Category Archives: Vegetables and Herbs

Tomatillos – Growing Guide

Tomatillos are an essential ingredient in Mexican salsa verde, they’re delicious chopped in stews and soups, and roasted tomatillos add a fresh and unexpected snap to guacamole. They’re also easy to grow, and a couple of plants — even in a pot — will produce an abundant crop. Tomatillos, also known as husk tomatoes, are…
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How to Grow Eggplants – Gardening Tips

The eggplants, were considered poisonous for many years. Eggplant is a member of the Solanaceae family that includes a number of toxic weeds like Deadly Nightshade. Eventually the adventurous began to try eating eggplant and it even earned a reputation as an aphrodisiac. But, it's only been in the last 100 years that eggplant has…
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How To Grow Scallions

Slender, tender scallions are easy to grow in even the smallest of garden spaces or even in a beginner's container garden. Their thin white or ruby-colored stalks and pungently flavored, emerald leaves provide the perfect accompaniment to baby lettuces, spicy arugula, curly endive, and other greens—both in the garden and in the salad bowl. Preparing…
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How to Grow Kohlrabi

One of the oddest looking vegetables you can grow is kohlrabi. With its large, edible, bulbous stem sitting underneath big, cabbage-like leaves, it almost looks like some alien spacecraft that landed by accident in the middle of the vegetable garden! But the enlarged stem of this cabbage family member- its name means "cabbage turnip" in…
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Onions – How to Grow

Onions: Growing Guide Plant your sets early in the spring. Onions do best if the temperature is cool when they start to grow, and warm as they mature. Northern springs are certainly cool -- and often frosty! But as the saying goes, "You can't kill an onion -- even with a hammer!" Frost just won't…
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Mint (Mentha) – How to Grow

Growing Mint Mint in the Garden All types of mint (including sweet mint, spearmint, peppermint, and chocolate mint) are fast-growing, spreading plants, so you must give them a place to spread without getting in the way, or plant them in a pot. Mint sends out runners that spread above and just below the ground, quickly…
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Chives – How to Grow

Chives have insect-repelling properties that can be used in gardens to control pests. Chives are a commonly used herb and can be found in grocery stores or grown in home gardens. In culinary use, the scapes and the unopened, immature flower buds are diced and used as an ingredient for fish, potatoes, soups, and other…
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