Category Archives: Vegetables and Herbs

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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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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