Category Archives: Vegetables and Herbs

Bitter Cucumbers – What to Do?

It's the rare gardener who hasn't experienced growing a bitter cucumber. Few things are as frustrating as tending your vegetables all season long, only to finally harvest them and find out they don't taste very good, when you get them to the table. Cucumbers are know for being prolific, sometimes to the extreme. But what…
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Rhubarb – Growing Guide

Rhubarb, easy-to-grow perennial is great for pies and jams, especially when coupled with strawberries. It comes to life when temperatures rise into the 40s F, making it one of the earliest spring crops. GROWING RHUBARB Yields best in full sun. Well-drained, deep, fertile soil, high in organic matter, pH 5.5 to 6.5. Yields best with plentiful,…
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Container Gardening – 8 Easy to Grow Veggies

Some veggies are more suitable than others for container gardening Any vegetable that grows in the ground can be grown in a container. But some crops, such as corn and pumpkins, may not be worth the effort. You don't have to stick with so-called patio (dwarf) varieties. Most standard-size vegetables are suitable for container culture.…
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Color and Flavor – Heirloom Tomatoes Varieties

The popularity of heirloom tomatoes is based around two characteristics – their stunning array of colors and the unique flavor profiles of each variety.  The sheer number of heirloom tomatoes varieties with unique flavors can be overwhelming however. Fortunately there are a few generalizations that can be made with regards to the relationship between flavor and color.…
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Growing Spinach

Tips For Growing Spinach Tasty, nutritious spinach is one of the first crops planted in spring. It's higher in iron, calcium and vitamins than most cultivated greens, and it's one of the best vegetable sources of vitamins A, B and C. About Spinach Spinach must have at least 6 weeks of cool weather from seeding to…
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How to Grow Peas

How to Grow Peas Whether you grow English peas for shelling, or edible-podded snow and snap peas, there's nothing like the taste of fresh, sweet peas in spring. About This Plant Plant dwarf varieties to save space and produce early harvests. Plant tall or pole varieties for bigger harvests over a longer period of time.…
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Sweet Potato – How To Grow

Sweet potatoes are a long-season, tropical vegetable, so it's no surprise that they're grown mostly in southern states. However, it's possible for northern gardeners to grow these tasty, highly nutritious vegetables. About Sweet Potato Most sweet potato varieties require at least 4 frost-free months to grow big potatoes. Sweet potatoes thrive in hot weather. The…
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How to: Planting Tomatoes

Planting Tomatoes Tomatoes need at least six to eight hours of sun a day to produce well. Full sun is best, especially in cooler, more northern climates. Provide well-drained soil with a pH around 6.0 to 6.8. In cold-climate areas, plant in spring after frost danger is past. In hot climates, plant when temperatures begin…
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Growing Chia (Salvia hispanica)

Chia (Salvia hispanica), also known as Mexican Chia or Salba, has a long history of use in South America and was a major food crop in pre-Columbian civilisations, particularly favoured by the Aztecs. There are actually over 60 different varieties and other species such as Golden Chia (Salvia columbariae) are grown and used in a…
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Parsley – How To Grow

Parsley is the most frequently used of all of the culinary herbs Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a hardy herb grown for its flavor, which is added to many dishes, as well as its use as a decorative garnish. It's native to Mediterranean shores, and it's cultivated for at least 2,000 years. As early as the…
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How to Grow Globe Artichokes

Globe artichokes are one of the most exotic looking of all the vegetables you can grow in your typical northern European garden or allotment. The edible portion of the plant are the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. However as exotic as they may look, they are in fact surprisingly easy to grow.…
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Bell Peppers – Growing Guide

Peppers are a tender, warm-season crop. They resist most pests and offer something for everyone: spicy, sweet or hot, and a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. For this page, we will focus on sweet bell peppers. Planting Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last spring frost date. The temperature must be at least 70 degrees F…
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Growing Yellow Pear Tomatoes

How to grow  Yellow Pear Tomatoes Possibly the most popular yellow heirloom variety of tomato, the Yellow Pear gets its name from its color and shape. This variety dates back to the 1800s and is a vigorous indeterminate. It produces generously with an abundance of small, yellow pear-shaped tomatoes that are sweet, but mild in flavor.…
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5 Easy Herbs From Seed

Some herbs are so simple to grow, they should be started from seed. Growing herbs from seed saves money, and can fill in the spots that seem a bit bare while other perennials fill in. On our farm, we plan for at least a 3-5% loss of seedlings, since we cull the less than perfect plants…
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Lemon Balm – How to Grow

Lemon balm is a perennial herb that grows best in cool weather. Common names: Lemon Balm, Sweet Balm, Common Balm, Sweet Mary, Balm, Honey Plant, Melissa, Cure-all, Dropsy Plant, Bee Balm, Garden Balm. Latin name: Melissa officinalis Lemon Balm a perennial herb that grows best in cool weather. Sow lemon balm in spring about the average date…
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Heirloom Carrots

Have you heard of heirloom carrots? Multicolored heirloom carrots have captured the imagination of diners. Now you too can grow these ancient carrots at home. Heirloom carrots come in a variety of colors, white, yellow, pink, purple and of course, orange. Carrots have been grown for thousands of years around the world. The purple carrot…
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