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Control Diseases for Top-Quality Tomatoes

Control Diseases for Top-Quality Tomatoes is part 13 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Tomatoes are by far the favorite and most widely grown vegetable in home gardens. Nothing can be more satisfying than picking a juicy red toma…

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Growing Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes is part 9 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Tomatoes are the most popular crop for Alabama vegetable gardens, but getting the most out of the tomatoes you plant requires more planning and careful work than any o…

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Harvesting Your Own Groceries

Harvesting Your Own Groceries is part 17 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

To ensure high-quality, nutritious vegetables from your home garden and to prevent waste, proper harvesting at the right stage is essential. The time of d…

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Garden Problem Guide

Garden Proble Guide is part 16 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

There are a number of common garden problems that challenge novice and veteran gardeners alike.  Learn more about these problems and possible cures.

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Vegetable Garden Insects

Vegetable Garden Insects is part 15 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Vegetables grown in the southern United States are vulnerable to attack by a variety of insect pests. Our warm temperatures and long growing seasons are not on…

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Food Safety for Southern U.S. Food Crop Producers After Flooding

Throughout the Gulf Coast states, floods directly affecting food production (including produce, grains, and animal feed) are relatively rare. Preparing for or reacting to flooding in terms of keeping food safe is not something that …

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The Alabama Vegetable Gardener

The Alabama Vegetable Gardener Handbook offers valuable resources for both the beginning and veteran gardener.

Find links to all the sections of the Alabama Vegetable Gardener below.

Part 1—Planning for the Home Garden
Part 2…

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Nematodes Could Be the Reason Garden Is Unproductive

Nematodes Could Be the Reason Garden Is Unproductive is part 14 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Some gardeners are surprised to find that their gardens are not producing as many vegetables as they had expected. There could be s…

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Vegetable Information

Vegetable Information is part 12 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Alabama’s moderate climate and generally abundant rainfall mean the state’s gardeners can grow vegetables virtually year-round.

You may also want to download A…

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Home-Grown Seed

Home-Grown Seed is part 11 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Some Alabama gardeners like to save their own pea and bean seed to ensure a supply of that variety for the next year. It is best to set aside a short section of row sp…

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Bitter Cucumbers

Bitter Cucumbers is part 10 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Nearly every vegetable grown in the home garden has its quirks and problems. A problem that is sometimes associated with cucumbers and, on very rare occasions squash,…

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Weed Control in Home Gardens

Weed Control in Home Gardens is part 8 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Good weed control may determine to a large extent the success of your home garden. Weeds compete with the crop for soil moisture, sunlight, space, and plant…

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Fertilizing the Organic Garden

Fertilizing the Organic Garden is part 7 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Organic nutrient sources have two distinct advantages: (1) They provide a slow release nitrogen source to crops that won’t burn plants as easily or as s…

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Garden Fertilizer

Garden Fertilizer is part 6 of The Alabama Master Gardener series.

You should soil test to ensure you apply the correct nutrients in the correct amounts for your garden.

Home Soil Testing: Taking a Sample

Home Soil Testing: Using …

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Wood Ashes for Lime and Potash

Wood Ashes for Lime and Potash is part 5 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Most people associate wood ashes with the popular term for potassium fertilizers—potash. Vast areas of forests in the eastern United States were once b…

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