15 Types Of Sage You May Not Have Heard Of | Edible to Smudging

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Types Of Sage You May Not Have Heard Of

Last updated: 03/16/22

Sage is an excellent plant to grow since it is easy to maintain. It is more than just a plant with pretty purple flowers; it serves a purpose as a fresh or dried herb.

This perennial shrub is popular among gardeners because of its resistance to pests and diseases, compact size, and forgiving nature.

Maybe you heard of smudging?

Sage also have medicinal & ceremonial properties and have been used in traditional medicines by tribal people. 

While strolling through your local garden, you will almost certainly come across an almost infinite variety of sage plants and blooms.

In addition, a variety of sage products will be available for purchase at your local grocery store when you go shop.

So, what exactly are sage plants, and how do we cultivate them?

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Types Of Sage You May Not Have Heard Of

Last updated: 03/16/22

Sage is an excellent plant to grow since it is easy to maintain. It is more than just a plant with pretty purple flowers; it serves a purpose as a fresh or dried herb.

This perennial shrub is popular among gardeners because of its resistance to pests and diseases, compact size, and forgiving nature.

Maybe you heard of smudging?

Sage also have medicinal & ceremonial properties and have been used in traditional medicines by tribal people. 

While strolling through your local garden, you will almost certainly come across an almost infinite variety of sage plants and blooms.

In addition, a variety of sage products will be available for purchase at your local grocery store when you go shop.

So, what exactly are sage plants, and how do we cultivate them?

Read more

Types Of Sage You May Not Have Heard Of

Last updated: 03/16/22

Sage is an excellent plant to grow since it is easy to maintain. It is more than just a plant with pretty purple flowers; it serves a purpose as a fresh or dried herb.

This perennial shrub is popular among gardeners because of its resistance to pests and diseases, compact size, and forgiving nature.

Maybe you heard of smudging?

Sage also have medicinal & ceremonial properties and have been used in traditional medicines by tribal people. 

While strolling through your local garden, you will almost certainly come across an almost infinite variety of sage plants and blooms.

In addition, a variety of sage products will be available for purchase at your local grocery store when you go shop.

So, what exactly are sage plants, and how do we cultivate them?

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Why Are My Cucumbers White & Solutions To Fix Them

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Why Are My Cucumbers White & Ways To Fix Them

Last updated: 5/10/22

We love to grow cucumbers here at the Green Thumb Gardener house.  My daughter is always looking to pick the best cucumbers once they are ripe.  

Once when my daughter went to harvest a few cucumber fruits she planted, she came upon a white cucumber and asked me why are my cucumbers white and are they safe to eat.  

As an experienced gardener & lover of cukes, I knew there were a few possibilities that it could be which I’ll share with you.

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Why Are My Cucumbers White & Ways To Fix Them

Last updated: 5/10/22

We love to grow cucumbers here at the Green Thumb Gardener house.  My daughter is always looking to pick the best cucumbers once they are ripe.  

Once when my daughter went to harvest a few cucumber fruits she planted, she came upon a white cucumber and asked me why are my cucumbers white and are they safe to eat.  

As an experienced gardener & lover of cukes, I knew there were a few possibilities that it could be which I’ll share with you.

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Why Are My Cucumbers White & Ways To Fix Them

Last updated: 5/10/22

We love to grow cucumbers here at the Green Thumb Gardener house.  My daughter is always looking to pick the best cucumbers once they are ripe.  

Once when my daughter went to harvest a few cucumber fruits she planted, she came upon a white cucumber and asked me why are my cucumbers white and are they safe to eat.  

As an experienced gardener & lover of cukes, I knew there were a few possibilities that it could be which I’ll share with you.

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Tomato Plants Wilting [Too Much Water Edition]

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Your Tomato Plants Wilting | Too Much Water Issues

Last updated: 06/07/21

My tomato plant leaves and stems were wilting and I wondered if it could be from too much water or if there was another reason behind it. I was worried that my plants were going to die, and I knew I had to do something to save them.

Wilt is the most common symptom of an unhappy tomato plant and I knew it could lead to the plant dying if I didn’t take action.

My tomato plant leaves and stems were wilting and I wondered if it could be from too much water or if there was another reason behind it. I was worried that my plants were going to die, and I knew I had to do something to save them.

Wilt is the most common symptom of an unhappy tomato plant and I knew it could lead to the plant dying if I didn’t take action.

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Tips For Fertilizer For Rhubarb

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Fertilizer For Rhubarb Beginner Tips

Last updated: 06/04/21

Rhubarb is a nutritious, easy-to-grow vegetable that is famous for its edible red, pink, or greenish stalks and is often used in tarts, jams, and pies like the strawberry-rhubarb pie. The red stalks are more popular in pies compared to the green stalks with their slightly grayish color when cooked.

Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable that can grow its edible stalks for many years. It grows easily and you can easily have a Rhubarb patch in your garden.

Although the tart flavored leaf stalk is edible, the Rhubarb leaves are toxic and contain oxalic acid, which is poisonous to humans and animals.

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How Much Water Does Corn Need

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How Much Water Does Corn Need

Last updated: 06/04/21

There are four main categories of corn in the United States: Dent corn, Sweet corn, Popcorn, and Flint corn. Aside from being tasty, corn is rich in fiber that aids in digestion.

It also provides essential nutrients like vitamin B and minerals like zinc, iron, magnesium, etc. But for your corn fields to produce those large ears full of delicious kernels, the corn needs fertile, well-drained soil and a constant supply of water to maintain soil moisture. 

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When To Pick Kale [Harvest & Storage Tips]

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When To Pick Kale

Last updated: 06/03/21

Kale is a highly nutritious leafy green vegetable that is usually planted in early spring or late summer. It has a sweet and nutty flavor that is great for both salads and cooking.

Kale’s mature leaves come in various colors such as red, purple, or green kale, making it a beautiful and tasty addition to any family meal.

A kale plant is also easy to grow, making it a great addition to your garden crops.

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When To Pick Cabbage [Beginner Guide]

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Tips On When To Pick Cabbage

Last updated: 06/02/21

The cabbage plant is a very versatile and familiar-kitchen-garden vegetable that can be used in many ways. There are various varieties of cabbage available for veggie lovers that can be eaten raw, cooked solo, or mixed with other vegetables.

A fresh cabbage head is a great sight to see with its layers of fresh leaves and variety of colors. It is important to know when is the right time to pick the mature head so that you can maximize its taste and nutritional value.

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Fertilizer For Carrots

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Fertilizer For Carrots

Last updated: 06/08/22

Carrots are amazing vegetables, and they are rich in fiber, beta carotene, potassium, vitamin K1, and antioxidants. Fresh carrots are crunchy and are eaten raw, but they are often baked, sautéed, or mixed with other vegetables for a yummy salad.  

The carrot plant is a popular root vegetable for every gardener because they are easy to grow and great with novice gardeners. But it doesn’t mean you can leave them, and they can grow by themselves.

Carrots still need to be given best conditions and a nutrient rich type of soil to grow successfully. You can do this by providing carrot fertilizers, regular watering, and enough sunlight.

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Growing Cucumbers in Containers

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Growing Cucumbers in Containers

Last updated: 05/24/21

You might be wondering if you can grow cucumbers from seed if you are limited for space. Maybe you grew tomatoes on your balcony before, but not quite certain if it would work to grow cucumbers in pots.

Cucumbers need to vine up and can grow all over the place but is if ok on a porch?

Growing cucumbers in containers is actually pretty easy when you follow our best tips below.

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Fertilizer For Green Beans

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Fertilizer for Green Beans Tips

Last updated: 6/8/2022

Green bean plants or string beans are popular among backyard gardeners because they are easy to grow, highly nutritious, and tasty beans.

Fresh beans are high in fiber and protein and low in fat, making for a yummy and healthy meal. Sometimes, I even eat them off the vine while harvesting.

Scarlet runner beans are even beautiful bean plants when they start to bloom.

They are a very cheap and practical way of addressing nutrient deficiencies in people. They grow in warm climates and have two main types of beans: pole beans and bush beans.

We are going to focus on how to grow beans the right way and address the questions of fertilizer application best practices.

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18 Types of Peas To Grow

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18 Types of Peas To Grow

Last updated: 04/12/21

Peas are a quick-growing, tasty tool in any gardener’s belt. They are cool-weather vegetables, making them a good option for early spring and late fall planting.In any case, they are a sweet tender bean with a thin skin and good light flavor – a good choice for salads as they absorb dressings well.As nitrogen-fixing legumes, peas will revitalize the soil if planted after heavy-feeding plants, such as squash.Peas are divided into three categories:

  1. English
  2. Sugar Snap
  3. Snow

With a huge number of varieties available, every gardener can find at least one type of pea to grow that fits their needs.

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Saving Watermelon Seeds The Easy Way

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Saving Watermelon Seeds Tips

Last updated: 11/01/21

The world record for watermelon seed spitting is 68 feet, 9 ⅛ inches.

While saving seeds from watermelons so you can practice your distance is a good way to pass the time, consider saving a few to grow your own watermelon plants as well!

Just a handful of watermelon seeds will net you a garden full of sweet, juicy watermelons next year. Most variety of watermelon seeds are some of the easiest to harvest, store, and grow.

Read on to learn how to save watermelon seeds.

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When To Pick Cantaloupe From The Vine [Time It Right]

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When To Pick Cantaloupe From The Vine

Last updated: 03/26/21

A ripe, juicy, sweet cantaloupe on a hot summer day is so refreshing, but at first you might be worrying about knowing when to harvest them from your garden.

You don’t want to pick too early and lose out on good flavor, or miss the window and end up with an overripe, mushy cantaloupe.

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When To Transplant Broccoli [Right Way]

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When To Transplant Broccoli The Easy Way

Last updated: 03/26/21

As a kid, I always dreaded when broccoli made its way onto the dinner plate. Today, it happens to be one of my favorite additions.

From stir-fry to casserole to a fresh broccoli snack, its versatility and nutritional value make it a top-tier vegetable.

So in an attempt to fulfill my newfound enjoyment of the small tree vegetable I decided to start growing it in my garden.

Unlike many of my other garden plants, it turns out you have to start broccoli from seed and there are two harvest times allowing for a more continuous supply of broccoli.

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How To Save Squash Seeds [Easy Way]

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How To Save Squash Seeds

Last updated: 03/23/21

A variety of squash types are available all year in most places, including the grocery store and weekend farmer’s markets. Since almost all the squash parts are edible, you can prepare various delicious recipes for your family and friends. 

Winter squashes like acorn, butternut squash, and delicata squash have brightly colored flesh that is great as a salad or soup. Summer squash varieties such as crookneck and zucchini have white flesh and yellow or green skin.

They taste fantastic when roasted, grilled, or sauteed with olive oil and garlic, and other stir fry recipes.   

Even the bright orange flowers from summer squashes are often served fried, oven-baked, added into a squash blossom soup, or other recipe inspirations. There is really a lot you can do with the different types of squash varieties.

The squash’s usefulness makes it more important to save squash seeds for storage for the next planting season. 

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How Many Lettuce Seeds Per Hole [Easy Guide]

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How Many Lettuce Seeds Per Hole?

Last updated: 03/22/21

It always a good idea to grow your own vegetables, especially with the risk of insecticides and pollution contaminating our food. It’s also very convenient to just go pick the freshest lettuce directly from your garden.

Nothing can beat the crispiness of freshly picked lettuce for your fresh salad.

There are many leaf lettuce varieties like Romaine or Arugula that you can plant in your vegetable garden. You might think planting lettuce from seed is difficult, but it is easy.

You need three things, a container, rich loamy soil, and of course, quality seeds. You can place the lettuce plant in a separate plot together with other types of plants like tomato plants or pepper plants.

These plants can provide partial shade during the hot summer months.

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When to Pick Okra | Harvesting Tips

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When to Pick Okra

Last updated: 03/19/21

The Okra, which is also known as “lady’s finger,” is a green flowering plant with edible seed pods. It has long been a favorite of health-conscious people due to its high dietary fiber content and low calories.

Okra plant thrives in warm climates.  Here in the South, it is battered and fried to serve with traditional Southern cooking. Yummy!

Although technically a fruit, it is often prepared as vegetables and very popular in South Asia and Africa. 

These plants can quickly grow in our vegetable garden and look amazing, especially when the beautiful Okra flowers start to bloom. 

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How Often To Water Pepper Plants [Right Way]

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How Often To Water Pepper Plants

Last updated: 03/16/21

From the common pepper plants that give you snacks and fajita ingredients to the spicier chili peppers that compliment your homemade salsa, all varieties of pepper plants need water.

Unfortunately for me, I had yet to figure out the science behind exactly how often to water pepper plants, and the fruits of my garden shriveled up before my eyes.

I knew there had to be a trick to successfully growing pepper plants, so I did some digging and here’s what I found.

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How To Grow Acorn Squash [Beginner Guide]

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How To Grow Acorn Squash [Easy Way]

Last updated: 03/15/21

Just think – this time next winter, you could be eating a home-grown acorn squash smothered in maple syrup. Acorn squash (Cucurbita Pepo) are easy to cultivate with a little know-how, nutrient dense, and store well in cool temperatures.

For the home gardener, learning how to grow acorn squash from seed is straightforward and well-worth the effort!

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When To Pick Zucchini [The Right Way]

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When to Pick Zucchini Squash

Last updated: 03/12/21

I love zucchini, or as it is also known, the summer squash. I know a lot of people don’t like it but I think it is tasty if picked at the right t.

This type of squash is a great way to get more veggies into your diet during the summer when all the berries are gone and there is nothing to do but cook and eat zucchini.

Growing Zucchini squash needs to start from seed each year. The crops of zucchini plants die at the end of each season.  As a summer squash plant, you can pick it all summer long as long as the female flowers continue to have fruit production.

You will learn how to pick zucchini when they are ready to be picked.

Let’s get picking!

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