Fri June 1, 2012
The Salt

How To Grow The Tastiest Tomato? One Secret's In The Soil

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 1:57 pm

A tomato expert recommends planting seedlings in rich soil with lots of organic matter and a steady slow-release fertilizer.

It's tomato time here in the mid-Atlantic – the critical moment when those of us eager to pull fat, bright fruit off our own backyard vines in a couple months are scurrying to get tender little plants in the ground.

But as anyone who's spent a few summers of kneeling in the dirt can tell you, healthy-looking vines will not necessarily get you a mind-blowingly delicious tomato. And why?

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Tue May 29, 2012
Author Interviews

The First Lady Cultivates 'American Grown' Gardening

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 2:34 am

First lady Michelle Obama tends to the presidential garden during the third annual White House kitchen garden fall harvest in October 2011. The last vegetable garden planted at the White House was Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

One of the first things Michelle Obama did as first lady was to dig up part of the beautifully manicured South Lawn of the White House and plant a vegetable garden. The garden was just one of Obama's many efforts to encourage Americans to eat nutritious food and live healthier lives. Her latest project, a book called American Grown, is a diary of that garden through the seasons and a portrait of gardening in America, past and present.

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Fri May 25, 2012
The Salt

Stand Back When Snapping Turtles Crop Up In The Garden

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 3:09 pm

The best thing to do when this gal shows up in your garden is to let her be
T. Susan Chang

Late spring in a New England vegetable garden is usually a time for the last asparagus, the crisp lettuce and arugula, the first pea shoots, and the first sprouting of warm-weather crops like peppers and zucchini. What you don't expect to see planted in your beds are snapping turtles. But that's just what turned up in mine twice this week.

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Sat May 19, 2012
Garden Report

Short on Space? Try Container Gardening

Tom Throgmorton

Container gardening is an easy and convenient way to have flowers and vegetables in small spaces. KUNC gardener Tom Throgmorton has tips and advice on starting your own container garden.

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Sat May 12, 2012
Garden Report

Dandelion Whine: One Man's Quest to Be a Good Neighbor

photo by Sudoking Creative Commons/Flickr

Is there anything more frustrating than seeing your perfect green lawn suddenly sprouting with yellow dandelions? They're pretty but pesky, and controlling them isn’t an easy thing.

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