For cantaloupes, as the plant gets nearer to a ripe state, a netting like appearance will be more pronounced. Honeydew melons also have a smoother skin and cantaloupes have the traditional dimpled look to the surface. There are many types of melons available but those most often grown in a home garden are watermelons, cantaloupe, and honeydew.
Direct sow Malabar spinach seeds in USDA zone 7 or warmer, two to three weeks after the last frost date. Malabar spinach plants can be grown in part shade, which increases the leaf size, but it much prefers hot, humid and full sun exposures. While Read more
During the subfreezing winter months, horseradish leaves die back and rot atop the soil surface. Also, a dug-up horseradish root also doesn t emit that strong horseradish scent you may expect. If you break off a leaf from the horseradish plant, you may get only Read more
Sowing isn t the easiest and quickest way to grow shallots better plant from bulbs. Take note that gray shallots , although the most common variety, only keep until mid-December. gray shallots, considered to be the original shallots. Onions and shallots are easy to grow Read more
Isothiocyanates R N C S are derivatives from glucosinolates in cells of plants of the Cruciferae or mustard family cabbage, kohlrabi , Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, horseradish, mustard, turnips, rutabaga. Harlequin bug is principally a pest of crucifers, attacking asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Read more
Or how about the melding of sweet potatoes and broccoli with olive oil and a fried egg for a Sunday brunch. And I know you re going to fall in foodie love with this cheesy charred broccoli pasta bake, also from our sister site, Foodal. Read more
It has a shorter picking time than chard. Water your chard regularly and consistently for the best results. Swiss chard is a very vigorous and strong grower and some varieties grow quite tall. Masterchef s Gregg Wallace pops chard into his delicious frittata with Parmesan.
Do not wash harvested squash, but simply rub away any loose dirt. Luckily, squash is so versatile. Male squash flowers are a tasty delicacy that you can prepare at home. Growing squash on trellises requires a sturdy foundation as the fruit will weigh heavily on Read more
This is done so that tomatoes can be harvested and eaten practically all year round. The space you have available for growing tomatoes will often be the determining factor when deciding which variety to grow. In general, tomatoes can be divided into two varieties determinate Read more
To keep winter turnips best, leave them in the ground until January, at least those that have been sown as late as possible. Boasting high potassium content, turnips help prevent common ailments such as the flu or bronchitis. During the harvest, turnips must feel firm Read more
But undoubtedly, the most common use for pumpkins is decorative. Using soil blocks, I can hold off on transplanting my pumpkins until late spring here in Zone 5b, around May 15 without plants becoming root-bound. I have grown pumpkins in Zones ranging from 1b to Read more
From an early sowing, this shouldn t be a problem, but later sowings in the UK may leave your peppers feeling the cold as summer days begin to shorten. It s best to keep your soil a little on the dry side because slightly stressing Read more
Harvesting bok choy plants that have been protected will ensure beautiful, blemish free leaves filled with flavor and healthful benefits. If you allow the plant to bolt, it will form flowers and seed, providing a bok choy seed harvest. Choose the smaller plants when harvesting Read more
French beans. If picked regularly, dwarf French bean plants will crop for several weeks and climbing French beans for much longer. On other beans, catch populations when small and squash.
The climbing onion plant is not related to onions or other alliums, but is more closely aligned with lilies. Climbing sea onions Bowiea volubilis grow out of a bulb. Climbing sea onions like to be in a crowded pot, so select one that s just Read more
If you plant petunias Petunia group, hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 through 11 near asparagus, the flowers can help to repel the beetles from the asparagus shoots throughout the growing season. After the asparagus harvesting season is over in late spring, the plant Read more
They are cultivars of the same species as edible sweet potatoes but are only ornamental, not edible, as they are very bitter. Sweet potato vines are the same species as that plant that grows sweet potatoes.
Forced rhubarb stems can be harvested around eight weeks after covering, which may be up to a month earlier than unforced crops. Summer Keep an eye on your rhubarb plants and water them during dry periods. If you ve grown your rhubarb in a pot, Read more
Most squashes are too heavy for the average trellis without extra support, but some, like the summer squashes and smaller gourds, are perfect for vertical growth. Since I have been converting my garden to permanent raised beds that are only 3-feet wide, I had to Read more
They are cultivars of the same species as edible sweet potatoes but are only ornamental, not edible, as they are very bitter. Sweet potato vines are the same species as that plant that grows sweet potatoes. Growing sweet potatoes in containers provides another perk It Read more
Regardless of the type of cucumber you grow, the planting process is the same. There are also many types of novelty cucumbers, such as the lemon cucumber, which is a vining variety that grows in the shape and color of a lemon. Once you have Read more
Onions Cabbage, carrots, chard, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes Beans, peas Chamomile improves growth and flavor Potatoes Basil, beans, celery, corn, garlic, horseradish, lettuce, marigolds, onions, peas, radishes, spinach Asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, kohlrabi, melons, peppers, raspberries, squash, sunflowers, strawberries, tomatoes Cucumbers, Read more
You may also include sorrel in your preferred chard and spinach recipes and also use it in preparing souffl s and omelettes. Externally, sorrel was employed to heal skin complaints as well as to help in having a clear complexion. If you wish to freeze Read more
To grow kale as an early summer crop, the seeds can be sown indoors in modules or seed trays in early spring, or sown directly into the ground once it has warmed up in spring. You can expect to see your kale seedlings germinating in Read more
Help vining edamame. Commercial edamame soybeans are erect bushes, usually around 2 feet in height. If that variety is Butterbean , you should have some good edamame. Soybean plants are harvested when the pods edamame are still an immature green, prior to any yellowing of Read more
When your eggplant fruits are still young, it s time to pick them, rather than waiting until they reach full size. Another advantage of pruning is that it makes it easier for you to see any bugs on the eggplant leaves. Plant your eggplant seedlings Read more
However, higher temperatures for any length of time will burn the leaves of the radicchio. Depending on your USDA zone, radicchio may be grown as a spring, summer, or fall vegetable, but the most common red leaf heading radicchio does best grown in cool temperatures. Read more
Despite its name, climbing okra Luffa acutangula isn t an okra at all. So, just what is climbing okra, if okra it ain t. Rather, it s been tagged with that misleading moniker because of its superficial resemblance to garden okra. Today okra has become Read more
Bringing cauliflower to fruition means knowing when is the best time to plant and when to harvest cauliflower. Unlike broccoli, however, which produces multiple side shoots, cauliflower only produces a single head which means you have one chance to get it right. Read on to Read more
While basil can grow in a pH range of 5. If your soil is neutral is perfectly fine, and your basil has all needed to thrive. Here 15 of the most asked questions intermediate level growers on growing basil. Like other herbs, basil is a Read more
The cabbage several varieties is a member of the Brassicaceae family, and is neither a climber, nor a creeper. Is cabbage climber or creeper. It is low growing and forms a closely packed heart which is the part of the cabbage we usually eat.
Also take note that artichoke is a favored shelter for caterpillars and snails and setting traps for these could be smart, because damage can be extensive. Even if this might come as a surprise to many, the growing of artichoke is relatively simple to pull Read more
Fixing no head formation on your lettuce crop means providing temperatures and site conditions that encourage formation. Although relatively easy to grow, head lettuce problems may range from slug and snail damage to loose heads. If you find no head on lettuce a consistent problem, Read more
Raised beds work great for the tomatillo plant if your garden has heavy clay soil. Garden fresh tomatillos add zest and unique flavor to hot sauces, salsas, and dips. In order for the tomatillo flowers to set fruit, you must grow at least two plants.
But the most popular way to tell if watermelons are ripe is the sound. I prefer growing watermelons in clumps on a mound, in several different locations in the garden. Growing watermelons requires lots of space, lots of sun, lots of water and lots of Read more
A difference is that the pods of snow peas are flat and those of sugar snap peas are round. The beds for sugar snap peas should be 8 inches high and 18 to 24 inches apart. Sugar snap peas are a cool-season vegetable and can Read more
Interestingly enough it smells like garlic. The smell is because it contains sulfur like allin and allyl sulphides that the garlic has. If you are interested in growing garlic vine, you have many options as to where to plant it and how to use it. Read more
Sowing growing parsnips couldn t be simpler, so take a look at our full range of Parsnip seed available to buy online today. Sunday roasts just aren t the same without some delicious sweet parsnips on the side. Weed between rows of parsnips regularly to Read more
Note that stalk celery and celeriac are cousins, but don t come from the same plant. In the days of Greek and Roman empires, celery was used for its medicinal properties, namely to treat urinary tract infections. There are 2 major celery families stalk celery Read more
I ve sown leeks into Bustaseed modules and seed trays in propagators set at 20ºC which is around the optimum germination temperature. The local garden centre was offering a range of veg plants, including leeks, at 3. When I came to sow my leeks I Read more
The jalapeno pepper plant is a member of the hot pepper family and shares company with other fiery hot varieties such as tabasco, cayenne, and cherry. It s best to avoid getting water on the fruit, therefore, drip irrigation is the best form of watering Read more