Category Archives: Vegetables and Herbs

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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Growing Chili Peppers From Seed

Everybody needs to grow chili peppers for cooking. Even if you don't like hot food, just a little hint of chili to warm it up stimulates the taste buds and everything else tastes just so much better. True. And chilies will brighten up your garden! There are different species of chili peppers. Most chilies are grown…
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How to Start Your Tomato Container Garden

Tomato container gardens are an alternative to a traditional tomato garden. Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables, well in this case fruits, of people around the world. They can be used in so many ways, in a salad or to make a sauce for pasta and a myriad of other ways in your…
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Dill – How to Grow

An essential ingredient in pickling, Dill is also commonly added to soups, stews, and salad dressings. In central and eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Finland, Dill is a popular culinary herb used in the kitchen along with chives or parsley. Dill is easy-to-grow annual herb is not only beautiful, but it also attracts beneficial insects…
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Rhubarb Container Gardening

Rhubarb Container Gardening Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) grows best when its roots are left undisturbed for many years, which can be difficult in a small garden where space is at a premium. Growing rhubarb in a container saves garden space and allows you to move the plant without damaging the roots. The perennial vegetable grows in…
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Gardening How To: Training Tomatoes

The best way to keep tomatoes trim and healthy is to train them onto supports and prune tall-growing kinds during the growing season. (Pruning directs the plants' energy into fruit production rather than producing excess foliage). A stake, trellis, or cage keeps fruits and foliage off the soil and allows air to circulate around the…
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Tips for Beginner Companion Planting

Tips for Beginner Companion Planting While it takes time to learn the intricacies of companion planting, there are a few things you can do to get started. If you’re interested in reducing fertilizer usage and helping your plants grow, consider some of the following beginner techniques. Beans Apparently beans work well with everything because they…
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Rosemary Herb – Growing Guide

With thin, dark green leaves and pale blue flowers, Rosemary is a popular and attractive herb. It is an evergreen shrub, that grows up to 3-6 feet tall. Rosemary plants are members of the mint family. They grow wild in the Mediterranean region. It is a perennial in warm areas. It is susceptible to frost and…
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Productive Peppers In 6 Steps

Planning to grow peppers this season? Great! Peppers are chock-full of good flavor and nutrition. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you reap your best pepper crop ever, whether you’re starting with your own transplants or planting ones you bought at your local garden center. 1. PREP THE SITE The right site can make all…
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How To Grow Glass Gem Corn

How To Grow Glass Gem Corn Glass gem corn took the internet by storm a couple years ago, and now everyone wants to grow it. It turns out, corn in general isn’t terribly difficult to grow, it just requires the right conditions. Before we get into it let’s clear something up. This is NOT some…
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Tips for Organic Garden

7 Tips for Starting Your Own Organic Garden Many readers have expressed interest in creating their own organic garden in their own backyard. As a result, I wanted to share a few tips for starting a backyard garden that is organic, sustainable and earth-friendly. There are numerous benefits to planting your own organic garden at…
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Mesclun and Salad Greens

Mesclun and Salad Greens are a fun and flavorful choice for any gardener, regardless of your experience level. They're easy to grow, even in limited spaces and are a staple crop for any garden. About Mesclun and Salad Greens There is an abundance of salad crop varieties to choose from; As long as you have…
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How To Grow Radish

Radishes are some of the easiest vegetables to grow. In this country, most radishes are eaten raw in salads. However, in other cuisines, radishes are an important food source, often preserved by drying or pickling. About Radish Radish varieties vary in size, color, shape, and taste --some are very pungent, while others are quite mild.…
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Craft Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden

DIY Craft Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden With winter now firmly behind us, some homeowners are busy tending to their revitalized garden and shaping it for warmer seasons ahead. But there are many others who do not have the joy of a lovely green garden due to obvious lack of space or being trapped in…
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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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