Archive for the ‘Edible gardens’ Category

postheadericon Learn about saving carrot seeds

Learn about saving carrot seeds

Image by graibeard By Jackie Rhoades Is it possible to save seeds from carrots? Do carrots even have seeds? And, if so, why haven’t I seen them on my plants? How do you save seeds from carrots? A hundred years ago, no gardener would have asked these questions, but times changed; laboratories began developing new strains and pre-packaged seeds became the norm. Seed Saving in the Garden Advertisement In the past, it was a common practice among flower and vegetable gardeners to save seeds. From carrots, lettuce, radishes and other…

postheadericon Carrot harvest time – how and when to pick carrots in the garden

Carrot harvest time – how and when to pick carrots in the garden

Image by Nick Saltmarsh By Jackie Carroll Carrots are easy to grow in a garden with deep, loose soil; and as you may have guessed from the name, they are packed with beta carotene. A half-cup serving gives you four times the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. Growing and harvesting carrots is a great way to take advantage of their nutritional benefits. In mild climates, grow this nutritious crop almost year-round by planting successive crops and using heavy mulch to protect the…

postheadericon Best vegetable mulch: learn about mulch for vegetable plants

Best vegetable mulch: learn about mulch for vegetable plants

Image by STEFANOLUNARDI By Bonnie L. Grant Mulching veggie beds can increase porosity, minimize weeds, enhance soil retention, warm soil temperatures and add slow release nutrients. The effects aren’t all good, however. It depends upon the variety of mulch you choose to use and what benefit you want it to exert. Organic and inorganic mulches are available as vegetable garden mulch options. But which is the best vegetable mulch? Learn the different types and their attributes to help you make an informed decision on mulch for vegetable plants. Should I…

postheadericon Deformed carrots: reasons for distorted carrots and how to fix a carrot deformity

Deformed carrots: reasons for distorted carrots and how to fix a carrot deformity

Image by Gardening Know How By Bonnie L. Grant Carrots are a root vegetable with a characteristic long-pointed edible root. Deformed carrots can be caused by a variety of problems and may be forked, bumpy or otherwise misshapen. These carrots are usually edible, although the core may become woody and slightly bitter. In fact, many of the baby carrots you purchase as snacks are just whittled down deformed carrots. When you find carrots forked and deformed, it may be cultural, insect or even disease related. Learn what causes these deformities…

postheadericon How to grow buckwheat: learn about buckwheat uses in gardens

How to grow buckwheat: learn about buckwheat uses in gardens

Image by nanoqfu By Amy Grant Until fairly recently, many of us only knew of buckwheat from its use in buckwheat pancakes. Today’s sophisticated palates now know it for those delicious Asian buckwheat noodles and also realize its superior nutrition as a cereal grain. Buckwheat uses extend to those in gardens where buckwheat can be used as a cover crop. How then, to grow buckwheat in the home garden? Read on to learn more about the growth and care of buckwheat. Buckwheat Growing Buckwheat is one of the earliest crops…

postheadericon Carrot rust fly control: tips for controlling rust fly maggots

Carrot rust fly control: tips for controlling rust fly maggots

Image by Silversyrpher By Bonnie L. Grant The thick, edible roots of carrot plants make such sweet, crunchy vegetables. Unfortunately, when carrot pests attack the roots and leave the foliage, this tasty edible food is ruined. Rust fly maggots cause particular harm to the roots. They tunnel and live in the root and high infestations can make an entire crop inedible. What are carrot rust flies? This is an important question, and the answer will help you prevent the ruin of your root crop. What are Carrot Rust Flies? The…

postheadericon Straw mulch in gardens: tips for using straw as mulch for vegetables

Straw mulch in gardens: tips for using straw as mulch for vegetables

Image by dave willman By Anne Baley If you’re not using mulch in your vegetable garden, you’re doing entirely too much work. Mulch helps to hold in moisture, so you don’t have to water as often; it shades out weed seedlings, cutting down on weeding time; and it composts into nutrients and amendments for the soil. Straw is one of the best mulch materials you can use around your vegetable plants. It’s clean, it’s light and it breaks down relatively easily, giving your plants more of what they need to…

postheadericon Cabbage looper control: information on killing cabbage loopers

Cabbage looper control: information on killing cabbage loopers

Image by Doug Beckers By Bonnie L. Grant If you see green, fat-bodied caterpillars on your cabbage that move like little drunks, you probably have cabbage loopers. Cabbage loopers are so named because of their looping, wobbly movement. Cabbage looper pests are common on all cruciforms in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Killing cabbage loopers is essential to an attractive crop, free of holes and rotting spots. Learn how to get rid of cabbage loopers with chemical or mechanical means. About Cabbage Looper Pests Cabbage loopers have up to…

postheadericon Types of nuts in gardens – information on seed vs. Nut vs. Legume

Types of nuts in gardens – information on seed vs. Nut vs. Legume

Image by Yingko By Amy Grant Confused about the difference between nuts and seeds? How about peanuts; are they nuts? It sounds like they are but, surprise, they aren’t. You would think if the word nut was in the common name it would be a nut, right? Read on to clarify the difference between nuts and seeds. Nuts or Seeds? In order to demystify the difference between nuts and seeds, we need a working definition. Here’s why it gets confusing. A nut is a one celled, one-seeded dry fruit with…

postheadericon What is spur blight: learn about spur blight symptoms and control

What is spur blight: learn about spur blight symptoms and control

Image by Mary Ann Hansen, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org By Teo Spengler Several diseases attack raspberry plants, including spur blight. It has the most impact on red and purple raspberry brambles. What is spur blight? It is a fungal disease – caused by the fungus Didymella applanata – that attacks the leaves and canes of raspberry plants. Spur blight in brambles can reduce your raspberry harvest. Read on to learn about spur blight symptoms and spur blight control. Spur Blight in Brambles What is spur blight likely…