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…)

Preserving Food Grown From Your Veggie Garden

When growing your vegetable food garden, harvest months are about picking your food and preserving what you can for the winter. Different foods ripen at different times throughout the harvest season. Watch out for the weather! It’s a big factor on when you will harvest your food.

these harvested strawberries will be preserved

Preserving food can take away nutrients; you should supplement your diet with fresh food as much as possible along with preserved food in the winter months. Remember, you can (more…)

Some Directions on Thinning of Seedlings and Transplanting

Thinning Seedlings

However carefully one may sow seed outdoors, there is always some thinning out to be done. Do it when the seedlings are small, so there is a minimum of root disturbance to neighboring plants. The best plants should remain in position, while weak and indifferent specimens should be removed.

carefully thinning the seedling

Water the rows lightly some hours before thinning. Refirm the soil after (more…)

Soil Identification Guide

It is important to know your type of soil by broad definition in order to cultivate it correctly. The accompanying chart indicates the usual classifications, the characteristics by which they can be identified, their good and bad points, and treatments needed for (more…)

The 1-2-3 Guide to Help You Grow Rosemary and Sage

Rosemary

the rosemary is highly aromatic

Cooking applications:

Known as “dew of the sea” in Latin, rosemary is one of the most aromatic and powerful of herbs.

Originating near the Mediterranean, rosemary features needle-like leaves and a pronounced lemon-pine flavor that wonderfully complements focaccia, garlic, pizza, roasted lamb, tomato sauce, garlic, and olive oil.

Caution is needed when (more…)

Bourbon Roses Can Add Elegance to Your Landscape

Old garden roses are an elegant accent to almost any landscaping design. These beautiful roses have been delighting gardeners since ancient times.

The natural beauty of the rose flower is perfectly showcased by the bourbon roses, a type of old garden rose variety. These beautiful flowers are thought to have emerged from a natural cross between the hardy Damask rose, and the delicate China rose.

These roses came into existence before the development of hybridization techniques, which have (more…)

How to Make Garden Compost At Home

These days, it’s only right and proper that we all do our bit to safeguard the future of our planet; not only for our own enjoyment but also for that of the generations yet to come.

Using garden compost at home makes a valid contribution to this quest, and gives us back a good return for our efforts in a very short time. Making garden compost at home really is very simple.

making garden compost at home

It needs a few very simple and easily obtained items to do a fabulous job and you don’t need any gardening knowledge at all; you just need to be able to follow a few simple guidelines.

You might even be unsure of what exactly you can add to your home composting project. No problem, check out the following… (more…)