate male and female flowers on the same plant. Male and female flowers are similar in appearance. However, the female flowers have small, immature fruits at their base. Pollen is…

April Gardening Calendar

The gardening calendar for April provides a list of recommended food growing tips and <sigh>gardening chores. If you haven’t started your organic gardening adventure yet, it is HIGH time! April is a wonderful time for growing organic food. More people…

March Update

Dear Garden Notes Readers, I have received many emails in the last few days, some unsubscribes, and many new subscribers.¬† Your emails have been a cross section of geography, thought, and opinion. Garden Notes readers span the globe from¬† Japan,…