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How To Plant Asparagus

A Basket Of Fresh Picked Asparagus

Asparagus is a springtime perennial vegetable and is a favorite for many home gardeners. The stalks of asparagus grow upward from the roots or crowns in mid-spring, and by mid-summer asparagus will produce light, wispy ferns that stay on the plant until the fall. After a few hard frosts the tops of asparagus will die…

Forced Branches

Forsythia Branches That Have Been Forced

Every season I try to have a little bit of nature indoors. During the snowy winter months my favorite bits of the outside world are flowering branches that lie dormant. Forsythia, apple, peach and pussy willow are in my garden and orchard so those are the branches I use for forcing. The flower buds on…

Gardening & Planting By The Moon

Planting Peas By The Moon Sign

The term “planting by the moon” or “planting by the signs” are colloquial expressions or folk terms for the ancient practice of timing agricultural and gardening tasks by the moon’s lunar phase and astrological position in the zodiac. For our ancestors, the understanding and application of natural lunar cycles and rhythms to their lives was…

The Care & Feeding Of Asparagus

Young Asparagus In May

Asparagus care and feeding is pretty simple. Every year in mid spring the green spears of asparagus emerge from the soil ready to be picked off by hand or cut. Once an asparagus bed is established it will continue to grow for years and years in the same spot with minimal attention. In my garden…

Borage – A Popular And Beautiful Potherb

Borage Plant

Borage is an annual herb with coarse hairy leaves and stems. It grows between 2 to 3 feet tall and often spreads as wide. Borage (Borago officinalis) is also known as “starflower” and is sometimes called “bee bread”. That’s because of the sky-blue star shaped flowers and because borage is a bee magnet. The honey…

Kitchen Herb Garden

Kitchen Herb Garden

I keep a small kitchen herb garden right off my front porch. It’s a convenient location. While I’m cooking if I need fresh parsley, basil, sage, rosemary, mint or any other herb, it’s just a quick trip out the door. Kitchen herb gardens that backup to a house or any other building, in general do…

Aphids – What They Are & Ways To Control Them

Aphids

I noticed the other day that my rose bushes have aphids. Aphids, sometimes called plant lice, are very small sap sucking insects. There are many different species of aphids and they come in different sizes. Aphids may be green, red, brown, black and sometimes a fuzzy white or gray. All plant lice no matter how…

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts may look like small cabbages when you see them on your dinner plate, but they sure don’t look anything like a cabbage when growing in the garden. Brussels sprouts like broccoli, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are members of the brassica family of vegetables. All brassica look very similar when first set out in…

A Garden Planner For Home Food Preservation

Garden Planner

With a bad economy at hand and garden planning just around the corner I thought a chart might be helpful to some folks looking for concrete direction. The estimates given below are for the vegetable production and preservation needs for a family of 4 for approximately 300 days. In practice the amount of food listed…