Archive for the ‘Edible gardens’ Category

postheadericon Dwarf fruit trees – a planting guide for fruit trees in containers

Dwarf fruit trees – a planting guide for fruit trees in containers

Image by Elliott Brown By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Dwarf fruit trees do well in containers and make care of fruit trees easy. Let’s learn more about growing dwarf fruit trees. Planting Guide for Fruit Trees in Containers Growing dwarf fruit trees in containers makes them easier to prune and harvest. Younger trees bear fruit faster. You can find dwarf varieties of almost any common fruit tree, but citrus trees are the most commonly grown. Advertisement Containers for growing dwarf fruit trees may include those made from…

postheadericon Lavender container care: tips on growing lavender in pots

Lavender container care: tips on growing lavender in pots

Image by marilyna By Liz Baessler Lavender is a favorite herb of a lot of gardeners, and for good reason. Its soothing color and fragrance can pervade your garden when fresh and your home when dried. Few can resist its charms. Unfortunately, few live in a climate similar to its hot and sandy Mediterranean home. If your winters are too cold or your soil is too dense, or even if you just want that fragrance closer to home, growing lavender in pots is a great idea. Keep reading to learn…

postheadericon Lavender in the garden: information and growing lavender tips

Lavender in the garden: information and growing lavender tips

Image by alice_henneman By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a commonly grown herb plant popular for its fragrant aroma. This easy-care plant enjoys hot, dry conditions, making it suitable for use in a variety of landscape settings and an excellent candidate for areas prone to drought. Keep reading to learn more about lavender plant care. How to Grow Lavender in the Garden As lavender seeds are slow to germinate, purchasing seedling plants is the most reliable way to grow this plant. Growing lavender plants…

postheadericon Tips for pruning thyme plants for best growth

Tips for pruning thyme plants for best growth

Image by Michael_Lehet By Heather Rhoades Thyme plants, like most woody herbs, do best when they are pruned regularly. Taking the time to trim thyme not only creates a nicer looking plant, but also helps improve the amount you can harvest from the plant. Keep reading to learn how to cut thyme so that it grows best for you. When to Prune Thyme Plants The right time to trim thyme will depend on the kind of pruning you plan on performing on the plant. There are four ways of pruning…

postheadericon Date palm tree care: tips on how to grow date trees

Date palm tree care: tips on how to grow date trees

Image by Keith Roper By Bonnie L. Grant Date palms are common in warm zones of the United States. The fruit is an ancient cultivated food that has importance in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and other tropical to subtropical areas. Cultivar choice and zone are important information when considering how to grow date trees. There are varieties with some cold tolerance, but they rarely bear fruit. Learn how to care for a date palm and enjoy the elegant tree and perhaps some fruit if you are lucky. How to Grow Date…

postheadericon Growing peppers in planters: how to grow pepper plants in a container

Growing peppers in planters: how to grow pepper plants in a container

Image by Simon Lawrence By Heather Rhoades Peppers, especially chili peppers, hold a special place in many gardens. These vibrant and delicious vegetables are fun to grow and can also be decorative. Just because you don’t have a garden to grow peppers doesn’t mean that you can’t grow them. Growing peppers in planters is easy. Plus, when you grow peppers in pots, they can double as decorative plants on your patio or balcony. Growing Peppers in Containers Container garden peppers need two important things and those are water and light….

postheadericon Quince care – tips on how to grow a quince tree

Quince care – tips on how to grow a quince tree

Image by Steve R. By Jackie Carroll If you’re looking for an ornamental flowering tree or shrub that produces fragrant fruit and looks good throughout the year, consider growing quince. Quince trees (Cydonia oblonga) were popular during colonial times but eventually fell out of favor because they offered no immediate gratification-you couldn’t eat them right off the tree. Interest in the fruit has revived somewhat thanks to improved varieties that can be eaten fresh, but quinces are such a minor player in the agricultural economy that the U.S. Department of…