Best Food Plants for Containers

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When you’re dealing with a small space in which to build your garden, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when you go to the nursery. There are hundreds and hundreds of different kinds of seeds and plants to choose from! So where do you start?? The staff at the nurseries should be able to guide you towards smaller varieties of plants and veggies that are more suited to growing in containers than others. Smaller plants are great not just for their size but they usually have a shorter time to harvest because of their size. This characteristic can sometimes allow you …


List of Tomato Cultivars

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Micro Tom Tomato

Here is a list of some of the many, many tomato varieties available. Depending on your region you’ll be able to find these varieties ans well as many others for sale in your local nurseries that are not listed here. Check each of their growth characteristics individually as you choose them to make sure they’re suitable for your region. There are more than 3000 heritage and heirloom tomato varieties actively being grown around the world. There are somewhere around 15,000 known tomato varieties in total. There are so many varieties of seeds that you can quite literally grow dozens and …


The Tomato: Fruit or Vegetable?

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Snowy Tomatoes

People, over the years have learned how to eat all parts of hundreds of different plants. This includes everything from the flowers to the fruit to the stems and leaves to the seeds and on to the roots too. Celery and rhubarb are stems Lettuce and spinach are leafy vegetables Broccoli is clusters of tiny flower buds that bloom if you don’t pick it Artichoke is a giant flower bud Potatoes and turnips are root vegetables Herbs are classified as vegetables Mushrooms are fungus Eggplant is a fruit and so is corn!  Now the tomato… Most people assume that the tomato …


Top 10 Easiest to Grow Food Plants

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Purple Carrots

There are many, many food plants out there that are easy to grow and are suitable for beginners and kids. These plants are also great for anyone who wants a low stress, low effort garden. This list is just some of my favorite ones I’ve grown in the past and that I know to be very cooperative for beginners. There are many other plants available that I’m sure are easy 1. Basil – Annual – Can be grown indoors – Pinch to encourage new growth – Likes moist, but not wet soil – Edible flowers 2. Rosemary – Perennial in …


Carrot Sprout Carnage

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Hugging Carrots

It’s carrot seed planting time! It’s springtime, an exciting and rejuvenating time of year, seeds being planted, perennial sprouts emerging, spring flowers and summer flower buds are abundant everywhere. Well, what am I talking about then…carrot sprout carnage?? Back up a little while: Read about how I built a small raised bed on a pallet about two weeks ago. This unique pallet was re-purposed and used to create a raised bed for planting Rainbow Blend and Purple Haze carrot seeds. May Showers Anyway, it’s late April and early May, summer is right around the corner. The carrots have been planted for …


How to Grow Carrots in Containers

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Hugging Carrots

The humble little carrot, in Latin its name is Daucus carota. Carrots of any type or colour are a great way to get yourself or the kids started in gardening. They require little skill, minimal care and minimal effort. You’re almost guaranteed a delicious harvest in the late summer with spring planting effort. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, vitamin B6, vitamin C, niacin and calcium. A carrot is actually the young root of a plant that looks a lot like Queen Ann’s Lace. There are many unusual colours of carrot, such as Purple Haze that you’ll sometimes see in the stores. The yellow, white and …


How to Grow Upside Down Tomatoes

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Maturing Hanging Tomatoes

These planters are designed just for growing plants upside down! It’s very cool and great for small space gardening because they don’t take up any ground area at all. They are commonly used for tomatoes and peppers. Tomatoes are easy and hard to grow at the same time. They are a bit fussy but if you keep a few rules and methods in mind then you should do just fine.                   Do                   Don’t Give tomatoes warmth and shelter Place pots or plant tomatoes under …


What is Companion Planting?

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Companion planting is based on the concept that the qualities of some plants can benefit others when planted nearby. Some plants repel pests and help others by keeping the pests away from them and then for example other plants will help to enrich the flavour of other plants. This list covers some of the big partnerships but there are many, many more possible combinations. Agastache: Attracts bees. Maintain one row slightly away from the garden to lure cabbage moths away from Brassica crops. Do not plant Agastache near radishes. Alyssum: Attracts pollinators. Good as a mulch to keep weeds down between rows. Amaranth: Attracts …


How to Grow Potatoes in Bags

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Potatoes Growing in Bags 2011

It’s easy to think that growing potatoes would be a challenge, but it’s really so easy when you use bags.  You don’t even need that much space and you don’t need any ground to dig in either. This is another great way to grow some veggies in a very small space. Benefits of Using Bags Very low risk of soil-borne bugs or worms   The harvest is consistently delicious and healthy It’s temporary gardening and suitable for small space gardening There is minimal mess The bags can be used from year to year The idea of growing potatoes this way has …