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FS089E.pdf. The tricky matter of when to harvest garlic. TIMING IS EVERYTHING, THEY SAY, AND WITH GARLIC HARVEST that’s especially true.

the tricky matter of when to harvest garlic

But since the crop is hidden underground, how do you know when this edible Allium is ready—when it’s just the right moment to insure a well-formed head that will also store well through the winter and beyond? Like fortune-telling, it’s all in reading the leaves, apparently. When to harvest garlic–and how. Companion Planting Charts: Complete List. Companion planting charts are called "voodoo"' by some and "essential" by others.

Companion Planting Charts: Complete List

Regardless of which side you're on, there are two undeniable facts supporting them: (1) symbiotic relationships exist for all life forms, including plants and (2) if nothing else, practicing companion planting won't hurt your garden... Symbiotic Relationships in Nature Support the Use of Companion Planting Charts.

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Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm. We are finally, finally getting our “Herb and ‘Shroom Garden” going.

Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm

And when I say finally, I mean FINALLY. I have been working so hard to get the main garden planted (and reading fiction novels which is quite un-characteristic for this non-fiction bookworm) that I have been struggling to get the Herb and ‘Shroom Garden going. But it is my goal over this next week to be all set in finishing up the rest of my oak logs for shiitake mushrooms and to plant an oasis worth of basil, parsley, rosemary, and other herbs to fill up our teeny, tiny side yard. And as part of that goal, I have finished half of the one hundred (yeah… that’s not a typo) inoculated plugs I ordered.

Phew! Food as medicine. 101 Gardening Secrets The Experts Never Tell You. I like to use natural top soil to start my garden seedlings in.

101 Gardening Secrets The Experts Never Tell You

I usually don't use potting soil because it generally does not produce the results I want. I usually fill a large, deep baking pan I have with top soil and bake it for thirty minutes at 350 degrees.

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Companion Planting - Vegetable Gardening Plant Companions and Combining. Home > Companion gardening Companion planting and combining means growing plants together that like or benefit each other.

Companion Planting - Vegetable Gardening Plant Companions and Combining

Vegetable companion gardening can have a real impact on the health and yield of your plants. In nature everything interacts to create a whole life force. This is a basic understanding... that everything organic and living has a mutual influence on every other living thing. Every plant has an effect on every other plant and every creature has an effect on every other creature. Over time, gardeners have observed these interrelationships, and scientists have studied them. It’s well worth while reading a little bit about how and why companion planting is so important before we get into which specific plants go with what. . . . Companion Planting - Secrets of Organic Gardening. Overwintering Stevia Plants. It’s getting cold here in the —time to bring in the stevia plants before our first hard freeze.

Overwintering Stevia Plants

As far north as USDA plant hardiness zone 8, stevia plants can usually survive winter in the field. The tops might die back, but the roots can survive as long as the ground does not freeze. Mulch can help prevent frozen ground. I harvested my stevia plants more than a month ago, in September, leaving stubs of 4 to 5 inches in length. The plants have sprouted back somewhat, and we’ve had some frosts at night. The plants might survive in a sunny window. Move lemon grass to warm quarters for winter. Vern Nelson/Special to The Oregonian Many readers tell me they love lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) for its intense lemon flavor and light fragrance.

Move lemon grass to warm quarters for winter

Now they're worried about how to overwinter these frost-tender plants. The good news: Overwintering lemon grass is easy. The bad: You'll want to continue harvesting, and there won't be much to harvest unless you have a greenhouse or a warm, brightly lit room with full-spectrum grow lights. I started one of my lemon grass plants this spring from unrooted pieces I bought at an Asian market. Vern Nelson/Special to The OregonianTrim leaves to about 6 inches tall. • Round up some black plastic pots and fill them half full of fresh potting soil to save time later. . • Lemon grass needs more watering than most plants in winter. . • Whether your plants are in the ground or pots, they'll need a haircut: Trim the leaves to about 6 inches tall. Vern Nelson/Special to The OregonianSlice the crown into clumps for replanting.

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Video: Why Waste Coffee Grounds When Delicious Mushroooms Love to Grow on Them? Medicinal herbs and plants. Which is Best When Starting a Garden - Build Existing Soil or Buying Compost ? Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Edible Flowers, How to choose Edible Flowers, Eatable Flowers, Edible Flower Chart, List of Edible Flowers, Incredible Edible Flowers.

Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine Photo of edible flowers picked in Linda's garden in July (lavender, thyme, dill, cilantro, day lily, squash blossom, Nasturtiums, chives, and basil).

Edible Flowers, How to choose Edible Flowers, Eatable Flowers, Edible Flower Chart, List of Edible Flowers, Incredible Edible Flowers

After falling out of favor for many years, cooking and garnishing with flowers is back in vogue once again. Flower cookery has been traced back to Roman times, and to the Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Indian cultures. Edible flowers were especially popularin the Victorian era during Queen Victoria's reign. Today, many restaurant chefs and innovative home cooks garnish their entrees with flower blossoms for a touch of elegance. One very important thing that you need to remember is that not every flower is edible. In fact, sampling some flowers can make you very, very sick. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat.

Never harvest flowers growing by the roadside.

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Organic Gardening Videos. Vegan & Gluten Free Christmas 2011. A while back we received an email from one of the editors at Bon Appétit Magazine, asking if we wanted to create a vegan and gluten-free Christmas menu for them, as a special web feature.

Vegan & Gluten Free Christmas 2011

We usually aren’t strictly vegan or gluten-free, but were so flattered by the offer that we didn’t have to think more than 2 seconds before answering them that we would happily take it on as a challenge (while dancing a silly dance and singing “We are working with BA, we are working with BA…”). We came up with five different recipes; Cinnamon roasted root vegetables, Mustard kale salad, Spiced spinach tarts, Christmas falafels and a Pomegranate cheesecake. It is always fun to cook at Christmas since you get to use holiday flavors like saffron, clove, cinnamon, mustard and lemon. We hope that the recipes will be of some assistance in all the Christmas commotion, wether you make one dish or go for the whole menu. Spiced Spinach and Mushrooms in Almond TartletsMakes 6 tartlets Preheat oven to 375°.