Vegetable Gardening

Raised Bed Gardening

Apr24th 20142 comments
Lettuce in a raised bed garden

Although I enjoy tilling the soil like Uncle Mike, I love using raised bed planters because they offer more versatility. They are great for small plots of veggies, herbs and flowers. With these beds you minimize tilling, soil amending and weeding. I love the raised beds that Mahoney’s is carrying this year because they are high quality, constructed of 100% Western Red Cedar and handcrafted in the USA!

New England weather is unpredictable, and if an early spring frost is in the forecast, raised beds are easy to cover at night so I can get my love of gardening started earlier in...

Susan Mahoney

I'm an avid gardener, cook, and mother of three girls. I've had a lifelong passion for creating beautiful spaces inside and outside the home. My garden philosophy is simple: keep it fun, beautiful, and easy.

Getting back into the garden this spring

Apr3rd 201416 comments
Getting back into the garden this spring

As winter’s last grip of snow and ice slowly melts away, there’s eagerness in us all to get out in the garden and get “something” started. There may be a few cold night distractions or light snow discouragements in our way but spring always happens. Winters like this always welcome the spring in and make it oh so much more worth it. It’s like a kid waiting for cake and ice cream on their birthday, well you’ve got to eat supper first but that cake and ice cream is worth the wait, right? Well we can all get spring started around us. Whether it’s getting a jump on spring projects or maybe...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy.

With a passion...

Time to Plant Cold Tolerant Herbs and Veggies for the Fall

Aug26th 20139 comments
Time to Plant Cold Crops for the Fall

Here we go again. It's that time of year when the veggie garden starts to look old. I've got some tired broccoli that isn't taking too kindly to this hot summer, and some determinate tomatoes that have just about given up the ghost. So does that mean my veggie gardening is over? No way! It means it's time to start my cold crop gardening.

Cold crops are veggies you plant now, that you harvest in late September through November to the first frosts, and sometimes even later. You can plant cold crops either from seed or as ready-grown plants.

Cold Crop Seed Packages:...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy.

With a passion...

Try Some Blueberries

Jul18th 2013
Try Some Blueberries

Taking the whole family blueberry picking is one of the things I love to do most in the beginning of these dog days of summer. Being a great connoisseur of blueberries, I love to see when they start to become available in the states. In early spring, blueberries start ripening in Florida.  As the season progresses, the taste just gets sweeter and crisper as they ripen up the coast until finally pick-your-own blueberry farms open up across the state with the freshest native blueberries.

Now it seems to me that everyone knows about apple picking in the fall and don’t get me...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy.

With a passion...

Keeping Your Veggies Disease Free

Jul19th 20122 comments
Keeping Your Veggies Disease Free

This has been a surprisingly good year as far as diseases in my veggie garden. My tomatoes, cucumbers and squash are all great – ok, I have a little sign of powdery mildew on my zucchini but that’s about it. I think a lot of you must be having a similarly good year because I haven’t seen a lot of people in our garden centers with fungus or disease problems.

As most of you know, I like to use organics on veggies – which means spraying preventively. Organic fungicides work better if you use them before you have a problem as opposed to trying to cure a problem...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy.

With a passion...

It's Tomato Time!

May23rd 2012
It's Tomato Time!

Even though I’ve been plenty busy harvesting lettuce, spinach and other cold crops, I’m really happy that tomato planting time is now upon us. I love to contemplate what tomatoes to grow this year, and to do that I look back on previous year’s results. What performed well? What withstood last year’s drought? But most of all, what was the tastiest? And I don’t look for just a few favorites – I like to plant a pretty wide variety. After all, there are an awful lot of reasons (and recipes) to eat tomatoes.

The 150 lb. crop we grew a couple...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy.

With a passion...

What to Do in the Garden Right Now

Apr11th 201228 comments
What to Do in the Garden Right Now

It is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. We stock our nursery yards early so the trees and shrubs acclimate to our local climate and “break growth” naturally. You might see some damage to magnolia blossoms but this is the exception in a year like this. It won’t kill the plant, just some flowers. If by some freak of nature the weather DID kill a tree or shrub we have the one year guarantee so it’s on us. BTW: Remember to amend your soil when planting – it’s really important to give your plant a good start. Personally I recommend Mahoney...

Veggies You Can Plant Now!

Apr4th 20129 comments
Veggies You Can Plant Now!

I love to talk about “cold crop” veggies because I don’t think enough people know they can plant them in March and April. Cold crop veggies are the ones that tolerate (and even love) the cold. They thrive in early spring's cold soil temperatures, frost or even snow. Most of these grow great in containers as well as in the garden.

Things like onions, garlic and potatoes love to get a jump on the growing season. Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower grow better because there are fewer problems with insects and heat stress than you’ll find later in the season....

Uncle Mike's Picks: Seed Starting

Mar29th 20123 comments
Uncle Mike's Picks: Seed Starting

Growing veggies from seed is always fun, right? You can get varieties you can’t find in pots or flats, I always find things that “I’ve got to try” there’s so many new and interesting varieties. It’s fun to watch them grow — my kids actually get into this and get a sense of accomplishment watching the seeds grow to harvest. It’s cheaper to do it yourself — ya it’s always cheaper to grow from seed if you’ve got the time and materials, if not you may want to grow from pots or flats.

But that’s not what I want to...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy.

With a passion...

Veggie Growing Season Is Not Over!!!

Sep1st 20113 comments

You asked for ‘em, so we got ‘em. Pull up your crops that are finished and extend your growing season with fresh, new broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and other cold crops.

In the past I’ve heard people ask for cold crops (veggies that get planted in late August and early fall) but there wasn’t much available. But due to the interest in home veggie gardening, some of the growers (especially our Growing Division in Woburn) are growing some of these great tasting veggie garden season extenders.

What. When.

These cold crops can be planted now through fall...

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