The one downside to growing asparagus is that it takes some time before you can harvest from the patch. When shopping for asparagus starts you ll see a lot about male versus female plants. Asparagus is one vegetable that is unquestionably worth growing for the sake of price and economy you just won t be able to buy asparagus as cheaply as you can grow it, especially when you take into account the many, many years that your asparagus patch will produce. In many areas, asparagus is one of the most expensive fresh vegetables, pound for pound. Judge this by the strength of the bed and diameter of the spears, do not harvest asparagus if the spears are not at least the diameter of a pencil. Ornamental asparagus spring frost tolerance is poor, so plant the crowns a week or two after the last frost once temperatures top 60 degrees Fahrenheit. When cold weather is in the forecast, water the asparagus fern until the soil feels very moist a few inches below the surface. Ornamental asparagus frost tolerance is very low, and it cannot withstand harsh winter weather. Ornamental asparagus frost damage is rare in zones where it s grown outdoors as a perennial, but prolonged periods of unusually cold weather will cause damage or even death in unprotected plants. Plant asparagus crowns in a sheltered, south-facing bed with organically rich, fast-draining soil.
For longer radish varieties, like daikon, use a shovel or fork to loosen the soil so the root doesn t break when pulling. For a steady harvest, use succession planting by sowing radish seeds every 7 to 10 days. The following radish planting tips should Read more
Lettuces, arugula and mustard greens can also still be started from seed. I like to grow arugula, spinach, and a mix of different types of lettuce butterhead, romaine, red iceberg, and frisée. Thin spinach and arugula to 3 -6.
Start your garden early when you learn how to grow radishes in containers. Mix in a vegetable fertilizer before planting to jump start root growth after radish seed germination. Patio and small space gardeners may wonder, Can radishes grow in containers. Growing radish plants in Read more
Keep reading below for details of the actual growing stages broccoli goes through. Most people plant broccoli in the late winter or early spring for a summer harvest, gardeners in USDA zones 8 and higher can also plant seeds in late summer for a fall Read more
Malabar spinach also needs constant moisture to prevent the blossoming, which will turn the leaves bitter ideally an area with a warm, rainy climate for optimal Malabar spinach care and growth. Once you have a good crop to harvest, using Malabar spinach is just like Read more
Ornamental cabbage and kale look and grow very much like their close relatives, the edible cabbages and kales. Technically, both are kales, because kale has leaves that form rosettes while a true cabbage has leaves that form a head. In the trade, the varieties with Read more
Learning how to grow turnips supplies you with greens and root veggies. To store turnips, you will want to remove the leaves. Growing turnips is a great way to diversify your garden. While relatively low maintenance, early bolting of turnips is a common frustration among Read more
Society garlic grows best in soil that is moderately fertile and rich in organic matter, but it will adapt to almost any soil type as long as it is well-drained. Clusters of fragrant, lavender or lilac-colored flowers sit atop stems that rise above the clumps Read more
As biennials, in their first season in your garden, kale plants will put all their energy into leaf production, growing bushy and lush under the right conditions. To prepare, remove the tough mid-vein and cook the leaves as you would other kale for a sweet, Read more
When you are ready to pick the pumpkins it is important to ensure that 2 inches of stem are left on the fruit. Some people even scoop out seeds from store brought pumpkins and plant them. While self-seeding is possible it is not a common Read more
This is true for both rutabagas and turnips. The difference is that growing rutabagas generally takes four weeks longer than growing cabbage or turnips. Since rutabagas are a root vegetable, you want the dirt to be firm around the bottom of the leaves but looser Read more
It s best to divide established clumps of rhubarb every five years or so, especially if they have become overcrowded or growth is weak. Every spring, apply a mulch of well-rotted garden compost in a layer about 7cm 2 in deep around rhubarb plants, but Read more
Like edible cabbages and kales, ornamental varieties slow down or almost stop growing above ground generally in December. What can I plant with ornamental cabbage. Generally, the cabbage cultivars have soft scalloped leaves and stay lower to the ground.
Sugar snap peas are like snow peas in that we eat the entire pod. A difference is that the pods of snow peas are flat and those of sugar snap peas are round. In the fall, plant sugar snap peas in the last 8 to Read more
Grow horseradish as an annual, in the second year the roots can become tough and fibrous. Grow horseradish from crowns or root cuttings planted four to six weeks before the average date of the last frost for your area. Keep horseradish from spreading in the Read more
So how would you grow bok choy and how can you cook it. You need to till and upturn it a couple of weeks before you plant your bok choy seeds seedlings. Baby bok choy is ready to harvest within 4 weeks from planting the Read more
A favorite category of mine happens to be the ornamental onions alliums. Distant cousins of edible alliums such as onions and garlic, there are over 700 species of ornamental onions to choose from. Part of the problem is their common name ornamental onion, which conjures Read more
Start ornamental peppers indoors in small individual pots filled with potting soil or seed starting medium. Ornamental peppers are safe to eat, but they are normally grown for their attractive color and ornamental qualities rather than their flavor, which you may find disappointing. The fruit Read more
Unlike onions or leeks, shallots are made up of cloves, much like that of garlic. With their mild onion and garlic flavor, shallots are considered an essential ingredient for flavoring nearly any dish. To get the most from these tasty plants in the garden, it Read more
Popular types of ornamental sweet potatoes include. Use a standard well-drained potting soil rather than garden soil when planting ornamental sweet potatoes in containers. Your heavily mulched ornamental sweet potatoes might surprise you by making a comeback on their own in the spring. Another difference Read more
The only way for us home gardeners to grow hyacinth beans is to plant them from seed, either purchased or saved at the end of the growing season. But as the weather warms up, hyacinth beans grow fast and furiously. While they can be grown Read more
Sowing dill. Although there are several different varieties, such as Bouquet and Dukat , most supplies simply sell dill seeds. The ornamental, feathery dill leaves can be chopped into soups and salads, used to flavour rice and is the perfect accompanying flavour for fish dishes Read more
As a rule of thumb, broccoli seeds germinate within 4 to 7 days when ambient temperatures remain between 45- and 85-degrees F. Leaving the broccoli plant in the ground encourages side shoots flower heads to develop. Although smaller than the central head, these side shoots Read more
Crops such as zucchinis and cucumbers are known as annuals because their natural lifecycle only lasts a season. Wild cucumber vine is attractive and some people consider it worthy of ornamental status. Read on to learn more wild cucumber facts and get tips for controlling Read more
You ll want a neutral range of soil to grow cantaloupe in. When you grow cantaloupe, most of what the plants require is nitrogen for vining, but when they need phosphorous or potassium, a balanced fertilizer ensures they re there. Additionally, some like to puree Read more
This process helps to dry off excess moisture and to harden the skin, sealing out fungi and bacteria and allowing the squash to keep for longer. Each medium-sized squash grows up to 10 inches long and has a sweet nutty flavor. Misshapen squash result from Read more
As mentioned earlier, if you plant tomatoes from seed, instead of transplanting seedlings, it will take even longer to get ripe tomatoes. The number of tomatoes you get per plant will depend on the size and type. Larger beefsteak tomato plants such as Beefsteak from Read more
If you have a desire to expand the types of salad greens you routinely use, you may want to try radicchio growing. There are many varieties of radicchio intended for optimum commercial growth in specific climes. However, higher temperatures for any length of time will Read more
Most shallots are harvested in their first growing season before they flower and set seed, so the only way to propagate them is from the bulbs. To grow shallots from seed, plant the seeds roughly eight weeks before your area s last projected frost date Read more
Don t plant collards with kale, cauliflower, cabbage, or broccoli. You can keep your collards growing all year long if you cut from the outside in. This allows them to set seed for future generations of collards.
All okra plants are ornamental, but certain varieties are showier than others. If you don t want to raise the vegetable for eating, you can still grow ornamental okra plants. However, okra isn t on the vegetable hit parade for some people, mostly because it Read more
It takes between 70 to 90 days from planting the seed to harvesting watermelon fruit. Should I soak watermelon seeds before planting. Though this does mean you need to sow watermelon seeds every year, thankfully they are quick growing plus planting new plants each year Read more
Unlike broccoli, however, which produces multiple side shoots, cauliflower only produces a single head which means you have one chance to get it right. Of all the cole crops, cauliflower is the most sensitive to temperature. If you ve been wondering how to plant cauliflower Read more
Now that you know how to grow celery, you can give it a try in your own garden. There isn t much flavor difference between the home grown variety and the store bought variety so most gardeners grow a celery plant purely for the challenge. Read more
How to look after outdoor cucumbers. Ridge cucumbers can be pinched out at the main stem after seven leaves have formed, to encourage fruiting side shoots to develop. How to grow cucumbers. Sow cucumber seeds on their side, 1 2cm in deep, in small pots. Read more
Where do leeks grow. If storing for a longer period of time, add a moisture-absorbing packet to your leeks. As leeks are heavy feeders, too many in one spot will cause them all to have problems. Native to Europe and Africa and best planted in Read more
Ornamental kale plants Brassica oleracea and their cousin, the ornamental cabbage, were developed for their spectacular colors and are not edible. Growing flowering kale can be done by starting seeds or with started plants purchased from the store. Because they can stand temperatures well below Read more
No, not those little delicate fronds that you find on the crowns of broccoli though those, too, are edible , these larger leaves grow around the stalk of the broccoli plant. The only poisonous parts of broccoli are the seeds. You can make broccoli leaf Read more
With adequate protection from frost, however, eggplants will grow for several years. If you live in a cold climate and are growing eggplants as annuals, pruning is less necessary. To ensure a strong plant and maximum fruit production, eggplant pruning is a good idea in Read more
There are winter squashes, such as pumpkins and butternuts, which can be stored, and summer squashes, which are harvested when immature and don t store well. You can also plant summer squashes in growing bags or containers at least 45cm 18in wide.