Five Herbs to Grow From Seed

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Herbs are a wonderful addition to the vegetable garden, and many can be grown easily from seed. The five herbs below can be grown in a traditional vegetable garden, raised beds or containers. All five of these plants are considered culinary herbs, and can be grown along side vegetables.NASTURTIUMS Nasturtiums are one of my favorite herbs. Many gardeners think of them as a charming annual flower, especially when they tend to be relegated … [Read more...]

Front Yard Vegetable Gardens

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No matter how small a home's yard may be, it's always possible to grow vegetables, especially if the front yard is converted from a traditional green lawn to a colorful garden landscape. While the backyard is usually easy to convert into garden space, it's often trickier to turn the front yard into a garden because of city regulations. While these vary in each city, township or village, many are adjusting their thinking when it comes to urban … [Read more...]

How to Grow Fava Beans

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Fava beans (Vicia faba L. ) should be grown by every vegetable gardener at least once. Their buttery taste can't be judged based on the dried, store bought variety, but they are so easy to grow, it's a shame to miss out on this versatile broad bean.Gardeners in Europe have been growing Fava beans for a very long time. They are favorite in potagers because of their ornamental blossoms. They are a spring favorite since they can be planted as … [Read more...]

How to Grow Turnips

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Turnips are very easy to grow in the garden, providing both greens and a root vegetable. They became popular for the kitchen in the 17th century, but before that the Romans were using the tasty, nutritious roots for cooking. Long before that turnips were used mostly for animal feed, which is common for many vegetables we now serve at our table.Many cooks think of turnips mainly as a soup vegetable, but there are many other ways to serve them. … [Read more...]

Growing Cool Weather Kale

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Kale is a cool weather plant that can not only withstand some frost, it actually improves the taste. While many gardeners pass it by for more popular vegetables, it's a good, dependable plant that supplies vitamins and minerals that are so important during the winter months.Kale is the Northern cousin to collard greens, withstanding cold where the other likes the heat. Kale can withstand temperatures down to 20 degrees F., sometimes as low as … [Read more...]

How to Grow Swiss Chard

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Swiss chard is a cool weather heirloom vegetable that is treasured in the garden because it's easy to grow, nutritious, has few pests and a long harvest season. The brilliant colors and textured foliage make it a must in the ornamental kitchen garden or herb garden.Swiss chard is a great addition to stir fries, soups, casseroles, dips and pasta dishes, much like spinach. It can also be prepared as you would greens such as collard or mustard, … [Read more...]

Cold Frames for Beginners: Part Two

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In the first part of the post on cold frames I went over variations on assembling your own using the basics. Once you've collected the materials for the cold frame you'll need to decide where to put it. Locations are important for many reasons, most importantly, because it should be sheltered from the wind, but have the best access to the sun.Location: Facing the cold frame south is ideal, but if that's not possible, have it face to the east. … [Read more...]

Vegetable Garden Troubleshooting: Part III

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I noticed several more questions in the comments, which were enough for another troubleshooting post.  Sometimes I know the answer from experience, other times I do research.  I love learning new things about the garden, so this is always something I enjoy.  Feel free to share your own experiences in the comments, especially if they differ from mine.Why do some cucumbers grow a massive curl while others grow straight? Will my cucs grow on … [Read more...]

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