Category Archives: Vegetables and Herbs

September Planting: What to Plant in Your Region

While many of our gardens start winding down in September, southern areas of the United States are coming into prime gardening season. Even if you garden in the northern regions, there are still things you can plant this month to keep your vegetable garden producing well. Find out more about September planting, and begin a…
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Vegetable Garden – Planning, Designing and Growing

It's that time of year, when freezing temperatures suddenly fade away into our distant memory and we start getting that vegetable garden itch. Let's talk about vegetables - how to grow them and how to design your vegetable garden. Why grow vegetables? I've thought about this question for a long time, and I've come up…
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Everything You Need to Know About Saving Seeds

Save the seeds from some of your favorite garden vegetables to replant next year! Here’s our seed-saving guide for beginners. Generally, you will want to make sure seeds are clean and dry before storing them. Below is a rundown of gathering, treating, and storing the most commonly-saved garden vegetable seeds. REASONS FOR SAVING SEEDS Gardeners tend…
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Fall Vegetable Garden: 15 Best Vegetables to Grow

Fall vegetable gardening will vary greatly across hardiness zones. Gardeners in zones 8 and up, who have waited patiently through the hazy heat of summer, can finally get all sorts of vegetable plants started, including tender tomatoes and eggplant. Gardeners in northern climates will have to content themselves growing vegetables that enjoy the cooler, shorter…
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Hanging Garden: Fruits and Vegetables in Hanging Baskets

Gardeners who are limited when it comes to space are always experimenting with ways to grow food vertically, and using hanging pots is often one of the very best options. Even if you aren’t worried about space, growing food crops in a hanging container can be a fun way to add more visual interest to…
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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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