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Planting Potatoes: 7 Different Methods

In April 2010, I planted organic ‘German Butterball’ seed potatoes in the Organic Gardening test plots near Emmaus, Pennsylvania, using the following seven methods. For the five raised planting techniques, I used a mixture of 2 parts topsoil to 1 part compost. Through the course of the growing season, the benefits and drawbacks of each became clear. 1. Dig straight, shallow trenches, 2 to 3 feet apart, in prepared soil. Pros: No containers to buy or build; no soil to transport. Cons: Yield may be limited by the quality of the soil. 1. Related:  How to growPotatoswillelmusagri

beginner guide to growing chile peppers By Julian Livsey This guide is for anyone who has somehow hit on the idea that it would be fun to grow chile peppers. You haven't grown them before, perhaps you haven't really grown anything before. Seeds To grow your own chile peppers you first need seeds. Germination. This is probably the single most discussed stage of chile pepper growing and the one that offers the most opinions. It doesn't matter what you use to hold your soil. To get moisture to the seeds you need to water the surface of the soil. Sucessful germination Depending upon the variety that you are growing, your seeds will take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to break the surface. Transplanting Chile plants generally produce sets of leaves in pairs. Feeding Another black art during chile pepper growing is fertilizer. Flowering When your plants produce flowers you are in business. Fruiting If all is well the flower petals will drop off as the green middle part of the flower starts to swell slightly.

How to Grow Saffron July 29th, 2008 Email 244 users recommend Dry the bright red stigmas of Crocus sativus, and you have saffron. Boyd Hagen Photo: Boyd Hagen Lancaster County cuisine is a humble cuisine. For many visiting food lovers, it comes as a great surprise, then, to discover that our rural Pennsylvania Dutch cooks are connoisseurs of the world’s most expensive and exotic spice­­—saffron. Saffron usually means classical European cuisine, not American farm food. Here, saffron is not the extravagant luxury it is thought to be elsewhere. The dollars and sense of saffronMy grandparents and theirs before them would have been surprised to hear you refer to their unpretentious garden plant as the world’s most expensive spice. It has always made good sense to grow your own saffron. The saffron crocus, Crocus sativus, is an excellent addition to any landscape in Zone 6 through Zone 9. Saffron is a crocus with personality. Saffron can be a slowly acquired taste. by Clarke HessDecember 1997from issue #12

4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel Container gardening isn't only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space to grow, it can also be for folks who want to maximize their yields in a controlled environment. Not only does growing potatoes in a barrel reduce the amount of weeding and exposure to pests and fungi, you don't even have to risk shovel-damage to the tender potatoes by digging them out of the ground when they're done, just tip the container over! After extensive research to plan my own potatoes-in-a-barrel, I've boiled all of the recommendations down to 4 simple steps to a winning potato harvest. 1. Select and prepare a container You'll need to pick out a container such as a 50-gallon trash barrel or one of those half whiskey barrel planters. Good drainage is critical for the cultivation of healthy potatoes so you'll want to cut or drill a series of large drainage holes in the bottom and bottom sides of your container. 2. 3. 4. Other tips to grow bushels of barrel potatoes More gardening tips

How to Grow an Endless Supply of Garlic Indoors Other than being one of the healthiest food out there, garlic is also easy to be grown indoors. It is also a much cheaper way than buying it at the grocery store, and of course much healthier. You’ve all heard of the amazing benefits of garlic and all the things it can do for your body, so let’s just jump to how to grow it in the comfort of your own home. How to Grow Garlic Indoors Things You Will Need A head of garlic Potting soil A container Instructions To grow garlic indoors, all you need is one good garlic head. Cover all the cloves with soil. Place the pot in an area that gets plenty of direct sunlight. Source: Be Sociable, Share! A Best-Practices Guide to Growing Tomatoes: Tomato Basics Attention to the basic needs of tomatoes goes a long way toward keeping them healthy and productive. If you’ve had problems with tomatoes in the past, the solution is probably in this list. Light. Soil. Spacing. Water. Mulch. Fertilizer. Crop rotation. Fall cleanup.

20 Unusual Uses for Herbs More than just a garnish. Take these 10 herbs and you’ve got yourself 20 different ways to tackle everyday issues, from keeping mice away to treating the common cold. This list gives you reason to chew shamelessly on fresh tarragon leaves, re-establish Mojito Monday, and pass up your expensive and toxic perfume for slightly green-tinted wrists. Tarragon Toothache Treatment Back in the day, Greeks used to chew on tarragon to numb their mouths from toothache. Internal Cleanser Clean yourself from the inside out with tarragon. Mint Mojito Makin’ Make a mint mojito with a kombucha base. Keep Mice Away Despite our predilection for the fresh aroma of mint, mice beg to differ. Marjoram Natural Perfume According to mythology, the goddess of love Aphrodite grew marjoram. Bone Building Marjoram offers some 520% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, making it one of the richest herbal sources of the vitamin. Rosemary Mosquito Deterrent Hair Rinse Oregano Common Cold Fighter UTI Treatment Thyme Basil

Propagating and Starting Potatoes Sunday, 13 March 2011 10:35 Seeds growing from seed is almost unknown (GV) seed potatoes, which are small potatoes saved from last season's crop are the preferred method of starting potatoes Seed Potatoes 2.5 pounds of Mountain Rose seed potatoes are laid out in this photo; each bag in the background also holds 2.5 pounds of seed potatoes of other varieties 2 to 2.5 pounds of seed potatoes plants 25 row feet. it's critical to buy certified disease-free seed potatoes. Chitting 2.5 pounds of Mountain Rose and 2.5 pounds of German Butterball seed potatoes laid out for chitting Note: I shouldn't have cut them before chitting them. Chitting seed potatoes shortens the time between planting and harvesting. Saving Seed Stock SSE: Save the very best potatoes for planting next year. Microplants specilist heritage varietes can be grown from microplants (GV) Cuttings Division Germination

How To Grow Your Own Endless Supply Of Organic Avocados Here's a step-by-step guide to growing your own avocado tree. Avocados are highly nutritious and flavored, whether we're talking about salad, guacamole, or straight up! They are a key staple for a nutritious and delicious diet. Try growing an avocado tree at home if you don't like making regular trips to the grocery store for your daily supply of fresh avocados, can't find organic ones, or are fed up with spending so much for quality produce. It's surprisingly easy. Step 1 Remove the seed and gently wash off any fruit stuck to it to prevent molding. Step 2 Placement: You'll notice it is not a perfect round shape. You can easily distinguish which is which by noting the slightly pointier end, that is the top. On the opposite broader side is the bottom which will have a flatter shape. You want approximately the bottom 1/4 of the seed to be submerged. (Alternative Non-toothpick Method):Using a very sharp knife you can cut off a thin slice of the top and bottom of the seed. Step 3 Step 4 Step 5

Growing Herbs and Spices Growing herbs and spices is easy to do in the tropics. You just have to pick the right herbs and spices! I received an email from a reader the other day. The lady was just starting a new garden on a tropical island and wanted to also grow fresh herbs. So she was looking for ideas for herbs to grow. I don't always have time to give individual advice to all readers, but in this case I fired off a quick list of suggestions for tropical spices and herbs to grow. Her reaction? That's not unusual. Most gardening books and books about growing herbs talk about plants suited to those climates. Well, you will have a hard time to get chives to grow through a tropical summer... Grow the hardy garlic chives instead! Here's a (growing) list of herbs to get you started. Easy to grow herbs and spices Basil Garlic Chives Lemongrass A-Z list of tropical herbs and spices (Growing herbs from the Mediterranean in the tropics is of course also possible. Return to top

Bad Trees | Tree Choices for the Yard | Planting Trees Tips Big, fast-growing, and a dandy shade tree, silver maple is widespread in eastern states and the Midwest. Unfortunately, the speed at which the tree grows makes for weak, brittle wood that may break during severe storms. The shallow root system invades sewage pipes and drain fields, and is notorious for cracking driveways and walkways.Credit: A Corner Garden Sturdy and tough, the many varieties of ash that populate North America are some of our most beloved trees. Professional baseball bats are made from its wood — how American is that? But the venerable ash is threatened by the emerald ash borer, a tiny beetle that’s on track to wipe out the species.

How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet On many occasions, we've been tempted to grow our own potatoes. They're fairly low maintenance, can be grown in a pot or in the ground, last a fairly long time if stored properly, and can be very nutritious (high in potassium and vitamin C). Here's more incentive: according to this article, you can grow 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 sq. feet. Learn how after the jump... According to this article from the Seattle Times, potatoes planted inside a box with this method can grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in just 4 square feet. All that is required: Lumber Seed potatoes Soil Careful attention to watering The Times' guide for building a potato growing box yields up to a 100 lbs. of potatoes in a mere 4 square feet is shown below: Plant as early as April or as late as August 1, with an approximated 3 month till harvest turnaround time. Here are some pointers from the article: Cut apart larger seed potatoes, making sure there are at least two eyes in each piece you plant.

Urban Farm Tour with Will Allen How To Prune Moringa Trees The more you prune Moringa trees, the more they will grow. Unlike many trees, Moringas actually seem to love being cut back, and will reward your efforts with thousands of leaves and hundreds of buds and flowers. Left to themselves, they tend to get tall and spindly, and insist on putting leaves and flowers out only at their tops, which defeats the purpose of growing Moringas. Here are some of ours When pruning Moringa trees of any variety, some basic rules apply. to be between 8 to 12 feet tall, once they are established. Here is a photo of what part to pinch back Sometimes, due to time restrictions, it is not always easy to pinch back every other new growth, so if they get away from you, and start to get spindly - just cut the entire top off - but leave at least 1/2 of the tree, intact. Once the trees put out branches that are about 18 inches long, cut the branches in half, lengthwise, as in the 3rd photo. No matter how long the branches grow, cutting them back