Category Archives: Vegetables and Herbs

Oregano – Growing Guide

A member of the mint family, oregano is commonly used in Italian dishes and is a component of chili powder. This low-growing plant also makes an attractive ground cover. As it is native to hot, arid regions, the oregano plant is perfect for growing in areas prone to drought. This herb also makes an exceptional companion…
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How to Grow French Beans From Seed

Growing French Beans from seed The French bean has been a perennial favorite for years. It is also called a snap or string bean and while the name 'French bean' is perhaps its most common name, it is in fact a native of South America. Be that as it may, it found its way to…
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Growing Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn Sweet corn (Zea mays conva. Saccharata var. rugosa), otherwise known as pole corn or sugar corn) is a variety of the Maize family having a raised content of sugar. Sweet corn is a variety which occurred naturally by recessive mutation in the species that stabilizes the changing of sugar into starch within the…
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Sunflower – Growing Guide

Tall and proud, Sunflower makes a stunning addition to the garden. A hardy and quick grower that is sure to add cheer to the summer garden. Quick Facts Seeds Start: annual Germination: 7-14 Days Seed Life: 2-3 Years Planting Soil: Well Drained Sunlight: Full Sun Seeds: Mature composite flower Seedlings: 12"-15" apart Days to Harvest: 75…
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Fennel – Growing Guide

Fennel is native to the Mediterranean region, but is now cultivated worldwide. It is an aromatic perennial that grows to about five feet in height, having dark green, feathery leaves, umbels of yellow flowers, and small, ridged, oval-shaped seeds, which are gathered in the autumn. The tall stalk looks like celery and is often consumed…
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Brussels Sprouts – Growing Guide

Brussels sprouts are slow-growing, long-season vegetables belonging to the cabbage family. The sprouts look like miniature cabbages and form where the leaves meet the stems. Freshly harvested, lightly steamed sprouts are a delight. About Brussels Sprouts Even though Brussels sprouts have been a mealtime tradition for hundreds of years, many people dislike them. You may…
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Garlic – Growing Guide

The last crop to go into the garden, garlic is planted in fall and harvested the following summer. Flavorful, nutritious, and helpful for warding off vampires, garlic also is easy to grow as long as you plant varieties suited to your climate. Fertile, well-drained soils with a near-neutral pH between 6.5 and 7.0 are best…
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Vegetables to Plant in Early Spring

Vegetables to Plant in Early Spring You may have heard general guidelines for starting vegetable gardens, such as "don't plant until after Mother's Day". Although some of the common guidelines are acceptable for summer gardens, gardeners in several U.S. regions miss out on extended planting times if they follow that type of advice. Early-spring planting…
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How to Grow Strawberries

Tips - How to Grow Strawberries These are probably the most rewarding of all fruits — there is nothing like the taste of your own first fresh-picked strawberry, or the second, or the third . . . Strawberries need a very rich soil, full of humus, and benefit from slow- release sources of phosphorus, such as…
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Squash – Growing Guide

Most gardeners plant too many squash, then foist the extra harvest on unsuspecting neighbors. Instead, grow a few plants, and grow them well. You will be rewarded with an ample harvest. About Squash Summer squash are harvested when tender and still immature. They're usually separated into yellow, straight or crookneck varieties; green zucchinis; scallop-shaped "patty-pan"…
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Collards – Growing Guide

If growing healthful vegetables is high on your list, collards is the crop for you. This nutritional powerhouse is full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Closely related to kale, collard greens have traditionally been thought of as a Southern crop. But they grow well in many parts of the country, both as spring and fall…
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Beans – Growing Guide

Easy-to-grow beans are a favorite of home gardeners. High in protein, they are a staple in many cuisines. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, many of which have colorful seeds, and colorful names: Jacob's Cattle, Painted Pony, Vermont Appaloosa, for example. About All beans, except cool-weather fava, are sensitive to frost and cold…
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Parsnips – Growing Guide

Parsnips were popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans, and have been grown in America since the first colonists brought them over from Europe. Although they take a long time to mature, their flavor is worth the wait. Parsnips are tasty by themselves, as well as in soups and in stews. About Parsnips Parsnips require…
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Growing Broccoli

A member of the cabbage family, broccoli is grown for its edible, immature flower heads. One of the most nutritious vegetables, broccoli contains high levels of antioxidants. About Broccoli Broccoli prefers cool temperatures. In many regions it can be grown as both a spring and fall crop. Choose varieties touted for their abundant side shoots…
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Most Under-Rated Healing Herbs

When you think of cooking, what herbs come to mind? Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, Peppermint, and Sage? Perhaps Lavender, Thyme, and Tarragon make your list as well. There is a long list of common kitchen herbs which are staples in the lives of most natural living enthusiasts. We grow them for their medicinal properties or to use…
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How to Grow Mustard Plants

Home gardeners love this easy, fast growing, cool weather crop. As you would expect, the leaves have a sharp, mustard taste. Greens are great raw, in salads, or as a cooked greens. They are nutritious, and healthy for you and your family. Mustard is cool-season leaf crop. Sow mustard as early as 4 to 6…
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