Growing Vegetables

Planting Potatoes in Washing Baskets

This winter we were extremely excited to find purple and magenta potatoes and decided we wanted to let some sprout and plant them. These are the magenta potatoes, freshly cut. The protruding bits you see emerging from the skin are the eyes beginning to sprout. You can cut the potato between the eyes then allow them to seal over and plant individually. Spot the sealed over cut on the left.¬† You can also plant whole sprouting potatoes. We decided to…

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3 Ways to Make Your Own Banana Peel Liquid Fertilizer

Using banana peel fertilizer to add minerals and nutrients to specific plants in your garden is a great way to not only reduce waste but also to work with nature while being an active participant in the growing of your garden: and the bonus is you are saving money at the same time. It is so easy to go out and buy a “quick fix” but for the home gardener, who wants to derive pleasure from learning and growing, this…

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Natural Ways to Lower the pH of Soil

Here are some plants that enjoy a more alkaline soil: blueberries asparagus leeks Lima beans Swiss chard artichokes spinach Mushrooms also grow well in alkaline soil, as do grape vines, oranges, cantaloupes, pecans, peach trees and some cherry varieties. Organic substances frequently used to reduce soil pH are – rotted manure rotted leaf compost shredded evergreen bark pine needles home-composted leaf and vegetable refuse coffee grounds (with the exception of asparagus) Be prepared for some trial-and-error with organic acidifiers. Test…

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Friends & Foes of Onions

Onions are shallow growers, making them excellent companions to deep rooted vegetables. The best onion plant companions are members of the cabbage family because onions naturally repel pests that love cabbage family plants, such as cabbage loopers, cabbage worms, and cabbage maggots. Cabbage family plants include: Broccoli Kale Brussel Sprouts Cabbage Kholrabi Onions deter aphids and Japanese beeltes which means you can use them as companions to plants that often suffer from these pests. Other companions to onions include: Tomatoes…

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An In-Depth Look at Growing Asparagus Seedlings

We are very excited about growing Asparagus! While it can take up to 3 years before asparagus is ready to harvest, this perennial plant can keep producing for up to 20 years! Talk about commitment and abundance in return – we like that! In our research, we have found some great advice that we would like to share with you. Feel free to share your tips and tricks with us in the comments section below. Crowns vs Seeds Plants can…

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Asparagus Companions

¬†Companions for asparagus or any other vegetable must be compatible with each other. Asparagus is a perennial that likes a sunny area of the garden. They take 2-3 years to reach a full yield and, thereafter, produce spears for the next 10-15 years! This means that companions for asparagus must like sun exposure and be able to work around the semi-permanent asparagus. Asparagus Loves …. Parsely – helps with plant vigor Basil – helps with plant vigor Tomato – plant…

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Everything You Need to Know About Growing Broccoli

Growing broccoli in the right conditions, at the right time of year can be very rewarding. It is quite a heavy feeder so good soil prep and continued care is essential for a healthy yield. Best Time of Year for Broccoli Broccoli likes to mature in cooler weather where it will produce sweet heads without bolting and flowering, which makes it bitter to the taste, due to warmer weather. Heat-stressed broccoli opens it’s flower buds prematurely, and high temperatures as…

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Broccoli Companions

Broccoli Loves …. Dill – strong smell deters common garden pests Sage – strong smell deters common garden pests Rosemary – strong smell deters common garden pests Basil – strong smell deters common garden pests Mint – strong smell deters common garden pests Garlic – strong smell deters common garden pests Thyme – strong smell deters common garden pests Bush Beans Lettuce – likes the shade of broccoli Potato Radish Shallots & Onions – improves flavour Celery – improves flavour…

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4 Useful Applications for Coffee Grounds in the Garden

If you are anything like us, you probably love a good cuppa coffee (or 2) – but what do you do with your leftover coffee grounds? Many avid gardeners use it in their garden – and so do we. Most plants love it because of the often high Nitrogen content in coffee. Nitrogen is a component of chlorophyll and therefore essential for photosynthesis. It is also the basic element of plant and animal proteins, including the genetic material DNA and…

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How to Use Epsom Salts to Boost Production in the Garden

We have all heard of Epsom Salts and most likely already have it in our homes. But did you know that there are amazing benefits for using this humble mineral in the garden? Epsom Salt is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate and is made from a rock substance called Dolomite. Here are some benefits of using Epsom Salt in the garden: Stimulates plant growth Improves photosynthesis Increases nutrient uptake Increases flavour of fruits and veg Increases yield Prevents…

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