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Merideth Cohrs

Merideth is an organic gardener, suburban homesteader, and writer. Her love for gardening developed a little later in life when she helped her mom build an organic hobby farm in central Texas. Despite the crazy heat and fire ants, she was hooked! Merideth now lives in northern Virginia with her family and dog, and when not in her backyard garden, can often be found getting happily lost hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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12 Dwarf Fruit Trees For Small Garden Spaces

Are you looking for a dwarf fruit tree to place in a smaller garden area? These days, a compact growing space isn't necessarily so limiting. There are actually plenty of small fruit trees you can plant, depending on your hardiness zone. In this article, gardening expert Merideth Corhs looks at some of her favorite fruit trees that come in smaller sizes.

A close up image of an apple tree planted and blossoming at the right time after planting.

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When Should You Plant Apple Trees This Season?

Are you thinking of adding some apple trees to your garden this season, but aren't quite sure when you should actually plant them? Depending on your location, there's a few best practices to follow. In this article, gardening expert Merideth Corhs walks through the best times of year to plant Apple trees in your garden.

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Kale Garden Spacing: How Far Apart Should You Plant Kale?

Not sure how much space you should give kale in your garden this season? Kale is pretty low maintenance once it's taken root, but as a garden vegetable it doesn't love to be crowded. In this article, gardening expert Merideth Cohrs walks through how much space you need to provide kale in your garden beds.

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When to Plant Kale: Hint, it’s a Great Fall Crop!

If you are planning on planting kale this season, you may be wondering when the best time of season is to start sowing. While kale can be planted during any growing season, it's often thought of as one of the best fall crops for your garden. In this article, gardening expert Merideth Corhs walks through when to plant kale, and why it's such an excellent fall crop!

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Can You Plant Tomatoes With Brussels Sprouts?

Thinking of planting some brussel sprouts in your garden this season, but not sure if these two plants are quite compatible together? In this article, gardening expert and homesteader Merideth Cohrs examines if it's a good idea to plant brussel sprouts next to your tomatoes this season!

eggplant companion plants

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21 Companion Plants To Grow With Eggplants

Looking for some plants to grow alongside your garden eggplants this season? There are many different options, including herbs, flowers, and other vegetables. In this article, gardening expert Merideth Corhs looks at her favorite plants to pair with eggplants in the garden.

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16 Tips For Growing Eggplant in Raised Garden Beds

Are you thinking of growing eggplant in raised garden beds this season? Using raised beds for eggplant can be effective, but requires a bit of finesse. In this article, gardening expert and homesteader Merideth Cohrs walks through her top tips for bountiful eggplant yields from raised beds!

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Why is There White Powder or White Spots on My Zucchini Leaves?

Do you have white powder or white spots on your zucchini leaves? There are a few causes for this problem. The good news is that most of the issues that cause this common problem are both treatable and preventable. In this article, gardening expert Merideth Corhs examines why this happens to your zucchini plants, and how to fix it.

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How to Stop Cabbage Worms From Making Holes in Your Greens

Struggling with cabbage worms making holes in your garden greens? Cabbage worms can be one of the top destroyers of leafy greens in the vegetable garden. In this article, gardening expert Merideth Corhs walks through her favorite methods for keeping these pests away from your garden greens this season.

Powdery Mildew on Plant

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Powdery Mildew: Why Your Plants Have White Powder or Spots

Powdery Mildew can be one of the most common diseases that plant owners experience during especially humid summers. There are several ways that powdery mildew can take a hold of your garden plants, but luckily it's also easy to treat. In this article, we look at 7 factors that contributes to how it spreads, as well as how to treat it!

tomato hornworms

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11 Ways To Prevent & Control Tomato Hornworms This Season

Have you experienced tomato hornworms taking over your garden? It's not a fun experience! Luckily there are many different ways you can prevent this from happening. In this article, gardening expert Merideth Corhs walks through her favorite ways to prevent and control tomato hornworms in your garden this season.

tomato problems

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15 Common Problems With Garden Grown Tomato Plants

Do your garden grown tomatoes have some issues this season? Tomatoes can fall victim to many common issues, so understanding what can impact your harvest is critical. In this article, gardening expert and tomato enthusiast Merideth Cohrs walks through the most common problems that gardeners experience with their tomato plants.

trellis tomatoes

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How to Trellis Your Tomatoes in 7 Easy Steps

Trying to trellis your tomatoes this season, but aren't quite sure where to start? Trellising tomatoes is good for many reasons, including the fact it can help free up room in your garden. In this article, gardening expert and tomato enthusiast Merideth Corhs takes you through seven simple steps for perfectly trellised tomatoes this season.

tomatoes and cucumbers

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Can You Plant Tomatoes With Cucumbers in Your Garden?

Thinking of growing tomatoes and cucumbers together this season but aren't quite sure if it's a good idea or not? Companion planting can have many benefits, but can also cause problems if done incorrectly. In this article, gardening expert and homesteader Merideth Cohrs examines if it's safe to plant tomatoes with your cucumbers in your garden.

cucumbers and peppers

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Can You Plant Cucumbers With Peppers in Your Garden?

Are you considering planting cucumbers with peppers in your garden this season? Maybe you are wondering if these two veggies make decent garden companions? In this article, gardening expert and homesteader Merideth Corhs examines if it's a good idea to plant peppers next to your cucumbers this growing season.

Cucumbers and Strawberries

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Can You Grow Strawberries and Cucumbers Together?

Are you thinking of growing cucumbers with your strawberries this season? Companion planting has many benefits, but some companion plants can also create more problems. In this article, homesteader and gardening expert Meredith Cohrs examines if planting strawberries with your cucumbers is a good idea or not.

tomato watering

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How Often & How Much Should You Be Watering Your Tomato Plants?

Struggling to come up with the perfect watering schedule for your tomato plants? Some gardeners will water them too much, and some seem to underwater their garden grown tomatoes. In this article, gardening expert and homesteader Merideth Cohrs walks through exactly how much water your tomato plants need, and how often they should be getting watered.