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When to Harvest Vegetables

Few things are more frustrating than watching, waiting and caring for your plants for weeks and weeks only to have the harvest ruined before it ever gets to the table. If you wait too long to harvest lettuce, it will bolt and taste bitter. If you harvest a watermelon too soon, it won’t be sweet. Knowing when and how to

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Benefits of an Immunity Garden

How to Boost Immunity in your own Backyard Look no further than your own backyard to boost your immunity. At a time when the whole world is washing their hands and social distancing, we can fight diseases with plants in our organic gardens. You can turn gardening into a Homeschooling lesson for your children by studying the vitamins and nutrients

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3 Tips for Gardening with Children

Lessons from the Garden Children motivate many gardeners to create their own backyard vegetable garden. In fact, Rita’s Roots gardens with so many children each season that we are essentially the Violin Lessons of the Plant World! From eating fresh spinach (tastes far better than the grocery) to fostering a habitat for butterflies to sharing the bounty with neighbors .

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3 Steps To Planning Your Spring Garden

Warm, sunny days in February remind us that it’s not too early to start planning your Spring Garden. At Rita’s Roots, our mission is to help you grow your own food. In this article we guide you through the process. Step 1: Decide what to Plant this Spring Start simple: Pick only 4 to 6 different vegetables for each planting

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Client Success Story | Jessica Murnane

Meet Jessica, author, podcast host, mother and gardener Jessica Murnane is the author of the One Part Plant Cookbook, host of the One Part Podcast, and founder of Know Your Endo (the endometriosis education and awareness platform and upcoming book). What’s your favorite/least favorite gardening chore? My favorite is peeking on my plants and then discovering something grew. I actually screamed and jumped up

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Harvesting For The Holidays

Harvesting for the Holidays Gifts from the Garden + for the Gardener The holiday is a perfect time to share your harvest with others. Gifts from the garden are homemade, good for the environment, often inexpensive and, best of all, may inspire others to grow their own food. We’ve gathered our favorite ways to share gifts made from your garden.

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Frost and Freeze Protection in Your Lowcountry Garden

Plus How To Freeze Fresh Herbs + Greens Even though we enjoy moderate Lowcountry winters, temperatures still dip below freezing — often unexpectedly. Being prepared will ensure you protect your harvest. At Rita’s Roots, we watch the forecast carefully from mid-November to March and send alerts to our clients when they need to act. Big swings in the weather can

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Garden Growers Club, Next Best Thing To Having Us In Your Backyard

Who is it for? A brand-new gardener planting her first raised bed. An experienced gardener adjusting to the Lowcountry’s climate and pests. A gardener with 15+ years of experience learning ways to make her garden more productive. These are just some of the gardeners who participated in the first-ever Garden Growers Club offered by Rita’s Roots last fall. The club is an

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What To Plant In A Fall Garden

At Rita’s Roots, Fall is our favorite time to garden. Summer’s heat and humidity have passed, and bugs are less prevalent. And in the Lowcountry, we can actually grow throughout the ENTIRE Fall and Winter. Another benefit of Fall gardening: Vegetables such as lettuce, parsley, collard greens and fennel are so hardy that even novice gardeners can feel instant success.

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Cleanup Your Garden At End-Of-Summer

What to Keep, What to Pull Our Lowcountry gardens can look pretty pitiful by late summer. Certainly those tall cages that were once lush with tomatoes and cucumbers contain dying plants. Are you dreaming of broccoli, cauliflower, kale and turnips this Fall? Then, carve out a few hours to cleanup your garden now for planting. In the Lowcountry, the Rita’s

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