Home Gardener’s


No. 46

20, 2023

Weekly Garden Tip

Disease can be extremely challenging to identify without a lab test of a sample plant. A good approach is to take actions that help prevent diseases from the get-go. One action that can greatly reduce the chances of your plants getting a disease is to not water your plants. Instead, water your soil only. Your plant leaves don’t need watering. Focus the water where the roots are and keep the above ground parts of the plant as dry as possible. 

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Expert growers know that to get success, you want to focus on growing healthy soil. It all starts with getting to know your soil. Discover what your soil can tell you…just by touching it.

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📱 Isn’t There An App For That? 📱

Planning a new garden or wanting to expand your current one? Not sure how much space you need to accomplish what you envision? That is where crop planning comes into play! Crop planning is something that is unique for each garden space and must be tailored to YOUR specific area. Your climate, amount of sunlight, and orientation of your garden are just a few of the factors that need to be considered. Are you thinking—like most people nowadays—that there must be “an app for that”? Find out why gardening apps can be inefficient and how to properly crop plan in this week’s featured blog…

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Question: I have so many weeds growing that I wonder if I need new soil? – Shirley R.

Answer: Hi Shirley, I get this question a lot so I’m glad you asked! I noticed you wrote that you have raised beds connected to the ground. The reality is that if you replace the soil, at some point, within a year or two, the weed seeds will find their way to your new soil.

The best thing to do is to scuff the soil in your garden around your plants once or twice a week to keep the germinated weed seeds from rooting too deeply. Scuffing the soil is the process of taking a hoe (I like a collinear hoe myself), and roughing up the top few inches of soil.

Now for rhizome spreading weeds, this can be a bit more challenging. For most of them, if you keep carefully pulling them up from the ground, you’ll eventually get rid of them. If you have something invasive or persistent like crabgrass, you may need to dig larger chunks of soil out and remove it completely. Then keep a close eye and pull any new weeds that come up.

You can also try to solarize your soil. It doesn’t always work if the roots are super deep, but many people get success with this method. You’ll need to take the hottest part of the season to do this, so you won’t be able to grow crops in the bed during this time. Keep in mind that if you choose this method, you’ll want to replenish the beneficial microbes afterwards with fresh compost. I hope this helps, Shirley!

A Weekly Recipe from the GYOV Gardens:

What’s for dinner? After harvesting three eggplants and several tomatoes, GYOV CEO and Lifestyle Gardener Denise Beins made this tasty dinner that you may enjoy, too!

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Herbed Eggplant & Tomato Medley


• Eggplant – 2-3 cups, cubedTomatoes – 2-3 large, sliced
• Yellow Onion – 1 large, diced medium
• Shallots – 1 large or 2 small, roughly chopped
• Garlic – 9 cloves, finely chopped
• Extra virgin olive oil – 2 tablespoons
• Almond Milk (or your preference) – 1 cup
• Eggs – 4 large
• Cheddar cheese – 1 cup, grated
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Fresh Herbs* – 1½ teaspoon
• Fresh lemon

* Thyme is suggested. However, oregano, basil, and rosemary are also good.


  1. Preheat oven to 400℉ and lightly grease an 8×8 inch baking dish.
  2. Over medium heat, heat olive oil and then add onion, shallots, garlic and eggplant. Salt and sauté until onions and eggplant are tender, approximately 7 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together.
  4. Stir in the cheese, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper.
  5. Add the sautéed ingredients (from step 2 above).
  6. Pour into the prepared baking dish and place the sliced tomatoes on top.
  7. Bake at 400℉ until set and lightly browned, approximately 45 minutes.
  8. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top after removing the dish from the oven.
  9. Cool a few minutes and then enjoy your harvest!
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