The Five Best Herbs for Indoor Gardening

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Herbs are great indoor growers because they require little room, and little attention. Most herbs can easily grow on your windowsill because they require such a small amount of light, water, or other maintenance. If you are a novice indoor grower, choosing one of these herbs will make sure you have a great indoor growing experience.ChivesChives are one of the easiest herbs to grow indoors because they don’t require much attention. By … [Read more...]

Are My Garden Seeds Too Old?

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Growing flowers, vegetables, and herbs from seed is thrifty and rewarding. However, buying seeds can become addictive, and most gardeners end up with leftovers. How long do vegetable and herb seeds remain viable? There are many charts online from seed companies and university extension programs showing the possible life span of popular seeds. This information are only considered a guideline since so many factors make a difference in seed … [Read more...]

Should I Start Seeds Indoors or Outdoors?

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Starting plants from seed is an extremely rewarding and frugal method of obtaining vegetables, herbs, or fruit for your garden. Many new gardeners start out with transplants from a local nursery or garden center when planting. While there is nothing wrong with buying plants, it can be costly and the choices are limited. When shopping for seeds, even the most experienced gardener is amazed at the selections available. Tomatoes alone have hundreds … [Read more...]

Tips for Setting Up Your Indoor Garden

With icy weather just outside your front door, now is the time to get cranking on your indoor veggie garden.

With frigid gusts of wind and falling snow currently occupying the outdoor environment in much of the United States, now is the perfect time to move your vegetable garden indoors. But before you begin to rely on your indoor plants for fresh produce, there are a few things that you need to go over. The best way to ensure indoor gardening success is to consider four things before you even begin planting: space, light, temperature, and … [Read more...]

Winterizing the Vegetable Garden

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For many gardeners, winter is around the corner. Here in the Midwest we've had freezing temperatures, sleet, and even a small amount of snow. There are still a few cool, but sunny days left to prepare the vegetable garden for the winter in preparation for next spring.After working hard during the garden season, it's always a little tempting to leave it all until warm weather, but by doing so, we would be inviting garden pests and diseases to … [Read more...]

Five Quick Growing Vegetables

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August isn't considered prime seed sowing times, but you can still plant certain vegetables and expect a nice harvest before Fall. The following five vegetables will mature in 60 days or less, which is perfect for this time of year. Those of us in Zones 4 and 5 usually have until at least September before being hit by a  heavy frost.  Other areas have even longer to grow vegetables. Make the most of the garden season by adding these five … [Read more...]

How to Grow a Vertical Garden

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Verticle gardening is basically an extension of the "bean tepee" idea. It's a method of growing more with less space by using vertical structures. Obviously not all vegetables can be grown this way, but with a little creativity more than just vining plants can be grown vertically.Many vegetables and herbs can be grown vertically including: green beans sugar snap peas snow peas pole … [Read more...]

Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Shade

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Every gardener dreams of the perfect garden location; one with full sun, fertile soil and good drainage. The reality is that many of us need to work with what we have, which may include shaded areas. Can vegetable and herbs be grown in the shade? When a plant is grown for the fruit or the root it's generally known to need full sun. If the plant is grown for the foliage, stems or buds it can usually handle some shade. All shade is not the same, so … [Read more...]

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