Archive for the ‘How to Grow’ Category

The Parsnips Experiment Conclusion

Part 1 Part 2 Here’s the recap: In the spring of 2013 we planted parsnip seeds in our Zone 5/6 garden. That fall, we harvested some of the roots and left others to overwinter. In the spring of 2014 we harvested some of those roots, and left a few to go to seed. Since we [...]


April 12, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Parsnips, Preparedness & Green Living, The Experiments  No Comments

How to Grow – Strawberries

Strawberries are easy to grow once they are established, but many die because of improper planting. The strawberry above planted itself from a runner that landed in a mulched pathway. You can see how shallow the root system was, just barely below ground level. This picture is a close-up of a strawberry crown. When you [...]

April 11, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Fruits, How to Grow  10 Comments

Stevia – You Can Grow That!

Stevia has the reputation of being difficult to grow, and the truth is, it is just picky about germination. It can take a number of seeds to get one or two to sprout. Unlike most seeds, stevia needs the light to germinate. To plant, just lay the seeds right on top of your seed starting [...]

April 4, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, You Can Grow That!  2 Comments

6 Secrets to Growing Carrots

Growing carrots in the home garden will be more successful if you know a few things: 1. Carrots can be grown in the early spring, but their germination rate will be slower. The days to germination, as is also the case with days to maturity that are found on seed packets, are based on optimal [...]

March 31, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Carrots  2 Comments

How to Grow – Perennial Onions

Also known as Tree Onions, Perennial Onions, Top Onions -amongst other names- these hardy perennials are one of the first veggies to be enjoyed in the spring. They are quite prolific in most areas. I planted mine from a cluster given to me by a friend. I divided it into two, and planted in containers [...]

March 31, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Onions & Leeks  4 Comments

3 Ways to Support Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a vine crop and can be left to grow that way. However, you are more likely to get rot in your fruit and to have them attacked by numerous creepy crawlers. Pretty much everybody stakes their tomatoes nowadays. You do have a number of choices on the How-To end. You can buy Tomato [...]

March 21, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: How to Grow, Tomatoes, Tomatillos & Ground Cherries  No Comments

How to Keep Seedlings Organized

Over the years we have tried a number of methods to keep straight which seed was planted in which tray. Probably the worst one was when we put a label on top of the tray lid, indicating specifically what was what for each spot. Of course, when we removed the lid to water the seeds, [...]

March 14, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: All About Seeds, Keeping up with the Joneses, saving money & time  One Comment

Seeds and the Seasons

The following is a guest post by a lovely woman named Amber from England. Their weather is similar to ours here in the northeast, but much less extreme and with milder winters. We always find it interesting to learn how others garden. Enjoy! Growing your garden can be so rewarding whether your passion is for [...]

March 7, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: All About Seeds, Gardening People, Places & Things  One Comment

Aloe from Seed – You Can Grow That!

Every gardener, whether they admit it or not, has at some point grown something in spite of themselves. Perhaps they didn’t know any better; ask me sometime about my first experience playing golf (ps. don’t ask himself). Or maybe they gave up on a plant, only to have it thrive. Such was the case with [...]

March 4, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, Odds & Ends, You Can Grow That!  2 Comments

Parthenocarpic, What a Wonderful Word

It kind of just rolls off your tongue, doesn’t it? What it refers to is a veggie, like the cucumber shown above, that does not need pollination to produce fruit. This particular one is called Corinto, an F1 hybrid that we purchased seeds from Johnny’s Select. We chose this one because it will bear a [...]

February 24, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Cucumbers & Gherkins, How to Grow, The Experiments  No Comments