Why Are My Watermelons So Small and Not Growing?

Small watermelon growing on the vine.

Watermelons Not Growing Every now and again you’ll plant watermelons and yes you do get melon, but they’re squeamishly small and stunted. There are a number of reasons watermelons fail to grow to their anticipated size and at times even fail to ripen at all. Here we discuss a variety of factors causing small watermelons. … Read more

How to Grow Crenshaw Melons

Close up of sliced Crenshaw melon.

Crenshaw melons are related more closely to the cantaloupe family and have similar flesh coloration and flavor. They are however much sweeter than cantaloupe when permitted to fully mature. To be considered fully mature they should have been left on the vine long enough to acquire a yellow tinge and softer texture than many of … Read more

What are the Best Gooseberry Companion Plants?

Green gooseberries hanging from the bush.

Companion Planting is the placement of various crops in close physical proximity to one another so as to symbiotically compliment each others health, vigor, growth and the flavor of their produce. It also naturally involves separating plants whose development is antagonistic to each other. Gooseberry doesn’t have very many known friends in the plant realm, nor … Read more

How to Prune Strawberries and When to Cut Back

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As your strawberries begin to grow, you’ll need to keep up with the maintenance. This will involve pruning and cutting back the runners. When to Cut Back Strawberries? Remove the flower stalks of June-bearing strawberry plants as they appear throughout the first growing season. More production can be expected if the plants are allowed to … Read more

How to Dehydrate Ground Cherries

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Ground Cherries are siblings to tomatillos and cape gooseberries, and cousins of tomatoes. If you’ve grown them in the past you are well aware that under the correct conditions and tutelage from you, a bumper crop is easily obtained. I like eating them raw just as they are, or in salads, but at times there … Read more

How to Grow Hydroponic Strawberries

A major advantage to growing strawberries hydroponically is having fresh strawberries that you can harvest throughout the year. And if your strawberry plant should yield more strawberries than you can eat, you can always freeze or preserve any excess production. Below you’ll find information on how to grow hydroponic Strawberries. Learn about lighting, nutrients, pollinating, … Read more

Hydroponic Blueberries. Grow all Blueberry Varieties Hydroponically

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Growing hydroponic blueberries is a great way to be able to grow blueberries all year around. Learn how to setup your hydroponic system properly to ensure a great blueberry harvest. Table of Contents Hydroponic Blueberries Quick Reference Guide Nutrient Requirements for Hydroponic Blueberries Sulfur For Hydroponic Blueberries Optimal Lighting Conditions Blueberry Dormancy and Pruning Hydroponic … Read more

What Are Cotton Candy Grapes? Can I Grow Them? Where to Buy?

A bowl of cotton candy grapes.

A fairly new breed of green grape that tastes like cotton candy. No, it’s not a GMO or genetically engineered it is simply the product of some rigorous good old fashioned plant breeding. International Fruit Genetics in Bakersfield, California, a private company is responsible for this novel addition to the world’s reservoir of grapes. Horticulturists, … Read more

12 Best Edible Crabapple Varieties

Ripe crabapples dangling in a tree.

Whether you have a crabapple tree or are looking at getting a crabapple tree, you’ll want to know if your crabapples are edible. Well, are crabapples edible? Here you’ll find a list of 12 edible crabapples. Remember, just because they are edible doesn’t mean you’ll like them. While some have a taste that you will … Read more

What Are Witch Finger Grapes? Where And When To Find Them

Purple witch finger grapes.

Witches Finger Grapes When most people think of grapes, they picture the sugary-sweet balls of fruit commonly found in the supermarket. However, grapes come in a much larger variety of colors, shapes, and sizes then you might expect. One of the more interesting varieties is called Witch Finger. Witch Finger grapes are large in size, … Read more