Archive for the ‘Edible gardens’ Category

postheadericon Growing evergreen herbs: information on evergreen herbs to plant in gardens

Growing evergreen herbs: information on evergreen herbs to plant in gardens

Image by salerie By Anne Baley When you think of an herb garden you may picture a summertime patch of colorful plants, but not all herbs exist just for summer harvest. Some of the most common herbs grown in the United States are evergreen. What are evergreen herbs? They hold their leaves through the winter, giving you a ready source of fresh flavorings and medicinal tea all year around. An evergreen herb garden may slow down production through the coldest of the winter months, but there will always be a…

postheadericon Saving bean seeds: how and when to harvest bean seeds

Saving bean seeds: how and when to harvest bean seeds

Image by Andrea Parrish By Amy Grant Beans, glorious beans! Second only to the tomato as the most popular home garden crop, bean seeds can be saved for the following season’s garden. Originating in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica, beans are generally classified by their growth habit and nearly all varieties may be saved via seed for future use. Any number of vegetable and fruit seeds may be salvaged from the parent plant for future sowing; however, tomatoes, peppers, beans and peas are the simplest, requiring no special…

postheadericon Zucchini problems: what causes bumps on zucchini

Zucchini problems: what causes bumps on zucchini

Image by John Downey (via Facebook With Permission) By Kristi Waterworth Those big, beautiful leaves of zucchini plants protect their bounty of fruit from the elements, allowing for what seems like a never-ending supply of straight, smooth-skinned zucchinis. For most gardeners, the question of how to get rid of so many fruits is foremost in their minds, but when a gardener has bumpy zucchini fruit, disposing of excess fruit becomes a secondary issue to correcting the deformed zucchinis. Let’s learn more about what to do for bumpy zucchini fruit. Bumps…

postheadericon Pepper growing problems and bell pepper plant diseases

Pepper growing problems and bell pepper plant diseases

Image by byrdiegyrl By Heather Rhoades Everyone loves a fresh pepper from the garden. If you have good luck with your peppers, you will be enjoying peppers in your cooking recipes and salads for some time to come. However, there are many different pepper diseases that affect pepper plants, ruining your crop. Common Pepper Growing Problems and Diseases There are viruses that are transmitted by bugs called aphids. This is why it is so important to control insects in order to control pepper plant problems. Bell pepper plant diseases caused…

postheadericon Diseases of pumpkins: learn about pumpkin diseases and treatments

Diseases of pumpkins: learn about pumpkin diseases and treatments

Image by Thon_Varirit By Amy Grant Whether you are planting pumpkins for eventual carving with the kids or one of the delicious varieties for use in baking or canning, you’re bound to encounter problems with growing pumpkins. It might be an insect invasion or some other critter munching on the pumpkins, or it may be any one of a number of diseases of pumpkins threatening your crop. Pumpkin disease identification is of primary importance when treating pumpkin diseases. The following article contains information on pumpkin diseases and treatments. Pumpkin Disease…

postheadericon Common rutabaga problems: learn about rutabaga pests and disease

Common rutabaga problems: learn about rutabaga pests and disease

Image by Johnathan Nightingale By Amy Grant It’s inevitable that problems pop up in the garden now and then and rutabagas are no exception. To alleviate the majority of rutabaga plant issues, it helps to become familiar with the most common pests or diseases affecting these plants. Avoiding Rutabaga Plant Issues Rutabagas (Brassica napobassica) are member of the Cruciferae, or mustard family. Rutabagas are a cool season crop (40-60 F./4-16 C.) grown for their edible, thick, cream-colored root and can be grown as either a spring or fall crop. Also…

postheadericon What are currant tomatoes: different types of currant tomato

What are currant tomatoes: different types of currant tomato

Image by Don LaVange By Bonnie L. Grant Currant tomatoes are unusual tomato varieties available from seed collection sites and vendors that specialize in rare or heirloom fruits and vegetables. What are currant tomatoes, you may ask? They are similar to a cherry tomato, but smaller. The plants are the likely cross of wild cherry tomato plants and develop hundreds of small, finger nail size fruits. If you can get your hands on currant tomato plants, they will reward you with sweet fruits, perfect for eating out of hand, canning or…

postheadericon Diseases of blackberries – what is blackberry calico virus

Diseases of blackberries – what is blackberry calico virus

By Kristi Waterworth Memories of wild blackberry picking can hang with a gardener for a lifetime. In rural areas, blackberry picking is a yearly tradition that leaves participants with scratches, sticky, black hands, and smiles as wide as the creeks that still run through farms and fields. Increasingly, though, home gardeners are adding blackberries to the landscape and creating blackberry-picking traditions of their own. When caring for home stands, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the diseases of blackberries and their remedies. A very common problem in certain cultivars is…

postheadericon Choosing halloween pumpkins: tips on picking the perfect pumpkin

Choosing halloween pumpkins: tips on picking the perfect pumpkin

Image by iofoto By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Garden Crypt: Exploring the Other Side of Gardening) Pumpkins are the icons of Halloween decorating. However, choosing pumpkins isn’t always that easy unless you know what you’re looking for. This article can help with that so you can pick the best pumpkin for your situation. Halloween Pumpkin Selection Advertisement Pumpkins are one of the most popular symbols of Halloween, representing not only the autumn harvest but also Halloween decor. The old Irish tradition of carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, which was once…

postheadericon Bottom of pepper is rotting: fixing blossom end rot on peppers

Bottom of pepper is rotting: fixing blossom end rot on peppers

Image by xelf By Heather Rhoades When a pepper’s bottom rots, it can be frustrating to a gardener who has been waiting for several weeks for the peppers to finally ripen. When bottom rot occurs, it is typically caused by pepper blossom end rot. Blossom end rot on peppers is fixable, though. What is Causing My Peppers to Rot? Pepper blossom end rot is caused simply by a calcium deficiency in the pepper plant. Calcium is needed by the plant to help form the cell walls of the pepper fruit. If…