Harvesting Summer Vegetables

Knowing when to harvest vegetables is just as important as knowing how to grow them.  Some have a long time over which you can harvest, others must be harvested at just the proper stage of ripening.  Harvest at the wrong time, and your vegetables may not ripen properly if too young, or be tough and bitter if too old. You […]

Growing Carrots

Growing Carrots Carrots are generally bright orange-red in color, and there are a number of different types and shapes. New varieties 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 carota […]

Trendy Seed Varieties – Each Offering a Perfectly Useful Surprise

Summer is one of the most fulfilling seasons for a gardener. Fields, containers and raised boxes are filled with green foliage, bright blooms and sentimental aromas. From tomatoes that are plump with rich juices to freshly cut herbs unlike anything found on grocery store shelves, summer is a gardener’s heaven. With harvesting efforts beginning, it’s time to highlight some of […]

Vegetable Origins

Vegetable Origins Africa Asia Central and S. America Europe /Asia Europe Jamaica North America New Zeland Watermelon Okra Broad bean Cress Lettuce Muskmelon Onion Pea Radish Rhubarb Spinach Cucumber Endive Bush Bean Cucumber Kidney Bean Flint Corn Eggplant Potato Scarlet Runner Bean Sweet Potato Tomato Winter squash Pumpkin Pepper Asparagus Chinese cabbage Water Cress Dandelion Horseradish Cauliflower Carrot Beet Pole […]

Vegetable Gardening

Starting a Garden Some brief tips for preparing your garden: Digging the soil and turning it well to loosen it up is the first step. This can be done with a digging fork or a rototiller but careful not to over rototill as that can cause problems with drainage. The most important thing you can add to your garden is […]

Vegetable Gardening

The work of planning the garden in as much as it consists in deciding what and how much we shall plant and where we shall plant it-may very well be done long in advance of the season of active operations. Indeed, it is a distinct and pleasurable advantage to make the long winter evenings supplement the long summer days by […]

GROWING VEGETABLES

There are several forms of vegetables which, while the culture is not specially dissimilar, may yet, for convenience, be divided into five classes: those the edible part of which is produced beneath the surface of the soil and are known as root vegetables; those which set fruit above ground; those whose fruit is produced on vines; such plants as are […]

Potato – Guide to plant and grow this vegetable

POTATO: MOST USEFUL OF VEGETABLES The Potato is widely cultivated in temperate regions, and its stem tubers, which grow under­ground, are a popular food. The plant comes from South America where it was highly valued by the Indians. Its botanical name is Solanum tuberosum; it belongs to the family Solanaceae. Potatoes can be cultivated in many different kinds of soil, […]

Harvesting Cool Season Vegetables

Timely harvest of vegetables sown or planted outside early in the growing season, and ones that generally mature rapidly or during cooler temperatures results in the best flavor and longest harvest period. Many of these also make good fall crops, started later in the season. Snap asparagus spears off at ground level when they are six to ten inches tall. […]

Early Summer tips for the vegetable garden

EARLY SUMMER TIPS FOR THE VEGETABLE GARDEN Mulching, staking, pest and disease control, and succession planting are some of the early season tips for vegetable gardens. Reduce the weeds in walkways in your garden by covering the soil with some type of mulch. Several sheets of moistened newspaper topped with hay or straw are attractive and work very well, especially […]