How to Grow Cucumbers

How to Grow Cucumbers

Organic Gardening
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, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
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 Carrots Organically

How to Grow Carrots Organically

Growing Food, Organic Gardening
Okay, so my friend grew up in Mississippi and says "I've never seen uglier carrots than you grew last year!" I said, "you're 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 the Farm Supply store, read about them seed catalogues, and work very often with trial and error. That is the sum total of how I write, how my garden works. You…
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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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