About Tom Myrick

"When life kicks you in the butt, use it as energy for forward motion", Tom Myrick. I graduated from a TV/Radio Broadcasting curriculum in 1988. Working as a professional TV News Photojournalist/Media Production Specialist for most of my adult life, I became proficient in many aspects of multimedia production. After completing the Master Gardener program in 2006, I started attending horticulture classes at a local community college. Writing, photography, and gardening are passions of mine. Having a diversified set of work skills and a lifetime of experience, I have written for several online vegetable gardening publications. My mission is to encourage unity and peace among all people throughout the world through vegetable gardening. Play in the dirt, Tom

A Hectic Morning

We had a hectic morning here at the Veggie-Bed cleaning up our neglected garden. The first order of business was to pick all the ripe vegetables. Later this afternoon, any plant with signs of infestation or disease will be removed and placed in the trash.

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Dixie Hybrid squash

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These four young Dixie Hybrid squash plants are ready for us to plant out in the garden. We started them in the germination incubator and later moved them to the greenhouse, where they continue to develop.

A yellow crookneck summer squash, Dixie Hybrid yields much fruit throughout the growing season. When these young plants mature and fruit set, our dinner table and some of our neighbors will flow with this delicious fruit vegetable.

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Cherry Tomato Seedlings

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This tray of cherry tomato seedlings was transplanted to 6-inch pots to continue growing.

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We placed them back into the germination incubator so that we can control their environment.

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Eventually, we will move the young plants to the greenhouse until they can be planted out in the garden when the temperatures are warmer.

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Collards, Kale, and Broccoli.

We grow leafy greens in containers here at the Veggie-Bed. Some of our favorites are collards, kale, and broccoli.

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A Quick Walkthrough

We did a quick walkthrough in the leafy vegetable garden today. The cool weather and rain have helped the greens grow. In this short video clip, we have broccoli, collards, and kale.

Jargon Used by Gardeners

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Planting out‘ is some of the jargon used by gardeners that means to take a young plant that is growing in a container and transplant the plant in the ground to grow. We spent most of the morning planting out the leafy vegetables.

This spring crop of leafy vegetables will be ready for harvesting by the end of April.

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The Sugar Snaps Are Growing

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After building a trellis, we started transplanting the young sugar snaps from the greenhouse into the garden. This season we constructed a taller and sturdier trellis because the sugar snaps outgrew last season’s trellis. The sugar snaps are growing this season in the section where the root vegetables grew. This technique of moving legume vegetables to the root vegetable section is part of our crop rotation practice at the Veggie-Bed.

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