If you want to save seeds to plant next year, you ll need to allow your bok choy to bolt. Native to the Yangtze River Delta in China, bok choy has been grown as a food crop since the fifth century, most likely cultivated from native wild brassicas growing in the region. There are a number of pests that love bok choy as much as we do. I prefer to plant bok choy with other brassicas. This type of bok choy is squat with dark, almost black leaves. Here are a few varieties of bok choy that I ve found are ideal.
Gros vert de Laon, a French heirloom cultivar which is grown for its large, attractive hearts. Fill trays or pots with moist potting soil. These tall, arching thistle like plants are pleasingly easy to grow and add interest to flower beds, borders and vegetable gardens. Read more
Patrol for pests Scout on the underside of the big cabbage leaves often, where insect pests and worms like to hide. Use the information below to guide you to harvesting a happy, healthy cabbage. Pull the weeds Check for and pull any weeds growing around Read more
Thus, your best off planting broccoli before or after the hottest part of the year. To help reduce disease, you should avoid planting broccoli in the same location more than once every three or four years. They are capable of completely defoliating broccoli plants.
I keep my baby toes in a west facing window and water them once a week. Pour water gently over and around the baby toes, continuing to soak the soil until you achieve runoff from the bottom of the pot. Once the baby toes are Read more
Since most spinach grows in very cool weather, pests are usually not a problem. Since cultivating or hand pulling weeds can harm spinach roots, it s best to spread a light mulch of hay, straw, or grass clippings along the rows to suppress weeds instead. Read more
Microgreens, including these from arugula, amaranth, and broccoli, are tasty and nutritious. Something like rocket arugula is ready in just 4 weeks when grown from seed.
Knowing how to water basil plants will help ensure a high yield of the flavorful leaves over the entire season. Don t let soil dry out, but also don t let soil become soggy when watering a basil plant. Seriously, the best basil watering tips Read more
After 4- or 5-weeks, the arugula will be ready for harvest. For that reason, many people will grow arugula microgreens under a black dome -the darkness and room to stretch causes the plants to grow longer stems. However, since the baby leaf arugula doesn t Read more
Fenestraria baby toes really does look a bit like the tiny digits of an infant. Starting baby toes from seed can be rewarding but you need a few key elements for a successful venture. Like many succulents, Fenestraria baby toes produces offsets as the clusters Read more
Plant angelica with. For that reason, I ve found angelica to be one of the most useful herbs in my garden. The non-edible angelica has shiny leaves, the opposite to edible angelica which has dull green leaves.
Local climate factors such as humidity, temperature, wind, light intensity, and day length contribute to the interval at which cucumber plant receives water. While in climates with lower temperature, high humidity, low light, and low wind, cucumbers plants grown there require a lesser amount of Read more
If you live in zones 4-8, anemones should be planted in fall, once the first chill is in the air. Ideal for mass planting in borders and the most flowery looking of all flower bulbs, anemones are spring s happy little visitors. When your DutchGrown Read more
The name anise hyssop is somewhat confusing, as it is neither anise seed Pimpinella anisum or star anise Illicium verum , nor hyssop Hyssopus officinalis. The leaves have a refreshingly sweet smell and taste, like a combination of anise, licorice, and mint. Bunches of coneflower Read more
To get the most from these tasty plants in the garden, it may help to practice some important tips for growing shallots. Unlike onions or leeks, shallots are made up of cloves, much like that of garlic. Once shallots are harvested, any unused bulbs should Read more
Mesclun means mix and usually includes arugula, lettuce, endive and chervil. Some of the choices available for salad mixes are lettuce, mustard greens, arugula, cress, mizuna, chervil, endive, mache, Chinese cabbage, tatsoi, escarole, garden cress, kale, and Swiss chard. Many salad mixes include greens, like Read more
Chinese species of astilbe have better drought tolerance than other species. Staking Because of their strong stems, astilbe usually don t need staking. Planting Plant astilbe in spring or fall. in height, depending on the astilbe plant you choose. Likely the focal point of your Read more
Staying indoors for some time isn t ideal for most aloe vera plants. You don t need to fertilize aloe vera plants. Overwatering your aloe vera plants can cause their roots to rot, which can often lead to your plants death.
This is by far the most interesting bit on potatoes. Consider collecting your potatoes into the bins or boxes you intend to store them in to minimize the number of times you have to handle them. You may wish to lay drip tape into the Read more
Planting Plant astilbe in spring or fall. Since astilbe does t like to dry out, the mulch helps maintain soil moisture and adds organic matter over time to the soil. Woodchucks, rabbits and Japanese beetles may chew on the young foliage of astilbe. Likely the Read more
Delaying the harvest may lead to some of the cabbage heads cracking or splitting, due to the heavy water intake of the plant. To help maintain a consistent level of moisture in the soil, add 4 inches of mulch to the garden bed, pulling it Read more
The first time I can remember seeing agarita Berberis trifoliate , was at my great uncle s ranch down in south Texas on the Nueces River. Below is a recipe for agarita jelly which is stored in the freezer rather than put into a water Read more
Credits for images shared to Nature Garden all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois Blooming albizia tree by Wendy Cutler under CC BY 2. How to increase the blooming of your albizia. Planting albizia.
Plant four or five cantaloupe seeds in the center of the pot about two weeks after the last average frost date in your area. This is a common question, and space-challenged melon lovers are happy to learn that the answer is yes, you can grow Read more
The flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees, while the anise-flavored leaves can be used in teas and cooking. Direct seeded anise hyssop will flower later than transplants. The name anise hyssop is somewhat confusing, as it is neither anise seed Pimpinella anisum or Read more
Gala apple trees have low water requirements, and as long as they are planted in suitable soil and location, water should not be an issue in keeping trees healthy. During extreme drought, Gala apple trees may require watering, but typically rainfall and groundwater are enough. Read more
So, when cucumbers grow in sandy soils, they usually require extra irrigation. However, clay soil is not optimal for growing cucumber plants. When cucumber plants are grown in it, it inhibits the movement of water around the plant roots. Watering cucumber plants is simple to Read more
Once established, sweet potatoes will tolerate growing in dry soil. The orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are the most familiar, but sweet potatoes can be white, yellow, and even purple. Edible sweet potatoes are closely related to morning glories Ipomoea tricolor and are the same species as Read more
It s important that during the growing process, your home-grown garlic is well cared for. Growing garlic from a clove. This variety has a strong flavour and is perfect if you want to grow garlic with a long shelf-life. I harvested my garlic in July. Read more
Examples Apples, oranges and relatives like mandarins, tangerines, satsumas and clementines , pineapple, stone fruit peaches, plums, apricots , lemons, limes, papaya, raspberries, cranberries. Peaches, plums and apricots Photo courtesy of iStock volgariver.
The most common issue gardeners face with horseradish is not how to grow it but how to keep it from growing where they don t want it. Customize the heat of your horseradish sauce by adding white-wine or rice-wine vinegar. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons Read more
There are three ways to propagate anise hyssop. As a native plant, anise hyssop is not prone to trouble from pests. I have always enjoyed growing anise hyssop. Leaves give off a subtle scent similar to that of anise, though the chemical anethole in true Read more
People tend to look at the angelica herb Angelica archangelica differently. But back in the day when herbs were all the medicines that most people had access to, angelica was king among the herbs. Out of the 60 angelica species out there, only a handful Read more
The soil you grow peppers in should drain well and ideally have a pH range between 5. Whether you re growing sweet or hot peppers Capsicum spp. Providing peppers with adequate water is essential from the moment the plants flower until the harvest. Less water Read more
How to plant alliums in your garden. When your DutchGrown alliums arrive and you can t plant them immediately, it s important to store them correctly unpack them right away and put them in a dry place with plenty of air circulation, where the temperature Read more
Overwatering also is a common culprit for yellowing leaves on agave plants. Note whether your agave species requires light for its seeds to germinate. The majority of agave plants can t tolerate frost and only can grow as far north as USDA growing zones 8 Read more
Once the seeds take and the angelica herb establishes in the soil, it will take care of itself. People tend to look at the angelica herb Angelica archangelica differently. Not that there s much trouble in starting and caring for angelica.
Waterlogged apricot roots can no longer bring up water and nutrients and the loss of leaves affects the plants ability to gather solar energy to turn into plant sugars. Waterlogged apricot roots causes the death of the roots and decline of the tree. Waterlogged apricot Read more
The vegetable grows quickly, and it needs be harvested as soon as the radish reaches its mature size. Unlike carrots and beets, radishes do not get sweeter if stored in the ground. Split or cracked radishes often are still edible. Although radishes are easy to Read more
Grow kohlrabi well-worked, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. You can sow kohlrabi seeds as long as temperatures are greater than 40 F 4. Grow kohlrabi for fall harvest in hot-summer regions.