Should I Start Seeds Indoors or Outdoors?

Tomato seedlings growing indoors.

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


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


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


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


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...]

How to Grow Rhubarb


Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) is a classic spring perennial that is long lived and easy to care for once it's established. New plants, or crowns, are best planted in spring, for harvest the following year.Rhubarb is unusual in that only the stalks of the plant are edible. The leaves contain the toxin oxalic acid plus at least one other unidentified toxin, and should never be ingested. The roots have been used for thousands of years as a … [Read more...]

Grow Cool Weather Mustard Greens


Mustard isn't just a popular condiment. It's also a nutritious green that can be eaten raw or cooked, and it's easily grown in the vegetable or herb garden. The seeds are used in many Indian dishes, as well as Asian cuisine.Mustard is a cool weather plant, and can be directly sown into the garden as early as four weeks before the last frost in the spring. Fall is also a good time to plant mustard for its greens before winter arrives. In Zone … [Read more...]

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