• How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Thyme

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    You can learn to grow thyme in a matter of minutes. Thyme is one of the most commonly used culinary herbs. Its subtle aroma and flavor add complexity to many dishes. Thyme is used in cooking to add flavor to vegetables, meat, poultry, and fish dishes, soups, and cream sauces. Thyme is often used with […] More

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  • Pot and Container Sizes for Growing Vegetable Crops

    Tomatillos in ceramic pots

    Pots and containers for growing vegetables and herbs on patios, balconies, and rooftops must be large enough for the crop to mature. A container must hold the soil and moisture that deliver nutrients to growing plants allowing them to leaf, flower, and fruit. The pot must be large enough to accommodate the plant’s roots. And […] More

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  • How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Turnips

    Turnip in garden

    Turnips are grown as a root vegetable or for their green leaves, Turnips are a cool-season crop; they grow and taste best when they come to harvest in cool weather. The turnip is a hardy, cool-weather biennial grown as an annual. The turnip has a rosette of bright green, wavy-edged leaves that grow to 12 […] More

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  • How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Shallots

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    The shallot is a small onion of the multiplier type. Its bulbs have a more delicate flavor than most onions. Shallots are cool-weather vegetables usually. They are usually planted in spring and autumn. Shallots can be grown from seeds or sets (small shallots). Sets can be planted in the garden 2 to 4 weeks before […] More

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  • How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Chives

    Chives growing in the garden

    Chives are a hardy cool-weather perennial plant, a relative of the onion. The tips of chive leaves have a mild onion flavor. Adds chives to salads and as a garnish for many cooked dishes. Chives have slender, round, hollow grass-like leaves 6 to 10 inches long. Globe-like pinkish-purple flowers shoot up in spring on stalks […] More

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  • Grow Bag Vegetable Gardening Guide

    Lettuce growing in grow bags

    You can grow just about any vegetable in grow bags that you can grow in a regular garden—even melons and winter squash if the bag is large enough. There are only a few vegetables, such as asparagus, that aren’t really suited for grow bag gardening. Even though grow bags are more limited in space than […] More

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  • How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Sage

    Sage in the garden, Salvia officinalis

    You can learn how to grow sage in minutes. Sage is an herbaceous perennial herb that is easy to grow in most sunny gardens. In the kitchen, sage has an aggressive pungent aroma and flavor which is often described as camphor-like and musty. Sage is commonly used in dishes containing pork, cheese, and beans, and […] More

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  • How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Chamomile

    Chamomile leave and flowers

    Chamomile flowers are used to make tea. Chamomile tea has a fresh, clean flavor that is immediately soothing. There are two chamomiles: Roman chamomile (botanical name Chamaemelum nobile) and German chamomile (botanical name Matricaria recutita or Matricaria chamomilla). Both are members of the Asteraceae daisy family.Roman chamomile has a fragrance and flavor similar to that […] More

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  • How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Dill

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    Dill is an annual herb that is easy to grow. Dill’s delicate leaves are feathery. Mature plants flower in late summer. Flowers are followed by seeds. Dill leaves, flowers and seeds can be used in the kitchen. Dill leaves are an herb. Dill seeds are a spice. Dill grows well in full sun or partial […] More

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  • How to Plant and Grow Broccoli

    Broccoli ready for harvest

    Broccoli is an edible flower. Broccoli is a cool-season crop. Grow broccoli so that it comes to harvest when temperatures average no more than 75°F (23°C) each day. Broccoli heads are clusters of tightly packed flower buds waiting to open. Broccoli is a hardy biennial, grown as an annual. It is a member of the cabbage […] More

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  • How to Plant and Grow Cabbage

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    Cabbage is a cool-weather crop. Grow cabbage in spring so that it comes to harvest before the summer heat or start cabbage in mid to late summer so that it comes to harvest during the cool days of autumn, winter, or early spring. Cabbages will grow in most soils. They prefer short days and cool […] More

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  • How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Kale

    Lancinato kale, also known as Tuscan kale

    Kale is a leafy cool-weather crop that requires two months of cool weather to reach harvest. Kale is a biennial plant, a hardy brassica (member of the cabbage/mustard family). Mature kale leaves can be coarse but there are several types that are grown for their tender, palatable young leaves. Kale is an important leaf crop […] More

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