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Garden Planting Guide, Schedule, and Tips | Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers | Urban Farmer Seeds. Choosing Seed Varieties Part of the enjoyment of planning your garden is choosing which seed varieties you want to grow. Choosing varieties that work best for your growing conditions and take advantage of your environment will ultimately decide the outcome of your growing experience. Below are a few tips when selecting your vegetable, herb and flower seeds. Vegetables: Selecting your veggies before you design your garden will help ensure you have the correct amount of room and the best growing conditions. For smaller gardens choose bush varieties that take up less room. For shorter growing seasons try fast maturing varieties that can produce maximum yields for your growing season.

Herbs: Choose herbs by size, growing habits, and life expectancy. Many herbs can live as perennials and will increase in size every season thus needing adequate space to grow and receive the proper nutrition. Transplanting After the seeds have germinated, let the surface dry out occasionally. Hydroponics 101 - Basic Hydroponic Resources | American Hydroponics. 5 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow in Your Backyard. At its core, most of medicine is still herbology, according to Dr. Jenn Dazey, naturopathic physician at Bastyr University's Department of Botanical Medicine. And growing your own medicinal garden is easier than it might seem. In fact, you might already have one. Many common culinary herbs have a long history as traditional medicines. 1.

Common Sage Salvia officinalis image: Alice Henneman/Flickr Use it for: Cooling and drying body functions because of its phytosterols. How: Dry and eat the leaves, or brew them fresh in a tea. Grow it: Sage is a perennial that thrives in hot, dry climates but will grow in some milder conditions. Interesting to note: Some studies show sage tea is effective for treating diabetes patients. 2. Mentha piperita image: wonderferret/Flickr Use it for: Relieving gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, colonic spasms, and gastric emptying disorders.

How: The best medical use of peppermint comes from extracting the essential oil. 3. 4. 5. How To Grow Herbs in Pots & Containers. It's Easy to Grow Herbs in Virtually Any Pot or Container! Types of Pots or Containers for Herbs Most herbs can be grown in virtually any kind of pot or container. The key element to choosing a vessel to grow your herbs in is drainage. You will have far greater success with a container that has adequate drainage versus a closed container, although a non-draining container can be adapted to successfully grow plants... a topic we will address in a separate article.

Pots and containers are made from many different materials, including plastic, clay, ceramic, wood fiber, peat, and more. . , soft-sided fabric pots , wood fiber pots, coir fiber pots , or peat pots ... however, they are not always readily available. And ceramic garden pots will do in a pinch though, and are probably more widely used than any others. The next key element of choosing a container is size. Soil or Growing Medium for Potted Herbs Herbs grown in pots or containers require a well draining potting mix. . , coco coir peat .

30 Creative Garden Container Ideas - Empress of Dirt. Seed Starting Pots From Newspaper. Growing Three Sisters in a Pot - Companion Planting. The Three Sisters ā€“ Squash, Corn and Pole Beans were once the three main agricultural crops of several North American Natives. In traditional methods, the three crops are planted close together, in flat-topped mounds of soil, to allow their unique beneficial properties to take place. The corn stalks serve as a pole for the beans, the beans help to add the nitrogen to the soil that the corn needs, and the squash provides a ground cover of shade that helps the soil retain moisture. Companion-planting at its best! This year Iā€™m gardening, (in my less than ideal yard), pushing the boundaries as far as I can. You can put this project together in just a few hours using plants from the nursery or if you start your sisters from seed it will take 3-4 weeks.

You will need: Corn seeds or corn plants. 1. 2. 3. 4. As the corn grows, make sure the beans are supported and wrapping around them. Trivia Points! Organic Heirloom Corn at Seeds for Generations. 5 Best Container Gardening Ideas From 2013. December 31st, 2013 Email 8 users recommend EZ-walls Plant Protectors, planted with short-season tomatoes, were the best way to get a head start on the garden. Jodi Torpey The container garden enjoyed time spent in the plastic pool while I was on vacation. Best of tomatoes from 2013 included 'Tiny Tim' (upper left), 'White Cherry' (middle left) and 'Sungold' (bottom). Big and beautiful 'Gemini' peppers were easy to grow in the container vegetable garden. Huge basil leaves grew on an ordinary plant without any special care. Photo: Jodi Torpey It's that time of year when I like to look back through the folder of garden photos to remind myself of the previous season's gardening lessons.

I especially enjoyed looking at the patio container garden and reliving some of the best moments from the season. Best way to jump start the garden. Best vacation watering idea. Best use of space. Best pepper surprise. Best basil. What successes did you have in your vegetable garden in 2013? Find us on: