Category: Growing Food

Monoecious Cucumbers

Cucumbers and other vine crops are monoecious. Monoecious plants have separate male and female flowers on the same plant. Male and female flowers are similar in appearance. However, the female flowers have small, immature fruits at their base. Pollen is…

April Gardening Calendar

The gardening calendar for April provides a list of recommended food growing tips and <sigh>gardening chores. If you haven’t started your organic gardening adventure yet, it is HIGH time! April is a wonderful time for growing organic food. More people…

How to Grow Organic Beets

organic beets

Beets are wonderful food plants to grow because they give a double bang for the buck. If you plant thickly, you can have plenty of greens while the young and tender plant is growing and they are most nutritious. And as you thin them out you leave room for the large bulbs to grow as the plant matures. It’s an easy way to have a lot of young greens and still keep the remaining plants growing in the garden for a while longer to produce plenty of mature beet roots for later.

The Herb Cottage

Okay, I haven’t been there, but I was born in Texas, does that count? 😉 I was delighted that she offered us the opportunity to publish her article, Horseradish, Herb of the Year 2011 a well written and informative article…

Still January

Today I went outside to find the slightest whiff of spring in the air… or was it just wishful thinking? After checking with the online weather report, I realize it is probably wishful thinking and that peas will not be…

Winter Garden Salad

It is a bit early to begin growing seeds indoors for transplants for the spring garden. But if you don’t have a greenhouse, you make a windowsill salad garden. You can eat it within weeks! Use a windowbox liner with…

How to Grow a Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden

Pests are notorious for causing a loss of plants every year, however, that loss can be minimized with good pest control practices. If you ensure that your plants have been properly watered, fertilized and cultivated, you will also work toward growing plants that are more pest resistant than plants that are neglected or have received poor care.

Winter Vegetables

We often see different vegetables at Thanksgiving dinners like the root vegetables rutabagas and parsnips and Brussels sprouts. If you have grown root vegetables in your garden this year, you can leave them in the ground and harvest them as…

Heirloom Tomatoes and Disease Resistance

Unlike hybrid tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes have not been tested and bred for disease resistance. For this reason, they may or may not have some natural resistance to various diseases. However, it is beneficial to remember that these unique varieties would…