• How to Grow Chervil

    How to grow chervil: chervil plant

    Chervil is a demure herb with a delicate myrrh-like fragrance. Use the finely divided leaves fresh in salads and as a flavor enhancer for fish, chicken, and egg dishes. Dried chervil leaves are an ingredient of fines herbes, the French culinary staple that also includes chives, parsley, and tarragon. Chervil can be used in place […] 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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  • How to Grow Arugula

    Grow arugula

    Arugula is a cool-weather crop. Sow arugula seed in the garden as early as 2 to 3 weeks before the average date of the last frost in spring. Grow arugula in temperatures ranging from 45° to 65°F (10-18°C). Plant arugula so that it comes to harvest in cool weather. Sow succession arugula crops every 2 […] More

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  • Beans Seed Starting Tips

    Direct sow beans in the garden 1 to 2 weeks after the last expected frost when the soil has warmed to at least 60°F (16°C). Start beans indoors 3 to 2 weeks before transplanting to the garden. • Bush beans are usually determinate with one week or two week period of harvest; bush beans are […] More

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  • How to Harvest and Store Snap Beans

    snap bean harvest basket

    Harvest snap beans (also known as green or string beans) before the seeds swell in the pods when they are no more than the diameter of a pencil. Smaller beans can be served as tender, baby snap beans. When to Harvest Snap Beans Start your snap bean harvest about 2 to 3 weeks after the […] More

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  • How to Grow Bitter Melon

    Bitter melon is a favorite in Asian and Southeast Asian cooking. It can be stuffed with pork or shrimp and steamed or pickled or curried and served with meat or in soup. Bitter melons are—as their name suggests–a bitter and mouth-puckering acquired taste—something like the acquired taste of a grapefruit or very dark chocolate. The […] More

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  • Soybean Growing Tips

    The vegetable soybean (not the field soybean) can be used like green peas or lima beans or can be dried and used like navy beans or can be sprouted like Mung beans. Soybeans are the lowest-starch, highest-protein bean. The soybean is a sprawling bush legume much like a bush snap bean or lima bean. Plants […] More

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  • Best Times to Grow Vegetables in Containers

    Success growing vegetables is all about timing—in the garden or in containers. Temperature has much to do with success growing in containers. Root vegetables are cool-season crops. Leaf and stem crops prefer cool weather. Warm temperatures—and longer days—are needed for fruiting vegetables to grow and mature. Knowing the average last frost date in spring and […] More

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  • Best Vegetables to Grow Quick Lists

    What vegetables should you grow in your garden? There are three basic guidelines to follow: Plant the vegetables that you and your family like to eat; plant vegetables that are suited to your region, to the time of year, and to the space and time you can devote to gardening; decide if you are going […] More

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  • Preparing to Plant Beans

    You can prepare a planting bed for beans wherever the soil is workable. Pole and runner beans and lima and broad beans will grow well in soil too poor for most other vegetables. But soil enriched with aged compost and fertilizer will give beans a good home to grow quickly and yield well. Bean planting […] More

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