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5 Step Guide to Growing Gorgeous Garlic

Do you know where your garlic comes from? One of the most important reasons to grow your own is to avoid toxic chemicals and irradiation (that inhibit sprouting and extend shelf life).* Garlic … how safe to eat is yours? A few years back I didn’t even think about the garlic I ate … but then I became interested in the story behind the food I was eating. The majority of the world’s garlic is grown in China and is sprayed with chemicals and bleached white with chlorine during importation quarantine processes, not to mention the thousands of food miles clocked up. But if you really want to gag on your garlic, according to the CEO of the Australian Garlic Industry Association, “some garlic growers over there (China) use raw human sewage to fertilise their crops, and I don’t believe the Australian quarantine regulations are strict enough in terms of bacteria testing on imported produce” … so you might want to think again before you reach for that perfect white bulb in your supermarket! Storage

Grow your own lemongrass! I love the smell of lemongrass: fresh, clean and zesty. My favourite way to use it up is in this lemongrass drink that I learned from one of my favorite local restaurants. Back then, lemongrass was a hard-to-find ingredient and since I’d never tried it in a drink, it was difficult for me to figure what the chef had added to a mundane sweet soda. The waiter was kind enough to share the recipe, and now I can make it myself at home. Now I’m even more thrilled because I can have my favourite drink whenever I want because I finally grow my own lemongrass! And you know the good news? Just keep changing the water every day or every second day at most. Have a look at these weekly progress photos in case, just like me, you didn’t believe that growing lemongrass could be this easy: Oh, and here’s an old post I had written back in 2007 about lemongrass. Tagged as: cooking, gardening, lemongrass, thai

Smart Gardener - simply grow great food 17 Foods To Buy Once And Regrow Forever Everyday we throw heaps of leftovers and scraps out which could actually be used to regrow fruits, vegetables and herbs completely free of charge. Not only can we save money, but also reduce our carbon footprint. With grocery prices increasing, now is the best time to get frugal in the kitchen and garden. Below are seventeen fruits, vegetables and herbs you can buy once and regrow forever… Vegetables Regrow Green Onions – Want to grow green onions indefinitely? Regrow Onions – This clever method of growing onions in an old used water bottle on a windowsill is a great way to get free onions! Regrow Carrots -This method to grow carrots from carrot tops is so simple you can get the kids involved. Regrow Celery – This is a clever idea to regrow celery from the base. Regrow Sweet Potato’s – The versatility of the sweet potato means it’s a firm favorite with any home cook, here we share a tutorial on how to grow more using nothing but a sweet potato. Fruit Herbs & Spices

How to Grow Fig Trees In Containers - Growing with Stark Bro's by Stark Bro's on 11/08/2010 Growing fig trees can be a daunting task for many gardeners, especially those gardening in Zone 6 and colder. Some very determined growers have developed a number of varied ways to protect their fig trees from the harsh winter weather, all with differing degrees of success. Some wrap fig trees with a heavy layer of straw-filled burlap. We carry the Brown Turkey Fig and Chicago Hardy Fig here at Stark Bro’s — fig trees perfectly suitable for container growing. How-To: Obtain a large pot — starting, for example, with a 7-gallon container and moving up to a 10-gallon container when the tree’s roots become root bound to the pot. For a unique growing experience: before putting the tree into the container, place the container on a wheeled plant stand, which can be purchased at almost any garden center, hardware store, or nursery. After planting your fig tree in its container, water it well, then add a layer of mulch. Pruning your fig tree.

Enchanted Wellness & Fitness Did you like Regrow Celery? Well, you are going to love this! You can also regrow leeks and scallions or green onions. Really. Look at these guys. This is day seven… maybe eight… in water. Look at those roots! I also planted a few more lettuce plants. Start regrowing today! Live Well! INTRODUCTION TO FIGS A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FIGS California Rare Fruit Growers Fruit Gardener November-December 2007 1 Introduction I guess the 2007 Festival of Fruit planning committee decided to book me as an expert presenter for two reasons: I have more fig trees than most people, plus I was willing to talk very cheap. Briefly, I have been gardening since I was in diapers. I joined CRFG nearly 20 years ago, and have been growing figs for more than 20 years. Because I operate an online nursery, Encanto Farms Nursery, I was able to make many fig varieties available at the Festival plant sale, along with a number of the 100 banana varieties that I grow. Understand, however, that I am a hobbyist like you. I grow about 300 varieties of figs and, although each has its own set of characteristics, the similarities far outweigh the differences. My goal here, as it has been classically expressed, is not to give you a fish... ...but to teach you to power fish. I am biased. 2 Lets begin with taste

Growing Celery Indoors: Never Buy Celery Again | 17 Apart: Growing Celery Indoors: Never Buy Celery Again Remember when we tested and shared how to grow onions indefinitely last week? Well, at the same time, we've been testing out another little indoor gardening project first gleaned from Pinterest that we're excited to share the successes of today — regrowing celery from it's base. We've figured out how to literally re-grow organic celery from the base of the bunch we bought from the store a couple weeks ago. I swear, we must have been living under a rock all these years or just not be that resourceful when it comes to food, but we're having more fun learning all these new little tips and tricks as we dive deeper into trying to grow more of our own food. This project is almost as simple as the onion growing project — simply chop the celery stalks from the base of the celery you bought from the store and use as you normally would. In our case, we had a particular homemade bean dip that needed sampling! Update 2: Here's how we are looking at almost 3-4 weeks of growth: Discover More:

Elder Tree | All About Elder Trees Known for its highly versatile berries, the Elder tree has legions of fans the world over. In addition to being prized among herbalists and chefs, who are endeared to the tree's fruit, the Elder is also popular among landscapers. The tree's shrub-like shape makes it easy to prune and cultivate. What's more, its pretty blossoms and gorgeous green leaves bring beauty and elegance to yards and parks. Appearance of the Tree The Elder tree can grow up to 30 feet tall, though most types average a manageable height of 15 feet. While the tree is by no means gigantic, it does possess a number of unique characteristics, including: Leaves: The Elder leaf is compound with five to seven leaflets attached to each twig. Elder trees also have distinctive looking bark. Elder Tree Types There are several dozen species of Elder trees, which grow around the world; however, some are better received than others. The Many Looks of the Elder Tree Where the Elder Grows Popular Uses Interesting Facts Elder Diseases

.09 Acres I love radishes. Not the tough, woody, and "hot" store-bought varieties. I'm talking sweet, crisp, and "sharp" home-grown radishes. When I first started gardening 8 years ago, I heard and read that radishes were one of the easiest vegetables to grow. A real no-brainer. Not one to be easily deterred in the garden, I planted a second packet of radishes and hoped for better results. After doing some reading, thinking, and head scratching, I eventually identified my previous mistakes. In recent years and particularly this spring, I think I finally figured out how to grow great radishes. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. These are just my personal observations about growing radishes. Bon Appétit!

Seed Swap Succulent Plants How to get a fig tree, not a fig bush? Suzi... All my trees are trained as single-stem, standard, trees. To turn a multi-stem bush into a single-stem tree will be a work-in-progress that will take place over the next few years. Select the stem that seems to be the most vigorous, and train that as your main trunk. If it leaves the soil line or is growing on too much of an angle, replant the tree until the main-stem/trunk points straight up. This process will take a few years, and training becomes easier as time goes on. You will get a thicker trunk in a shorter amount of time if you tightly pleach/plait/braid a few stems together and let them fuse, and self-graft. If you want a very large tree, I'd start training a good "Black Mission" strain. Have fun, and good growing. Frank

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