Gardens

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: 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 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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We all know and love herbs. Chances are that you’ve already used a product today that has an herbal ingredient. The soap you showered with this morning used lavender for its scent. The organic wool sweater that you’re wearing may have been dyed using herbs. The aspirin you took after lunch is derived from a
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“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” – Lewis Grizzard Everyone knows that home garden tomatoes taste an order of magnitude better than ones that come from the grocery stores’ shelves. They are fresher, juicier, sweeter and just plain delicious. Tomatoes grown for supermarkets are bred for their firmness,
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I’ll admit it right up front. I’ve never grown amaranth. But I’m going to consider it for next year (and no, it’s not too early to start planning next year’s garden). Why? We’ve always been interested in growing grains as part of a desire for self-sufficiency. And then we’ve been learning about what a nutritional
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Friends that read this blog are always anxious to offer criticism, point out mistakes, and otherwise find things I’ve said that just might not be true in every case. Rather than get all defensive, we’ve learned to engage our fact-checkers, address the questions and, more often than not, learn something in the process. So when
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Sunlight: Full sun to partial shadeMaturity: 60-75 days from transplant, 90-120 days from seedHeight: 12 to 48 inchesSpacing: 2 to 3 feet apart, 3 to 6 feet between rows Native to the Mediterranean and favored by many home gardeners, growing rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is popular for its many culinary qualities. The aromatic and pungent leaves may be used fresh or dried and are traditionally paired
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