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Growing Vegetables & Edible Plants

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How to Grow Blueberries

You can grow blueberries in USDA Zones 3 to 10. The blueberry plant (Vacciniumspecies) offers small white flowers in spring, glossy green leaves in summer, and spectacular crimson foliage in fall. As an [more…]

How Growing Seasons Affect Vegetable Gardens

Typically, the vegetable-gardening season is summer, bookended by late spring and early fall. Gardeners mark the start by the last spring frost date and the finish by the first fall frost date [more…]

Designing Your Vegetable Garden

The best advice for planning your first vegetable garden is to start small. Just be sure you locate your garden in a sunny spot where expansion is possible. As for actual size, it depends on what you want [more…]

Fruit and Veg Growing Calendar

If you thought that growing your own fruit and veg in the UK was a fair-weather hobby, think again! You can take steps all year round to make your plot a fertile one and to give your plants the best possible [more…]

Growing Your Own Fruit & Veg For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Growing your own fruit and veg – at home or on an allotment – is an exciting and challenging experience that makes an enjoyable pastime and brings you rewards throughout the year. [more…]

How to Grow Strawberries

Perhaps the most popular small fruits for the home garden, strawberries are also among the hardest to grow organically. Strawberries have many insect pests and diseases that damage plants and berries alike [more…]

Container Gardening: How to Plant Vegetables in Pots

If gardening space is limited at home, you can still grow vegetables — just plant your vegetable seeds or seedlings in containers and place the pots on your deck or patio. With containers, you can plant [more…]

How to Grow Potatoes

There are various ways to grow tasty, nutrient-packed potatoes, all of which are reasonably easy and straightforward. Choose the variety that works best for you and follow these instructions for the perfect [more…]

Storing and Preserving Home-Grown Fruit and Veg Successfully

Here are a few important do’s and don’ts to bear in mind so that you can enjoy your produce at the planning, growing, making and eating stages, which can be several months apart: [more…]

Storing & Preserving Garden Produce For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Storing and preserving food isn’t rocket science; with a bit of confidence and practice, you can fill your store cupboards with your own home-made jams and chutneys. You need only the desire to experience [more…]

How to Grow Herbs Indoors

Herbs that are almost never troubled by insects and diseases in the garden are easy targets when grown indoors. As a bare-bones essential, you must offer indoor herbs artificial light. And even when you [more…]

Invasive Plants that Can Take Over Your Garden

Invasive plants are well-named: Just one small plant can turn quickly into an army that invades and conquers your whole garden. You'll find invasive plants among ornamentals, herbs, and climbers [more…]

How to Take Care of an Herb Garden

Taking good care of an herb garden results in wonderful quality and a big harvest for food and crafts. Herb gardens need good air circulation, protection from extreme weather, and adequate watering. [more…]

How to Harvest Herbs

Just as you harvest different herbs at different times, you collect different parts of your herbs — leaves, stems, flowers, fruits, seeds, and roots — at different times. The timing of your harvest also [more…]

Easy Urban Herbs

Herbs are the perfect edibles for the urban gardener. They are mostly small plants that produce abundantly all season. Herbs fit equally well in a container, flower garden, or vegetable garden. Many are [more…]

Growing Vegetables for a Family of Four

Who says families who live in the city can't grow their own vegetables! If you'd like to grow enough to feed your family all summer, here are some guidelines on how much of the most popular vegetables [more…]

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