Grow Lettuce in Containers

Grow Lettuce in Containers

Container Gardening, Growing Food, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
Why grow lettuce in a container? In my case it is because the snails and slugs will not let me enjoy fresh, tender lettuce, straight from the garden. For some reason, they have not yet discovered it when grown with this method. Another reason is that it is weed free, making a cut-and-come-again harvest a snap. Still another benefit is that you may move them around as the seasons change. More sun in the spring, more shade in the summer. In many areas lettuce may be grown most of the year this way. The cut-and-come-again harvest is really the key to this type of planting. Here is how you do it: [caption id="attachment_2252" align="alignright" width="300"] lettuce is easy to grow in continers[/caption] Step 1 Plant a blend of leaf lettuce…
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Beat the Heat – Grow an Herb Garden Indoors

Beat the Heat – Grow an Herb Garden Indoors

Container Gardening, Herb Gardening, Indoor Gardening
We've been gone... gardening!Hi gardening readers, I know it has been a while! the garden has taken on a new life this year and we have added a full blown herb farm to the mix. We've been so busy gardening we haven't had time for posting. But I got an email from the folks at Fix and thought, yeah, I'd like to share that one! How to Grow a Thriving Herb Garden is a savvy, helpful (and colorful!) article on growing herbs indoors. It made me feel cool just reading it, not having to be outside in the heat. It provides a germination chart, pruning advice, and planter ideas. Enjoy! P.S. I hope your gardens are doing well! Source: Fix.com Blog
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Botanical Name Flower Planting Schedule

Botanical Name Flower Planting Schedule

Container Gardening, Flower Gardening
This table lists the recommended times to sow flower seeds for typical Zones 8-9. If you are in zone 7, for instance, go back a month, zone 6, a month and a half. If you don't know your zone, check the planting zone maps. And when buying transplants, remember to adjust for the age of the plant (about 1-2 months). Recommended Not Recommended This table is also available as a flower planting schedule sorted by common name. Botanical Name Ageratum (Floss Flower)  Aguilegia (Columbine)  Alcea rosea (Hollyhock)  Ammi Majus (Queen Anne's Lace)  Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)  Armeria (Thrift, Sea Pink)  Aster (Aster)  Calendula officinalis (Calendula, Pot Marigold)  Campanula (Bellflower)  Celosia (Cockscomb)  Centaurea cyanus (Bachelor Button, Cornflower)  Centaurea moschata (Sweet Sultan)  Chysanthemum (Chysanthemum)  Clarkia (Godetia, Clarkia)  Cobaea scandens (Cup and Saucer Vine)  Coleus hybridus (Coleus)  Collinsia heterophylla (Chinese Houses)  Convolvulus (Convolvulus)  Coreopsis (Coreopsis)  Cosmos (Cosmos)  Cynoglossum amabile (Chinese Forget-me-not)  Dahlia (Dahlia)  Delphinium (Larkspur, Delphinium)  Dianthus (Pink, Dianthus) …
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Green Really Hits the Roof!

Container Gardening, Garden Design, Outdoor Living, Roof Gardening
Rooftop gardens is a method of gardening we are starting to hear more and more about. And not only in your typical high rise city, like Chicago's City Hall who's gardens on the roof are open to the public by appointment. The gardens were built as part of an EPA study and initiative to combat the urban heat island effect and to improve urban air quality. There is also, London's secret treasure, Kensington Gardens,  a protected historic preservation site. These rooftop gardens were created on top of what was a department store in 1932 to give shoppers a scenic resting spot. Whether it is a green quiet getaway or a garden for raising your own food you can grow if your structure can support the garden's weight. The sky is…
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Itty Bitty Garden and Kitchen to go With

Container Gardening
My dream is to have a large kitchen someday. But for now, my New Years resolution is to learn to function effectively in the space that I have. I seem to have always had small kitchens and mostly small gardens to provide for the small kitchen. I have never mastered the large, grow all your own food, store it, stock it up for winter kitchen OR garden. I once 'put back' 39 quarts of green beans only to find they were bad when I took the first one out to cook on a cold day in November some fifteen years back. I've always admired the clever kitchen plans in the magazine rack grazing I've done. I've incorporated many an idea from these prints for my own kitchens through the years.…
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Growing Tomatoes in Containers and Pots – 4 Top Tips

Container Gardening, Growing Food
I have been growing tomatoes in patio containers and pots this year with some success. I also have my beloved plot with tomatoes growing in the ground. I know the ones in the ground will work fine – they have done for thirty years. But growing my tomatoes in containers is anew departure for me. The comparison between the pot grown tomato and those in the ground. I grew 2 varieties this year moneymaker and an Italian cherry tomato variety. I cannot remember the name but they came free with a magazine. I sowed the seeds in March 2008 and grew them on in my conservatory in 6 inch pots. As Always I grew too many tomato plants and gave 20 away. I planted them out as 2 – 3…
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Tomato Container Gardens

Tomato Container Gardens

Container Gardening, Growing Food
Tomato container gardens are an alternative to a traditional tomato garden. Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables, well in this case fruits, of people around the world. They can be used in so many ways, in a salad or to make a sauce for pasta and a myriad of other ways in your culinary pursuits. Sadly in some places tomatoes are being priced at three dollars per pound or more. Fortunately, everyone can grow their own tomatoes, even people that live in apartments. The answer is to grow a tomato container garden. You can grow them on a patio or balcony or in a bright sunny room in your home. The number one essential is sun. Tomatoes require a lot of light and will not thrive without out…
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