How To Grow

How to Grow Purslane February 10 2014

Introduced to North American from India and Persia, purslane (Portulaca oleracea), commonly called pigweed, is an annual, edible succulent that is rich in nutrients. Its fat leaves and stems make it look like a small jade plant. Considered a weed, purslane grows from seeds or from broken stems and spreads rapidly if it is not controlled. Climate and SoilAs a succulent, purslane resists drought well. It grows almost anywhere from...

How to Grow Watermelons February 10 2014

Everyone seems to love juicy watermelon in the summertime. Native to Africa, melons need warm temperatures (up to 80 degrees during the day) and a long growing season. Gardeners in colder climates can still have success in growing watermelon by starting seeds indoors and choosing short-season varieties. Days to maturity range from 70 to 90, depending on the variety. PlantingIf you live in warmer climes, you can direct sow seeds...

How to Grow Tomatillos February 10 2014

While tomatillos may look like small green tomatoes, they are only a cousin in the tomato family, with no similarity in taste. Tomatillos are often used in their unripe (green) form, but ripened, they have a slightly sweet citrusy taste. There are even varieties that taste similar to pineapple. Tomatillos are native to the hot climate of Central America, but are widely adaptable and can be grown in most climates.Growing...

How to Grow Parsnips February 10 2014

Parsnip tends to produce high yields in a small amount of space, and have long harvesting periods. The underground tap root grows to 8” with celery like leaves on top. It stores well in long-term storage (such as a root cellar). Growing Parsnips is not recommended for container gardening. Nutrition InformationUnder optimal growing conditions, parsnipa offer: Dietary Fiber, Chromium, Potassium, Manganese, Vitamin C, Folate Climate & Growing ConditionsGrowing parsnips is...

How To Grow Scallions (Green Onions) February 10 2014

Scallions often called green onions or bunching onions are easily grown. Start your transplants sowing 5-10 seeds per transplant container. Transplant them out together and in a few weeks you have an instant bunch of onions for your salad or other recipes. Botanical Family - Alliaceae/Onion Family Location - Thrive in moist (not wet) location that is also well drained and reasonably free from stones. Soil - Rich, moist loam,...

How to Grow Spinach February 10 2014

Growing spinach in your vegetable garden will give you a wonderful supply of tasty, very nutritious, edible dark green leaves. As long as you have properly prepared the soil, this is a fairly easy crop to grow. But, be warned, spinach can be a bit picky about its growing conditions. Gardening Tip for growing Spinach - When growing spinach, soil preparation is very important. Nutrition InformationDietary Fiber, Protein, Magnesium, Chromium,...

How to Grow Potatoes February 10 2014

This South American vegetable is grown in home gardens for its starchy tubers (roots). Rumor has it that many years ago, Europeans were very suspicious about, even feared potatoes. Potato's popularity thrived from its ability to grow both at high altitudes and in colder temperatures (places where corn, another common starch staple, couldn't). You can grow potatoes of a vaiety of colors: cream, red, purple, and even blue. Gardening Tip...

How to Grow Radish Plants February 10 2014

Radishes grow in a variety of shapes and lengths, depending upon the variety you select. It is best to grow this vegetable in cool gardening periods as radishes tend to go to seed quickly in hot weather. Also, growing radish plants during the hot summer months makes them very hot in flavor (while too hot to enjoy as a snack, they can be substituted for horseradish at that point in...

How to Grow Rutabaga February 10 2014

A rutabaga is a root vegetable that is similar to a turnip. The easiest way to differentiate between the two, is to look for the multiple leaf scars at the top of the rutabaga root. In addition to the root, use the young tender leafy tops in salads or as a nutritious cooked “green.” Nutrition InformationUnder optimal growing conditions, rutabaga offers: dietary fiber, Vitamin A, B6, C, Potassium, Thiamin, Folate,...

How to Grow Turnips February 10 2014

Turnips are a delightful, mild root vegetable and a gardening favorite because they're so easy to grow. The turnip leaves can also be eaten as nutritious cooked greens (like spinach) or the tender young leaves mixed in with other garden greens in salads. Gardening Tip - Turnips don't like competition from other plants. Do your best to keep turnip beds free from weeds, and do not hill the soil around...

How to Grow Peppers February 10 2014

Peppers come in many different varieties: bell (green, red, yellow, purple), banana (used mostly for salads and pickling), cayenne, and jalapeno peppers, just to name a few. In hot climates, peppers are perennials. In all other climates, they grow as annuals. Peppers are a warm weather crop, and have little tolerance for cold. Peppers such as bells and bananas are known as sweet peppers. They're often used as a fresh...

How to Grow Jerusalem Artichokes February 10 2014

Jerusalem artichokes are a colorful gardening addition, perfect to grow along your garden's border. They are a hardy perennial that’s a part of the sunflower family and a native plant of North America. Jerusalem Artichoke is grown for its edible tubers that look a little like potatoes. They are slightly sweet, and can be substituted for potatoes in most recipes. The are tasty stir fried, steamed, sautéed or roasted. They...

How To Grow Kale February 10 2014

Kale is a cool season crop that will overwinter well, in fact the flavor will improve after a frost. It can also be planted in early spring to be harvested in the summer. If you have a shady area (4 hours of sun) in your garden, this plant will do well, especially in the summer months. This vegetable matures quickly, is full of nutrients and can be eaten raw or...

How To Grow Dill February 10 2014

Dill is a very tall, hardy herb plant, that will grow as an annual in most gardening climates. However, with the right conditions, seed heads that are left to mature will reseed in your herb garden’s dill patch and grow in the following gardening season. Grow this herb in your garden for it’s leaves and it’s seeds. Dill is also a good choice for growing in a container garden. Gardening...

How To Grow Garlic February 10 2014

Garlic is a common seasoning in many recipes. This vegetable produces a group of cloves encased in a sheath. When planting separate the cloves; the larger outer ones are the best for seeding. Botanical Family - Alliaceae/Onion Family Location - Sunny, dry     Soil - pH 6.0-6.8, add compost or manure before planting. Soil Preparation - Dig in compost or manure and soil fertilizers in the spring when growth starts....

How To Grow Eggplant February 10 2014

Eggplant is in the same family as tomatoes or peppers and need the same kind of care. There are purple and white varieties. They need lots of heat and rich soil to grow their best. I get best results starting them indoors at the same time as my tomato plants. This is not a common plant home gardeners grow, however if you enjoy eating and cooking with this vegetable it...

How to Grow Corn February 10 2014

A member of the grass family, the biggest challenge with growing corn is usually the space it requires. However, the flavor of fresh picked corn from your own garden simply can’t be beat. Plan to plant three varieties, if the season and space allows: early, mid, and late season varieties. Or, for an extended harvest, make plantings every week, for several weeks. Gardening tip for growing corn: Consider growing corn...

How to Grow Kohlrabi February 10 2014

Kohlrabi looks something like a cross between a cabbage and a turnip, and tastes similar to a broccoli stem. This garden vegetable is known for the edible root, but the leaves are also edible. While it is somewhat similar to a turnip, growing kohlrabi provides a nice treat during hot summer weather when turnips struggle. Nutrition InformationKohlrabi contains: Chromium, Potassium, Dietar Fiber, Manganese, Thiamin, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Vitamin C, B6,...

How to Grow Cucumbers February 10 2014

Cucumbers are popular to grow, but can have some challenges (namely from plant diseases and pests). There are many varieties of cucumber plants available, but if container gardening, select a bush variety. Gardening Tip for growing Cucumbers - Do NOT grow cucumbers near aromatic herbs or potatoes. Keep your cucumber garden well weeded. (Weeds can carry plant diseases.) Nutrition InformationChromium, Manganese, Vitamin A, C, K, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and...

How to Grow Leeks February 10 2014

Leeks are members of the onion family that looks a bit like an overgrown scallion. Leek's delicate flavor is often used in soups and specialty dishes. Growing leeks is fairly easy and it is a very hardy plant. Thus, this vegetable is commonly recommended for those gardening in cold climates. Nutrition InformationVitamin C Climate & Growing ConditionsGrowing leeks is easiest in moderate to cool temperatures (below 80 degrees (F)). They...

How to Grow Lettuce February 10 2014

Growing lettuce crops are most effective during your area's cool seasons (this vegetable tends to go to seed and get bitter in hot temperatures). However, there are varieties out now that can tolerate warmer temperatures, and a few tricks to help too. Lettuce is a good vegetable for container gardening, particularly if using smaller leaf-lettuce type varieties. For more information on growing lettuce in pots.Lettuce can also be a good...

How to Grow Oregano February 10 2014

Oregano will generally grow as a hardy perennial herb. However, it is one that may need a little help in surviving gardening climates with harsh (cold) winters. Oregano is primarily used as a culinary herb in Italian, Mexican and Greek cuisines. It is also a tasty flavoring for tomato, vegetable, or meat dishes. Oregano leaves are the plant part used for flavoring. Gardening Tips for Growing Oregano - Oregano can...

How to Grow Carrots February 10 2014

Carrots are hardy biennials. You can grow round and short varieties of carrots in container gardens, but if growing the longer variety, you will need to grow them in an open garden. The underground root is part harvest crop, and they come in a variety of colors and sizes. Gardening Tip for Growing Carrots - Carrots do not grow well next to dill. Nutrition InformationBeta carotene (vitamin A), dietary fiber,...

How to Grow Broccoli February 10 2014

Broccoli, a member of the cabbage family, grows as an annual in the vegetable garden. The flower stalks are green, purplish to white in color and the plant has tiny yellow flowers. The edible part of the broccoli are the heads, leaflets, and the stalk. Try growing broccoli also in a container garden or even indoors. Nutrition InformationDietary fiber, Vitamin A, C, K, B6, Folate, Chromium, Protein, Vitamin E (Alpha...

How to Grow Chives February 10 2014

Chives are a perennial herb that will grow in most garden soils and climates. In moderate gardening climates, they stay green year round. In climates with cold winters, chives will die back for the winter, but grow again the following spring. Chives have been used as a culinary herb for around 5,000 years. They're commonly used to flavor cheeses, fish, sauces, and egg dishes. They're also used as a garnish,...

How to Grow Cabbage February 10 2014

Cabbage is one of the oldest recorded vegetables, dating back to 2000 years B.C. It is a very hearty annual garden vegetable (you can often grow it year round!). The leaves and head are either green or purple, depending upon the variety grown. Gardening Tip for Growing Cabbage - For the best success in growing cabbage, encourage quick growth. Plant in a sunny area, and fertilize well. Avoid growing cabbage...

How to Grow Celery February 10 2014

Celery is a biennial and a member of the carrot family. This vegetable is a tight collection of green stalks reaching up to 10” tall. Stalks, leaves, and seeds are edible. Note: Celery is not one of the easier vegetables to grow though, as it requires a fair amount of attention and space. Gardening Tip for Growing Celery- Growing Celery with other garden vegetables (like tomatoes and cabbage) helps them...

How to Grow Chard(Swiss Chard) February 10 2014

Swiss Chard is a vegetable that is similar to spinach, but not related (it is actually a member of the beet family). Growing Chard is a gardening favorite, namely because it is easy to grow, and it has such a long harvesting season. Both the stems and leaves are eaten. The stems of some varieties grow in a rainbow of colors, adding a nice visual for your garden. Note: When...

How to Grow Cauliflower February 10 2014

Cauliflower is grown as a vegetable garden annual. Heads can be white, green or purple. Varieties are available for short or long growing seasons. Gardening tip for Growing Cauliflower: Growing Cauliflower can be difficult, as it is very intolerant of high heat and also frost.Cauliflower is not a good choice for container gardening. Nutrition InformationDietary Fiber, Chromium, Vitamin C, K, B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Manganese, Protein, thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin,...

How to Grow Beets February 10 2014

There are two types of beets generally available for home gardening, named for the root shape: “globe” and “long” beet. While the root is normally red/purple, varieties are available in other colors also. The root is the primary harvest, but the tender young leaves are delicious in salads or cooked as greens. "How to" Tip for Growing Beets Do not plant beets very near pole beans or mustard plants in...

How to Grow Cilantro February 10 2014

Cilantro is an annual member of the carrot family that has been grown for thousands of years. It is popular in South American, Mexican, Asian, and Mediterranean dishes. The leaves are used as seasonings in salsas, guacamole, grain salads. The seed is called coriander. Unripened, it has a citrusy flavor and can be used like fennel as a breath freshener, or as a flavoring for fish dishes. The ripened coriander...