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  • Broccoli Harvest and Re-Harvest

    Broccoli is easy to grow and offers not one harvest but several. Each plant grows two to three feet tall with a thick central stalk and several lateral branches. The central stalk is the first to bear a large cluster of tiny, dark green flower buds—the plant’s first harvest. After the central flower cluster is […] More

  • How to Grow Peaches and Nectarines

    Peaches and nectarines are easy to grow. Peaches and nectarines are semi-hardy deciduous woody perennial trees. They grow best where summer is hot and where winter temperatures regularly fall below 45°F. Nectarines like slightly warmer conditions. Peaches and nectarines are less hardy than apples; their range is farther south and at lower elevations than apples. […] More

  • Pepper Varieties: Best Bets and Easy-to-Grow

    Peppers demand a warm location from start to finish. For peppers to prosper: sow pepper seed in a warm seed bed and transplant seedlings into a warm planting bed where the air temperature will remain consistently warm until harvest. Cool weather and soil are a pepper’s greatest challenge. Here are best bet, easy-to-grow peppers, both […] More

  • How to Grow Borage

    You can grow borage in minutes. Borage is a decorative herb festooned in summer with clusters of intensely blue star-shaped flowers. The leaves and flowers of borage taste like cucumbers. The flowers can be floated in summer drinks and candied for decoration. The leaves can be used in salads, sandwiches, and desserts or sautéed like […] More

  • How to Grow Mint

    How to grow mint

    Mint is one of the most popular herbs. There are many mints for the gardener and cook to choose from: spearmint, peppermint, apple mint, pennyroyal, lemon mint, pineapple mint, and ginger mint to name a few. Cooks prefer spearmint for most savory dishes; it’s less overpowering than other mints such as peppermint which is very […] More

  • How to Grow Swiss Chard

    Grow chard from spring through autumn

    Chard, also called Swiss chard, grows best in the cooler time of the year. Sow chard in the garden 2 to 4 weeks after all frost has passed in spring. Grow Swiss chard again in autumn, To get an early start, sow chard indoors as early as 3 to 4 weeks before the average last […] More

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