• How to Avoid Damping-Off


    Damping-off is the term gardeners use to describe the wilting and death of seedlings just before or just after they emerge from the soil.  Seedlings that suddenly collapse or fall over or bare spots in containers or in the garden where seeds were sown but never appeared are signs of damping-off. Damping-off is not caused […] More

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  • How to Grow Raab – Broccoli Raab — Rapini

    Broccoli Raab

    Raab is also called broccoli raab. Raab is a vegetable grown for its edible stems, leaves, buds, and flowers. Raab looks like loose-topped broccoli, but it is actually a kind of turnip. Like broccoli, raab or broccoli raab is harvested when flower stalks have developed buds, but before the buds open. That’s the same as […] More

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  • How to Grow Shiso

    How to grow shiso: green shiso

    Shiso–Perilla frutescens var. cripa–is a member of the mint family. It strongly resembles a large basil plant. Shiso leaves have the tangy flavor of cumin, mint, nutmeg, and anise combined. There are two main types: green and red. Green shiso can be added to salads and is used wrapped sushi or chopped into hot and […] More

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  • How to Grow Oregano

    Grow Oregano

    Oregano is a strong-flavored herb sometimes called wild marjoram (it is closely related to sweet marjoram). Oregano leaves are used fresh or dried to flavor many cooked foods including tomatoes, sauces, salad dressings, and marinades for grilled meats. The flavor of oregano is pungent, spicy, and sometimes bitter. Oregano is often used in Spanish and […] More

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  • Tomato Seed Starting Tips

    Tomatoes are a tender, warm-weather crop. Start tomatoes indoors 10 to 8 weeks before the last expected frost in spring. Set tomato seedlings into the garden after all danger of frost is past. There are more than 1,000 varieties of tomatoes—most are red, others are pink-orange, yellow, purple, brown, whitish-green, or striped. Best tips on […] More

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  • Celery Seed Starting Tips

    Celery seed starting

    Celery is a cool-season crop. It grows best where daytime temperatures are consistently greater than 55°F (13°C) but not consistently warmer than 80°F (26°C). Where temperatures are very warm, celery will grow stringy; where temperatures fall below 50°F, celery will send up flower stalks and become bitter flavored. Start celery indoors 14 to 6 weeks […] More

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  • Broccoli Growing Problems: Troubleshooting

    Broccoli is treated much as cabbage. Grow broccoli as rapidly as possible. Give broccoli plenty of moisture and be sure to feed it through the season–a planting bed amended with aged compost is an important start. While broccoli is hardy at maturity, young plants should not be subjected to frost. For broccoli growing tips see […] More

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  • Cauliflower Growing Problems: Troubleshooting

    Cauliflower is grown much like cabbage, but requires more careful treatment. It is best to start cauliflower indoors where it can be protected from both cold and hot temperatures. Spring-planted cauliflower is likely to face early cold and late heat which will make the effort difficult. Summer-planted cauliflower for fall harvest will be both easier […] More

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  • Cabbage Growing Problems: Troubleshooting

    Grow cabbage as rapidly as possible. Give cabbage plenty of moisture and be sure to feed it through the season–a planting bed amended with aged compost and side dressings of compost tea every two weeks will do the job. Cabbage can be grown in three distinct crops: early, midseason and late. Early cabbage can be […] More

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