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Gardening is growing as a national passion, particularly with people wanting to eat organically grown produce. Other gardeners focus on collecting a certain plant species or plant family such as primroses, roses, chrysanthemums, lilies, or even miniature shrubs. This Wide World of Gardening's members have websites providing information on every aspect of gardening. Some emphasize plant species and cultivation information. Others focus on a specific garden type such as butterflies, water gardens, rain gardens, or even miniature bogs. This World of Gardening webring has something for every gardener including those with decades of experience and those who are just learning.

 

 

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Using Tomato Beds With a Hairy Vetch - 10/17/2012
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Excerpted from the USDA The first step toward high tomato yields is taken in early September when you prepare permanent raised tomato beds. If you're trying this method for the first time, use an inoculum to establish the proper soil bacteria. Seed the beds with hairy vetch, a winter-hardy legume that's becoming widely available. Do this about 2 months before winter freezeup. Seedlings will emerge within 1 week. By the time that frost arrives, plants will be 5 to 6 inches tall. Above ground, these skinny little vines will form a mat. Underground, the root systems will all this time be growing into an extensive network. Foliage and root systems will be working together, above and below ground, to hold the soil firmly and stop erosion. Below-freezing weather will cause the vetch vines to become dormant, but never fear—Spring reinvigorates growth. Now that wasn't too tough. And the good news is, you won't have to do anything else until ...

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