vegetable gardening

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Home vegetable gardening has become increasingly popular over past few years. We often see an increase in vegetable gardening when we have an economic downturn like the one we recently got through

Tomatoes remain the most popular of all the vegetables we grow in our gardens. And this makes a lot of sense seeing how tomatoes form an important part of Louisiana cooking and cuisine.

Vine-ripened, home-grown tomatoes have a quality to them that makes them far better than tomatoes you might find in a supermarket.

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The high temps with us from May through October their toll on the vegetable garden. Tomatoes, for instance, will set fewer fruit once it gets hot. Snap beans will produce poor quality beans.

On the other hand, for some vegetables, the hotter the weather, the more they like it! These hot season vegetables are ideal to plant in May and June.

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Cool days and chilly nights are just the kind of weather lettuce enjoys. Lettuce is a vegetable that is so easy to grow, and delicious, that any gardener should include it in their vegetable garden.

Lettuce is a cool season crop for us in Louisiana. Our planting season extends from September through March, with the harvest ending around May.

January is a great time to plant seeds directly into the garden or into pots.

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Vegetable gardening seasons can be roughly divided into the cool season and the warm season here in our area. Vegetable gardeners must be especially attuned to the seasons and observe carefully the proper planting times for vegetables for the best results.

Planting times are related to a variety of factors but more important than anything else, the temperatures we'll be having.

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August is a transitional time of the year in the vegetable garden. While cool season plantings begin in earnest next month, some of the more heat-tolerant cool season vegetables, such as the cole crops, can be planted into the garden now.

And since our first frosts generally don't arrive until late November or early December, we can also plant warn season vegetables for fall production.