Category: Organic Gardening

Apr 17

Growing Organic Eggplant

AWESOME EGGPLANT INFO Eggplant is in the same family as tobacco, tomatoes, and potatoes. Growing eggplant for food originated in the regions around India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Although in modern times you’ll find most gardeners growing purple eggplants, there are also white, yellow, green, and orange varieties that are making a comeback. …

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Apr 17

Growing Organic Cantaloupes

Muskmelons / Cantaloupes / Spanspeks / Rock Melons If this article on growing cantaloupes was written in Australia, we’d call them “rock melons.” Or in South Africa, we’d be writing about “spanspeks.” Here in the U.S. we call them either muskmelons or cantaloupes. You’re better to live in a warmer climate for growing cantaloupes, but …

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Mar 22

Growing Organic Basil

Growing organic basil (pronounced bay-zul) is both easy and rewarding. We use it as a fresh herb all summer in various dishes, especially Asian and Italian cuisine. Sweet basil is typically the most common variety you’ll find if you’re planning on growing organic basil. Tropical areas in India and Asia have been growing basil for …

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Mar 17

Growing Organic Zucchini

Delicious Zucchini Tidbits Zucchini is a “summer squash” and therefore doesn’t store long term like winter squash such as butternut or acorn squash. When you’re growing zucchini, you need lots of bees. Bees pollinate your zucchini. Some of our friends got only a few zucchinis last year because they had too few bees in their …

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Jan 19

Growing Organic Asparagus

Amazing Asparagus Factoids Asparagus historically was classified a member of the lily family, along with onions and garlic. It now has its own family classification. The native areas for growing asparagus are in Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, and Germany. If you’re concerned about your health, growing asparagus is a great low-calorie source of folate and …

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Jan 17

Growing Organic Sage

SAGE ADVICE Garden Sage, or Common Sage, is a member of the mint family. There are over 800 family members. In Medieval Times, growing sage for medicinal and culinary purposes was common. It’s Latin family name, Salvia, means “to save” or “salvation” and is also the root word of salve, indicating its high repute as …

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Jan 17

Growing Organic Sweet Potatoes

SWEET FACTS ABOUT SWEET POTATOES (AND YAMS) Growing sweet potatoes for food originated in S. America around 5000 years ago. If you’re growing sweet potatoes, the colors range from white to purple to brown to reddish, and the flesh colors range from white and yellow to orange and purple. In the U.S., growing orange-colored sweet …

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Oct 19

Growing Organic Radishes

RADICAL RADISH REPORT Growing radishes was pioneered before the Roman empire; the name “radish” derived from “radix,” the Latin word for “root” (the Romans could wield a sword but weren’t really clever with names!). Mustard and turnips are close relatives to the radish. Growing radishes can be a colorful pastime. Colors range from red, pink, …

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Oct 09

Growing Organic Raspberries

Raspberry¬†Facts Growing organic raspberries have a dual usage; berries for eating and leaves for tea. Raspberry leaves can be dried and used for herbal and medicinal teas. Growing organic raspberries contain significant amounts of antioxidants which have been proven to improve your overall vascular health. There are two main types to be aware of when …

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Oct 02

Growing Organic Strawberries

Strawberry Fields Forever Growing organic strawberries is my single most favorite food to grow in our garden. We have 300 new feet of growing strawberries coming into their second year this year, which means we’ll pack a freezer out with strawberries! Growing strawberries commercially began in the 1700’s when a French farmer crossed a North …

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