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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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]