Add Edible Flowers to the Vegetable Garden

Add Edible Flowers to the Vegetable Garden

The first time I heard someone say they grow certain flowers in their vegetable garden to eat, I gave them an extremely puzzled look. I thought to myself that these folks must be crazy! But our culture is becoming more and more educated in greener ways of living, such as homesteading, sustainable living, and edible landscaping becoming very popular. Growing edible flowers is a very practical and easy way to supplement your greens and salads, but … [Read more...]

How To Stake Up Eggplant for Support

How To Stake Up Eggplant for Support

Most of the time eggplants need to have some type of support for two reasons. One, eggplant can get quite big and droop over if not supported. Two, the eggplant fruit can get very large and heavy (some varieties can weigh over a pound), causing the plant to droop, or even break, if not properly supported.Supporting your eggplants in the vegetable garden is a must, even if it is for some added insurance. It will never hurt to go ahead and … [Read more...]

Four Ways To Know A Tomato Is Ripe

Four Ways To Know a Tomato Is Ripe

Determining a ripe tomato might seem fairly obvious to most vegetable gardeners, right? A tomato is ripe once it turns (or begins turning) red. But what if it's an heirloom variety that is green when ripe? Or yellow? Or pink? Or orange?How can you determine it is ripe for the picking?Let's take a few minutes and talk about how to determine when a tomato is ripe and ready to be harvested. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your … [Read more...]

Tips For Getting Children Involved In Vegetable Gardening

Tips for Getting Children Involved In Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable gardening can be a fun and relaxing activity for the grown-ups after having a trying day at the office. Going out to the vegetable garden to care for the fabulous vegetables we are growing can be a wonderful way to unwind.Well, it does not have to be just for the adults - getting children involved in vegetable gardening can be even more rewarding. One of the biggest challenges when introducing youngsters to vegetable gardening is … [Read more...]

Great Perennial Herbs for the Vegetable Garden and Kitchen

Great Perennial Herbs for the Vegetable Garden and Kitchen

Since yesterday's post was about perennial vegetables, today's post is about perennial herbs. Not only are perennial herbs great for cooking, but they can also be used as a fragrance in the home. Whether a certain herb is perennial or not really depends on what hardiness zone you live in. An herb that is a perennial in Texas, might not make it through the winter in Vermont. Make sure to check the plant's hardiness before planting if you want it … [Read more...]

Brew Compost Tea The Easy Way

compost tea

There are several ways to brew your own compost tea, from buying some expensive equipment (some brewers range from $100 to $600) to brewing it right in the backyard with supplies that you may already have or can get very cheaply. Compost tea is the best fertilizer you can get, and it is totally natural and organic. Brewing this wonderful concoction yourself is an easy way to supercharge your vegetable garden.What Is Compost … [Read more...]

Perennial Vegetables Keep Coming Back Year After Year

Perennial Vegetables Keep Coming Back Year After Year

Most of the vegetables grown in the home garden are annuals, depending on which hardiness zone you live in. Annuals typically grow and produce fruit during the growing season, then die off after the first frost. There are some vegetables that are perennials - meaning they will come back the next season and produce again.  There are not many of them, but the ones that are readily available are scrumptious to eat, and a joy to grow. Let's discuss … [Read more...]

12 Ways To Save Money Vegetable Gardening

12 Ways To Save Money Vegetable Gardening

The current economic recession has brought about a surge of interest in vegetable gardening. For those that are venturing into growing vegetables for the first time, the start-up costs can get out of hand in a hurry. Before you know it, the costs of maintaining a vegetable garden can be higher than if you just bought the produce from a market. Here are twelve ways to save money vegetable gardening:Plan AheadBefore digging that first … [Read more...]

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