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25 Unique Spinach Varieties To Try In Your Garden

spinach varietiesAs a child growing up, I remember my Mom trying to get me to try spinach.  I am pretty certain it did not include the same spinach varieties that are discussed here, but it was not visually appealing as it came out of a can.

Fast forward to today and I have grown countless spinach varieties in my backyard garden.Continue reading

Top 33 Heirloom Tomato Varieties | Passing on the Heritage

Heirloom tomato varieties

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Tomatoes are some of the most coveted vegetables around the world.  This makes it obvious why some rare heirloom tomato varieties are some of the most prized possessions in gardens across the world.

This fleshy, succulent fruit has been grown for centuries to satisfy the insatiable human appetite. No wonder most farmers and gardeners can barely get enough of these plants.

Let’s note that the definition of heirloom tomatoes is somewhat debatable.  These types of tomatoes are definitely all open-pollinated or non-hybrid.

However, the exact year of when these are considered an heirloom tomato variety can vary.Continue reading

Companion Planting Chart | Epic Guide to Interplanting

companion planting guideI remember listening to my grandfather when I was growing up talking about how you have to grow basil next to tomatoes.  I never quite understood what he meant by that except that maybe they taste good together so grow lots of each.

Of course, there was no companion planting chart back then.

It wasn’t until I planted my first tomato plant and experienced the pain and frustration that comes along with all those pests gobbling up those majestic globes of juiciness.Continue reading

40 Cucumber Varieties to Die For

ashley cucumberGrowing cucumbers have transitioned from the ancient times in the Indus valley to modern-day gardening.

The first cucumber varieties were somewhat bitter.  This was a defensive mechanism to keep animals from eating them before they were ripe.

Nonetheless, cucumber varieties have evolved over the centuries into some of the finest vegetables for our gardens. In fact, they have become an integral part of meals, especially when making pickles and salad.

If you want to add some more cucumbers to your already flourishing garden, then you should take some time and learn more about the cucumber varieties as well as some of the best cucumber growing tips.

Let’s delve into it.Continue reading

Growing Tomatoes in Containers | Grow 100s with these Tips

growing tomatoes in containersGrowing Tomatoes is one of those vegetables that every aspiring gardener seems to start with.  Starting with growing tomatoes in containers is a perfect introduction to vegetable gardening.  You’ll discover some expert tips that you can easily use to grow 100s of tomatoes on your patio.

One year when I first got married, my wife and I lived in a small apartment.  My love of gardening was always present even though I did not have a big backyard.  We were fortunate enough to have a back door entrance that had a small fire escape staircase.Continue reading

Growing Carrots in Containers | Epic Guide to Make it Easy

growing carrots in containersYou may be challenged with space in your raised bed space or your garden soil might not be ideal to grow the best carrots.  Growing carrots in containers is a simple way to ensure you get carrots that Bugs Bunny would eat.

One of the other benefits of growing carrots in containers is that you will save some space using a pot to grow a bounty of carrots.  It is also a fun project that most kids would love to take part in.  My girls love to garden and growing carrots is one of their favorite vegetables to grow.

We will go over all the details on how to grow carrots in a container in this guide.  You will learn what is the most ideal soil to grow carrots, how long do carrots take to grow in containers, and what the best type of carrots to grow in a container.Continue reading

Growing Spinach | Monumental Greens Guide

growing spinachDid you grow up watching Popeye squeeze a can of spinach into his mouth to gain some strength?  Maybe learning how to grow spinach will help you with your muscles. Probably not, but learning about how easy to grow spinach will flex your Green thumb.

Growing spinach is a vegetable that is extremely versatile to grow.  You can grow spinach in a traditional vegetable garden or plant in a container or pot.

Spinach is a superfood that you can add to your salads or tuck it in phyllo dough for a delicious treat.  It is no wonder why adding spinach to grow in your garden will help you to accumulate all these benefits.Continue reading

How To Grow Cauliflower | 7 Tips to Avoid the Small Curds

how to grow cauliflowerI am sitting here laughing because many of you may associate curds with souring milk.  Maybe little Miss Muffet who sat on her tuffet eating her curds and whey.  I can assure you Little Miss Muffet was not learning how to grow cauliflower.

The curd is the fancy word for the dense brassica head that you get when you successfully grow cauliflower.  It is the white stuff on the cauliflower that you roast up or you cook to eat.  The bigger the better is really the essence of how to grow cauliflower.Continue reading

Growing Broccoli in Containers | 10 Tips You MUST Know

growing broccoli in containersThe allure of container gardening has become a whimsical curiosity for many new gardeners. Growing Broccoli in a Container surprises many people when they hear about this possibility.

Growing broccoli in a container is certainly a welcoming delight that many beginners and even experienced gardeners did not know was even possible.Continue reading

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