Category Archives: Gardening Basics

November in The Vegetable Garden

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November in the vegetable garden and winter is beginning to take hold. Beds that were filled with late season produce are now laid bare, stems of runner beans have died off twisted around their supports and the greenhouse is all but emptied. However, there will be a few winter crops growing strong. Winter brassicas such as kale and Brussels sprouts and beds of winter lettuce will provide a welcome taste of home produce during the winter months. There are still jobs to be done in even the smallest vegetable garden, there are some early varieties of spring crops to be sown and plenty of tidying to be done. So before you wrap up and head outside take a moment to read through this short list of essential jobs to be doing in the vegetable garden during November.

Jobs to Do in the Garden During September

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September can be a rather frustrating month for the gardener. Summer flowering perennials and annuals are beginning to go over and the garden can on the whole look a little sad. However, now is not the time to dwell on the fading days of summer, but to turn your mind to autumn and tidying up the garden in preparation for winter. Here a just a few of the jobs you can be getting on with in your garden during September.

Ant Control

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How to keep ants out of the house and garden.

5 Cardinal Rules of Culinary Gardens

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Why look any farther for fresh flavors than your very own garden? A culinary garden can be the ultimate inspiration for budding cooks and gourmet chefs alike. Like any recipe, start your kitchen garden with the basics. Think light, placement, planning. Place plants of similar size and water needs together, for example. You wouldn’t want your woody rosemary to crowd out your herbaceous chives. More tips to get you cooking…

Organic Vegetable Garden Mulching – Do’s and Don’ts

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Mulching your garden is one of the best things you can do for your plants and your soil. There are many forms of mulch from organic types such as wood chips to man-made plastics. Not all mulch products are created equal!

Blue Wild Flowers For Your Garden

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Planting wild flowers in your garden, or simply scattering wild flower seeds around an area of your yard are both ways to take advantage of Mother Nature’s treasured gifts. Wild flowers are carefree, colorful, and tend to attract bees, butterflies and birds. So planting wild flowers not only gives you an easy maintenance flower garden… it also promises to be a constant source of interesting activity throughout the year.

Easy Summertime Plant Propagation Techniques That You Can Do at Home

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I want to make this as simple as possible for you so I am breaking plant propagation into two seasons.

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.

Divide Your Perennials Every 3 to 4 Years For More and Bigger Flowers

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Perennial flowers are a great addition to the garden. You don’t have to plant them new every year and every year they grow larger and produce more and more blooms. Eventually the number of flowers they produce becomes less and less. When that happens, it’s time to dig them up and divide them.

Growing Organic Radishes

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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!).

Petal Power

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There has been a lot of interest lately in the use of flowers in cooking and many of the more up-market restaurants are adding them to dishes to give a fresh colorful and contemporary style and taste. Flowers have traditionally been used in many types of cooking for centuries: European, Asian, East Indian, and Middle Eastern. If you step out into your garden you will be astounded at the range of edible flowers within your reach.

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.

Growing Rosemary Indoors

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I dug up my Rosemary plant today to pot up and overwinter indoors. Last night was our first frost of the season. I covered the Rosemary last night but don’t want to chance forgetting it when it invariably freezes again in a few nights.

Plant Marigolds for Flowers All Summer Long

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Marigolds are one of the most popular annual bedding plants. Available virtually everywhere garden plants are sold, they’re one of the most-grown annuals in America.

Tansy Golden Buttons Homemade Insect Repellent

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Tansy is a perennial herb, Tanacetum vulgare, and a member of the aster family, Asteraceae. Tansy is also called common tansy or garden tansy in order to differentiate it from similar looking plants.

Grow Giant Marconi Sweet Peppers

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My new favorite sweet pepper to grow at home is the hybrid Italian variety, ‘Giant Marconi’ (Capsicum annuum ‘Giant Marconi’). It’s one of the largest of the Italian sweet peppers and has an oblong profile with a slightly lobed stem end. The fruits reach 6-8 inches or more in length.

Save Water and Even Fertilize Your Plants at The Same Time

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Many of us are trying to be environmentally conscious these days and water conservation is part of that. If you are like me and have a number of plants to water, there are several ways you can accomplish that task while saving water at the same time.

Gardening – A Guide to Growing Corn

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To grow your own corn you are going to need rich, fertile soil and will need to add compost or manure to it to ensure the corn gets enough nutrients.

How to Grow Apricot Trees

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An apricot tree is certainly one fruit tree that we should have in our homes. Apricots are healthy and they provide the body with vital nutrients for good health. Apricots can also be used as an alternative for healthy weight loss diet regimes. An apricot tree is an early yielding fruit that is self-pollinated meaning you can just have one tree in your home.

Deer-Resistant Plants aren’t Safe from Deer Damage

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You’ve probably heard there are deer-resistant plants. But any professional landscaper will tell you these plants aren’t really “deer resistant” or “deer-proof”. No plant is. A hungry deer will find and eat any plant, even plants that don’t taste good to them.

How to Keep Deer Out of The Garden

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Well, the word has gotten out. The deer know you have started another buffet of green delicacies.  Word spreads fast in the forest and it won’t be long before these uninvited guests will arrive at  your garden gate.

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.”

Jobs to Do in The Garden During April

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April is the month when the blossom really comes into its own. From the whites and pinks of flowering cherries and fruit trees, to the snowy coverings on hedgerows, all make their mark with a show of colour. The blackbird is singing, the nights are drawing out and the sun is beginning to have some real warmth in its rays. Warm sunny days really make you believe that the promise of summer is just around the corner.

Simple Seed Storage Tips

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When saving your own seeds, it’s important to store them properly. Not only is it a waste of time and energy to go about saving the seeds, only to let them go to waste because of improper storage, but it’s also important to make sure your seeds are viable when the time comes to plant them!

April in The Flower Garden

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Even in the smallest garden, April is the month when the growing season really begins to gather pace. Flower beds start to fill out with the bushy new shoots of herbaceous plants and leaves once again begin cover the branches of trees. With such fecundity its easy to let things slip out of control in the garden and before you know it you will realise there are a number of jobs you should have done and now it’s too late. So before you venture outside take a quick reminder from this list of vital jobs to be done in the flower garden during April.

Plants for April

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April and spring is well underway. Renewed warmth in the sun means there is a wealth of choice of plants for your garden. Here are a few of my favourites, along with varieties and how to care for them.

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.

Lemon Scented Herbs

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Among the beautiful of world of herbs, there are four types of herbs whose leaves give off a lovely lemony fragrance. In addition to their fragrance, their leaves have a lemon flavor and they are used to season foods and drinks. Their fragrant leaves are also used in fragrance crafts like soap, bath products, and potpourris.

Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard

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What could be easier than growing an herb garden with no effort? Of course, you’ll have to harvest your weeds, but you would do that anyhow: it’s called weeding.

Spring is an especially fertile time for harvesting your weeds – roots and all – and turning them into medicines. Here then are some tips on how to find, harvest, prepare, and use a baker’s dozen (13) of common weeds that probably already grow around you.

A Guide for Beginner Gardeners

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Have you ever wanted to make a salad from vegetables you grew yourself? Or give a bouquet to your loved one made of fresh flowers picked from your own garden? Now is your time to shine and grow like a pro with a few tips to get you started:

The Beginner’s Guide to Bulb Gardening

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Spring is here! It is time to start thinking about your garden. In order to ensure you have beautiful summer blooms, you will need to start planting soon. Bulb gardening is a popular way to grow a vibrant flower patch, but can be a little confusing. If you need a little help deciding when to plant which flowers, consult the Beginner’s Guide to Bulb Gardening made by ProFlowers below.

Growing Medicinal Plants in Your Kitchen Garden

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Grow medicinal plants in your balcony

“Food is our medicine; medicine is our food” – Aristotle

Long hours of work, unhealthy eating, less sleep, more pressure are all putting our bodies and health at a great risk. Diabetes, obesity, thyroid malfunctioning, arthritis, cardiovascular diseases are all interlinked and can be controlled only by healthy food. Greens, vegetables, fruits and nuts are great sources of nutrition that empower the body with all the vitamins, minerals, fibre and water. Green herbs especially can fight a lot of disorders and keep you away from impending health dangers. Instead of stepping out to buy them, you can grow these medicinal plants in your balcony with very little effort. Plenty of reasons why you should grow and eat them on a daily basis!

March in The Flower Garden

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Even in the smallest garden there is always plenty to do. March heralds the start of spring when plant growth in the garden begins to accelerate. Here is a handy list of vital jobs to be doing in the flower garden during March to help you keep on top of your gardening at the start of a busy new season.

March in The Vegetable Garden

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Even the smallest vegetable garden can be high maintenance and with March heralding the start of the new growing season, there is plenty to be getting on with. Here is a quick list of vital jobs to be doing in the vegetable garden during March.

Plants for March

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March in the garden and spring is beginning to get underway. This means that adding colour to the garden becomes a lot easier. From spring bulbs to shrubs and perennials here are some ideas on what to plant in March.

Plants for February

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It may be cold outside and the garden a little bleak but there are still some stunning plants to be had that will really give your garden a lift at this time of year. From early bulbs to flowering shrubs, here is a short list of some of the very best.

February in the Flower Garden

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In even the smallest garden its best to get ahead of the game during February and get on with jobs that will save you time once spring really gets underway. It is easy come April to realise that you should have pruned your roses in February. So here is a quick list of vital jobs to be getting on with in the flower garden during February to help you make sure you haven’t missed anything.

February in The Vegetable Garden

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There is always plenty of jobs to do even in the smallest vegetable garden as there is no denying that growing fruit and vegetables is high maintenance. So, with more to do there is always more to forget. Plan ahead by getting on top of those jobs that can be done early in the year. Here is a short list of vital jobs to be doing in the vegetable garden during February.

January Jobs in The Flower Garden

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There’s always plenty to do even in the smallest of gardens and mid-winter is no exception. There are essential jobs that need to be done now in the flower garden and those that will ensure that you are ahead of the game come the beginning of spring. So put on your hat and gloves and get out into the garden.

December Gardening Tips and Snips

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During December there is an assorted array of colourful houseplants available such as Poinsettias, Cyclamen and Azaleas. Poinsettias offer a traditional Christmas feel to your room but require a little extra care to keep them looking good.

What to Get a Gardener for Christmas

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If you are a gardener yourself I bet you can think of a thousand and one things you would like on your Christmas list. However, for non-gardeners, buying the perfect gift for the gardener in their life can be a daunting prospect often resulting in a useful if unimaginative garden centre voucher. So, if you have a garden related gift to buy this Christmas and you aren’t sure where to start, here a few ideas that are both practical and imaginative and also won’t break the bank!

A Holiday Tale: The Story Behind the Norfolk Island Pine

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The traditional holiday fir, the Norfolk Island Pine, has a back story worthy of a Hollywood movie. When you see these delicately shaped pines at your favorite retail store, you’re taking home a bit of nautical history.

A Holiday Classic: The Poinsettia

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In addition to their role as traditional Christmas decorations, poinsettias can serve as tokens of goodwill, friendship, and joy during the holiday season and beyond. More than 50 million Americans will purchase a poinsettia plant this holiday season.

How to Re-bloom Poinsettia

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The Poinsettia houseplant still holds first place as one of the most favored holiday flowers. The question that is most frequently asked: “How can I keep my Poinsettia through the entire year and have it re-bloom next season”? This is a precise procedure but if done well you will experience a sense of accomplishment and it is an excellent bragging point with your friends since it does involve some effort.

Growing African Violets and Other Plants Indoors

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If you like to grow African violets and other indoor flowers, herbs and fruits, good thing is that such plants don’t require much space to grow. Depending on the violet plant size, common 5-12 cm (2 – 5 inch) plastic flower pots are usually more than large enough. Sometimes, such pots are even too big.

Simple, Productive Year-Round Indoor Herb Gardens

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I live in Montreal, Quebec and have been gardening for well over 20 years. Although we have 4 distinctive seasons in this part of the world, winter is the longest and harshest of the lot. This cold season usually starts in mid-November to early May. Canadian winters are not a very good season for growing herbs or pretty much of anything for that matter.

Winter Care of Trees and Shrubs: Prevent Cold Weather Damage

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If you live in a cold-weather zone, you know that winter can be hard on garden plants. Here are tips for protecting your valuable woody plants.