January 2006

Tough Growing Conditions

January 31, 2006

Facing tough growing conditions doesn’t mean that you have to totally give up on gardening, or that you can’t make the situation more hospitable and better suited to growing a productive garden. Listen to how Carolyn describes her gardening conditions: “We live in the Dallas area where the soil is rocky and dry. Rain has been scarce and snow […]


Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage is one of my favorite varieties of green cabbage and the one that I choose most often for early spring plantings. One thing that sets this heirloom cabbage apart from other common varieties is that Early Jersey Wakefield produces heads with a distinctly pointed, conical shape. To top it off this is […]


Best Time to Dig Potatoes

January 29, 2006

Cindy who grows her garden in Apopka, Florida recently raised a question regarding the best time to dig potatoes: “Yesterday we discovered that all three of our plants now have produced potatoes. My question is when is the right time for us to dig up our crop? We have noticed that we still have a few […]


Growing Blueberries

January 28, 2006

The year-round ornamental appeal of blueberry plants was covered in a recent entry, today I’ll look at the specifics of growing blueberries in the home garden. Key considerations when growing blueberries are selecting the right variety for your climate, and ensuring that the acidic PH soil requirements are satisfied. There are various categories of blueberries including: lowbush, northern highbush, […]


Handy Transplanting Secret

January 27, 2006

Hate transplanting strong, healthy seedlings to the garden only to watch them wilt and shrivel from the stress of being moved to their new location? Here’s a transplanting secret that works great with leafy vegetables like greens and lettuces. Simply reduce the amount of leaf foliage at the time that you set the young transplants […]

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Gardening Generously

January 25, 2006

For most of us gardening is a hobby that provides a source of relaxation, pleasure, and a little extra garden fresh produce to supplement what we can purchase from the local supermarket. For others however, gardening is a serious enterprise that’s essential for survival and the primary means of earning income and putting food on […]


Royalty Purple Pod Beans

January 24, 2006

Royalty Purple Pod Beans are so incredibly attractive that you may find it difficult to stop admiring them long enough to eat them. These beautiful heirloom snap beans seem better suited for a table centerpiece than a dinner plate. Even the photos don’t do justice to the deep, rich, purple color of Royalty Purple Pod Beans. […]


Harvesting Peppers

January 22, 2006

Watching for the change in color is the easiest way to determine the ripeness for harvesting peppers. Le-Ann sent in the following question regarding harvesting peppers: “I want to know when I can pick my chillies because they are all green and tasty, but I didn’t know if they are truly ripe?” “I have two […]


Gourmet Garlic

January 20, 2006

Think you’re a garlic lover? Well here’s a surprise for you, if you use store bought garlic cloves, you haven’t experienced really great tasting garlic. For that you have to sample a variety or two of the gourmet garlics that you’ll never find on the shelves of your local supermarket, but can be easily grown in […]