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How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots

Planning your garden is one of America’s favorite pasttimes for January and February, when the beautiful and tempting garden catalogs start flooding our mailboxes. Since tomatoes are the number one home gardening crop, breeders have developed varieties for every need. When growing tomatoes in containers, as a general rule it is best to stick with determinate varieties. Most determinate varieties do not grow as tall as indeterminate varieties. However, determinate vines tend to stop producing after they have produced all of their crop over a short amount of time. To continue harvesting tomatoes all summer, either plant several times in succession [ ... ]

How to Grow Oregano

Culinary oregano is the common name of many herbs. It can refer to Greek oregano (Oregano heracleoticum or O. onites) which is usually used for Mediterranean cooking. Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens) is used in Spanish and Mexican dishes, and it is more pungent. Common oregano (O. vulgare) is often used in French or English dishes for its sweeter, less pungent flavor. The common names are sometimes wild marjoram and pot marjoram. There are often other plants referred to as oregano, including Mexican oregano, which may refer to O. longiflora, which has a stronger flavor. It is easy to grow oregano from [ ... ]

How to Grow Lettuce

Lettuce varieties come in many colors, flavors, growth patterns and habits, so growing a few colorful varieties can make a beautiful and nutritious salad. When choosing lettuce, consider the temperatures in your area, the nutritional level of the lettuce, and your tastes and needs. Lettuce varieties fall into 6 cultivar groups. “Cultivar” means named, cultivated varieties. Types of Lettuce Romaine lettuce or cos lettuce (L. sativa var. romana) is the most nutritious type of lettuce and it performs best in fertile soil. It is somewhat tolerant of heat and can be grown in partial shade. Looseleaf lettuce (L. sativa var. crispa) does not [ ... ]

How to Grow Early Tomato Varieties

Tomato lovers are always eager to savor their first fresh tomato of the year. While most varieties take three months to produce, you can get the season started quickly by choosing early tomato varieties, and the best varieties are only available from seed started early indoors. Perusing the beautiful catalogs in January and February is one of gardener’s favorite activities, and the choices are nearly overwhelming. The following varieties are primarily listed by use, but all mature much earlier than main season cultivars. Dates until maturity are the number of days until the plant start producing tomatoes from being transplanted into [ ... ]

How to Grow Potatoes in Pots

Potatoes are one of the easiest foods to grow in pots. Either potatoes or sweet potatoes can be grown in containers, but they have different growth habits and requirements. Potatoes grow upright and most varieties only get to be 3 feet tall, while sweet potatoes are long vines which spill over the sides. Seed potatoes for either are normally available at your local nursery or through the mail from early March through May. Potatoes come in many shapes, and many colors, including yellow, purple-blue, and red. Cooking turns most colors of potato varieties off-white, but there are exceptions. Potatoes thrive in [ ... ]

How to Make a Lasagna Garden in the Spring

When you are tired of paying the grocer for produce shipped from all over the world, or got a late start on the garden, or just want to see real results fast without tilling, it is time to plant a garden that will save you time and money. The easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to get started is to prepare your soil using the lasagna gardening method. No matter how infertile and compacted your soil is, in a few years of maintaining your lasagna garden, it will dramatically improve. If your soil is too acid or too alkaline, it will become [ ... ]

How to Build a Lasagna Garden

Lasagna gardening was invented by Ruth Stout, who was quite a character. She ran with Carrie Nation during the Prohibition days, when liquor was illegal in the early 1900s. She was reputed to garden in the nude, and traffic on the nearby road slowed down to look. Her husband only commented that he always knew she was in the garden when the cars went slower. She did not call it lasagna gardening though, that name came later when more sophisticated methods were developed drawing from more complicated methods of composting. Why Not to Till Lasagna gardening is also referred to as sheet [ ... ]