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How to Grow The Top 10 Most Nutritious Vegetables in Your Garden

How to Grow The Top 10 Most Nutritious Vegetables in Your Garden
By Colleen Vanderlinden Treehugger A perfectly ripe, juicy tomato, still warm from the sun. Sweet carrots, pulled from the garden minutes (or even seconds!) before they’re eaten. And don’t let the lack of a yard stop you – all of them can be grown in containers as well. 1. Broccoli is high in calcium, iron, and magnesium, as well as Vitamin A, B6, and C. How to Grow BroccoliGrow Broccoli in Containers: One broccoli plant per pot, pots should be 12 to 16 inches deep.What to Watch Out For: Cabbage worm. 2. There is nothing like peas grown right in your own garden – the tender sweetness of a snap pea just plucked from the vine is unlike anything you can buy in at a store. How to Grow PeasGrow Peas in Containers: Sow peas approximately 2 inches apart in a pot that is at least 10 inches deep. 3. While snap beans (green beans/wax beans) are a great addition to any garden, it’s the beans we grow as dried beans that are real nutritional powerhouses. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. OK, I cheated here. Related:  Growing VegetablesTips and Tricks

4 Ways to Grow Spinach Edit Article Choosing a VarietyPrepping Your Planting AreaPlanting Your SpinachCaring for Your Spinach Plants Edited by Flickety, Eric, Nathan Wong, Scott Cushman and 2 others A cool-weather loving green, spinach is a fast-growing relative of beets and Swiss chard. Ad Steps Part 1 of 4: Choosing a Variety 1Grow spinach in USDA Hardiness Zones three through nine. 3Choose smooth-leafed spinach for a fast growing time. Part 2 of 4: Prepping Your Planting Area 1Choose an area with full sun. 4Fertilize the soil thoroughly. Part 3 of 4: Planting Your Spinach 1Decide whether you want a spring or fall harvest, or both. 5Water the planting area thoroughly. Part 4 of 4: Caring for Your Spinach Plants 1Thin your plants. 5Harvest your spinach. Tips Always wash spinach before eating.Be aware that spinach shrinks when cooked. Warnings Be wary of flea beetles, spider mites, and aphids, which feed on spinach leaves.Heat and long days will kill your crop.

The 72 Plant Vertical Garden This instructable will cover the details of the Vertical Garden built for my "Hydroponic, Automated, Networking, Climate Controlled Greenhouse Project". The vertical garden is a space saving way to grow up to 72 small plants (such as lettuce, spinach, strawberries and lots of different herbs) all with the plant health benefits of hydroponics. The Vertical Garden is designed with modularity in mind, to be brought into the greenhouse and installed as a single unit, with only connection to the existing plumbing required before you're ready to grow. Other Instructables that cover elements of the "Hydroponic, Automated, Networking, Climate Controlled Greenhouse Project" are listed below with many more to come: Part 1: Construction of the GreenhousePart 2: The 72 Plant Vertical Garden As of this moment the greenhouse's skeleton is all that is completed. Each major section of this project should be it's own instructable and when it's all finished I'll compile it into a guide.

Healthy News and Information There is nothing better than plant to mouth in 1 second flat from your own backyard, but sometimes we don’t have a spare moment to prune, water or till. Every year there’s so much to do it makes my head spin! So any chance to save some time or effort is a real lifesaver. Here are 9 cool hacks that will not only save you time but will transform your backyard into an oasis of greenery! 1. Vacation Watering For potted plants: this trick will save your plants when away for a few days. 2. Mixing your old eggshells and coffee grinds into your soil as compost will not only boost the nutrients in the ground, but can help prevent blossom rot. 3. That’s right, I said sweetener, but this one is all natural. Another use for baking soda with tomatoes is to make an organic spray for fungal diseases. 4. Using the stems of roses, you can regrow a whole rosebush by simply poking them into potatoes before planting them in the ground. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Share: Comments

How To Plant Cuttings Of Potatoes Overview Potatoes are starchy, tasty root vegetables that are easy to start from cuttings of other potatoes. From French fries to scalloped to baked, potatoes have a wide range of uses in many different types of dishes. If you have an area of your garden that has light, deep, slightly acid, well-drained soil, consider starting a potato patch. Planting Potato Cuttings Step 1 Purchase potatoes called "seed" potatoes from a nursery, seed catalog or Internet site for the best results in sprouting and growing potatoes to maturity. Step 2 Expose your seed potatoes to direct sunlight and temperatures ranging from 60 to 70 degrees F for two weeks before you plant them in spring. Step 3 Cut your seed potatoes into pieces about 2 inches square, making certain to include one or two eyes in each chunk. Step 4 Prepare your planting area by digging in at least a third the volume of soil with compost and other organic materials. Step 5 Step 6 Fill the trench half full with additional soil/compost/straw.

The Complete Guide to Sick Plants, pH and Pest troubles! Marijuana Garden Saver: AKA The Complete guide to Sick Plants,pH, and Pest troubles! I have put a lot of work into this for those who need it when I'm not around This thread has been updated 7/15/2010 All updates are in RED. Scroll down to the bottom for most of the updated stuff. If you need help please DO NOT post in this thread. When you do post please give as much detailed information as possible to faster get your diagnosis. Questions provided by CannaGod from PLanetGanja and 10K from ICMAG *NOTE: Please Cut And Paste only the section that applies and add your response. How long has this problem been going on? HYDROPONICS/Aero Ponics/Coco/Soiless/ How long has this problem been going on? I have been doing a lot of research on sick plants and also helping out others a lot on sick plants! Nitrogen (N) Mobile Element and Macro Element Nitrogen is the biggest mobile element meaning it can travel anywhere on the plant. Now for having too much nitrogen in your growing mediums or soil. Dr. Soil

Garden Planning for Preservation: Best Foods to Freeze, Can, Dehydrate and Ferment Our vegetable gardens offer us beautiful, fresh bounty during the growing season — and they also have the potential to increase our food security the rest of the year. When you craft a plan to put up some of the crops you grow, you’re preparing for the future, simplifying winter meals, reducing waste, and saving money, too. As you plan your garden with preservation in mind, consider what your family loves to eat versus what they merely tolerate. Talk with your household members about what you want your meals to look like for the following year. If you’re aiming for year-round veggie self-sufficiency, calculate how many times per week on average your family eats a particular crop, and multiply that figure by 52 (number of weeks in a year). Easy Crops and Preservation Projects From a preservation perspective, some vegetables are much more flexible to work with than others. So how many tomatoes should you sow? Cucumbers are a classic crop to pickle. Year-to-Year Garden Planning

Growing Your Own Garlic As far as I'm concerned, garlic gets the blue ribbon for growing your own. It's absurdly easy to plant and care for; it tastes great; it looks beautiful and it takes up so little ground that even those with very small gardens can raise enough to be self-sufficient in garlic for a good part of the year. All you have to do is choose the right varieties; plant at the right time, in the right soil; then harvest when just right and store correctly. 1. If you look in a specialist catalog like the one at Gourmet Garlic Gardens, you'll find dozens of varieties of garlic listed. You see where this is going – and you can see a lot more types of garlic on either of those websites, but for general purposes the most important difference is the one between softneck and hardneck. Softnecks are so called because the whole green plant dies down to pliancy, leaving nothing but the bulb and flexible stems that are easy to braid. Gardeners in most of the U.S. can try some of both. 2. 3. 1. 2. 4. 5. 6.

8 Perennial Vegetables For The Lazy Gardener | Reclaim, Grow, Sustain Over the course of a plant's life cycle, it germinates, grows, flowers, fruits, seeds, and then consequently dies leaving behind seeds for the next generation of plants. There are three varieties of plant life cycles, annual, biennial, and perennial. Annuals complete their life cycle within a single growing season. Biennials complete their life cycle within two growing seasons. And perennials live for more than two years, repeating the grow to seed process anew every season until the plant dies. The majority of vegetables people plant in gardens - lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, peppers, carrots, beans, etc. - are annuals. On the other hand, perennials require one planting, some time to establish themselves, and will then continue to produce a crop every season. It can seem a bit silly planting annuals every year, especially when you could have perennials that you just wait to harvest each season. Asparagus Seeds germinate slowly and it takes three years before you can harvest.

Small Yard, Big Yield: Growing Vegetables In A Limited Space You are trying to take care as a family, and you have decided to start recycling more, eat healthier, produce less waste, start exercising more, you are watching what you buy and the ingredients they contain and are purchasing organic produce and products from companies that are responsible and fair trade. But you have come to realize how expensive buying organic groceries can get and find yourself in a dilemma: How can feed your family fresh, healthy, organic vegetables without spending a fortune. You'd grow them yourself, but you have a very small yard and limited time. Grow those vegetables anyway! First of all, let me say this: even with a space of only 100 square feet (10 feet by 10 feet) you can grow enough vegetables for a steady supply of salad greens for a family. With a space of 400 square feet (20 by 20) you'll have more than enough veggies for your family without a lot of plant swapping. To get your garden started, you'll first need to answer a few questions: via Yardshare

Shady Veg. Garden Most people envision their gardens as being in full sun all day long, and yet there may be some of us that have more shade in our yards than full sunshine. Is it still possible to have a vegetable garden? I say yes, you can! You may not be able to have all of your favorites, but then again you may be able to grow plants that others cannot. Then you can barter with those in your community that need what you have grown for what you are not able to raise in your own garden – see my article “Bartering.” So what can you grow in a shady garden? There are plants that hate shade: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and all varieties of squash. If your garden area is only partially shady during the daylight hours, there are plants that will work well for you. I think that all homegrown vegetables taste much better than their store bought relatives. Help your garden out by knowing what it needs. Enjoy the fruits of God’s blessing and your labors!

Top Ten Reasons Everyone Should Plant a Fall Vegetable Garden – And the Time Is Now! by Patti O'Neal This year we had a scorching June and many people are just beginning to see production on their tomatoes. So it may be hard to think about what you will eat in October and November when your tomatoes are gone, but now is the time to think about that. Colorado is well suited to fall gardening and winter harvest and it can be done successfully almost anywhere. If you’ve never tried it, here’s 10 reasons why you should. Fall crops are primarily greens and root crops, so they are very well adapted to container gardening, table top raised beds, raised beds of all kinds. Beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, kale and chard can all be planted now. All these vegetables actually develop their prime flavors when the ambient temperatures are cooler. Although all these crops still require sun to photosynthesize – they are mostly leafy – most of these crops are designed to thrive in less than 8 hours of full sun. 6. I enjoyed wonderful fresh produce for 12 months last year. {*style:<b>

Shazam for Plants Will Identify Any Plant From a Picture Well that time has come! For plants, anyway. The app “PlantNet" works by using an image search engine, with information collected through a large social network. The users of PlantNet regularly collect field data and then share their findings, which help to identify and add information about the quality of images and the plants' nuanced patterns. Their newest project, IdentiPlante, actually allows you to use the database to quickly receive data about the plant which you have taken a picture of. How cool is that? UPDATE: Since it seems a few of our readers were confused, the PlantNet app is still in development. via Someecards Related articles in Green Recent articles

All About Tomatoes May 19th, 2010 Email 72 users recommend Photo: Danielle Sherry Tomatoes are the favorite food crop of America's home gardeners. I like my greens and beans, but tomatoes are at the top of my gardening food pyramid. For an entertaining video overview of planting, pruning, staking, preserving, and cooking with tomatoes, watch Homegrown/Homemade: Tomatoes. posted in: tomatoes, trellis, pruning Get special offers, FREE eLetters and your FREE PDF bonus now. Find us on:

5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Fukuoka spent over three decades perfecting his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort. Here are the strategies we used which enabled us to greatly increase our garden yield, while requiring less time and less work. 1. With ‘no-till’ gardening, weeding is largely eliminated. 2. Gardeners are always on the lookout for free sources of clean organic mulch to add to their garden.