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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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Excessive Phosphorus in Garden Soils

Excessive Phosphorus in Garden Soils is part 4 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Soil-test records from Auburn University show that more than 40 percent of Alabama garden soils have very high or excessive levels of phosphorus (P)…

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Acid Soils Create Gardening Problems

Acid Soils Create Gardening Problems is part 3 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Acid soils (low pH) cause more gardening problems in Alabama than any other soil factor.

Soils become acid naturally in humid climates. Rainfall,…

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A Well-Drained Soil

A Well-Drained Soil is part 2 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Most gardening publications emphasize that you should locate your garden on well-drained soil. What is well-drained soil? What can you do if you have a wet-natured s…

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Planning for the Home Garden

Planning for the Home Garden is part 1 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

A successful home garden comes with planning and constant attention! Select the site carefully, plant at the right time, use the right amount of fertilizer,…

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Foliar Feeding Vegetables

There are many questions people have about growing methods. One particular topic that gardeners often ask about is foliar feeding. There are a lot of products on the market, enticing growers to spray them on their plants with promises of bi…

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Commercial Horticulture: Programs, People & Educational Resources

The Commercial Horticulture Program provides research-based information to nurseries, landscape companies, and fruit and vegetable growers with conventional or organic production systems. This is done through regional meetings, ad…

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Container Gardening

Gardening in containers is one of the most versatile and creative forms of garden design. Planting a container garden is much like creating a floral arrangement. However, live plants are enjoyed for a whole season. Almost any plant grows in…

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Garden Bugs: Making Your Garden Vegetables Less Susceptible to Insect Damage

Making Your Garden Vegetables Less Susceptible to Insect Damage is part one of three in the Garden Bugs series.

How can I keep “bad bugs” out of my garden?

How can I attract “good bugs” to my garden?

How can I control slugs…

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Backyard Composting Tips

The word compost is derived from two Latin words meaning “together” and “to bring.” In one sense, it involves bringing together waste materials to ultimately form a single uniform humus. In the technical sense, composting results in…

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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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Disease Management in High Tunnel Systems

In recent years, high tunnel production of vegetables has increased significantly in the Southeast. High tunnels provide crop protection from low temperatures in spring and fall, extending the growing season. Disease management practices in…

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High Tunnel Vegetable Construction

High tunnels are unheated, plastic-covered, solar greenhouses. Ventilation is passive through roll-up or roll-down side walls or curtains. Crops are grown in native soil under the high tunnel, which protects them from environmental extremes…

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Alabama Gardening Calendar

Follow this gardening calendar for the necessary activities to implement each month for lawns and shrubs, annuals and perennials, fruit and nut trees, and bulbs, roots, and tubers. Included is a timeline for activities such as soil…

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