General Gardening

How to Harvest Tomatoes and Tomato Seeds

Harvesting tomatoesAfter your tomato plants have had their growth spurt and flower, they will begin to produce fruit. But when should you pick your tomatoes, how should you store them and how can you save tomato seeds for the next gardening season?

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Stunted Plant Growth with Low Light

Zinnia flower grown in low lightUnfortunately, many apartment gardeners have low light in their balcony gardens. You may have low light and still want to grow beautiful flowers that require high light. Unfortunately, you will be disappointed with your container plants if you can’t provide them with the correct conditions. Plants that require a lot of sun will look scraggly, less full and will grow slower when kept in shade. 

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Garden Recipe: Home-Grown Salsa

Home-grown salsaYou can make a delicious salsa from a small balcony garden. Nothing tastes better than fresh ingredients picked right from the kitchen garden, prepared and eaten less than 5 minutes later! The best part is that you can make your salsa your own. Make it super spicy or super mild, add as much garlic or onion as you want, and you can prepare it and make it fresh throughout the gardening season. So why not devote a corner of your garden to a salsa garden?

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Must-Haves for the Gardener’s Library

These books are a must-have for a balcony container gardener's bookshelf. Click on each book’s title or photo to visit Amazon.com and learn more.

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Epcot’s “Behind the Seeds” Tour at Walt Disney World

Disney World EpcotThe "Living with the Land" attraction at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park is a 14-minute boat ride that teaches visitors about agriculture around the world. During the ride, park guests sail through experimental greenhouses to see some of the produce grown for the Epcot restaurants, as well as new and different ways to grow our favorite garden plants, including bananas, tomatoes, sunflowers, pumpkins, lettuce and more.

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