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.

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}

Garlic {Allium sativum}

ALSO, KNOWN AS: Clove Garlic Da Suan Garlic Poor-man’s-treacle Rashona Rustic’s Treacle Stinking Rose Tricolor Garlic The common kitchen herb, the garlic – Allium Sativum to botanists – is a familiar herb and culinary spice. This perennial herb is known for its white colored bulb that is composed of small white cloves that have a … Continue reading Garlic {Allium sativum}

Tomato {Solanum lycopersicum}

The tomato plant (botanical name Solanum Lycopersicum) is a member of the nightshade family. Usually, plants of this species grow to a height of anything between one and three meters (3 to 10 feet) and have the very delicate stem that generally spread out over the ground as well as climbs like vines on other … Continue reading Tomato {Solanum lycopersicum}

Zucchini {Cucurbita pepo}

Zucchini is basically a type of squash available during summer. In effect, zucchini is a robust squash that grows with good grace in an assortment of environs and has a wide range of uses - ranging from sweet zucchini bread to raw ‘pasta' prepared with zucchini strips. Zucchini is available in several markets during summer … Continue reading Zucchini {Cucurbita pepo}

Cucumber {Cucumis sativus}

The cucumber, botanically known as the Cucumis sativus, is an extensively cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae that includes squash and also muskmelon. Though it is technically a fruit, cucumbers are widely considered vegetables. Cucumber is a vegetable which is a member of the family that also includes different squashes, pumpkins, and zucchinis. The … Continue reading Cucumber {Cucumis sativus}