With newly planted rhubarb, resist the temptation to harvest any stems in the first year, as this will reduce the plant s vigour. It s best to divide established clumps of rhubarb every five years or so, especially if they have become overcrowded or growth is weak. Earlier harvests of sweeter, tender, pale stems can be produced by covering rhubarb plants with a forcing jar or bin in late winter, so the stalks form in the dark. Canada Red This plant does well in colder climates and contains more sugar than many other rhubarb varieties. Because rhubarb can live for many years, aim to pick a spot where it can grow undisturbed. While mature plants can be somewhat tolerant to drought, rhubarb in its first two years of growing needs regular watering.
This radish variety is ready to harvest 26 days from planting. You ll enjoy a fresh salad, complete with a whole lot of crunch from radishes, 40 to 50 days after planting. If your yard retains water, plant radishes in a raised bed or container Read more
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Depending on the initial richness of your soil, you can apply organic fertiliser, as suggested on the growing broccoli main page, under Nutrient Requirements. How to grow broccoli without it bolting. If you don t sow your own broccoli seeds, but buy seedlings, make sure Read more
Perennial crops are valued for a combination of their total production and the quality of the harvested product, for example, size of a peach or apricot, the red blush on an apple, oil content of olives, or the quality of wine produced from a particular Read more
Plant dill in full sun and protect it from strong gusts of wind. Growing dill in containers. Is dill a perennial. Hoe around plants to prevent weeds from competing or smothering the growth of dill. Start dill off from seed anytime between mid-spring and mid-summer. Read more
Instructions on how to grow a baby toes plant are easy enough for children and young people, who adore the fascinating little plant. While baby toes are tolerant of drought conditions, they need moisture to store in their leaves to sustain them during the growing Read more
Tricia shows you how to plant and grow artichokes. Make sure your artichokes receive plenty of sunshine. Protect your artichokes and asparagus, feed your rhubarb, and harvest your horseradish and Jerusalem artichokes.
Perennial artichokes grow stronger and are more productive. Big flower buds form at tops of stalks, they are the artichokes you cook and eat. Harvest just before the flowers begin to open to avoid stringy, tough artichokes.
A chief ingredient of a fiery sauce that is traditional used as an accompaniment to roast beef or grated into coleslaw, horseradish is a vigorous, hardy perennial that forms a mass of leafy growth, but is primarily raised for its pungent roots. Looking after horseradish Read more
In microclimates with frozen winters and a long cool spring period, plant spinach in the spring after the soil thaws and the last frost date has passed. Ideal for the cool season in Mediterranean climates, spinach Spinacia oleracea is a leafy green vegetable crop. Test Read more
Research suggests that aloe vera gel can shorten the healing time for first- and second-degree sunburns by about eight days. And every single time I used to get a sunburn, I ran to the nearest grocery store to buy a bottle of aloe vera gel. Read more
Snow peas are often confused with snap peas, but they are not the same. A difference is that the pods of snow peas are flat and those of sugar snap peas are round. In the spring, plant sugar snap peas as soon as you can Read more
There are three ways to propagate anise hyssop. In this article, you will learn all you need to know to grow and care for anise hyssop. Bunches of coneflower and anise hyssop dry upside-down. Plants grow about 3 feet tall and not as bushy as Read more
In practical terms, shallots are small, layered multipliers with a special taste that falls somewhere between onion and garlic. In colder areas, shallots absolutely require mulching. Most shallots on the market today are not even the same shallot so beloved by the French. As they Read more
Kohlrabi and corn both tend to attract pests or stunt tomatillo growth. As long as your tomatillo plants are in a light, airy location, then they ll be largely problem free. Sometimes known as husk tomatoes, tomatillos are an intriguing addition to any garden. Don Read more
Grow chicory and radicchio in temperatures ranging from 45 to 75 F 7-24 C. Chicory top photo is radicchio. Growing radicchio. Direct sowing radicchio seeds - 1 4 inch 6 mm deep - 1-2 inches 25-50 mm apart in rows 12-18 inches 30-45 cm apart. Read more
Uptake and distribution of aluminum in root a pices. Plant adaptation to acid, aluminum-toxic soils. For the best blue, keep your soil acidic and treat with aluminum sulfate.
There are plenty of reasons why you might want to know whether kale, Brassica oleracea , the star of many a spring or fall veggie garden, is an annual or a perennial. Sea kale is a more distant relative of kale, but still a member Read more
coronaria species, aka poppy anemones, which also grow from corms. Our guide to growing Japanese anemone flowers has details on how to propagate and grow fibrous rooted types. A Note of Caution many species of anemone plants are toxic when ingested and should be kept Read more
Bell peppers Capsicum annuum , sometimes referred to as sweet peppers, green peppers, yellow or red peppers, are large. Plant the peppers in a spot in your garden that will receive at least six hours of sunlight each day. To grow peppers as a perennial Read more
I was told yesterday that okra self-seeds. David, I d be sincerely afraid to feed our okra. There are a few okra a bit small but lots more flower buds. Whichever it is, we do know that okra is a hearty plant that can be Read more
Hybrid varieties are produced by the controlled cross-pollination of two other corn varieties, which produce a corn variety with superior properties in some way in the next generation of plants. The reason for this is that the majority of corn produced is based on hybrid Read more
Consider planting wormwood Artemisia absinthium near the base of the apricot tree. When planting apricots, consider adding companion plants that improve the look of your garden and landscape as well as help protect the apricot tree. Tomatoes and vegetables such as peppers and potatoes should Read more
Trenching celery needs soil mounded up against the stems as they grow to produce crisp, pale stems. Not only is garden celery better-tasting than store-bought types, but also it s less chemically-laden. Enjoy our video all about growing celery and then follow the planting, growing, Read more
Likely descendants of ancient wild cabbages in Asia, collards as we know them today originated in the eastern Mediterranean. As the Roman Empire spread west throughout Europe, east to what we now call the Middle East, and south to North Africa, the invaders took collards Read more
Have you grown eggplant before. This spicy vegetarian curry is made with tender chunks of eggplant and chickpeas and flavored with fresh chili and other spices. He finishes his treatise on eggplants with this word of advice It is therefore better to esteem this plant Read more
Depending on your climate, turnips can be direct-sown from early spring to late summer, but they grow most rapidly during cool periods. In addition to being cultivated as vegetables, specialty turnips are raised for animal fodder and oil seed. By 1750, the new lands south Read more
Plant a low hedge of artemisia to divide garden rooms or edge a pathway. Mild skin irritation can occur on contact with artemisia foliage. Combine artemisia alongside plants with contrasting colors, shapes, and texture to create captivating vignettes. With their beautiful silver foliage, artemisias are Read more
It can even be difficult to distinguish a newly planted kohlrabi from its broccoli and cabbage cousins. If you d like to use kohlrabi as a decorative plant or just harvest the leaves, you might consider putting it in a raised bed and leave the Read more
Most garlic grown in Ontario is sold as fresh whole bulbs, green spring garlic or scapes. In Ontario, garlic is mostly planted in the fall and harvested the next summer. Hardneck garlic produces anywhere from 4 to 12 cloves per bulb depending on the variety Read more
Angelica plant Angelica archangelica is closely related to carrots and a member of the parsley family. archangelica Holy Ghost is suitable for growing in Zones 3-10 and will reach a mature height of up to five feet tall. For more ideas and detailed information on Read more
Zucchini Cucurbita pepo is a seasonal garden staple belonging to the group known as summer squash. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, summer squash grow as annuals in United States Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 11 during the warmer months of the Read more
One important thing to understand is that wild cabbages the common ancestor of Brassica family plants is a perennial. In my area, certain perennial cabbage family plants overwinter and are in leaf throughout the winter. In this article, however, we ll look at some perennial Read more
In appearance, it looks and smells quite like cultivated parsnip in point of fact, wild parsnip is part of the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family which includes carrots, celery, parsley, parsnip, Angelica, and Queen Anne s Lace, most of which are aromatic plants with hollow stems. Read more
Butternut squash Side dress squash with compost tea every 2 to 3 weeks during the growing season. Winter squash with a soft skin will likely rot in storage, these squash should be cooked right away. Avoid planting summer squashes in the shadows of taller plants. Read more
Most varieties of leeks require a fairly long growing season of 120 150 days, although some modern cultivars have been bred for shorter seasons lasting about 90 days. For gardeners with limited space, growing shallow-rooted, fast-growing salad leaves in between your leeks while waiting for Read more
These care-free perennial onions bring self-reliance to your garden and diversity to your kitchen, with very little effort. But instead of flowers, these stalks produce fully formed baby onions at the top of their stems. Tasting more like red onions than, scallions or chives, there Read more
You can save seeds from your favorite varieties or best-growing vines to plant your watermelons during the next spring if you would like to have a self-sustaining garden patch. As a tender annual, watermelon vines will not last through winter conditions and will require re-planting Read more
Alternatively, grow jalapeno plants indoors in a very bright area. Overwintered jalapenos might require special care during spring. When it comes to the jalapeno plant life cycle, the plant begins growing when temperatures and daylight hours rise in spring.
Most gardeners grow French sorrel to use fresh in a variety of recipes. French sorrel herbs are members of the Buckwheat family. The French sorrel herb plant might be just the thing to complete your kitchen herb garden. Garden sorrel Rumex acetosa and French sorrel Read more