• How to Grow Carrots

    How to Grow Carrots

    Carrots are among the easiest garden vegetables to grow—and the most bountiful–given the right conditions. Grow carrots in the cool time of the year—spring and autumn. Plant carrots in loose, compost-rich soil free of pebbles, stones or other obstructions. Sow carrots in the garden 2 to 3 weeks before the average last frost date in […] More

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  • Carrots and Color: Best Healthy Varieties to Grow

    Grow carrots of color

    Carrot color is rich in nutrition. Orange is the most familiar carrot color, but there are many colorful carrots: yellow, red, purple, and white. All are healthy eating. All are easy additions to the home garden. The first domesticated carrots—cultivated in Afghanistan more than 1,100 years ago–were white. Breeding over the past 900 years has […] More

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  • Growing Carrots for Flavor

    Choose the carrots you want to grow by the carrot flavor you most enjoy. There are three common carrot flavor descriptors: sugary, pine-parsley, and woody. Carrot flavor is genetically determined—some carrots will simply be sweeter than others. Growing carrots when days are warm and nights cool and growing carrots in loose, organic soil can enhance […] More

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  • Soil and Air Temperatures for Growing Vegetables

    Spring vegetable garden

    The most useful measure of the vegetable garden growing season is soil and air temperature averages. Warming soil temperatures activate root growth and the uptake of moisture and nutrients. Soil temperature is very closely affected by the air temperature. As days lengthen in spring and the air temperature warms toward summer, the soil temperature follows. […] More

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  • 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 Sweet Cicely

    How to grow sweet cicely

    Sweet cicely is a perennial herb–a member of the parsley family. The leaves and seeds of sweet cicely are very sweet flavored with a hint of licorice. Sweet cicely can be used in the kitchen as a sweetener and to cut down the acidity of fruit. Sweet cicely looks much like a fern and its […] More

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  • How to Grow Anise Hyssop

    How to grow anise hyssop

    Anise hyssop is a small perennial herb native to the middle of North America. Anise hyssop has a flavor similar to anise and belongs to the same botanical family as hyssop, but it is not a cross between the two. Its licorice-flavored leaves and seeds can be used in teas, salads, and cooking. Get to […] More

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  • Best Beets to Grow in Your Garden

    Best beets to grow in the home harden.

    Beet roots and greens can be eaten raw, steamed, braised, or stir-fried. Sauté beets for five minutes then steam for five more minutes; combine with onion, cabbage greens, carrots. Pair beets with fruit: combine sliced steamed beets with chopped apples, toasted walnuts and fresh greens. Add fresh cooked, pureed beets to chocolate cake batter for […] More

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  • Carrots Seed Starting Tips

    Carrots are a cool-season crop; they are best grown in spring and fall. Grow carrots and other root crops in light-textured soil free of pebbles and stones. This will ensure roots do not split or become malformed. Plant carrots for winter harvest and storage in late spring or early summer when you plant tomatoes; they […] More

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  • How to Harvest and Store Carrots

    Harvest carrots when they develop their color and the tops are 1 inch in diameter or smaller. Carrots can be lifted as soon as they are a usable size. Carrots are ready for harvest 60 to 90 days after sowing depending upon the variety; they will continue to grow and enlarge if you leave them […] More

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  • Pepper Growing Success Tips

    1. Peppers prefer deep, aged-compost–rich soil. If your soil is heavy with clay, grow peppers in a raised bed, adding loam and sand. 2. Growing peppers in your native soil: add at least 2 inches of aged compost across the planting bed and sprinkle with 5-10-10 organic fertilizer, then turn the soil to at least […] More

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