Category Archives: Growing Food

Fruit Trees for Northern Latitudes

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With the exception of citrus, fruits that grow on trees are indigenous to temperate zones. In fact, fruit trees require exposure to a certain number of hours below freezing in order to produce a crop the following year.

June in the Vegetable Garden

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June is the month when the summer season really gets underway. Many of the vegetables you have grown from seed can now be planted out. The first potatoes are almost ready to lift and the herb garden is bursting with scent. Even in the smallest vegetable garden there is always plenty to do at this time of year. From pinching out the tips of runner beans to planting out tender vegetables like aubergines. So before you head out into your vegetable garden remind yourself of some of the more vital jobs that need to be done in the vegetable garden during the month of June.

Various Colors Of Carrots You Should Know

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You can “play” carrots in many styles you want. Since their texture is soft but firm, you can form them into any shapes you like. You can slice, dice, and cut up carrots. You can even cut them in shoe string pieces or small cubes if you want to add them to cakes.

Growing Organic Radishes

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RADICAL RADISH REPORT

Growing radishes was pioneered before the Roman empire; the name “radish” derived from “radix,” the Latin word for “root” (the Romans could wield a sword but weren’t really clever with names!).

Lettuce – Plant in Spring and Again in Summer For Cool Weather Harvests

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There are few things more refreshing than a salad of sweet, crisp, spring lettuce fresh from the garden–unless it’s fall lettuce fresh from the garden. Lettuce is easy to grow and a good crop for the beginning gardener.

How to Grow Heirloom Tomatoes

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If you are one person who loves the best of summer dishes then you must certainly know of the heirloom tomatoes as these add the best of taste to these dishes. The best way to save money is to grow them on your own the organic way. These tomatoes are healthy and make a perfect health plan for those who want to live a healthy lifestyle.

Guide To Growing Kale

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Both delicious and nutritious, Kale today is widely becoming one of the most popular vegetables word-wide. The leafy green form of cabbage has more vitamin C than oranges and is an excellent source of iron, not to mention it’s loaded with anti-oxidants. Growing kale can be easy even for those of us who do not consider ourselves a “green thumb.”

History and Health Benefits of Heirloom Carrot Seed

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Prior to their transformation to orange, colorful purple, yellow, white and red carrots grew abundantly in areas of the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Their cultivation and use is believed to have existed for over 5000 years with all parts of the plant being considered useful. Their cultivation by the Egyptians, ancient Romans and Greeks due to the medicinal properties found in their seeds was recorded in the early century BC. The orange carrot that is popular today was carefully developed from a mutant strain by the Dutch.

Discover the Greens and Roots from Organic Heirloom Beet Seeds

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Organic beet seeds deliver tasty green tops within 30 days, with roots that are ready for the table in 50-65 days. They can be prepared in many ways, fresh in salads, pickled, mashed and in soup. Greens are often steamed and served with bacon, vinegar and butter. Raw beet juice has become popular and can be combined with carrot, parsley and other juices or served plain.

Why Do Tomatoes Split?

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It is very common for tomatoes to split, and there are a couple of reasons for these unsightly cracks. Split tomatoes can be caused by either moisture or heat stress.

3 Vegetable Seeds That Have a Large Yield Per Seed

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If you had room to plant only three vegetables, what would they be and why? I was recently asked this question by a friend. Before I get into what I would grow let me address why I would grow the ones I did choose. If I only had space for three vegetables I would make sure I first grow something that has a high yield and second, make sure I am growing something that I and my family would enjoy eating.

Pruning Tomato Plants – A “How To” Guide

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Topping the tomato plant allows it to finish ripening those green tomatoes that you see hanging, and preventing any further upward growth of the main stem. (If you don’t top your plants, then they will continue to produce stems and leaves and green wimpy fruit that you won’t enjoy.)

Want to Teach Your Children to Be Good Stewards? Time to Get Your Hands Dirty

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Growing your own garden is a popular pastime that cuts grocery bills and puts fresh produce within arm’s reach. But to parents it’s so much more than that. Gardening is a trending family activity that provides plenty of teachable moments, and it also promotes positive characteristics like self reliance and stewardship of the earth.

Grow Spinach From Seeds

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Spinach is one of the healthiest leafy greens you can eat. It is loaded with plenty of vitamins and minerals that all doctors and nutritionists would recommend. So why not add this healthy tasty treat to your home vegetable garden? Besides its health benefits, spinach is easy to grow from seed and in many areas of the world and you can get many harvests from the same plant as well as planting during the spring and winter months.

Tips For Growing Celery in Your Home Vegetable Garden

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By itself, I believe celery is very bland and tasteless, but throw some peanut butter on it and all of a sudden you get a crispy, crunchy, healthy snack. Celery is so versatile because it can be added to a variety of dishes, such as soups and salads, to actually add flavor.

Organic Vegetables – Do You Know What To Buy?

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Do you know what vegetables to buy organic and what is not worth the trouble?

Practical Steps to Grow Celery Indoors

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Growing celery would entail patience from the grower. This vegetable has low tolerance for extreme temperature. For this reason alone, I believe that growing celery indoors can be to your advantage, as you can easily control the temperature of the environment just with some proven measures.

Growing Cabbage from Seed

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I can almost smell the stuffed cabbage cooking in my mom’s kitchen. It was one of her (and my grandmother’s) best dishes. I am not much of chef so I won’t go into great detail on the recipe, but it was a meat mixture that was wrapped with a cabbage leaf and it tasted great.

Quick Tips for Harvesting and Storing Carrots

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Carrot is a good source of Vitamin A and some can grow to as long as 5.14 meters—that is 16 feet. First grown as medicine in the olden times, carrot was actually the first kind of vegetable that was canned for commercial purpose. As an integral part of a healthy diet, one must know the best time to harvest and store carrots to ensure that the produce is fresh and healthy.

How to Grow Fresh Vegetables Indoors In Less Than a Week

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One of the blessings of sprouts is that all you need is one square foot of space to enjoy a wide variety of healthy, fresh-grown veggies, grown in less than a week.

Keep Growing with Season-Extending Gardening Tips for Fall

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Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

5 Plants You Can Grow From Leftover Vegetables

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Seeds aren’t the only way to grow plants. There are plenty of leftover vegetables that can also be used to grow new ones. In this article, we have a look at five of these vegetables. Some of them only take a few weeks to grow while others can take a few years. Learn the methods of getting these leftover vegetables to grow into healthy plants.

July in the Vegetable Garden

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July is the month when you can really start to enjoy the fruits of your labour in the vegetable garden. Many crops are ready to harvest including potatoes, salad crops, beans and peas. However, in-between the joyous task of harvesting and eating your own home-grown produce there is still a great deal to be getting on with to make sure you make the most of the warm summer months to produce a bumper crop of fruit and vegetables to last throughout the rest of the year. So before you venture out take a moment to check this short reminder of some of the vital jobs to be getting on with in the vegetable garden during June.

How to Know When to Pick a Honeydew Melon

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Honeydew melon is the taste of summer all wrapped up in a convenient package. While they’re available in stores most of the summer, they’re not always picked at the peak of ripeness. Honeydews get softer when they’re off the vine but they don’t get sweeter. Knowing when to pick or harvest a honeydew melon means you’ll get it at its very best.

19 Tips on Growing Great Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are the number one vegetable in home gardens. It seems like everyone has their secrets on how to grow the first, biggest, tastiest or prettiest tomatoes. Have fun growing tomatoes. It’s not rocket science. All tomatoes will do well with eight hours of sunlight a day, rich soil and consistent watering. Here are a few more tips on how to grow tomatoes.

How to Grow Fresh Vegetables and Potatoes in Used Tires

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If you have old car tires hanging around in the garage put them to work growing vegetables. Remove the center hub and just use the rubber tire itself. The tires make handy plant containers when set in the garden. They are also useful stacked. The tires will last quite a few seasons and can be used year after year.

Preparing a Vegetable Plot

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Once you have decided on the best position for your vegetable plot and how you are going to grow them, be it in raised beds, containers or on open ground, there are a few jobs you need to do before you can start growing. The amount of preparation you will need to do will depend on the type of vegetable plot you want to create. A plot of raised beds for example will require a bit more preparation as the beds will need to be constructed. But even if you are developing an existing plot, good preparation is the key to getting the best out your vegetables.

April in The Vegetable Garden

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There is always something to do in the vegetable garden, even in the smallest patch. April is the month when the growing season really starts and its easy to lose track of the jobs you need to be doing. Keep ahead of yourself by using this quick reminder of some of the vital jobs to be doing in the vegetable garden during April.

Grow Your Own Orange Tree

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Have you ever thought about growing your own orange tree? Well, the process is not actually that tough and just about anyone can do it. All you need is a few supplies, a slightly green thumb, and a little patience. This article will identify the steps for growing an orange tree on your own from nothing but the seeds. Follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way to being able to harvest your own oranges for making juice, jam, or whatever it is you want to make.

No Dig Potatoes

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You can grow an enormous crop of potatoes without any of the backbreaking effort of digging. Just follow the steps below.

When to Plant Tomato Seeds!

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It is almost time to start planting tomato seeds for this summer’s crop. Even though there is still snow on the ground in many parts of the country, planting these tiny seeds gives us something to do while we’re waiting for warmer weather.

Planning Your Edible Landscape

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Edible landscaping is the process of planting edible plants in a landscape, rather than in a traditional garden. There are two major benefits to edible landscaping. First of all, edible landscapes save space, because they combine landscaping and food-growing into a single space.

Vegetables That Do Well in a Drought

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Last year was a very dry summer with many areas experiencing little enough rain warrant a hose pipe ban. This winter has also seen low amounts of rainfall and another dry summer now looks likely. Gardeners in Britain are used to having an abundant supply of water and can be said to have adopted a rather care-free attitude when it comes to conserving water.

Growing Organic Sweet Potatoes

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SWEET FACTS ABOUT SWEET POTATOES (AND YAMS)

Growing sweet potatoes for food originated in S. America around 5000 years ago. If you’re growing sweet potatoes, the colors range from white to purple to brown to reddish, and the flesh colors range from white and yellow to orange and purple. In the U.S., growing orange-colored sweet potatoes is very popular, both commercially and by gardeners in warmer Southern climates; they go by the name “Yams” however. For purposes of this article, sweet potatoes and yams can be used interchangeably. Sweet potatoes are in the same family as morning glory flowers.

Growing an Avocado Tree from a Seed

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My desire to garbage garden often goes wild and this month has been no exception. I have taken tops from pineapples and re-grown the plant along with green onions and an assortment of other plants which have been headed for the trash pile. This article will tell you how to go about growing avocado seeds into a beautiful plant.

Growing Organic Broccoli

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Growing organic broccoli successfully is simple with the right advice. In this article, we’ll reveal the secrets to getting large heads of broccoli. We’ll show you the basics of how to plant, grow, harvest, and store broccoli. Plus, we’ll show you how to prevent getting broccoli “buttons.”

Budget Veggie Gardens from Kitchen Scraps

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It does not matter whether you put your kitchen scraps in the compost or the bin, did you know that you could grow many of your favourite fruit or vegetables from those scraps.

How to Grow Cantaloupes

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Cantaloupe is a delicious and nutritious gardening crop. There are so many variations that sometimes it is difficult to choose which to grow. The the flesh of the cantaloupe fruit can have an orange or deep yellow color. The juicy, delicious flavor of this summer crop makes it a favorite of many gardeners. As a breakfast food, dessert or as a part of a salad, Cantaloupe have found a place in many gardens and on the tables of many kitchens.

Growing Giant Pumpkins

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Pumpkin growers all want to grow a giant pumpkin, at least once. Whether you’re looking to break the current world record pumpkin weight of 1,689 pounds, or just see how big of a jack-o-lantern you can make this Halloween, growing a giant pumpkin is definitely an exciting obsession!

Landscaping You Can Eat

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Each year millions of people have been adding tomatoes to their yards to save money on produce during the summer months. Believe it or not, there are many edible plants that you can add to your landscaping as well.

Autumn Edibles: Tips for Fall Gardening and Second Plantings

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People choose to garden for many reasons: Food is fresher and tastes better. It’s a healthy hobby that exercises the body. It saves money. Numerous reports show an increasing number of homeowners are growing their own fruits, vegetables and herbs.

As summer’s end nears, you may think gardening season is over. The good news is with a few strategic tips, you can keep your green thumb going and enjoy a plethora of autumn edibles for months to come.

Grape Growing in Pots

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Even if you have a small backyard, you can always have a grapevine which will supply your family’s fruit requirements if you will do grape growing in pots. Many people with limited home space or are living in urban areas do this kind of home gardening and are successful in doing so. The things you need are pots, vines, scissors and loam soil.

Two Ways of Growing Concord Grape Vines to Maximize Your Garden Space

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Growing Concord grape vines is habitually done in lands with wide, open spaces. This is one is the most frequent and common way of growing Concord grapes. Other than this traditional Concord grape-growing method, there exists a unique and unorthodox manner of growing them and that is by planting them in containers.

Best Growing Tomatoes – Does Burying Fish Help Your Tomato Plants?

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Learning how to produce the best growing tomatoes you can does not mean you have to be the most skillful gardener around, but, knowing a few basics will make the experience easier and fun. Many gardeners strongly believe that burying fish helps your tomato plants.

First Time Gardener’s Advice

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Sure-Grow Guidance for First-Time Gardeners – Each year, thousands of first-timers will join the millions of seasoned gardeners who already know the satisfaction of picking a perfect tomato at its peak, serving up salads from greens just grown right outside the back door, or harvesting home-grown peppers and specialty herbs never even seen at the grocery store.

History of Blackberry Plants

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Blackberries were perceived by the ancient cultures as being a wild plant, and historical accounts for a backyard culture of blackberry bushes are few. The Greeks used the blackberry as a remedy for Gout, and the Romans made a tea from the leaves of the blackberry plant to treat various illnesses.

History of Apple Trees

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Apple trees were the most popularly grown fruit tree in colonial America and practically every settlement farm and backyard gardener planted this easily grown fruit tree, or easier, the seed of the apple could be planted to establish a permanent food supply. Growing these apple tree products could be eaten fresh or could be dried and preserved in many different ways to eat at a later time.

No Backyard? No Problem – The New Trend of Yardless Gardening

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Backyard or back patio, it’s time to get planting, no matter where you live. The number of American households engaging in do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities rose by more than 3 million in recent years, the National Gardening Association’s National Garden 2012 Survey found. That can include you, even if you don’t have an actual yard.

How to Grow Apple Trees from Seed

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Have you ever tried to grow apple trees from seeds collected from an apple? It certainly makes good sense that they would germinate. They are seeds and seeds are supposed to grow, right?

Time to Grow for It: Homegrown on Your Own

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Who would have thought getting dirt under your fingernails would ever be considered one of the hottest trends going? According to Doug Jimerson, garden core director for Better Homes and Gardens, “growing your own fruits, veggies and herbs is something Americans are doing in record numbers this season.”