Posted in - Gardening on January 19th 2014
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When & Where to Plant Basil
In cooler climates, basil should be planted in full sun (where it will receive 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day). If you are living in a hotter climate, basil will benefit from some afternoon shade.
Posted in - Gardening on January 16th 2014
Herbs can add beauty and functionality to your home or garden. Herbs are often thought of as a culinary addition, but many herbs have medicinal and fragrant uses as well. Choosing the right herbs to grow will depend on your growing zone, time requirements and whether you are choosing to grow your herbs in containers …
Posted in - Gardening on February 1st 2013
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Don’t make the mistake of working your soil too early. If your ground is saturated with melted snow or spring rain, you will be doing your soil more harm than good, and you may be up for a lot more work later! Adding organic matter to your soil is paramount to gardening success.
Posted in - Gardening on April 21st 2011
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Straw bale gardening is the perfect alternative for gardeners facing poor soil conditions, those who are looking for a way to garden with less heavy lifting, or for growing in paved/groundless locations. Straw bale gardens are appropriate for growing almost anything (with the exception of very tall plants such as corn), and can be successfully …
Posted in - Gardening on July 20th 2010
Caring For Pecan Trees Growing Pecan Trees Harvesting Pecans History of the Pecan Pecan Diseases Pecan Planting Zones Pecan Varieties Planting Pecan Trees Pollinating Pecans Preserving Pecans Storing Pecans Watering Pecans
Brief History of the Pecan
Pecans are fully native to North America, and continue to be primarily produced in the U.S.A. Native American tribes in the South found and named the Pecan, using it to press oils, cook in stews and roast for long trips.
Posted in - Food & Health & Gardening on June 7th 2010
Air Drying Herbs Drying Herbs Drying Herbs in the Microwave Drying Herbs in the Oven Drying Herbs on Trays Freezing Herbs Hang Drying Herbs Ideas for Using Herbs Making Herbal Butter Making Herbal Mustard Making Herbal Shampoo Making Herbal Vinegar Making Potpourri Preserving Herbs Sand Drying Herbs Using Dried Herbs
Before drying any of your herbs, you should rinse them in cold water, and pat dry with paper towels. There are a number of methods for preserving herbs including air drying, sand drying, heat drying, freezing, vinegars, butters, mustards, potpourri and more!
Posted in - Gardening on June 7th 2010
Harvesting Anise Harvesting Annual Herbs Harvesting Caraway Harvesting Chervil Harvesting Chives Harvesting Coriander Harvesting Dill Harvesting Fennel Harvesting Herbs Harvesting Lavender Harvesting Lemon Balm Harvesting Lovage Harvesting Mint Harvesting Oregano Harvesting Parsley Harvesting Perennial Herbs Harvesting Rosemary Harvesting Sage Harvesting Savory Harvesting Sweet Basil Harvesting Sweet Marjoram Harvesting Tarragon Harvesting Thyme How to Harvest Herbs When to Harvest Herbs
The best time to harvest herbs will depend on the herbs themselves. Most herbs should be harvested just as the flower buds appear, but before they fully blossom. At this stage, the leaves contain the maximum amount of oils for fragrance and flavor. You will also want to harvest them in the morning, just after …
Posted in - Gardening on June 2nd 2010
Composting Tomatoes Fertilizing Tomatoes Growing Tomatoes Growing Tomatoes Outdoors Mulching Tomatoes Tomato Blossom Drop Tomato Cracking Tomato End-Rot Watering Tomatoes
We already discussed adding compost to your soil see Step:3 (Planting Outdoors), but it is also very beneficial to add a protective layer of mulch to your tomato plants. This layer can help retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds and keep the soil cool.
Posted in - Gardening on June 1st 2010
Caging Tomatoes Changing Soil PH Choosing a Location for Tomatoes How to Support Tomatoes Planting Tomatoes Outdoors Preparing Soil for Tomatoes Staking Tomatoes Sun requirements for Tomatoes Tomato Soil PH Tomato Supports Transplanting Tomatoes Where to Plant Tomatoes
Before you move tomato plants outdoors, you will need to ‘harden’ them off. For more information on hardening off your plants see: Growing Tomatoes: Step 2 (Growing from Seed).
Posted in - Gardening on May 30th 2010
Choosing Soil for Tomato Seedlings Containers for Tomato Seedlings Fermenting Tomato Seeds Fertilizing Tomato Seedlings Growing Tomatoes from Seed Hardening off tomatoes Harvesting Tomato Seeds Re-potting tomatoes Tomato Germination Transplanting Tomatoes Watering Tomato Seedlings When to Plant Tomato Seeds When to Plant Tomatoes
For information on choosing a variety of tomato to grow, see: Growing Tomatoes: Step 1 (choosing).
You should acquire your seeds from a reputable source. As tomato seeds age, their chance of germinating decreases.
Posted in - Gardening on May 29th 2010
Best Uses for Tomato Types Choosing a Tomato Choosing A Tomato Variety Choosing and Growing Tomatoes Choosing What Tomatoes To Grow Growing Tomatoes Tomatoes for Beginners Types of Tomatoes
Knowing the differences in varieties of tomatoes and what they are best suited for, will help simplify the process of choosing which to grow. Before deciding on a variety though, you should determine whether you will be starting from seed, or purchasing starter plants (your choices may be limited depending on what your local garden …
Posted in - Gardening on May 13th 2010
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Some of the most popular composting methods include tumblers, bins and piles. Compost tumblers are large bins that can be “tumbled” to mix compost as it is added. Large piles are usually composted directly on open ground, and bins are usually stationary containers where compost is simply dumped into the bin.
Starting the pile on bare …
Posted in - DIY & Home & Gardening on May 5th 2010
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Purchasing a pre-built greenhouse can be pricey, but with a bit of ingenuity and handyman tact, you can construct a greenhouse yourself from recycled materials. See the above samples for greenhouses built out of old windows and storm doors!