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...]

Five Herbs to Grow From Seed


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


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


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


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


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...]

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