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  • How to Grow Costmary

    How to grow costmary: costmary leaves

    Costmary is a perennial herb sometimes called mint geranium. But costmary is neither mint nor a geranium though its leaves have a spearmint flavor. Costmary makes an attractive, fragrant hedge in the herb garden or perennial border. Its leaves can be used fresh or dried to flavor green and fruit salads and make tea. Get […] More

  • How to Grow Lentils


    Lentils are a cool-season legume. Sow lentils in spring as early as 2 weeks before the average last frost date. Lentils can be started indoors before transplanting to the garden; lentil seeds will germinate in 10 days at 68°F. Lentils require 80 to 110 days to come to harvest. Description. Lentils are a hardy annual; […] More

  • How to Grow Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet potatoes are tender, warm-season perennial plants grown as annuals. Sweet potatoes require a long, warm growing season, usually about 4 months of frost-free weather to reach harvest. Set sweet potato starts or slips in the garden after all danger of frost has passed, usually 4 weeks after the last average frost date in early […] More

  • How to Grow Corn

    How to Grow Corn

    Corn is a warm-season annual that is best planted after the soil temperature reaches 60°F (16°C), usually two or three weeks after the last frost in spring. Corn planted in cold, wet soil is unlikely to germinate. • Corn grows best in air temperatures from 60° to 95°F (16-35°C). • Corn can take from 60 […] More

  • How to Grow Carrots

    How to Grow Carrots

    Carrots are among the easiest garden vegetables to grow—and the most bountiful–given the right conditions. Grow carrots in the cool time of the year—spring and autumn. Plant carrots in loose, compost-rich soil free of pebbles, stones or other obstructions. Sow carrots in the garden 2 to 3 weeks before the average last frost date in […] More

  • How to Grow Collards

    How to grow collards

    Collards are a cool-weather crop. Start seed indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost in spring. Sow seed outdoors when the soil can be worked in spring. Place transplants in the garden when they are 3 to 4 inches tall (7-10cm) as early as 3 to 4 weeks before the last frost in […] More

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