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Home Soil Testing: Using The Soil Test Report

The Auburn University Soil Testing Laboratory report includes: your intended crop(s), the soil group your sample belongs to, soil pH, results/extractable nutrients, nutrient rating, lime and fertilizer recommendations, as well as c…

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Early Season Thoughts on Disease Management in the Home Vegetable Garden

The following article contains information on early season disease management for home vegetable gardens.
Seeds
There are some plant diseases caused by fungal, bacterial and viral pathogens that can be seed-borne. Growers should consult s…

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Keys to Producing and Selecting Quality Vegetable Transplants

There are a number of considerations to be made when preparing to grow vegetable transplants for your home garden, including sowing the seeds or selecting the plants, preparing the growing media, and selecting the type of container to start…

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Basics of Fall Vegetable Gardening

Many vegetables are well adapted to planting in the summer for fall harvest, which will extend the gardening season so you can continue to harvest fresh produce after earlier crops have finished producing. The fall harvest can be extended e…

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Horticulture Notes: Harvesting and Curing Sweetpotatoes

One of the most important things to keep in mind when harvesting sweetpotatoes is that the roots of the sweetpotato are alive. The roots require sufficient oxygen to survive, even in storage. Changes in the envi­ronment, such as temperatur…

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Horticulture Notes: Pumpkins and Winter Squash

Even after they have matured and are removed from the vine, pump­kin and winter squash are still alive. The objective of curing and storing them is to prolong the post-harvest life of the fruit. Mature pumpkins and win­ter squash store be…

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Horticulture Notes: Add Garlic to Your Garden

Garlic is a member of the large Lily family, which includes onions, garlic, and leeks. Ordinary garlic (Allium sativum) is that found most often in Alabama gardens, but several garlic cultivars are available.

Elephant garlic is a differe…

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Raised Bed Gardening

Raised bed gardening is a convenient and easy way to produce homegrown vegetables. Unlike traditional in-ground gardening where lots of space is usually required, raised bed gardening is a perfect alternative for people who cannot garden du…

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Blossom-End Rot in Tomatoes: Causes and Prevention

Tomato growers must take care to avoid blossom-end rot (BER), a disorder that can dramatically reduce fruit quality and quantity. By using a few simple irrigation and fertilization practices, damage from BER can be prevented or redu…

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