Category Archives: Vegetables and Herbs

Common Spinach Growing Problems

Grow spinach in cool weather. Sow it in the garden as early as the ground can be worked in spring. Make succession sowings every 10 days for a continuous harvest of young tasty leaves. Continue sowing spinach until just a few weeks before the start of summer. Sow spinach again in late summer for a…
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Lemon Balm – How to Grow

Lemon balm is a perennial herb that grows best in cool weather. Common names: Lemon Balm, Sweet Balm, Common Balm, Sweet Mary, Balm, Honey Plant, Melissa, Cure-all, Dropsy Plant, Bee Balm, Garden Balm. Latin name: Melissa officinalis Lemon Balm a perennial herb that grows best in cool weather. Sow lemon balm in spring about the average date…
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How To Grow Hyssop Plants

How To Grow Hyssop Plants Grown in containers or as a border plant, Hyssop is extremely attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade Maturity: 75-85 days from seed Height: 12 to 24 inches Spacing: 12 to 24 inches apart, 2 to 4 feet between rows Home herb gardeners are growing…
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Spinach Growing Tips: How to Care and Grow Spinach in Containers

Spinach Growing Tips: How to Care and Grow Spinach in Containers Spinach, the nutritious leafy vegetable that most kids love to hate, is a popular food grown in small-space gardens such as balcony container gardens. This cool-weather crop grows well in plant containers and can provide great taste and healthy nutrients just 40 to 45…
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Tips For Growing Cauliflower

Tips For Growing Cauliflower Many people are afraid to try growing cauliflower because they think it's finicky, or that it's a crop only experienced gardeners can have success with. While it is trickier to grow than some of the other cole crops, if you follow our suggestions you'll be harvesting tender, mild-tasting heads of this…
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Gardening Guide – How to Grow Tomatillos

Days to germination: 4 to 8 days Days to harvest: 90 to 100 days Light requirements: Full sun Water requirements: Water frequently Soil: Well-drained soil Container: Very suitable Introduction The tomatillo is closely related to the more traditional garden tomato, but it is a different vegetable even though many people consider them to just be…
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DIY- Raised Beds for Your Garden

We made three 8x3 raised beds from pressure-treated  wood. Pressure-Treated is cheap, easy to use but conflicting info about it's use for food gardens. From what I have gathered from my online research, pressure treated wood used to be treated with arsenic which is not to be used in food gardens. However, they are no longer…
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Peppers Growing Tips

Peppers grow well in raised beds, containers, and in-ground gardens The brilliant hues and full-bodied flavors of peppers have assured them a central role in many of the world's cuisines. About Peppers The glistening greens of the leaves and the rainbow of colors of the ripening peppers - red, yellow, orange, green, brown or purple -…
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How to Grow a Vegetable Garden from Food Scraps

How to Grow a Vegetable Garden from Food Scraps If you are a frugal gardener, you’ll love this idea. How about growing your garden this year from food scraps? Some of the easiest and most inexpensive plants to grow are from things that might otherwise end up in the trash can, so instead, why not…
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DIY Garden Tower – Container Garden and Composter

How to make your own garden tower The Garden Tower allows you to grow up to 50 food-producing plants in 4 square feet. Here’s an innovative, space-saving, DIY gardening solution. A self-sustaining planter that’s perfect for a small yard, patio or urban rooftop. The tower is a variation on the vertical gardening concept. Kitchen scraps…
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How to Grow Tangerines in Pots

Tangerines are one of the most popular and delicious citric fruits all over the world, and their specific aroma and exquisite flavor are simply overwhelming. Despite its impressive taste, the tangerine can offer various health benefits. It boosts the immune system and has potent anti-inflammatory properties, supports the proper function of the lungs, and much…
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How to Grow Beets

Beets are the most intense vegetable and originated in the Mediterranean region. They come in different varieties, red, gold and candy striped. Beets grow best when temperatures average about 65 degrees, so early plantings grow faster if covered with row covers. Pull weeds early and often, and use light mulches of grass clippings or compost…
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Chlorosis – Why are my Plants Turning Yellow?

Yellow leaves are a common symptom of sick plants, but a closer look can reveal clues that help gardeners get to the root of the problem. Gardening is supposed be a relaxing hobby, but even the greenest thumbs see red sometimes. It might be due to fruit-stealing squirrels or earth-moving moles, but one of the…
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Shady Garden: 10 Vegetables You Can Grow Without Full Sun

When most people picture a vegetable garden, they imagine a spot that bakes in the sun all day. For some vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, and squash, this is the ideal site. What if we want to grow vegetables, but don't have a site like this "ideal" one available? There are plenty of vegetables that…
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Bitter Cucumbers – What to Do?

It's the rare gardener who hasn't experienced growing a bitter cucumber. Few things are as frustrating as tending your vegetables all season long, only to finally harvest them and find out they don't taste very good, when you get them to the table. Cucumbers are know for being prolific, sometimes to the extreme. But what…
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Rhubarb – Growing Guide

Rhubarb, easy-to-grow perennial is great for pies and jams, especially when coupled with strawberries. It comes to life when temperatures rise into the 40s F, making it one of the earliest spring crops. GROWING RHUBARB Yields best in full sun. Well-drained, deep, fertile soil, high in organic matter, pH 5.5 to 6.5. Yields best with plentiful,…
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