How to Grow Cucumbers

How to Grow Cucumbers

Growing Food
Learn How to Plant, Pick and Preserve This Crisp Vining Squash Ever hear the phrase "cool as a cucumber"? Whoever originated the phrase knew their fruits; the inside of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air, making it the perfect snack or accompaniment to a mid-summer's feast. Although commonly thought of as a vegetable, the cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is classified as a fruit, belonging to the family of watermelon, pumpkins, zucchini, and other squashes. Cucumbers are at their best from May-July. Although commonly thought of as a vegetable, the cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is classified as a fruit. [caption id="attachment_2181" align="alignleft" width="237"] cucumbers grow on vines[/caption] History of Cucumbers Cucumbers are among the most ancient of cultivated vegetables and are thought to have originated in…
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How to Grow Lettuce

How to Grow Lettuce

Growing Food
Lettuce is a most poplar garden crop. Lettuce is easily grown and adds color and beauty to the home garden. One good reason for its popularity (aside from the fact that it tastes good!) is that lettuce is hardy and can be planted as early as the soil can be worked. So when you start getting the heebie jeebies because you have't had your fingers in the dirt for months, you can start lettuce as early as just about anything. It is a cool weather crop and makes its best growth at temperatures of 60-65°F (16-18°C). Careful variety selection is important for hot weather crops. Sow every 3 weeks for a continuous supply of fresh lettuce. There are four types of lettuce. Crisphead types form heads and include the popular…
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How to Grow Garlic

How to Grow Garlic

Growing Food, Organic Gardening
Why grow garlic? My question is why not grow garlic. Garlic grows so very easily, it imparts a flavor to food I just cannot do without. In the garden it takes up very little space and demands nothing. Even if you only grow a small garden, you can raise enough to be self-sufficient in garlic for a good part of the year. There are hundreds of varieties in garden catalogues but in determining the kind of garlic to grow in your garden depends on what you are going to do with it after harvest. Remember two things, soft neck and hard neck. Difference Between Hardneck and Softneck Garlic Softnecks stalks are actually made up of leaves rather than a central stalk. As softnecks mature, the entire green plant dies down,…
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How to Grow Green Beans

Growing Food
Do you know how to grow green beans? Would you like to know how to grow them? Green beans are a popular, warm-season, home garden vegetable crop. They grow well in most soils. Like most vegetables, green beans grow best in well drained soil and plenty of sunlight. Soil Preparation Work the soil 8 to 10 inches deep before planting. Rake it several times to break up large clods. Remove all weeds and trash. Work the garden soil only when it is dry enough not to stick to garden tools. Fertilizing Green Beans Beans grow best when the garden soil is well fertilized. For an area that is 10 feet long and 10 feet wide, use 2 to 3 pounds of fertilizer such as 10-20-10. Spread the fertilizer evenly over…
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How to Grow Carrots Organically

How to Grow Carrots Organically

Growing Food
Roots of many plants, like carrots are "storage" places, so if you are going to eat them, grow carrots organically. You don't want icky pesticide poison stored in your food! Okay, so my friend grew up in Mississippi and says "I've never seen uglier carrots than you grew last year!" I said, "you are just used to 'perfect' supermarket carrots and not much in a home garden can mimic the perfect (says who?) shape of supermarket produce. I didn't like how defensive I sounded... but she was right. The carrots in my hand were not pretty. Tasty, but not pretty. They had large splits that ran from top to bottom and the tops were bright green and strongly flavored. I don't talk a lot about varieties, I grab seeds from…
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Growing Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes

Growing Food
This is a series of articles with information on how to grow tomatoes; from sowing seeds through to how to use up all the fruit you can't eat fresh at the end of the season.... it's all here! Starting Tomatoes from Seed What could be more delicious than fresh tomatoes straight from the garden? If you agree, read this article on sowing and planting tomatoes. Tomato Diseases Although growing tomatoes is relatively straightforward, they can be attacked by a number of pests and diseases. Find out how to identify these and how to treat them. How to Grow Tomatoes Once your tomatoes have germinated and been planted, then comes the good part! How to Choose Tomato Plants Choosing a good tomato plant is determined most by what you like to…
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Sunflowers – A Complete Guide to Selecting and Growing

Sunflowers – A Complete Guide to Selecting and Growing

Flower Gardening
Congratulations on your interest in growing sunflowers! The sunflower is one of the most widely recognized flowers of all time. It emits a sense of warmth and joy. This large flower blooms in a wide variety of yellows, pinks, and even reds. With a little care you will be rewarded by the most noble of garden beauties. Ask anyone who has grown them and their eyes will light up with excitement. The many varieties have something to offer gardeners of any age regardless of space limitations. So let's get busy and you will have a garden to be proud of in no time. Selecting a Growing Location Your first must decide on where you want to grow your sunflowers. Consider the following: Sun and Wind Exposure As the name implies,…
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