Archive for the ‘Edible gardens’ Category

postheadericon Can you hard prune rosemary: learn about rejuvenation pruning of rosemary

Can you hard prune rosemary: learn about rejuvenation pruning of rosemary

Image by Tobyotter By Jackie Carroll Given the right conditions, rosemary plants thrive, eventually reaching heights of 6 to 8 feet. They grow out as well as up, sending out stems that seem determined to explore their surroundings and invade the space of adjacent plants. If your rosemary plant has grown out of control, it’s time to take drastic action. Rejuvenation pruning of rosemary may be needed. Can You Hard Prune Rosemary? Gardeners are sometimes hesitant to make drastic cuts on rosemary shrubs because a few herbs with similar, woody…

postheadericon How to grow rosemary indoors

How to grow rosemary indoors

Image by ccharmon By Heather Rhoades Growing rosemary indoors is sometimes a tricky thing to do. Many good gardeners have tried, and despite their best efforts, end up with a dry, brown, dead rosemary plant. If you know the secrets to proper care of rosemary plants growing inside, you can keep your rosemary plants growing happily indoors all winter long. Tips for Growing Rosemary Indoors Most often, there are four things on the list of what kills rosemary plants indoors. These are: Advertisement lack of sunlight poor watering practices powdery…

postheadericon What is bolting: what it means when a plant bolts

What is bolting: what it means when a plant bolts

Image by doidam10 By Heather Rhoades You may have been reading an article that said to watch for a plant bolting or a description of a plant that has bolted. But, if you are unfamiliar with the term, bolting may seem like an odd term. After all, plants don’t generally run away, which is the typical definition of bolt outside the gardening world. What is Bolting? But, while plants do not "run away" physically, their growth may run away rapidly, and this is basically what this phrase means in the…

postheadericon Root vegetable storage: how to store root crops in sand

Root vegetable storage: how to store root crops in sand

Image by mycola By Amy Grant Every summer’s end, at the peak of harvest time, many people find they have more produce than they can use, which results in a flurry of activities attempting to can, dry, or freeze that which cannot be immediately put to use. You spent all summer nurturing your garden and you certainly don’t want it to go to waste, but it can be exhausting trying to utilize every carrot, turnip, etc. There is another way – sand storing root vegetables. What is Sand Storing? Did…

postheadericon Indoor carrot garden: tips for growing carrots indoors

Indoor carrot garden: tips for growing carrots indoors

Image by Brianna Privett By Jackie Carroll Can carrots grow indoors? Yes, and growing carrots in containers is easier than growing them in the garden because they thrive on a steady supply of moisture—something that’s hard to provide outdoors in the heat of summer. When you grow your own carrots, you have options that you’ll probably never see in the grocery store, including unusual shapes and a rainbow of colors. So grab a pot and let’s get to growing carrots indoors. Can Carrots Grow Indoors? Carrots are among the easiest…

postheadericon Growing gourd plants: learn how to grow gourds

Growing gourd plants: learn how to grow gourds

Image by a2gemma By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Growing gourd plants is a great way to add variety to the garden; there are many types to grow and just as many things you can do with them. Let’s learn more about how to grow gourds, including tips for homegrown gourd care, harvesting gourds and their storage. Growing Gourd Plants Gourds are a warm season crop in the same family as squash, cucumbers and melons. Native Americans used gourds practically for dishes and containers as well as ornamentally. Growing gourd plants…

postheadericon Storing carrots for winter – how to store carrots in the ground

Storing carrots for winter – how to store carrots in the ground

Image by Dag Endresen By Heather Rhoades Homegrown carrots are so delicious that it’s very natural for a gardener to wonder if there’s a way of storing garden carrots so that they’ll last through the winter. While carrots can be frozen or canned, this ruins the satisfying crunch of a fresh carrot and, often, storing carrots for winter in the pantry results in rotten carrots. What if you could learn how to store carrots in your garden all winter long? Overwintering carrots in the ground is possible and only requires…

postheadericon Why carrots crack: tips for preventing cracking in carrots

Why carrots crack: tips for preventing cracking in carrots

Image by Gardening Know How By Amy Grant Carrots are an extremely popular vegetable, so much so that you may want to grow your own. There is some degree of difficulty when growing your own carrots and the results may be less than the perfectly shaped carrots purchased at the supermarket. Soil density, available nutrients and moisture my all conspire to engender twisted, malformed and often cracking carrot crops. If you are seeing split carrot roots, you may be wondering how to prevent cracking in carrots crops. Why Carrots Crack If…

postheadericon Growing carrots in containers – tips for grow carrots in containers

Growing carrots in containers – tips for grow carrots in containers

Image by ccharmon By Becca Badgett (Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden) Growing carrots in containers is an excellent project for early spring or fall, as carrots prefer cooler temperatures than vegetables of summer. Planting a crop of container carrots during these seasons can result in a worthwhile harvest. You may hear that container grown carrots or carrots grown in the ground are difficult. While carrots can be considered finicky under some growing conditions, once you learn how to container grow carrots, you’ll want to make them a regular…

postheadericon How to grow red peppers

How to grow red peppers

Image by Jerry Huddleston By Heather Rhoades For many gardeners, how to grow red peppers is a mystery. For most gardeners, what they get in their garden is the familiar green peppers, not the much sweeter and brighter red pepper. So what does it take to grow a red pepper? How hard is growing red bell peppers? Read on to find out. Growing Red Peppers Takes Time Time is the biggest factor in growing red bell peppers. Believe it or not, virtually all pepper plants are a red pepper plant. Much…