Archive for the ‘Edible gardens’ Category

postheadericon Sprouting seed potatoes – learn more about chitting potatoes

Sprouting seed potatoes – learn more about chitting potatoes

Image by CaroleGomez By Heather Rhoades Do you wish you could get your potatoes harvested a little earlier? If you try chitting potatoes, or sprouting seed potatoes, before you plant them, you can harvest your potatoes up to three weeks sooner. Sprouting potatoes before planting can also help you if you have trouble getting your potatoes to reach maturity in your area. Below you will find the steps for how to sprout potatoes before you plant them in the ground. What Do Potatoes Need to Sprout? Potatoes are a little like…

postheadericon How to plant chives – growing chives in your garden

How to plant chives – growing chives in your garden

Image by Acik By Heather Rhoades If there were an award for "easiest herb to grow," growing chives (Allium schoenoprasum) would win that award. Learning how to grow chives is so easy that even a child can do it, which makes this plant an excellent herb to help introduce children to herb gardening. How to Plant Chives from Divisions Divisions are the most common way how to plant chives.  Find an established clump of chives in early spring or mid fall. Gently dig the clump and pull away a smaller clump…

postheadericon Information on how to harvest dill and drying dill weed and dill seeds

Information on how to harvest dill and drying dill weed and dill seeds

Image by Petras Gagilas By Bonnie L. Grant Dill weed is an essential flavoring for pickling. The feathery, fresh young leaves add a delicate flavor to fish, potatoes and sauces and yield thick stems at maturity. The plant bolts in high heat and produces umbrella-shaped flower appendages topped with hard little seeds. The herb literally grows “like a weed,” which is the genesis of the name dill weed. Learn how to harvest dill and how to store dill weed to keep the delicate flavor around all year. How to Harvest…

postheadericon Should you prune tomato plants

Should you prune tomato plants

Image by Gardening Know How By Heather Rhoades Sometimes the tomato plants in our gardens get so large and so unwieldy that you can’t help but wonder, "Should I prune my tomato plants?" This question is quickly followed by, "Exactly how do I prune tomato plants?" Let’s look at these two questions. Should I Prune My Tomato Plants? The answer to this question is actually a personal one. Some people assert firmly that pruning tomato suckers improves the production and health of a plant. Others claim that pruning tomato suckers damages…

postheadericon Bolting cilantro – why does cilantro bolt and how to stop it

Bolting cilantro – why does cilantro bolt and how to stop it

Image by Keith McDuffee By Heather Rhoades Cilantro bolting is one of the most frustrating things about this popular herb. Many gardeners ask, “Why does cilantro bolt?” and “How can I keep cilantro from flowering?” With attention to the environment you grow cilantro in, you can help lengthen the amount of time before cilantro will bolt and, therefore, increase the amount of time you can harvest leaves from your cilantro plants. What to Do When Cilantro Bolts Many gardeners wonder what to do when cilantro bolts. When they see the…

postheadericon How to grow garlic in warmer climates

How to grow garlic in warmer climates

Image by Rebecca Siegel By Heather Rhoades Garlic is a bulb and because it is a bulb, most garlic varieties need to have a certain amount of cold weather to form the tasty bulbs we like to eat. For gardeners in warmer climates, this can be a frustrating fact, but not one that needs to keep them from growing garlic in the garden. A little knowledge about garlic and garlic varieties is all it takes to know how to grow garlic successfully in warmer climates. Garlic Varieties Gardeners in warmer…

postheadericon Wilting tomato plants – what causes tomato plants to wilt and die

Wilting tomato plants – what causes tomato plants to wilt and die

Image by graibeard By Heather Rhoades When a tomato plant wilts, it can leave gardeners scratching their heads, particularly if the tomato plant leaves wilting happened quickly, seemingly overnight. This happening leaves many wondering, “My tomato plants are wilting, why?” Let’s take a look at the possible reasons for wilting tomato plants. Causes of Tomato Plant Leaves Wilting Tomato Plants Wilt Due to Under Watering The most common and easily fixed reason for wilting tomato plants is simply a lack of water. Make sure that you are properly watering your…

postheadericon Rosemary tree for christmas: how to care for a rosemary christmas tree

Rosemary tree for christmas: how to care for a rosemary christmas tree

Image by sealionsrule By Amy Grant It’s Christmas time again and maybe you are looking for another decorating idea, or you live in a small apartment and just don’t have the room for a full size Christmas tree. Of late, rosemary Christmas trees plants have become popular nursery or grocery store items. Not only is rosemary used as a Christmas tree a festive ornamental for the season, but it is predominantly disease and pest resistant, aromatic, a culinary treasure, and responds beautifully to pruning to maintain the shape. Additionally, a…

postheadericon Growing rosemary plants: rosemary plant care

Growing rosemary plants: rosemary plant care

Image by James Bowe By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Evergreen rosemary is an attractive evergreen shrub with needle-like leaves and brilliant blue flowers. The flowers of evergreen rosemary persist through spring and summer, filling the air with a nice piney fragrance. This beautiful herb, mostly used for seasoning dishes, is also commonly used as ornamental plantings in the landscape. The scientific name for rosemary plant is Rosmarinus officinalis, which translates to "mist of the sea," as its gray-green foliage is thought to resemble mist against the sea…

postheadericon How to propagate a rosemary plant

How to propagate a rosemary plant

Image by Matt Boulton By Heather Rhoades The piney scent of a rosemary plant is a favorite of many gardeners. This semi hardy shrub can be grown as hedges and edging in areas that are USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6 or higher. In other zones, this herb makes a delightful annual in the herb garden or can be grown in pots and brought indoors. Because rosemary is such a wonderful herb, many gardeners want to know how to propagate rosemary. You can propagate rosemary from either rosemary seeds, rosemary cuttings…