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Facts and Fallacies About Edible Backyard Gardening

Suburban backyard gardener Greg Carbone has a special “taste” when it comes to gardening, and that’s growing his own fresh, organic produce. This New Jersey husband and father has spent a large chunk of his life in edible gardens and has been growing his own produce since he was old enough to walk. Backed by a lifetime of growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, Greg is here to reinforce some facts and dispel some fallacies about edible backyard gardening. FACT: Edible

Five Easy To Grow Vegetables

Summer is the perfect time to start planting summer vegetables so they are ready for harvesting by the end of summer or the beginning of autumn. If you have no idea where to start, here are five suggestions for beginners. Bush Beans Bush beans or green beans are easy to grow from seed. Direct sow them in the garden after the soil temperature has warmed. Beans are shallow rooted so be careful when working the soil around the plants. The

How to Grow Snapdragons in Containers

Inga Munsinger Cotton

Snapdragons (also called dragon flowers) are pretty fblowers that are said to resemble to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when squeezed. The snapdragon actually has a floral meaning that can mean two different things, it can be a sign of a gracious lady, or it can be a sign of deception, you can take your pick and have it your way. You can easily grow snapdragons in pots, and they thrive well in cooler

4 Easy Steps to Build A Simple Low Grow Tunnel

A low grow tunnel is perfect for covering your raised beds and vegetable beds in your home garden or allotment, allowing you to extend your growing season, so you can grow and harvest even during the colder months. And it’s so easy to do. Here’s how you can build a very simple, low one out of easy to source materials. 1. Gather your materials Here’s what you’ll need: PVC plumbing pipes Heavy-duty plastic drop cloths or greenhouse plastic Several pieces

6 Clever Greenhouse Ideas For Small Spaces

Here are 6 clever ways of sneaking a greenhouse in even the smallest of places. Table top greenhouse Table top greenhouses are available at home improvement stores. Even stores that sell home d├ęcor and furnishings carry these mini-greenhouses that you can place on a table or a sunny windowsill. It comes in varying sizes and heights and is perfect for small house plants and growing seedlings. Glass tanks You may also use glass tanks, such as an old fish tank,

4 Unusually-Shaped Fruits And Vegetables

It’s amazing what innovations farmers and growers come up with to make their crops much more interesting. With the use of plastic molds, they have managed to turn ordinary-looking fruits and vegetables into something fantastic and totally unusual. 1. Shaped Japanese watermelons We’ve probably all heard and seen the cubed-shaped watermelons from Japan. These novelty fruits made such a buzz because of their square shape, totally unusual because watermelons are round. These watermelons are put in molds when the fruit

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

Alachua County

Building a raised garden bed is fairly simple, and has huge benefits. Raised garden beds are great for growing small plots of veggies and flowers, keeping pathways clear, and acting as barriers to pests. Raised garden beds also reduce back strain from bending over to tend to plants — which is especially helpful to older gardeners or people with bad backs. The first step is to select a good location for your garden bed. It can be a nice corner

How to Grow Zinnias in Containers

Jim, the Photographer

Zinnias grow in all parts of the United States and bloom with flowers of different sizes, a variety of shapes, and an assortment of colors. Growing them in containers is easy even for beginners, needing only a little effort at the start and some weekly maintenance throughout the rest of the year. Zinnias are easy to start from seed: cover them with mix to a depth of about 1/4 inch and keep them lightly moist until seedlings sprout. Keep the

12 Tips For Easier Gardening

Keeping a garden can be a lot of work, but there are ways to make tasks easier to do. We present to you these 11 tips which we hope will make taking care of the garden much more easier for you. 1. Sit on a low stool when you need to work low. If you can, get one with a waterproof, cushioned seat so you’ll be more comfortable as you do your chores. Use a kneeling pad or cushion if

How to Grow Lavender in Containers

Allan Henderson

Growing lavender in containers is quite simple, and is actually easier than growing lavender in plots. The main things to consider are the size of container, the plant receiving adequate light, proper watering and drainage, and lastly some pruning and feeding. By following these simple steps, you can enjoy the fresh and relaxing scent of lavender throughout the rest of the hot summer months. New lavender plant, smells gorgeous! #lavender #lavenderpot #flowers #containergarden A post shared by @helenlouise85 on Apr

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