How to Grow Lettuce in Your Home Vegetable Garden

Growing lettuce is an excellent choice as an addition to your home vegetable gardening. It is very healthy and takes up little space, which is why I recommended planting it under your growing cucumbers for space and shade.

Lettuce is a hardy and cool climate vegetable that enjoys an average temperature around 60-70 degrees. However, we are going to touch on it later, a method to keep lettuce from bolting in the face of a hot summer.

First I do want to discuss why lettuce thrives best in cooler weather. Lettuce should be planted in early spring or late summer.

lettuce plants thriving in cool weather

Those high temperatures result in (more…)

Planning a Vegetable Garden for Beginners

Growing your own vegetables makes more sense today than it has done for a long time in the past.

With the price of fresh and frozen vegetables continually rising in the stores, the gardener has some small hedge against inflation if he can provide all or part of his family’s vegetable requirements.

It is true that the price of seeds is also rising; but even a dollar for a packet of seeds represents excellent value, and many cost much less than that.

There is also enormous (more…)

A Handful of Tidbits on Peanut Plant

Did you know the peanut plant is over 7600 years old? Evidence has been found that they originated in Peru. The spread of the peanut across the globe is attributed to the European who traveled extensively in their trading.

Native to Central America, South America and Mexico, the peanut plant grows to about one and a half feet in height.

How Do Peanuts Grow?

This plant develops flowers which form in clusters and the flowers shrivel. The stalk lengthens and turns towards the ground burying the pods which have formed.

peanuts being harvested

When the peanut seed has ripened, the seed coat will turn to a reddish brown. The plant is then harvested. The whole plant is usually (more…)

The Essentials of Planning a Successful Veggie Garden

There are many good reasons for growing vegetables. It is usually cheaper than buying them and the crop may be gathered fresh.

The exercise is not only rewarding but, in these days of stress and strain, there is release of tension in working on the land and great satisfaction in watching crops develop.

Few of us are able to choose a perfect site for our garden: we have to use the ground adjoining our home. Even with a community garden*WF70, the position may not be ideal.

That being so, we need to select with (more…)

Crop Rotation Tips for Producing an Optimal Veggie Garden

1) Permanent Crops

When you are planning the vegetable garden, and working out the rotational scheme, you must consider those crops, if any, which are going to be permanent features, and choose the most suitable sites for them. Rhubarb will be happy in semi-shade, and so it can be planted in a place where few other crops could hope to do well.

Mint also flourishes in cool conditions and moist soil, as do dandelions and horseradish. Think very carefully before (more…)

Sowing and Thinning the Seedlings of Vegetables

A properly prepared seed bed is essential if maximum germination and growth are to be obtained. Seeds and seedlings need four things: moisture, warmth, air and, after germination, light.

The majority of seeds are small and need a line crumbly bed which should be prepared well in advance of sowing time. If seeds are sown in lumpy soil, they may lie in a pocket of air and when the tiny roots emerge, these will soon dry out.

Never make the (more…)

How to Start a No Dig Garden Step By Step

No dig gardening is an old approach to cultivation favored by many organic gardeners (I’ll share the step-by-step in a minute). It can be similar to a raised bed garden in the sense that you can set up your site on top of the existing soil without really working into the ground.

However, many gardeners use these no dig garden sites as a technique to (more…)