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 Harvest […]

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 […]

Grow your own fruit and veg: The beginners guide

Growing your own fruit and veg for beginners – sound too much like hard work? It’s actually easier than you think. Planting your own food is a great way to eat for less, eat fresh, and pack in your five-a-day. Research suggests 72% of us are interested in growing our own produce, so why do so many of us put […]

The Vegetable Guide – Beet

The modern beet as such was not apparently known in ancient times. There is a story that when the Greeks paid homage to Apollo they served him beetroots on a silver platter, but the first recorded specific reference to beets is in the third century in Rome. They were mentioned in 1390 in some old English cooking recipes. Beets are […]

Growing Garlic and Shallots

Growing Garlic and Shallots: WHEN TO PLANT: Garlic survives bitterly cold winters underground (or grows frost-hardy leaves where winters are mild to moderate), grows rapidly when the weather warms in spring, and bulbs in summer. In the North, plant 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes. This gives the plant time to make good root development but not enough time to […]

Planning for a Large Vegetable Garden: Tips and Tricks

Many people start their gardening hobby by just growing a few plants here and there, maybe some tomatoes, herbs, and other “easy” plants. More often than not, this small part-time hobby grows into something that becomes an entire lifestyle. Making the transition from a very small garden to one that’s considerably larger requires a lot of planning. Maybe you want […]

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 […]

Growing Onions

Growing Onions: Long Day Sweet varieties will generally mature a few weeks before the storage varieties. They will store for one to five months, so eat them fresh from the field. These varieties will do well from the mid-west to the Canadian border. Short Day Sweet varieties start the bulbing process when the day-length reaches 10-12 hours. Since they are […]

How to Grow Your Own Fruits and Vegetables and Get the Top Results

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a fun and rewarding thing to do. These days we are all looking for healthier options and by growing your own produce, you can guarantee that it is totally organic. Chemicals and pesticides can cause all kinds of health problems so knowing exactly what is in your food can reassure you that it […]

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 […]