Planning Your Garden Electronically.

As the Internet continues to grow and new varieties of plants become available, it can sometimes become a daunting task in locating reputable vendors that offer plants or other gardening services or supplies online. Websites seemingly pop up overnight and promises are made of "guaranteed to grow in your garden" offers. How can you sort … Continue reading Planning Your Garden Electronically.

Poultry Folklore

black chicken always has a pale white skin. A brood will be successful if you set your hen on Monday. A chicken crossing your path will bring you bad luck. A chicken hatched during the spring will lay every other day. A crowing hen is the sign of bad luck. A fight between two roosters … Continue reading Poultry Folklore

A Garden Of Healing Herbs.

Natural medicinal gardens can be cultivated in four stages and it is possible to undertake these all at the same time - following their gradual development over a period of several years. The first stage involves growing herbs in beds laid in rows, circles, geometric or in a haphazard pattern - almost in the manner … Continue reading A Garden Of Healing Herbs.

Herb Garden: What is an Herb?

Herbs are a fascinating group of plants with a history of cultivation stretching back to the dawn of civilization. Once the herb garden was a practical project, necessary for supplying flavorings for the kitchen and medicines for the family. Today, gardeners are growing herbs for medicinal purposes and for their attractive looks, pleasing fragrances, and … Continue reading Herb Garden: What is an Herb?

Starting Your Seeds Indoors This Winter.

Expert answers to your herb-growing questions. Q.  This year I want to grow some of my herb plants from seeds. What are the steps to starting seeds over the winter? A.  Seed starting is like baking bread- you need the right mix of ingredients, the right temperature, and viable yeast. In the case of seed starting, the … Continue reading Starting Your Seeds Indoors This Winter.

Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Transplants.

Some plants can be started indoors early in the season, before soil and air temperatures are warm enough to plant outdoors. From a seed-starting perspective, most of our common vegetable plants fall into one of three categories. Don't do well direct-seeded outdoors - these plants seem to do better if they are started in a … Continue reading Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Transplants.

Vertical Gardening.

Take advantage of garden space by using the third dimension to grow vegetables and vining fruit. When garden space is limited, you can still grow space-hungry plants. Growing your vegetables and vining fruits on an arbor or vertical trellis is the most efficient way to add space in a less-than-spacious garden. Growing vertically improves air circulation, which helps … Continue reading Vertical Gardening.

How to Guarantee Your Garden Starts off on the Right Foot.

As winter slowly winds down, many gardeners cannot wait to soak up the springtime sun and get their hands dirty in the garden. Such excitement is not just good for gardeners, but can benefit the garden in the months to come as well. Late winter or early spring is a great time to get a … Continue reading How to Guarantee Your Garden Starts off on the Right Foot.

Why Keep A Gardening Journal?

A garden journal can add to your gardening success and enhance your enjoyment of your gardening activities. Depending on how much effort you want to spend on the journal, it can record as little as what you planted and when. At the other extreme, it can record every minute activity you perform in your gardens, … Continue reading Why Keep A Gardening Journal?

Onion {Allium cepa}

ALSO, KNOWN AS: Common Onion Onion The onion – botanically called Allium cepa – is one of the most common culinary herbs around, and is used worldwide in many culinary preparations. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus writes of nine tons of gold being spent to purchase enough onions to feed the builders of the pyramids … Continue reading Onion {Allium cepa}