Archive for the ‘Edible gardens’ Category

postheadericon Brown rosemary plants: why rosemary has brown tips and needles

Brown rosemary plants: why rosemary has brown tips and needles

Image by Keith McDuffee By Kristi Waterworth Rosemary’s fragrance floats on the breeze, making homes near plantings smell clean and fresh; in the herb garden, rosemary can double as a hedge when the right varieties are selected. Some rosemary varieties are even suitable as indoor potted plants, provided they get to spend the summer sunbathing on the patio. These tough, flexible plants seem almost bulletproof, but when brown rosemary plants appear in the garden, you may wonder, “Is my rosemary dying?” Although brown rosemary needles aren’t a particularly good sign,…

postheadericon Cutting back rosemary: how to trim rosemary bushes

Cutting back rosemary: how to trim rosemary bushes

Image by deimagine By Heather Rhoades While pruning a rosemary plant is not needed to keep a rosemary healthy, there are several reasons why a gardener might want to prune a rosemary bush. It may be that they want to shape the rosemary or reduce the size of the rosemary shrub or to create a more bushy and productive plant. Whatever your reasons for wanting to prune your rosemary, there are a few things you need to know about how to prune a rosemary bush. When to Prune Rosemary Rosemary…

postheadericon Tips for harvesting and drying rosemary

Tips for harvesting and drying rosemary

Image by ccharmon By Bonnie L. Grant Rosemary is a hardy,evergreen herb that is vigorous and fragrant. The needle-like foliage is full of aromatic oils that release in stews, soups and sauces. Drying rosemary can help capture that aroma and the flavor. Harvesting rosemary in summer for drying protects the essence of the plant and brings it conveniently to your spice rack. Harvesting Rosemary Tips on how to dry rosemary must include a talk on timing. Most herbs are best just before flowering when the oils are at their peak. Cut the…

postheadericon Tomato varieties & color: learn about different tomato colors

Tomato varieties & color: learn about different tomato colors

Image by My Burnt Orange By Heather Rhoades It may surprise you to learn that with different tomato varieties, color is not constant. As a matter of fact, tomatoes weren’t always red. The tomatoes varieties that existed when tomatoes were first cultivated were yellow or orange. Through breeding, the standard color of tomato plant varieties is now red. While red may be the predominate color among tomatoes now, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other colors of tomatoes available. Let’s look at a few. Red Tomato Varieties Advertisement Red tomatoes…

postheadericon Potted rosemary herbs: caring for rosemary grown in containers

Potted rosemary herbs: caring for rosemary grown in containers

Image by cclickclick By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a savory kitchen herb with a pungent flavor and attractive, needle-like leaves. Growing rosemary in pots is surprisingly simple and you can use the herb to add flavor and variety to a number of culinary dishes. Read on for tips about growing potted rosemary herbs. Planting Rosemary in a Pot Rosemary in a pot requires a good quality commercial potting mixture with ingredients such as fine pine bark or peat moss with vermiculite or…

postheadericon Beans covered with spots: reasons for brown spots on beans

Beans covered with spots: reasons for brown spots on beans

Image by G.J. Holmes, Valent USA Corporation, Bugwood.org By Kristi Waterworth Beans are one of the easiest crops in the veggie garden, making even the most beginning gardener feel like a massive success when their beans sprout an unexpected hoard of pods. Unfortunately, every year some beans covered with spots appear in the garden, especially when the weather has been wet. Brown spots on beans are commonly caused by bacterial or fungal diseases; but don’t worry, you may be able to save them. Brown Spot Bean Plant Diseases Brown spots on…

postheadericon Watering rosemary for rosemary plant care

Watering rosemary for rosemary plant care

Image by JudiParkinson By Heather Rhoades Rosemary is a popular culinary herb in the home garden. It can be planted either in the ground or in containers, but depending on how you grow this herb, how you water your rosemary plant differs. How to Water a Rosemary Plant in the Ground Rosemary is a plant that is easy to grow in the ground, mostly because it rather drought tolerant. A newly planted rosemary plant needs to be watered frequently for the first week or two to help it become established, but…

postheadericon Picking winter squash – how and when to harvest butternut squash

Picking winter squash – how and when to harvest butternut squash

Image by Alice Carrier By Jackie Rhoades You’ve watered and weeded and fought off the dreaded vine borer. Over the summer your few small plants have grown and grown and grown and you’ve ended the season with a dozen or more of the tan skinned, edible gourds. As delicious as they are, you can’t eat them all at once! So, you’ve got these questions about how to harvest butternut squash, when to harvest butternut squash and what do I do after harvesting butternut squash? Butternut squash, a type of winter…

postheadericon Vegetable storage tips: storing different types of vegetables

Vegetable storage tips: storing different types of vegetables

Image by AtomStudios By Amy Grant Gardening is a labor of love but still plenty of hard work. After a summer of carefully tending the vegetable plot, it’s harvest time and you’ve hit the mother lode and don’t want to waste any of it. Right now you might be wondering how to keep vegetables storing longer along with any other helpful vegetable storage tips. Storage Guide for Vegetables If you are planning on storing fresh vegetables, the first rule of thumb is to handle them with care. Do not break…

postheadericon White powder on rosemary: getting rid of powdery mildew on rosemary

White powder on rosemary: getting rid of powdery mildew on rosemary

Image by Keith McDuffee By Kathee Mierzejewski A lot of people enjoy having small kitchen window sill plants like rosemary. However, although they are easy to grow, they aren’t without faults. Often, you’ll find there are problems with growing rosemary, one of them being a common fungus. Powdery Mildew on Rosemary Perhaps you’ve noticed a white powder on your rosemary plants in your kitchen. If so, you aren’t alone. The white powder is actually powdery mildew on rosemary, a common plant ailment. It is caused by many different fungi that…