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SNRA Day Hikes. If You Can Grow Basil, You’ll Have No Troubles With Shiso. Shiso (Perilla frutescens) is known in some circles as Japanese basil.

If You Can Grow Basil, You’ll Have No Troubles With Shiso

And like basil, it is easy to grow in Hawaii any time of the year. For the lucky soul who has shiso in the garden there are many uses for the leaves, the flowers and the seeds. Description Shiso used to be classified botanically as a type of basil and was in the genus Ocimum, but it now belongs to a different genus (Perilla). Like basil, it is in the mint family (Lamiaceae) and like most members of the mint family, it has square stems and the flowers have four stamens (the male part of the flower that carries the pollen). Shiso has either green (green shiso) or purple (red shiso) leaves that are usually wrinkled. Flower spikes appear at the growing tips and bear small pink, lavender, green or white flowers. Care. Growing fennel — bulb, herb, pollen - Growing for Market. By Pam Dawling Many people grow fennel as the herb, for leaves and seeds, for salads, soups, fish dishes and teas.

Growing fennel — bulb, herb, pollen - Growing for Market

The seeds are also used in desserts, breads, other baked goods and drinks. Or they are chewed after a meal to help the digestion. A newer crop in the U.S. is bulb fennel, with a vaguely licorice-like flavor. The crunchy white “bulb” consists of the swollen stem bases of the leaves. Crop requirementsFennel benefits from a rich, well-drained soil, with a pH of 5.5-6.8. There are about 200 seeds per gram, 7,000 seeds per ounce. Cultivating Edible Mushrooms with Dave Wichland. MushroomCultivationGuide. How To Grow Ginger Root - Planting Ginger Plant In Your Herb Garden. By Heather Rhoades Ginger plant (Zingiber officinale) may seem like a mysterious herb to grow.

How To Grow Ginger Root - Planting Ginger Plant In Your Herb Garden

The knobby ginger root is found in grocery stores but very rarely do you find it in your local nursery. So can you grow ginger at home? Fig Tree Fertilizer – When And How To Fertilize A Fig Tree. By Jackie Carroll One thing that makes fig trees so easy to grow is that they rarely need fertilizer.

Fig Tree Fertilizer – When And How To Fertilize A Fig Tree

In fact, giving a fig tree fertilizer when it doesn’t need it can harm the tree. Growing Turmeric in Containers. Harvesting Leeks and Onions (5/21/11) Leeks: How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest. Leeks are a perennial even though they are usually grown as an annual.

Leeks: How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest

They need a fairly long growing season requiring a minimum of 80 days for fast growing varieties (such as Columbus and Varna) and 120 to even 150 days for other popular varieties that may be sweeter or milder (such as Titan or Giant Musselburgh)1. Probably the most popular variety is King Richard, which has a 75-80 day growing time. The Rhubarb Compendium. Rhubarb is a cool season, perennial plant that is very winter hardy and resistant to drought.

The Rhubarb Compendium

Its crop is produced from crowns consisting of fleshy rhizomes and buds. Following a season of growth the rhubarb crown becomes dormant and temperatures below 40 °F / 5 °C are required to stimulate bud break and subsequent growth. The first shoots to appear in the spring are edible petioles and leaves. These emerge sequentially as long as temperatures remain cool (below 90 °F / 32 °C). As temperatures increase, top growth is suppressed, even appearing dormant in periods of extreme heat.

How to Grow Ginger. Ginger is popular in American food, but it’s practically a staple in Asian cuisine.

How to Grow Ginger

Not only is it easy to grow and delicious in recipes, but studies show that ginger packs powerful health benefits. Although it is a tropical plant, it will adapt easily to indoor and container planting, making it possible for anyone to enjoy fresh ginger throughout much of the year. Here’s what you need to know to bring this favorite into your own kitchen. Before You Plant Choose the Right Type of Ginger: For practical purposes, ginger is most often home-grown from tubers. Find a Suitable Place: Plan to grow ginger indoors unless you live in the extreme southern portions of the U.S. or in one of the desert states.

Prepare the soil: Planting, Growing & Harvesting Broccoli. Broccoli is a great choice for a home garden. Freshly cut broccoli heads are rich in vitamins and minerals. They’re delicious raw in salads or lightly steamed and they freeze well. If you choose a variety such as ‘DiCicco’ or ‘Waltham’ that produces plentiful side shoots, you can enjoy several cuttings from each plant in your garden. Broccoli raab and Chinese broccoli are fast-growing, cool-loving broccoli relatives that produce small, tender flowering shoots that you can eat—buds, stems, leaves, and all. Planting: Broccoli prefers full sun, but partial shade can prevent plants from bolting (going to seed) in areas with warm spells. Cool days and nights are essential once the flower heads start to form.

If you’re starting your own seedlings, sow your spring crop indoors 7 to 9 weeks before the last expected frost. Protecting young broccoli plants from temperature extremes is critical for a successful crop. Cultivate around young plants to get rid of weeds and keep the soil loose.