Archive for the ‘Edible gardens’ Category

postheadericon Hops spacing requirements – tips on plant spacing for hops

Hops spacing requirements – tips on plant spacing for hops

Image by tfoxfoto By Teo Spengler Most people know that hops are used to make beer, but did you know that the hop plant is a fast-climbing vine? Hops (Humulus lupulus) has a perennial crown that lives many years, but the stems – sometimes called bines – shoot up fast, then die back to the soil each winter. If you decide to grow hops, give a thought to hops plant spacing. Read on for information on spacing requirements for hops. Plant Spacing for Hops Hops plants are no shrinking violets….

postheadericon Planting potato pieces: which end of the potato is up

Planting potato pieces: which end of the potato is up

Image by v_zaitsev By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com If you’re new to the wonderful world of gardening, things that are obvious to seasoned gardeners may seem strange and complicated. For example, which way is up when planting potatoes? And should you be planting potatoes eyes up or down? Read on to find out which end is up! How to Find the Seed End of Potatoes Which end of the potato is up? Basically, the only thing to remember when planting potatoes is to plant with…

postheadericon Yellowing dill plants: why is my dill plant turning yellow

Yellowing dill plants: why is my dill plant turning yellow

Image by Forest & Kim Starr By Bonnie L. Grant Dill is one of the easiest herb to grow, needing just average soil, plenty of sunlight and moderate moisture. Problems with dill plants aren’t too common, as this is a hardy, "weed-like" plant, which thrives in conditions more tender specimens can’t tolerate. However, yellowing dill plants can be an indication of incorrect cultural care, improper site or even insects or disease. Yellow leaves on dill can also indicate the end of the season. If you are asking, "why is my…

postheadericon Cucumber varieties: learn about different types of cucumbers plants

Cucumber varieties: learn about different types of cucumbers plants

Image by fotorobs By Amy Grant There are basically two types of cucumber plants, those that are eaten fresh (slicing cucumbers) and those that are cultivated for pickling. Under the umbrella of these two common cucumber types, however, you will find a wealth of different varieties suitable for your growing needs. Some may be smooth or spiny, some may have lots of seeds or very few, and some may be more vining in habitat or bushy. Learning a little bit about different cucumber varieties will help you to decide which…

postheadericon Chive plant harvest: how and when to harvest chives

Chive plant harvest: how and when to harvest chives

Image by Nadanka By Amy Grant Chives are a delicious and ornamental addition to the herb garden and suffer little disease or pests. Both the mild onion-tasting leaves and the small poufs of pinkish-purple blossoms are edible and impart not only flavor but surprising bursts of color in salads or as garnish. The question is, when and how to harvest chives. Read on to find out more information regarding the harvesting and storing of chives. Chive Plant Harvest A member of the onion family Alliaceae, chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are cultivated…

postheadericon Care of ghost chili peppers: how to grow ghost pepper plants

Care of ghost chili peppers: how to grow ghost pepper plants

Image by Will Keightley By Amy Grant Some like it hot; some like it hotter. Chili pepper growers that enjoy a bit of heat will certainly get what they ask for when growing ghost peppers. Keep reading to learn more about these HOT pepper plants. About Ghost Pepper Plants Ghost pepper plants, otherwise known as Bhut Jolokia, are a type of hot pepper plant grown in India. I used to think that habanero peppers were spicy at a Scoville heat unit measure of 250,000 units, but now that I know…

postheadericon Cayenne pepper in the garden – tips for growing cayenne peppers

Cayenne pepper in the garden – tips for growing cayenne peppers

Image by F Delventhal By Amy Grant Want to add a little spice to your life? Try growing cayenne peppers (Capsicum annuum ‘Cayenne’). Cayenne pepper plants are also known as guinea spice, cow horn peppers, aleva or bird peppers, but are more commonly referred to as red pepper in its powdered form and used to flavor food in a variety of cuisines and medicinally. Named after the French Guiana city of Cayenne, cayenne pepper plants are related to bell peppers, jalapenos and other peppers with just a touch more heat…

postheadericon Curling leaves on peppers: what to do for pepper plants with leaf curl

Curling leaves on peppers: what to do for pepper plants with leaf curl

Image by saiberiac By Kristi Waterworth Peppers add heat and a huge range of colors to the vegetable garden, but like their cousins the tomatoes, they can be finicky about growing conditions and sensitive to pest damage. Pepper leaf curl is a common symptom in peppers, as it is in tomato plants. Let’s learn more about leaf curl on pepper plants. What Causes Leaves to Curl on Pepper Plants? Pepper leaf curl can result from many different problems, ranging from pests and viruses to environmental stress. Advertisement Pests Pests like…

postheadericon What is a spiral herb garden: spiral herb garden plants

What is a spiral herb garden: spiral herb garden plants

Image by Keira By Amy Grant The spiral rock herb garden is an attractive and utilitarian design plucked straight from the natural world, despite its complex appearance. Let’s learn about spiral herb garden ideas. What is a Spiral Herb Garden? A spiral herb garden is a sustainable garden design ideal in creating microclimates to suit a variety of herbs and their needs. Many of the herbs hail from Mediterranean climates and need dry, sandy soil conditions while others thrive in cooler, moister soils. A spiral herb design is warm and…

postheadericon What is a snake gourd plant: snake gourd info and growing

What is a snake gourd plant: snake gourd info and growing

Image by A Repository By Amy Grant Looking eerily akin to dangling green serpents, snake gourds are not an item you will see available in the supermarket. Related to Chinese bitter melons and a staple of many Asian cuisines, snake gourds are most likely found in an Asian market, or you may want to grow your own. What is a snake gourd and how do you care for a snake gourd plant? Read on to learn more. What is a Snake Gourd? As its name not so cunningly suggests, a…