25 Plants You Should Consider Growing – Casaubon's Book Note: This is a rerun from ye olde blogge. As the book deadline approaches, expect to see some of my previous opi making appearances here. Since I’ve got more than 1000 of them, it shouldn’t be too boring, I hope. I hope this one will help some of you in garden planning this year. There are a million gardening books out there to tell you how to grow perfect tomatoes and lettuces. And that’s important, especially after the blight disaster last year – in my house, salsa is a food group.
Circle Planting I wanted to grow corn between two rows of tomato vines to provide partial shade for vines and tomatoes. A little shade on tomatoes during hottest summer will produce bigger, juicier, mild-flavored fruits and, at the same time, reduce the problem of sun-scald. I traced in the dirt a two-foot diameter circle. Nine young corn plants were placed about eight inches apart, were then set in the soil around the circumference. That’s nine corn stalks in approximately two square feet of soil, without crowding, evenly spaced, and in a geometric arrangement that contributes to excellent pollination.The corn plant is the only grain crop to have separate male and female flowering parts .
The Ultimate When to Plant Guide Pay attention. This may be the most valuable tidbit of gardening wisdom anyone ever hands you. Of course it also might not be. When to plant – every seed packet you pick up has a little map on the back with 4 or 5 colored zones and planting dates for each zone. Or they have cryptic advice like “whenever soil can be worked”, “after soil has thoroughly warmed”, or “after all danger of frost.” Vegetables to grow in winter With the help of a bit of cover, and carefully selected varieties of seeds, it is possible to grow vegetables and herbs all year round in the United Kingdom, and presumably therefore in other temperate countries that have frosty winters.In my corner of Scotland, away from the sea and up in the hills, there is only one month of the year that can be guaranteed to be frost free and that is July. Most years we cannot grow courgettes or runner beans outside without cover. In our case, experimenting has paid off and we often have more produce in winter than in summer. Last year by the end of winter we were fed up with salad! Why grow vegetables in winter? There are a number of advantages to growing vegetables in winter:
Guide to Growing Vegetables Some general considerations for growing vegetables: Sowing Tips When sowing seeds, a good general rule of thumb is to sow to a depth of approximately twice the thickness of the seed. Thompsons Plant & Garden Centre Thompsons guide on when to sow and harvest your vegetables. This vegetable planner has been created as a guide and does not take into account regional, or seasonal weather variations. Ensure the risk of frost has passed before planting / sowing any sensitive crops. 7 No-Cost Ways To Grow More Food From Your Garden When I wrote a post about products that help promote soil biodiversity, some commenters were skeptical about commercial products that are shipped long distances with all the packaging and waste that goes with them. They may have a point. After all, the secrets of healthy soil usually start at home. And many of them are free. Here are some of our favorites
How To Grow A Four-Season Garden - Part 1 Don’t Believe Everything You’re Told When I moved to Geyserville, California in May of last year, I was excited to grow my own food for the first time. But immediately my neighbors dashed my hopes. How to: create a Planting Calendar I must say that while I’m finding this market garden experiment very exciting, it’s also rather daunting. What are we planting today? What are we planting next week? Where are we going? Who am i and where are my pants? The solution to all this is Allsun Farm’s planting calendar system.
Garden Planning Archive - Inthegardenwithjudy Call me crazy but my answer to this question is, “No”. In gardening, rarely does one size fit all. For some people this is the right time, for some it’s too early, and for other’s it may be too late. growing a salad-lover’s garden, with ellen ogden I’M RESOWING GREENS GALORE, spurred onward by the welcome shift in weather, and also by a chat with Ellen Ecker Ogden, author of of “The Complete Kitchen Garden.” Thanks to Ellen, my palette of ingredients to try is widening, and I’ve got several new variations on vinaigrette to taste-test, too. Get her advice (in print or podcast), or meet Ellen at one of her upcoming 2015 talks, including June 20 in Spencertown (NY), near me. Ellen calls herself as a “food artist.” No wonder, because since 1980, when she moved to Zone 4Bish Vermont after studying art in college, she has been making living collages of lettuces April through October, “splashed with dabs of red orach, fronds of chervil and rosettes of claytonia.” You probably know Ellen as co-founder of The Cook’s Garden in 1984, a breakthrough seed catalog at the time (but since sold), and as author of the 2003 cookbook “From the Cook’s Garden.”
Plants For A Future : 7000 Edible, Medicinal & Useful Plants Recommended this month New Book ** Edible Perennials: 50 Top perennials from Plants For A Future [Paperback] Current interest in forest or woodland garden designs reflects an awareness that permanent mixed plantings are inherently more sustainable than annual monocultures. They safeguard and enrich soil ecosystems, enable plants to form cooperative combinations, make use of layers above and below the soil, and they create benign microclimates which soften winds and recycle the rain. The challenge is productivity: how can yields of useful foods and other useful materials be maximised? The latest book from Plants For A Future is a resource for discovering some of the answers.
Heavy Petal: Gardening: from a West Coast, urban, organic perspective. Lacinato kale, leeks, and cabbage: the makings of a great winter garden! One of the best ways to reap the most from a small-space food garden is to have something growing in your garden all year round. Don’t let plots or containers sit vacant after you harvest your tomatoes and squash! Make ‘em work by planting a winter garden (or let them rest and recuperate by sowing a cover crop). Planting hardy and fast-maturing crops in summer or early fall for fall-through-spring harvesting is often known as winter gardening.