Category: Vegetable 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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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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Mar 05

Jobs to Do in the Garden During March

There is an old saying that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. This refers to March as being a little bit unpredictable, with strong winds and heavy showers. Even a sharp frost can catch you out this month. But when the sun does shine this month it has some …

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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 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 02

When and How to Harvest Pumpkins

Pumpkins bring us a bounty of joy during the holidays including the Jack-O-lantern, decorative pumpkins, pies and cakes. Pumpkin is widely used during the Halloween season for fun festivities and in the Thanksgiving season to thank God for the bountiful harvest. Fall is the time when the pumpkins are ready for harvesting. It is crucial to know when …

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Oct 02

Growing Organic Rhubarb

Growing Rhubarb is considered a vegetable in most of the world. However, in 1947, a New York judge ruled that rhubarb is a fruit, thereby lowering taxes. Growing Rhubarb in the U.S. began in the 1820’s when it was first imported to Maine and Massachusetts. Early settlers took plants with them as Americans migrated West. …

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Sep 30

Fall Gardening – Plants That You Can Grow This Time of the Year

Fall is the time when most of us pack our tools and wait for the spring season to arrive when we can re-start the gardening activities. However; we fail to realize that fall can be best season to grow some vegetables and plants that thrive well during this time. The temperature at this time of …

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Sep 24

Growing Organic Pumpkins

Pumpkin Facts If you’re growing pumpkins, you’ll pretty much be following the same guidelines as you’d follow for winter squash. The most ancient evidence of growing pumpkins dates back to around 7000 B.C. in Mexico. Farmers in the U.S. are currently growing pumpkins at around 1.5 billion pounds per year; gardeners add many more to …

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