Growing Asparagus Planting

Asparagus Planting: Asparagus is a perennial vegetable that can thrive in the home garden for 15 years or more when well cared for. Asparagus plants should grow for 1 full year in the garden before they are harvested. Asparagus is most productive on deep, well-drained, sandy loam soil, but it will do well on other soils if it has good […]

Growing Artichokes

Growing Artichokes You may be surprised that if you have at least 100 frost-free days in your area which most of the country does, you can grow them! Most people assume that the artichoke needs to be grown as a perennial and that it will not bear fruit until the second season. Grown from seed, the first will be harvested […]

The Vegetable Guide – Broccoli

How to grow Broccoli Introduction It is believed that broccoli was known to the Romans at the time of Pliny, but references to this vegetable group it with cauliflower. The first notice of broccoli as such was made in 1724 by an English writer who called it “sprout colliclower or Italian asparagus.” In 1729 another English gardener reported that there […]

The Vegetable Guide – Asparagus

Vegetable Problems Home garden asparagus can be damaged by the asparagus beetle in some areas. If you observe insects feeding on asparagus, contact your local county Extension agent for identification and control recommendations. Diseases Asparagus is troubled by some diseases. If plants have rust colored spots on the stems or branches, ask your county Extension agent what to use. Harvesting […]

Growing Carrots

Growing Carrots Carrots are normally bright orange-red in color, and there are a number of different types and shapes. New varieties are have been introduced over recent years to remove the woody yellow cores from carrot roots and this explains the terms ‘red cored’ and ‘red cored improved’ attached to some varietal names. About this Plant… Family: -Umbelliferae Genus, species:  -Daucus […]

Daisies, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Daisies The word “Daisy”? was formerly written Day’s Eye, and the Daisies are really well named, for there is no season in the garden when some sort of Daisy is not in bloom. The Shasta Daisy, Chrysanthemum maximum, is like a field Daisy seen through a magnifying glass. Most of us like the bright, Daisy-like flowers and we are delighted […]

Sedum – Stonecrop, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Sedum – Stonecrop If there is a rocky spot in your garden you will desire a number of sorts of Sedums, for they are most interesting in habit, leaf and flower. Sedums are wild with us in America, but there are also many sorts in Europe and Asia. SPECIES. Sedum spectabile. Showy Stonecrop. This is one of the most handsome […]

Bog Gardening

A POND is not an essential feature of the bog garden, although its presence is to be desired when you can use the overflow to feed a marsh. It is essential, that the soil of the marsh garden be kept in a moist, swampy state through out year. The site of the bog garden must, naturally, be low-lying and where the […]

The Pacific Northwest Rock Garden

This is a south facing view of my garden where the rock garden resides. The soil was to hard to have Alpines or Rock garden plants to thrive so I had to raise the soil. The neighbor had a few large boulder left from the rock wall and a little talking the the tractor guy, I was able to get […]