• How to Avoid Damping-Off

    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 Plant, Grow, and Harvest Oregano

    Oregano leaves

    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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  • How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Onions

    How to Grow Onions

    Onions can be grown for their green immature stems or they can be grown for their mature bulbs. Onions grown for their green stems are called bunching onions. They are also called green onions, spring onions, and scallions. The terms are often used interchangeably. The stems of most onions that produce bulbs can be harvested […] More

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  • How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Marjoram

    Marjoram in the garden

    You can learn how to grow marjoram in minutes. Marjoram, also called sweet marjoram and knotted marjoram, is a tender perennial grown as an annual. The flower buds look like little knots and so the name knotted marjoram. Marjoram has a savory, sweet, pungent aroma. It is a primary herb used in the preparation of […] More

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  • Celery Seed Starting Tips

    Seedling Celery 1

    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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  • 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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  • Tomato Seed Starting Tips

    Seedling Tomato in pots

    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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  • Broccoli Growing Problems: Troubleshooting

    Broccoli and Cabbage1

    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 plant1

    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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