How to Grow Broccoli

How to Grow Broccoli

Growing Food
If you have a vegetable garden, do yourself a favor and learn how to grow broccoli (Brassica oleracea) because growing broccoli is not hard to grow at all! Broccoli is closely related to Cabbage, Kale, Cauliflower, and Brussels Sprouts and, like these other members of the Brassica genus, requires a fertile soil with good moisture-holding capacity or irrigation. Broccoli, like all related brassicas, is considered a Heavy feeder, so before planting, be sure to add organic compost to your garden soil. Broccoli needs lots of nutrients. A general rule for getting them off to a good start when you learn how to grow broccoli would be to apply composted manure and a bit of firewood ash to the soil before transplanting broccoli seedlings into the main garden. Broccoli is from…
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Natural Pest Control – Good for You – Bad for the Bugs

Natural Pest Control – Good for You – Bad for the Bugs

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Scientists tell us that we share our planet with more insects and arachnids than all the other inhabitants combined. Scientists will also tell you that we need all those creeping, crawling, flying, six and eight legged beasties for the life and health of the planet and its citizens, including ourselves. That's fine with most of us, I suppose, as long as we don't have to share our immediate living space with any of them. There is much in the way of natural pest control available. Scientists have also told us that many of the chemicals that will rid our homes and offices of ants, spiders, roaches and what not are harmful. (REALLY?) But it is now common knowledge that they can be dangerous to us, to our pets, and to…
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History of Cabbage and Kale or Coles

History of Cabbage and Kale or Coles

Community
Cabbage and kale are among the hardiest and most nutritious vegetables a home gardener can grow with ease. Both are handsome in the garden, with colors ranging from pale green through dark battleship blue, to deep reddish purple. Flavors range from mild to strong, and both lend themselves to dishes both raw and cooked. The history of cabbage and kale is as flavorful as the vegetable! A History of Cabbage and Kale Cabbages, with their leaves formed into heads, are more sophisticated than kales. Greek and Roman colonists brought cabbages to the Black Sea region; Slavs were growing cabbages in the 9th century. Soon cabbages worked their way north into Russia. Within several centuries, Russian princes paid tribute with garden plots planted with kapusta (as they called cabbage) in addition…
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