4 Easy To Grow, Edible Organic Flowers

4 Easy To Grow, Edible Organic Flowers

Are you looking for a way to get more out of your flower garden? Growing flowers with your vegetables or herbs is not only possible, but super easy! Simply choose a mixture of tasty, edible flowers for your organic garden that double as companion plants. Organic gardening is about more than not using chemicals. It’s about stepping back, having patience and letting Mother Nature work her magic. You can assist her by combining flowers, herbs and vegetables that benefit one another and attract beneficial insects into the garden. This is the key to organic gardening success regardless of what crops you are growing.

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Calendula

Calendula is an edible plant that is used to add natural color to icing, cheese or butter. The petals, fresh or dried, are also used to make salves or to add a zesty flavor to soups or salads. In the garden, these flowers serve multiple purposes. The vibrant orange and yellow flowers add a burst of color. Calendula also lures beneficial insects into the garden and traps bad bugs. Aphids and whiteflies are drawn to this plant.

Locate a few plants in an area away from the main garden to lure these bugs away from most of the plants. Do not destroy bug infected Calendula because beneficial insects will be drawn to them and eat the bad bugs up. You have to have bad bugs to have good bugs but sooner or later the good bugs will outnumber the bad ones. This is the important thing to keep in mind when you are starting out growing plants organically. The asparagus beetle and the tomato hornworm dislike this plant, so inter-plant them with asparagus and tomatoes.

4 Easy To Grow, Edible Organic Flowers

Nasturtium

The peppery tasting flowers of Nasturtium are high in Vitamin C, add a colorful burst of flavor to salads and are often used as a garnish. You can also use them to make nasturtium butter. Nasturtium flowers have both single and double flowers. They come in many colors including red, orange, rose and crimson. There is dwarf, semi-trailing and climbing varieties of Nasturtium. In the garden, Nasturtium traps flea beetles and aphids. Grow Nasturtium plants near mint, oregano, fruit trees, radish, cabbage and members of the cucurbit family. It helps to repel the Mexican bean beetle, cabbage pests, whiteflies, squash bugs, plus the striped cucumber and pumpkin beetles.

4 Easy To Grow, Edible Organic Flowers

Pansy and Viola

Pansy and Violas are popular edible flowers that look as good dry as they do fresh. Eat them fresh in salads or candy them to use as decorations on desserts. Pansies and violas have a sweet, grassy flavor with a slight wintergreen taste. Both plants prefer growing in the cool season. Fall planted pansy will overwinter, coming back the following spring, then set seed and die. Viola is a perennial plant that rapidly naturalizes in the garden. A perennial plant is one that comes back year after year from the plant’s original root system. Pansies have a wider range of colors than Violas and also have larger flowers. Pansy flower colors include shades of brown, purple, yellow, orange and white.

4 Easy To Grow, Edible Organic Flowers

Signet Marigold

Lemon Gem and Tangerine Gem Marigolds have smaller flowers than ornamental Marigolds. The orange and yellow colored flower petals add a spicy, somewhat bitter taste to salads. These two particular varieties are not the type of Marigold known for attracting nematodes. Plant them among potatoes, strawberries, roses, tomatoes and eggplants to add color to the garden and deter a variety of insects including the Mexican bean beetle. Signet Marigolds do attract a variety of beneficial insects including butterflies and bees.

There are many more edible flowers available, this is just a small selection that I have chosen because of how easy they are to grow. The seeds of these plants – or even small plants – are also readily available. I encourage you to grow them even if it is in a container – and even if you choose not to eat the petals. The vibrant colors and the beneficial things they do in the yard and garden is well worth the time it takes to water and care for them, not to mention the fact that they provide a source of natural nectar to many beneficial insects and pollinators including bees.

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4 Easy To Grow, Edible Organic Flowers

31 Gardening Blog Posts You Shouldn’t Miss

31 Gardening Blog Posts You Shouldn’t Miss

Exotic Gardening has been around since 1998 – and that means there are a lot of older blog posts that maybe you have not seen. Today I thought I would do a round-up post of 31 of the most popular or best posts on this section of the site. I hope you enjoy some of these articles – and please be sure to share them on social media if you do!

1. I Love Enormous Foliage, Bright Colors Of Tropical Plants

2. Persian Shield Plant – Strobilanthes Dyerianus

3. The Truth About Passiflora – Colorful, Fragrant Flowers, Edible Fruit

4. How To Grow Heliconia

5. Growing Mallows

6. How To Grow Beautiful, Delicate Tibouchina

7. Expert Advice On How To Grow Beautiful Allamandas

8. Expert Advice On How To Grow Exotic Boswellia Sacra

9. The Truth About Authentic, Easy To Grow Lemon Grass

10. Expert Advice On How To Grow Beautiful Oleanders

11. Meet The Exotic Pitcher Plants – Sarraceniaceae, Nepenthaceae And Cephalotaceae

12. Rafflesia Arnoldii

13. Worselya Rayneri

14. Ophrys

15. Summer Bulb Storage

16. Maintaining A Compost Heap

17. Seed Starting Round-Up Post

18. Vegetable Gardening Ideas Round-Up Post

19. 5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Greenhouse Lighting

20. Moon Flowers for the Evening Garden

21. Creative Tips for Container Gardening

22. How To Utilize An Unheated Greenhouse

23. The Truth About 4 Absolutely Lowest Maintenance Perennials

24. Save Money! Harvest Free Vegetables Year-Round In Any Climate!

25. Save The Bees! Here Is How To Help #BeeBold

26. Top 7 Easy Quick Growing Herbs For Beginning Gardeners

27. 7 Sure Fire, Proven Steps For Successful Orchid Care

28. 6 Easy Tips On How To Care For Your Plants

29. Eat Better, Save Money By Growing A Garden

30. Introducing Brugmansia: A Superior, Fragrant, Nocturnal Plant

31. Daylilies: Attractive, Colorful, Easy To Grow Garden Gems

31 Gardening Blog Posts You Shouldn’t Miss

How To Grow And Care For Iris

How To Grow And Care For Iris

I don’t know about you, but I love growing Irises in my garden. I’ve had the regular ones and the re-blooming ones which are really cool because here in Indiana they bloom in late September or early October when not much else is in bloom. This year has been an exceptional year for growing Iris – the blooms are larger, the stems the blooms are on are taller and even the leaves look better. Iris is a fairly easy plant to grow once you know a few things about it.

How To Grow And Care For Iris

How To Plant Iris Rhizomes

First of all, do not cover the rhizomes with soil. I quite literally clear the ground of weeds and grass, then lay my Iris rhizomes on top of the bare soil and gently press them into the top 1/2 or so of the soil. I leave the tops exposed. When they put out roots, they will anchor themselves into the ground. For those who live in an area where there is a danger of the rhizomes being carried away, construct a small metal cage to cover the rhizomes and anchor it to the ground. This will keep the rhizomes safe until they anchor themselves into the ground. I have found that once this happens they are pretty tough to dig up.

How To Grow And Care For Iris

Be Sure To Remove Spent Blooms

I make a habit everyday to check on my Iris blooms. I remove the spent blooms immediately. I see no reason to let the blooms go to seed. This keeps your Iris looking good and makes sure if the ones you have are the type that re-bloom that they will. When a plant puts its energy into producing seeds, the flowers generally stop.

How To Grow And Care For Iris

Caring For Your Iris

Once established I typically do not water Iris at all – nor do I fertilize. Now you can fertilize by adding a little compost into the soil around the Irises but be sure to leave those Iris rhizomes exposed. For those who prefer a water soluble or granular fertilizer be sure to choose one that is a bloom booster.

How To Grow And Care For Iris

Dealing With Iris Borer’s

Now you do need to watch out for the Iris borer as this pest destroys Iris rhizomes. Keep an eye on your Iris leaves. The Iris borer puts little streaks or holes in the leaves that head straight towards the rhizomes. If you see this pest you can try to find it in the leaf and crush it. What I typically do is just cut the Iris leaves back and destroy them. Once the pest is in your rhizome it destroys it. Rhizomes that are affected are soft and mushy. Insecticides and beneficial nematodes can greatly reduce the Iris borer population. Keeping the area around your Iris clean and free of debris such as rotting leaves also helps. In the event that you caught the problem before all of your Iris are destroyed, remove the soft spots of the rhizome with a sharp knife and soak the non-rotting parts in a 10% bleach solution for an hour or two. Remove the rhizome from the bleach solution, let it dry, then dust it with a powdered fungicide such as sulfur or bulb dust and replant it.

How To Grow And Care For Iris

Iris truly are one of the easiest summer bulbs to care for in the garden. They are perennial here and multiply pretty rapidly. I do dig and divide my Iris every 5 or 6 years when the clumps begin to get overcrowded.

How To Grow And Care For Iris

Maintaining A Compost Heap

Maintaining A Compost Heap

 

 

Isn’t it time to stop wasting precious natural resources and find a better, more environmentally friendly way to garden? For those of you that said yes, that means it is time to begin maintaining a compost heap right in your own backyard. Many people have a large amount of organic waste such as grass clippings, weeds, leaves, dead plants, kitchen scraps and livestock manure. Unfortunately, many waste money and time having these materials transported to a landfill. It isn’t just a waste of good compost; it’s a waste of everything that goes into the process of transporting it  – the garbage man’s time, the money you pay for the removal, etc. – not to mention it adds to the materials in the landfill – and many are already being shut down because they are too full or close to being shut down.

All this organic waste that is being gotten rid of is a better supplement for your garden than any fertilizer you can buy. It adds nutrients to the soil, helps improve your soil which means puddling and runoff is eventually eliminated because the water sinks into the soil instead of simply flowing away. The best way to add organic matter to your soil is to properly facilitate the decomposition of all of the organic waste. Why buy what you can make for free? Black gold – as many call compost – is the best fertilizer and mulch you can get your hands on.

Maintaining A Compost Heap

Compost is usually maintained in a pile somewhere in your backyard. For some people the thought of a compost heap brings disturbing images to ones mind; heaps of rotten garbage emitting a horrid odor – however, if you maintain it correctly you will be able to produce compost without dealing with an offensive odor. When I first began my compost pile in an effort to improve environmental health, grow healthier plants and improve my soil, I made several major errors. These included not turing the pile often enough to make sure it got the oxygen it needed and keeping it too dry by not misting it from time to time or covering it with a tarp to help keep the moisture from evaporating. Luckily for me I did not have a smell issue however it took almost a year for my compost to break down and be usable in the garden. This method is known as slow composting.

A compost heap can consist of any organic waste from your yard, garden or kitchen except for dairy and meat. This includes leaves, grass, any leftover fruits or vegetables, even newspaper  although no more than a fifth of your pile should consist of newspaper – and it is a good idea to shred the newspaper if possible as this helps it break down quickly.  You can add a compost activator to help speed up the process if you wish. Other additives that help speed up the decomposition process include kelp, cracked corn, cottonseed meal or soybean meal.

Maintaining A Compost Heap

After you have begun to get a large assortment of organic materials in your compost heap, you should moisten the whole pile. This encourages the composting processing to begin. Also chop every element of the pile into the smallest pieces possible. As the materials start to compress and meld together they decompose. Aerate the pile once a week by using a shovel or pitchfork to turn it and if you find dry areas be sure to moisten them but do not soak the organic materials. You can use an aeration tool to poke dozens of tiny holes into the pile if turning it is too difficult for you. Doing this will increase the oxygen flow to each part of the pile, and oxygen is required for any decomposition to take place. I often let my chickens into my compost pile so they can aerate it for me. I add lots of fruits and vegetables on top of the pile to encourage them to dig and then let them do the rest. For those who do not have chickens, consider vermicomposting which is basically feeding the organic waste from your kitchen to earthworms and letting them break it down into waste which is known as worm castings.

No matter what method of creating compost you choose, properly maintaining a compost heap is one of the most important things you can do for the health of your soil – and the health of the plants that grow in your garden. Compost is a great mulch – just top off your garden beds with 3 inches of fresh compost every spring – a great way to warm the soil early in the season and a great way to keep your plants roots cool during the hottest days of the growing season.

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Seed Starting Indoors Without Grow Lights - Facebook Live Replay - YouTube

Seed Starting Indoors Without Grow Lights – Facebook Live Replay – YouTube

Hey guys! As you might have noticed by now I spend the morning redesigning the entire blog. I hope you like the new design – and I would love some feedback! Is it easier for you to navigate? Are you having problems finding your way around? I know one issue is the old links with the date 0000/00/00 is still showing up – of course those zeros are actual numbers – and if this happens to you, just remove those numbers from the URL and it will open. I am working as quickly as I can to redirect everything. However the truth is, it is seed starting season – and so you know what I would prefer to be doing. I am focusing hard on this blog though. I am doing lots of updates of old articles, updating and adding images plus making sure each post has one image that is Pinterest friendly – and I am linking articles to make it easier for you to navigate. Well at least I hope it is making it easier.

So today I thought I would share a video I did on Facebook Live about starting seeds indoors without grow lights. I really have a double reason for this – one because it is seed starting season and two because it gives me a bit more time to concentrate on doing the updates on older blog posts. While starting seeds indoors without grow lights does require a bit more work because you have to move the plants outside during the day and bring them back indoors before it gets too cold outside, grow lights can be costly – and I know they are not in everyone’s budget. So this technique is super easy, it is very similar to winter seed sowing only you have to bring the flats of seeds indoors once the outdoor temperatures begin to fall in the late afternoon. This lets the seeds germinate and grow while hardening off at the same time. In the end it saves you time because the seedlings you grow are ready to go into the garden once the danger of frost is over.

I truly hope you enjoyed the video and that I answered some of the questions you had about how to start seeds without a grow light. One more thing I do want to mention here is to not get discouraged if the seeds you sow – regardless of the method used – do not germinate in a timely fashion. I was feeling really down this year because my seeds were old and not germinating. Now I know the germination time can be slower for older seeds, but it seemed like they just were not growing – and it was not just one kind. Yesterday – two months after I sowed them indoors – I finally noticed many little seedlings coming up! I was so relieved. I was seriously beginning to worry that I was not going to have a garden this year – so remember patience is the key!

I would love to see some of your thoughts and comments below. Remember that I am always happy to answer your gardening questions!

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Haus & Garten Titanium Pruning Shears Review - YouTube

Haus & Garten Titanium Pruning Shears Review – YouTube

My husband and I both were very impressed with these pruners. They cut really easily through some small sapling weed trees that pop up everywhere on the property. In the past I have had to have help to cut these and the large pruners had to be used, but these easily cut those saplings right off. I found these pruners to be easy to grip – and keep a grip on. They opened and closed easily plus they have a sap grove which works great. The sap is flowing here right now and I had no issues with the blades becoming sticky because the sap grove channels off the sap and keeps the blades clean of debris.

The blade lock device also works quite well. I appreciate that the package has both pruning tips and product care tips. While I know how to prune, not everyone does – and it is great to have a refresher once in a while anyway! The product care tips are great and another thing we can all use a refresher on once in a while as well.

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Linkyo Stainless Steel Kitchen Compost Bin Review - YouTube

Linkyo Stainless Steel Kitchen Compost Bin Review – YouTube

Sheri Ann Richerson from ExperimentalHomesteader.com talks about the Linkyo Stainless Steel Kitchen Compost Bin she received for review.

This is the second indoor compost bin that I own – and it is by far my favorite, here is why. First of all I love the size. I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables so there are always scraps that I need to compost. I fill it up every 3 to 5 days on average. When it first arrived I filled it up, set it out of the way for about a week and waited to see what happened. Now my other compost bin attracts bugs – and smells. This one did not attract bugs nor did it smell. In fact I have not noticed a smell at all even when we dump it. Another thing I do not notice is a brown water in the bottom of this one – unlike my other one.

It is easy to clean because it is stainless steel. It is lightweight enough – even when it is full that I don’t feel like I am struggling to carry it to my compost bin which is about 1/2 acre away from my house.
The odor filters were a new item I had not seen on a compost bin before and I do believe they work – quite well – and thus this is why I have not had an issue with bugs or smell.

I absolutely recommend this compost bin. It is perfect for those who want to get started composting or those who – like me – have not had the best experience with compost bins indoors. It would also make a great gift item for gardeners!

Disclaimer: I did receive this item at a reduced price in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own. #LINKYO

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Seed Starting Round Up Post

Seed Starting Round Up Post

Just in time for seed starting season I am doing a round up of all my seed starting articles. Now some are very brief as they are nothing more than germination information – and I will post those in a separate section so you do not have to wade through them.

Greenhouses And Cold Frames

Greenhouses And Season Extenders

Just One More Greenhouse – Please

Preparing The Greenhouse For Winter

Easy Homemade Cold Frame

Garden Structure Ideas

Cool Greenhouse Uses

How To Utilize An Unheated Greenhouse

LED And Grow Lights

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Greenhouse Lighting

Cherry Blossom Series GHB CB003 + GHB CB005 LED Grow Lights Unboxing – YouTube

Just Arrived: 1 Professional, Colorful LED #growhobby Light

Just Arrived: 1 #Alite Colorful, Professional LED Grow Light

Grow Lights For Plants
The Gardening Notebook is the ultimate gardening tool. This printable notebook has over 120 pages of

Seed Starting Articles And Videos

10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow from Seed

Arisaema Seed Germination: Faster blooms from seed grown plants

Best Advice On How To Grow And Harvest Organic Cotton

Black Spanish Winter Radish

Cold Climate Planting In Early January

Cool Season Vegetables

December Is Ideal For Winter Seed Sowing

Direct Sow Carrot Seed On New Year’s Day

Direct Sow New Selected Vegetables In January

Elegant Test Tube Seed Starting

Growing Lettuce Indoors

How to Germinate Poppy Seed

How To Grow Mushrooms

How To Plant Brugmansia Seeds – Sheri Ann Richerson – YouTube

Hydroponic Vegetable Gardening: Sowing seed in spring hydroponically is the first step for success

Hyssop Seed Starting Paper Towel Technique

Plant Carrots January 1

Plant Life Cycles: Understanding Plant Life Cycles Leads to Botanical Success

Planting Vegetable Seeds In July

Seed Starting Techniques

Seed Starting: Carrots

Seed Starting: Celery

Seed Starting: Dianthus

Seed Starting: Onions

Seed Starting: Pansy And Viola

Seed Starting: Peas

Seed Starting: Snapdragon

Seed Starting: Statice

Seed Storage

Self-Seeding Annual Flowers

Start Dianthus, Pansy, Snapdragon Seeds

Starting From Seed – #vlomo11 – Day 27

Starting Seeds For An Aquaponic System

Theobroma: Germinating and Growing

Vegetable Garden Planting

What To Plant In January

Seed Starting Briefs – these are the little sections of information that I am compiling. Some of these are literally two or three sentences.

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Abroma

Abutilon

Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of Gold’

Aconitum ardensii

Aconitum Cally Mix

Adenophora

Adenophora lilifolia

Adventures In Seed Starting

Albuca humilis

Albuca shawii Yellow/Orange

Albuca species

Aloe – yellow

Aloe arborsence

Aloe branch (multi-branch)

Amaryllis

Amaryllis Pecotee x Double Blossom Peacock

Antiganon leptopus

Aquilegia ‘Double Red’

Aquilegia ‘Dove’

Aquilegia ‘Dwarf Purple’

Aristolochia baetica

Beaumontia grandiflora

Brunfelsia americana

Chamaecrista fasciculate partridge pea or sleeping plant

Chorizema cordatum

Clethera Ruby Spice

Grevillea banksii var Fosterii

Hollyhocks Germinating

Michelia

Murraya Germination Information From Trials

Nemophila menziesii Penny Black

Paeonia officinalis ‘Monte Baldo’

Pansy and Viola Germination Information From Trials

Phaius tankervilleae – Nun’s Cap Orchid

Plant Pansies and Violas in Indiana

Rosa eglanteria – Sweet Briar – Apple Scented Foliage

Rose Germination Information From Trials

Seed Starting Adventures – Day 2

SHPA 1004 Impatiens sulcata ex CC5221 Himachal Pradesh

SHPA 989 Anemone trullifolia ssp. linearis ex KGB 657 China

Tacca – Bat Plant

Theobroma cacao

Thevetia peruviana

Toad Lily Moonlight

Seed Starting Tools And Supplies

New Features: USDA Hardiness Zone Finder And Seed Calculator

Just Arrived: 1 Pack Sturdy #germinationtray For Seed Starting

Just Arrived: 10 Professional, Biodegradable #peatpots

Just Arrived: Beautiful, Easy Organic Garden Seed Gift Box

Product Review: Burpee Eco-Friendly All-In-One 25-Plant Greenhouse Kit

Botanical Interests Continues Commitment To Being GMO-Free

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Luffy Giant Marimo Moss Ball Set Up - YouTube

Luffy Giant Marimo Moss Ball Set Up – YouTube

Sheri Ann Richerson from ExperimentalHomesteader.com opens and shows how she set up her tank for the Luffy Giant Marimo Moss Balls that she received for review. Please note I used spring water, not tap water for my Marimo moss balls tank and also for washing them. Tap water contains chemicals that could harm these plants. Even though my Marimos froze they are doing very well now. Make sure to keep squeezing and cleaning your Marimo moss balls until they sink to the bottom of the container. Mine wanted to keep floating at first. I submerged them in water and kept squeezing the Marimo until they took up enough water to sink. I believe they were pretty dry from shipping which is normal.

These are very plants that thrive in any aquatic environment with minimal care. I put mine in a small bowl filled with spring water. Do not use tap water with these. I put some pretty pebbles in the bottom and once every 2 weeks I remove them, squeeze them out to make sure they are clean, clean the tank and refill it was fresh spring water. It is important to make sure these do sink because after a through cleaning – as well as when they first arrive – they want to float. This is easy to do by submerging them under water and sneezing them several times. Eventually they do soak up enough fresh water to sink again.

These are actually a type of algae but not to worry because they won’t fill your tank with algae. When they do become “pregnant” you just pull them apart. You know when they are “pregnant” by how they look – kind of lopsided – and you will see the area where the two moss balls are attached. One of mine came already pregnant which was nice because I got a bonus Marimo.

Do be aware that these grow very slowly so when you do separate them, do not expect the baby to grow quickly. It is easy to get them back into a ball shape by just squeezing them into shape in your hand. They are a very interesting conversation piece and certainly look cool floating about in water. I really like mine. They are absolutely ideal for anyone who wants a living plant that is very low maintenance!

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Vegetable Gardening Ideas Round-Up Post

Vegetable Gardening Ideas Round-Up Post

Over the years I have written a lot about vegetable gardening ideas – then again, I have grown a lot of different varieties of vegetables. Let’s face it, I am a curious person so when I hear about a vegetable that is an odd color – or an heirloom variety I have not tried, I usually want to. Sometimes I grow them so I can eat them ands sometimes I grow them to donate them to our local soup kitchens or food pantries. I am not a lover of zucchini or squash – but others are. I really dislike onions too – however they have a place in my garden as companion plants. When I donate them I know they are going to feed someone – or a lot of someone’s – and really all that counts is that the food I grow does not go to waste. So – here is a listing with links to the various posts I have written over the years – or that have been written by guest bloggers – on vegetable gardening. I hope you will enjoy them!

Eat Better, Save Money By Growing A Garden

Save Money! Harvest Free Vegetables Year-Round In Any Climate!

New Vegetable And Fruit Varieties

Time To Grow For It- Homegrown On Your Own

Long Season Garden Plants

Garden Year-Round

Vegetable Garden Planting

Spring Vegetable Gardening

Frost Protection

Spring Garden Planning Tips

10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow from Seed

Cool Season Vegetables

Early Spring Gardening: Strawberries and Lettuce

Started The Vegetable Garden

Early Spring Vegetables: What To Plant In February

Seed Starting: Peas

Seed Starting: Celery

Seed Starting: Onions

Seed Starting: Carrots

 

Summer Vegetable Gardening

Heirloom Tomatoes – Varieties For Every Palate, But Where Do You Start?

Tips For Growing An Abundance Of Heirloom Tomatoes

The Bottom Line On The 3 Tomato Sampler Challenge

Indigo Rose Tomato Video

Container Vegetable Gardening: Gardening Tips For Container Gardens Filled With Corn And Tomatoes

Planting Vegetable Seeds In July

Cool Crops For August Planting – Extend Your Gardening Season Now!

 

Fall Vegetable Gardening

Fall Vegetables

Fall Vegetable Gardening

Planting The Fall Garden

 

Winter Vegetable Gardening

Direct Sow New Selected Vegetables In January

Plant Carrots January 1

January 1 – Harvesting and Planting In Indiana!

Winter Planting

Winter Garden Vegetables

Black Spanish Winter Radish

 

While this list might not be exhaustive of all the vegetable gardening articles on the site, it is pretty close at this time. I hope you will find some useful information to help you plan your vegetable garden this year. Questions? I welcome them! Please leave them in the comment box below!

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