Category Archives: Vegetables and Herbs

August Planting: What to Plant in Your Region in August

August is a fabulous month in the vegetable garden for many of us. The summer crops are overwhelming us with their productivity (hopefully!) and the crops we sowed last month are coming along beautifully. But August need not be a time only to harvest the midseason crops. You can still plant in August. For many…
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Growing Elephant Garlic

Most epicureans use garlic on an almost daily basis to enhance the flavor of our culinary creations. Another plant that can be used to impart a similar, though lighter, flavor of garlic is the elephant garlic. How do you grow elephant garlic and what are some of elephant garlic uses? Read on to learn more.…
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5 Herbs that Thrive Inside

5 Herbs that Thrive Inside Even if you don’t have outdoor gardening space, there are plenty of herbs that you can grow indoors successfully on a sunny windowsill. If you do grow herbs in your garden, fall is a great time to think about starting an indoor windowsill herb garden to grow herbs indoors so…
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Keyhole Gardens: How to Make Keyhole Raised Bed

A Keyhole Garden is a raised bed, lasagna garden, composting, and recycling system all rolled into one. The design creates a garden that uses recycled materials, less water and maintenance, and can be made handicap-accessible! Whose Crazy Idea Was This? The keyhole gardens are the brainchild of humanitarian charities and missionaries for use in impoverished…
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Summer Garden: What to Plant in Your Region in July

Despite what many people think, July is definitely not too late to start planting vegetables in the garden. If circumstances have prevented you from planting in the spring--perhaps you've just purchased a new house or have been traveling over the spring and early summer--it is probably too late for some of the early season vegetables,…
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How to Grow Turmeric (Curcuma)

Learn How to Grow Turmeric (Curcuma)   Days to germination: Started by root cuttings, not seeds Days to harvest: 250 days or more (8 to 10 months) Light requirements: Full sun, or slight shade Water requirements: Regular watering Soil: Well-drained soil Container: Necessary for most climates Introduction Turmeric is likely best known as a pungent…
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How to Keep Efficient and Effective Greenhouse

If you're starting to look at Greenhouse buying guides, there's a few things you should know. It's similar, of course, to gardening outside. Plants still need adequate nutrients and water, and you still need tie, prune, and tend to them. But the greenhouse environment is also very different from that of a backyard garden. The…
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What Type of Tomatoes Should I Grow?

Thanks to an ever-growing array of tomato varieties, there's a delicious -- and colorful -- option for every garden. Delightful Diversity What type of tomatoes should you grow? Whether you opt for compact plants or sprawling vines, stagger your crops by planting early- and late-fruiting plants for one delicious, tomato-packed season. Experiment! Grow bite-size gems…
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Edamame / Soya Beans – Growing Guide

Try your hand at growing edamame, an ancient Asian veggie that boasts terrific flavor and nutrition. Edamame is a Japanese word that translates “beans on branches,” which describes the way that this vegetable-type soybean grows: The pods appear in bunches on branched, bushy plants. Unlike livestock-type soybeans, which are tough and oily and allowed to…
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All You Need to Know About Straw Bale Gardening

Straw bale gardening is the answer to any organic gardener’s prayers. If your soil is so poor that amending, or enhancing, it with compost, fertilizers, or leaf mold makes you exhausted just thinking about it, then using straw bales for planting may be the perfect solution. What is straw bale gardening? Straw bales can be…
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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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Vertical Vegetable Garden Ideas

Plants growing vertically add an element of beauty to the vertical vegetable garden. Vertical vegetable gardening products are springing up everywhere as people catch on to the urban agriculture buzz. The interest in starting vegetable gardens has sky rocketed in recent years. Starting a vertical vegetable garden is possible for anyone, even if you do not…
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10 Most Common Gardening Myths Busted!

If you are interested in growing a garden, there are lots of people offering advice from the internet, to books to even those you know very well. However, not all advice is good advice and some is just downright silly. Sorting out the good from the bad is sometimes difficult, especially if you are a…
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14 Vegetables You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Think you don't like to eat your vegetables? Maybe you're just bored with the options. The truth is, the world is full of edible, healthy and flavorful roots, stems and leaves, the vast majority of which you've probably never tasted. In the spirit of culinary adventure, we hope this list will prompt you to titillate…
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Growing Tomatoes – Removing Bottom Leaves?

A local gardening group was touring a greenhouse operation that grew tomatoes. The tour guide told the visitors that they removed the lower leaves from the plants because “they robbed nutrients from the upper part of the plant that was producing fruit”. In short, removing lower leaves resulted in a better harvest. It is unclear…
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6 Medicinal Herbs to Grow at Home

From echinacea to lemon balm, growing medicinal herbs in your home garden can provide convenient access to many natural remedies. Even urban dwellers with little more than a balcony, tiny backyard or windowsill can grow their own food. Add these medicinal herbs to your garden to have easy access to natural remedies for everything from headaches…
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