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Garlic Varieties to Grow in Pots

Any variety of garlic can be grown in pots, but some varieties of garlic plants get larger than others, so should be planted further apart. Varieties which grow into smaller plants generally do better in a pot. When choosing which varieties to grow, consider how hot you prefer your garlic to taste, how you plan to use it, how long it will store and when it will be mature for harvest. Any variety of garlic can be used for any purpose, some are outstanding for a particular use. Plant most garlic varieties 4 inches apart, or 6 inches apart for [ ... ]

How to Grow Peppers in Pots

How to Grow Peppers in Pots Of all of the plants to grow for salsa, peppers will potentially ripen the latest. This, of course, depends on what variety of tomatoes you choose. With the help of Wall o’ Water season extenders, the harvest can be sooner by many weeks. As with tomatoes, dates for maturation stated in plant description and on plant tags are from the time of transplant into containers or outside.   How to Start Pepper Seeds Inside To figure out when to start pepper seedlings inside, take your last frost date and count back 6 to 10 weeks. The ideal size [ ... ]

How to Plant Early Season Vegetables

To get a crop out of your garden quickly, choose some fast-maturing vegetables. For vegetables that are normally transplanted, such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, the maturity date stated on the plant tag is the number of days after the plant is set out until harvest. For seeds, it is the number of days from planting the seeds to harvest, which is normally stated on the packet. Be sure to label your plantings. Popsicle sticks written on with pencil are the most economical plant labels and stay readable the longest.   How to Plant Early Season Vegetables: Early Season Lettuce Cultivars Fresh lettuce [ ... ]

How to Grow Lettuce Inside

You can grow lettuce inside in containers for a fresh supply of salads all winter long. Put containers in your sunniest south- or southeast-facing window. If this is not possible, use grow lights made out of inexpensive shop lights that hold several florescent bulbs. Using half cool light bulbs and half light warm light bulbs will provide your plants with the widest spectrum of light possible. Grow lights should be a few inches above the top of the plants, and be moved up as the plants grow. Leave lights on for at least 12 hours a day, but up to [ ... ]

How to Grow Lettuce in Containers Outside

Growing lettuce in containers is easy and fun, and you can be harvesting a beautiful, nutritious salad in weeks. There are 6 cultivar groups of lettuce, but the best types for containers are loose leaf and romaine types. These are also the most nutritious types of lettuce, and the easiest to grow. Both come in a variety of colors and textures. For areas that start freezing in October, choose cold tolerant varieties. You can greatly increase your lettuce growing season by moving your lettuce containers inside during freezing weather and keeping them outside when it is warm. Container soil gets cold [ ... ]

Tomato Plants for Upside Down Containers

Growing upside down tomatoes or topsy-turvy tomatoes has become very popular in the last few years. When growing plants in upside-down containers, determinate varieties, as a rule make better choices.  There are a few indeterminate varieties that stay small enough to grown in upside-down containers, but most varieties are determinate. Determinate tomato plants tend to produce their fruit in a short time frame and then become nonproductive. Indeterminate tomato photo credit: torbakhopperplants tend to produce for longer period, but get taller, or in the case of growing upside down, they will get longer. With this in mind, you may [ ... ]

How to Grow Lettuce: Types of Lettuce

How to Grow a Caesar Salad Caesar salads are made with romaine lettuce. To choose a cultivar, consider how long your spring and fall typically stays cool without freezes. Some varieties will stand up to heat and/or cold better than others. Romaine lettuce is slightly more bitter than some types of lettuce, which makes it a good accompaniment to flavorful dishes and salad dressings. Romaine Lettuce Cosmo lettuce matures in 55 days and does not get bitter as quickly as some varieties. It gets 12 inches tall and produces heads of crisp, sweet, green savoyed leaves. (1) Forellenschluss lettuce is an Austrian lettuce whose [ ... ]

Planning a Lasagna Garden

Considerations for planning and using your lasagna garden are the same as any garden, but you will be saving time and money while protecting and building your soil. If your soil was relatively good before you started your lasagna garden, you will be able to plant seeds and transplants a little closer than you would in a traditional garden. You can tell that your soil is good by digging up two large handfuls of soil. If you have at least two earthworms, then your soil is pretty good, if you have a dozen or more, your soil is great. The Do-Nothing [ ... ]

How to Grow Strawberries in a Pot

Strawberries are one of the tastiest ways to get lots of vitamins A, C, and folate, and the minerals calcium, selenium, and magnesium. Your homegrown strawberries will taste much better than the store varieties, but will probably not be as large. It is easy to grow strawberries in containers and children will love helping you. Strawberry plants are pretty, with dark green, thick leaves and white and yellow flowers. Some varieties trail over the edge of a pot, making a decorative display. Strawberries are a perennial plant, meaning they can live for several years. But when they are planted in a [ ... ]

How to Control Insect Problems in Tomatoes

Tomatoes are easy to grow, but there are many pests which like to eat tomatoes and the plants. The best way to avoid either pests or disease problems when growing tomatoes or any plant is to keep the plant healthy. It has been scientifically shown that diseased plants attract insects. This is nature’s way to improve the gene pool, by eliminating species which are susceptible to disease. In addition poorly nourished plants let off excess nitrogen and insects need high nitrogen foods to thrive. Insects can smell the nitrogen and are attracted to the plants. Attract Tomato Pest Predators Some companion plants [ ... ]