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Raspberries are a favorite summertime fruit produced by perennial bushes that are easy to grow and maintain. Plants naturally flourish in cooler climates, and through a century of cultivates and crosses several varieties are suitable for a range of hardiness zones. Good site selection, a bit of pruning and soil amending results in healthy raspberry beds that fruit
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There’s a problem with legal marijuana: pesticides. Cannabis samples from shops and dispensaries in various states that have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana invariably reveal products contaminated with insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides and other compounds used to eliminate or prevent infestations. Pesticides have also been found in medical marijuana. It’s popularly believed that legal cannabis
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Sunlight: Full sun to partial shadeMaturity: 85-95 days from seedHeight: 4 to 6 feetSpacing: 24 to 36 inches apart, 3 to 5 feet between rows Native to southern Europe, growing lovage (Levisticum officinale) is easy! The leaves, stems, roots and seeds of this old-time herb are all edible and taste a lot like celery, but stronger. Perennial plants are large — up to
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Sunlight: Full sun to partial shadeMaturity: 70-90 days from seedHeight: 12 to 24 inchesSpacing: 8 to 12 inches apart, 8 to 12 inches between rows Herb gardeners growing marjoram (Origanum majoricum) enjoy its fragrant and flavorful leaves which are highly valued for seasoning. The aroma and flavor is similar to mild oregano, but noticeably sweeter. Marjoram grows 1-2 feet tall and has square stems, gray-green
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Folks who do a lot of cooking at home frequently run into recipes that use shallots instead of onions. Because they’re so expensive, shallots are sometimes seen as the rich man’s onion. But that’s an unfair comparison. While shallots are in the onion family and resemble their cousins — though when you start to separate
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Container-grown plants can be an addition to an already flourishing landscape or a garden all by themselves. By planting in nursery pots, buckets, whiskey barrels, grow bags, or whatever else you find around the house, you’ll be adding aesthetic interest and practicality to your yard and home. Container gardening is useful when: You want to move
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Sunlight: Full sun to partial shadeMaturity: 75-90 days from seedHeight: 12 to 30 inchesSpacing: 12 to 24 inches apart, 1 to 2 feet between rows Stand back! Mint (Mentha) produces quickly and can take over in ideal conditions. As a result, many home gardeners prefer growing mint in containers to keep it… well, contained. The plant is easy to grow and perfect for the
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Herbs have long been revered for both their medicinal and culinary value. They may cure colds, help you sleep and add flavor and zest to dinner. Fortunately for home gardeners, growing herbs is relatively easy. They thrive in just about any type of soil, do not require much fertilizer, and are not often bothered by
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For years, we canned tomatoes and homemade tomato sauce the way grandma taught us: using the water bath method. This involved packing sterilized jars with hot (cooked) fruit or tomatoes and boiling for a designated amount of time, usually an hour or more for tomatoes. That’s not true anymore. In this age of increasing food contamination,
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Most years, your friendly and curious Planet Natural Blogger likes to plant something in his garden that he hasn’t tried before. How well he remembers that first sowing of kohlrabi back some (garbled) years ago! Now it’s a family favorite. We’re expecting the same thing to happen with celeriac, sometimes known as celery root. Why
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“She loves me… she loves me not.” Whichever way the petals fall, one thing is certain. We all love daisies. When other flowers are fading away in late summer, daisies stand long and tall, gracing our landscapes with abundant blossoms. Even those of us who’ve seen them invade our lawn and realized how hard the
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Sunlight: Full sunMaturity: 80-95 days from seedHeight: 18 to 30 inchesSpacing: 12 to 18 inches apart, 1 to 2 feet between rows Available in several varieties and cultivars — with each offering its own unique flavor — growing oregano (Origanum) is popular with many home gardeners. Native to the Mediterranean, these attractive plants do well tucked in rock gardens and terraces and
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“Winter’s herbs are summer’s herbs, too, but they seem to matter more in winter,” writes Joe Eck and the late Wayne Winterrowd in their warm and wise book To Eat: A Country Life. The book, out earlier this year, is a celebration of gardening and cooking with the harvest, a wonderful poem, in prose, to the
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Sunlight: Full sunMaturity: 75-110 days from seed to flowerHeight: 6 to 15 feet if grown on a trellisSpacing: 4 to 6 inches apart in all directions A favorite! Home flower gardeners are growing morning glory (Ipomoea) for their vibrant colors including purples, reds, pinks and blues. This vigorous vining plant is often found covering country fences where their delicate flowers greet you with
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Sunlight: Full sunMaturity: 50-90 daysHeight: 3 to 8 feetSpacing: 18 to 36 inches apart, 3 to 4 feet between rows The rich, sun-kissed taste of these juicy fruits makes growing tomato plants the Holy Grail of organic gardeners everywhere! Originating in Central and South America, tomatoes are available in an ever-increasing range of colors, sizes and shapes with the recent interest in
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Here we are in the last days of August and peppers are growing everywhere. They’re hanging big and bright in our gardens, the produce sections boast an abundance, and farmer’s markets offer bushels of varied-colored, varied-sized peppers of types we’ve never seen. In places like New Mexico where chile peppers are deeply embedded in the
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Those of us who use potted plants in our gardens, on our patios, and around our landscapes face a problem each winter: how to protect them during the long cold winter. It’s hard enough in areas where extreme cold is frequent to keep perennials in the ground alive. It’s much harder overwintering potted plants. The bulk
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Sunlight: Full sun to partial shadeMaturity: 55-70 days from seed to flowerHeight: 12 to 18 inchesSpacing: 8 to 12 inches apart in all directions You garden and hanging baskets should get to know this quick and easy-to-grow annual that reseeds itself freely. Home gardeners are growing nasturtium (Tropaeolum) for its vivid, showy flowers and attractive foliage. Great for cool-weather climates, its
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Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade; afternoon shade preferredMaturity: 65-90 days from seedHeight: 10 to 20 inchesSpacing: 6 to 12 inches apart, 1 to 2 feet between rows When growing parsley, home gardeners often select between two common varieties; flat leaf and curly-leaf. Which type you choose depends on your taste: Flat leaf or Italian parsley (Petroselinum crispum neapolitanum) is similar in appearance to
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