Onions are a must-have in any kitchen. These versatile vegetables are not only seen as a necessity by many cooks, but they're also incredibly easy to grow! Keep reading to learn how to plant onions in your garden. There are many different onion varieties and they all come in different sizes and colors. So whether you plant to plant red onions, yellow onions, or Spanish onions, the directions are all the same. And, don't forget that you can also pull onions while they're young and enjoy some fresh green onions! HOW TO PLANT ONIONS – TRANSPLANTS, SETS, OR SEEDS? You can plant onions from sets, seeds, or transplants. Onion transplants can be purchased from your local nursery, and these are onion plants that have been planted and are now ready to be transplanted directly into your garden. Transplants will usually grow within 65 days, but they are sensitive to diseases. Onion sets are immature bulbs that were grown the previous year and by far the most popular choice for gardeners. This is because onion sets are easy to plant, quick to harvest, and not very susceptible to diseases. When purchasing onion sets, you'll notice that they are identified by three different “varieties”: red,…

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You've no doubt seen these cute little peppers at your local grocery store. Shishito peppers seem to have taken the culinary world by storm, and for good reason too! These small peppers are easy to cook, go with practically anything, have a great flavor and thin skin, and 1 out of 10 is a hot pepper – how fun is that?! If you're interested in learning how to grow shishito peppers, keep reading! But before we do that, let's take a quick look and see what shishito peppers actually are and where they originated from WHAT ARE SHISHITO PEPPERS? Shishito peppers are a Japanese variety of heirloom peppers from the species Capsicum annuum. They are small, wrinkly looking peppers and are usually green in color. You can buy them at most local grocery stores now, and they'll usually come in a 1lb bag. Eaten raw, these peppers are crisp and sweet, but once you cook them, slight spice and smokiness come out, and that's why people love them so much. Not to be confused with Padron peppers, which are not as wrinkles and are spicier than the shishito pepper plant. WHAT DO SHISHITO PEPPERS TASTE LIKE? The shishito pepper is…



Become self-sufficient and feed your family healthy produce by learning how to start a vegetable garden from scratch. With the world, the way it is now, millions of people are starting to think about gardening. Why do you ask? People want to be self-sufficient. They don't want to have to depend on someone else for everything. That's why gardening gives you an amazing opportunity to be able to feed yourself and your family. And, once you know how to start a vegetable garden, there is really no stopping you. The basics of a vegetable garden are pretty easy once you know them, and from there on, the world if your oyster! Plus, growing your own vegetables is possibly one of the most rewarding feelings you will ever get! Have you ever tasted a freshly picked fruit or vegetable? There's nothing quite like it! In this guide, you'll learn how to start a vegetable garden from scratch. We'll take you through all of the basics from where to plant, which vegetables to choose, what type of soil you need, and everything else under the sun! Also, be sure to bookmark  HOW TO START A VEGETABLE GARDEN FROM SCRATCH – A BEGINNER'S…



The big question is though, should you prune your tomato plants, and if so, how should you do it? We'll show you how to prune tomato plants for maximum yield and also why you should prune them so you have a better understanding. Pruning tomato plants is actually an optional technique. Some gardeners swear by it, while others choose not to do it. One very important thing to keep in mind though, is the variety of tomato you're growing – this will determine whether or not you should prune your tomato plants. You should only prune indeterminate varieties. These produce new leaves and flowers constantly throughout the growing season. Determinate varieties, on the other hand, should not be pruned, as you may reduce their yield. Let's take a quick look at what the difference between determinate and indeterminate varieties is. INDETERMINATE TOMATO VARIETIES: DO PRUNE Simply put, indeterminate tomato varieties will continue to produce fruit all throughout the growing season. This means that they will continuously throw off shoots, which need to be pruned for maximum growth and health. Additionally, indeterminate varieties will also need a trellis or some sort of support. DO I HAVE TO PRUNE MY TOMATO PLANT?…



Have you ever heard of the pomato plant? In these uncertain times, people are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to sustain themselves and their families. That's why a pomato plant is a perfect vegetable to plant this season: it's a tomato plant on top and a potato plant on the bottom. The half potato half tomato plant aka pomato is simply a graft of a potato and a tomato plant. Basically, it's a two for one – you get two completely different vegetables in one plant. The great thing about a pomato plant is that it's actually easy to grow, and best of all, helps you save space in your garden. Keep reading to learn how to grow pomato in your garden! HOW TO GROW POMATO PLANTS There are three different ways you can grow pomato plants: from actual pomato seeds, purchasing an already grown pomato plant, or grafting your own potato and tomato plants together. GROW POMATO PLANTS FROM SEED: You can choose to purchase pomato seeds online, but a lot of times they can be out of stock and are particularly hard to find. Simply follow the instructions on the package to grow pomato plants from seed. PURCHASE A GROWN POMATO PLANT: Alternatively,…


DIY Root Barrel Cellar

This year we grew potatoes in our garden for the first time. We were really surprised at how big the potato plants grew. What we didn’t realize until too late, was that we were alleged to pile more soil on top of the young plants. You get more potatoes that way. Despite our not adding extra soil, we still got a pretty good harvest. About 38 pounds. We don’t eat potatoes a day, although we'll be eating more now. So the question now is how to preserve those potatoes to make them last as long as possible. Eric found (sorry I’m not sure where) someone who made a root barrel (instead of a root cellar). What a cool idea! So, we are going to try it out too. The theory is simple, the labor is hard work. First you buy a barrel. We bought a metal barrel, but plastic would work well too.  Dig a hole big enough for the barrel to fit into. This is the hard part. I’m so glad I didn’t have to do it. This project would have never gotten done if it was up to me. We have rock and clay and Eric dug through it in 100 degree heat.…

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Growing Herbs That Boost Your Immune System

As we deal with the new concepts of quarantine and self-isolation while trying to avoid the Coronavirus, many of us are fortunate that it’s time to get the garden growing. Tilling, planting and tending the garden helps me work off the boredom and frustration I’m feeling, so it’s sure to be just as useful to others. One thing I’ve decided to do while waiting it out is growing more immune boosting herbs in the garden. A healthy immune system helps avoid the virus, and many herbs are useful to boost immunities. Even once this Covid pandemic ends, there are still plenty of reasons to improve immunity. Which herbs work best? Here are my favorite herbs for boosting a healthy immune system. Echinacea – Commonly known as purple coneflower, this is a versatile plant when used for medicinal purposes, and you may already have it growing in your garden. There are more than 40 types of coneflowers, with Echinacea purpurea being most used. Flower petals, leaves and roots can be used medicinally. Make a tincture or tea with these parts to prevent infections and awaken and stimulate the immune system. Turmeric – Turmeric, or Curcuma longa, is a beautiful flowering plant filled with Curcumin, vitamin C, magnesium, and…

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If you are looking to find out the way to grow lime trees from seeds, indoors, or simply in your garden, you've come to the proper place! Lime trees can be grown in many different ways as well as in different climates, and this guide will give you step by step instructions that will make growing lime trees a breeze! Lime trees are super fun to grow, and, once you see the tiny little limes on your tree, you'll be over the moon! HOW TO GROW LIME TREES PLANTING LIME TREES: You can choose to grow lime trees from seeds or you can also purchase a small tree from a nursery, but growing them from seed is actually very easy and much more rewarding!Plant your lime tree or your lime seed in a location where it will get the most sun (this goes the same for whether you're planting directly outdoors or in a pot)Plant in well draining soil and if planting in a pot, be sure your pot has good drainage holes as well.When backfilling, make sure that the soil around the seed or the root ball is tapped firmly down.Water immediately after planting. LIME TREE CARE: Water regularly. If your lime tree isn't getting enough water,…

How To Grow Sacks Full Of Potatoes
How To Grow Sacks Full Of Potatoes

How To Grow Sacks Full Of Potatoes

1. 100 Pounds of Potatoes in only Four Square Feet All you need for this technique is some lumber, seed potatoes, gardening soil, and plenty of love and care. The recommended planting time is the early around April, and late around August 1st, and it takes about 3 months before harvest. A few tips for utilizing this technique include: Cut apart the larger seed potatoes, and make sure there are at least two eyes in each part you plant.Dust the cut pieces with first will help you seal the open ends from bacteria.Use 10-20-20 fertilizer and fertilize at planting and 2 other times during the season as well.Water in a way that you will keep the plants at an even level of moisture.Avoid planting in the same area in consecutive years.If you’re short on space, build a box and plant inside it. You can add sides to the box as it grows, and then fill in the new space with soil or mulch. This way, you’ll be able to remove the bottom boards from the box and reach in carefully to pull out new potatoes. 2. Trash Bag Potatoes Growing potatoes in a trash bag is practically a foolproof way to grow potatoes and it only…

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Flowers Grow in Your Vegetable Garden

Plant Flowers with Vegetables To Encourage Healthy Growth There are many plants out there that can improve the growth in your vegetable garden. Below is a list of flowers you should be adding to your garden, and how these flowers help promote healthy and prolific plants. Borage Borage is a Mediterranean herb that grows best in warm climates. This cucumber scented flower grows best with tomatoes, squash, and strawberries. It’s known for attracting bees and other pollinators, repelling hornworms and is said to improve the taste of tomatoes if planted nearby. Both the leaves and blooms of the Borage plant can be eaten and have a cucumber-like flavor. Calendula Calendula is a yellow flowering plant that grows best in cooler climates with low humidity. Plant this happy flower with peas, carrots, asparagus, and spring salad lettuces. Calendula will help repel aphids and attracting pollinators to the garden. This plant has edible leaves, and if you keep the flowers trimmed back, it will flower from spring until fall. Lastly, calendula has thick roots, and acts as a living mulch, protecting to soil from the sun and retaining moisture for your vegetable garden. Chamomile This cheerful, white flower is such a great plant to grow in the vegetable garden.…

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How often do you water poinsettias? And other poinsettia plant care tips

Nothing screams Christmas like poinsettias! These beautiful flowers are in almost every home during Christmas time. People love these flowers, but not everyone knows how to take care of them, that’s why we will talk about how often do you water poinsettias along with some tips and tricks to care for them! The poinsettia plant (Euphorbia pulcherrima) has small yellow and green flowers with bright petals. They come in colors from white to orange but are most common in red! These plants are native to Central America, Mexico specifically. Today, this beautiful flower plant is the main decorative houseplant in many homes during the holidays. To maintain the poinsettia plant's height and colorful flowers, you must give them the proper care, and that's why we've created this care guide. HOW OFTEN DO YOU WATER POINSETTIAS? Poinsettia likes moist soil but not damp, so water only when the soil feels dry. The water needs to drain out the bottom so poinsettias won't sit in water. Overwatering poinsettias could result in fungal diseases and root rot. Keep an eye on their leaves, because if they are turning yellow, it means you are not watering properly. Giving them a big sip of water once…

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How to grow ghost peppers indoors

Ghost peppers are one of the hottest peppers out there and if you like super spicy food, this post is for you! This guide on how to grow ghost peppers indoors will help you grow super spicy peppers all season. Ghost peppers are an interspecific hybrid chili pepper also known as bhut jolokia, ghost chili pepper, and ghost Jolokia, cultivated in India. Named one of the spiciest peppers in the world, ghost peppers can be consumed dried, fresh, sprinkled in fermented fish, curries and chutneys. Ghost peppers are full of vitamin C, E, carotene and antioxidants, making them a healthier and better option than artificial hot sauce. You can easily grow ghost peppers indoors and today we will show you how! HOW TO GROW GHOST PEPPERS INDOORS STEP 1: PREPARE YOUR SEEDS Purchase good quality ghost pepper seeds from your local nursery or online. Soak the seeds for about 8 hours to help germinate faster, and try to only use the seeds that sink in the water. The ones that float, throw them away. After soaking, grab a small seedling container and fill it with good rich soil. Place 2-3 seeds per container and cover it with soil. Plant them…

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How far apart to plant tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the easiest fruits (yes, fruits not vegetables) you can grow and they are also nutritious, full of minerals and important vitamins like A and C. Having fresh tomatoes from your garden is something everyone wants to have, and that's why learning how to grow them properly and successfully is important. Today we will be talking about how far apart to plant tomatoes and why it's so important to know this! Planting tomatoes too close can cause so many disasters and we don't want that. Spacing tomatoes depends on a few factors like what type you are growing and where you are growing them. Let's check the list below to find out why it's so important to know how far apart to plant tomatoes! THE IMPORTANCE OF TOMATOES SPACING SPACING CORRECTLY IMPROVES THEIR NUTRIENTS: Tomatoes need lots of nutrients and water in order to grow properly and you should provide them just that. But if you plant tomatoes plants too close, they will compete for those much-needed nutrients. Once this happens, they will start to rob each other of their nutrients and it will cause them to grow smaller. If your space them right, you will give…

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Top 10 easy vegetables to grow for first timer gardeners

In these uncertain times, many people are turning to self-sustainability options, and growing your own fruits and veggies is right at the top of that list! These 10 easy vegetables to grow are perfect for first-time gardeners and beginners! Sure, you can stockpile canned goods and frozen foods, but when it comes to fresh fruits and veggies, that's a little more complicated. So what better way to self-sustain ourselves and our families than to grow our own crops? These easy vegetables to grow are just that – EASY. If you've got even the smallest backyard or even a balcony, you CAN grow these vegetables. All they require is spring/summer weather (above 70F), a little sun, and some good quality soil. In no time, you'll be able to provide your family with freshly picked vegetables! You can choose to grow just one of the vegetables on this list, or a variety, depending on how much space you have in your garden. To get you started, check out these top 10 gardening tips for beginners and 7 gardening mistakes every gardener makes. Once you've brushed up on the basics, you'll soon become an expert gardener! 10 EASY VEGETABLES TO GROW 1. LETTUCE & OTHER GREENS…

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How To Plant Garlic indoors

Growing garlic indoors is so easy that even beginner gardeners can master it! In this post, we will be telling you all about growing garlic indoors so you can enjoy this wonderful vegetable right from the comfort of your own home. Indoor gardening is ideal because you can start growing at any time of the year. There aren't any weather problems that can interfere with your plant and you can control all the elements. Growing garlic indoors allows you to enjoy the bulbs and also the greens which you can use to garnish your meals! HOW TO GROW GARLIC INDOORS – A GUIDE #1. CHOOSING THE CONTAINER When it comes to choosing a container to grow garlic you need to consider a few things. If you are growing various cloves in one pot, you will need a big enough pot to give each clove a 4-inch gap. The container needs to be deep enough to allow the roots to grow, produce green leaves, and allow the bulbs to grow. An 8-12 inch deep pot will be ideal to plant your garlic. Make sure this pot has good draining holes. You can use almost any container you want as long as…

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