Thursday, September 21, 2017

Gardening How To – Tips for Growing Sunflowers

The sunflower is one of the most widely recognized flowers of all time. These blooms emit a sense of
warmth and joy that is unique to only this flower. Many don’t know that this large flower blooms in a wide variety of yellows, pinks and even reds. While the most typical sunflower is about 4 feet high or even higher – some can be 6 feet (or more!) – some forms of sunflower can be much shorter and smaller. These edible beauties add a lot of sunshine to any garden and home! Follow our tips below to get started.

Select your type - There are two forms of sunflowers; one is an annual and one is a perennial. If you choose to grow the perennial form, be sure to remember that it may take up to two to three years in some cases before the plant begins to bloom. You can opt to either grow them from seed or seedling, although many gardeners say that sunflowers are extremely easy to grow from the seed.

Friday, September 15, 2017

How To – Tips for Growing Cucumbers in Your Vegetable Garden

The cucumber is a versatile vegetable that pretty much everyone loves in one form or another. The gentle, light flavor of this cool vegetable makes it wonderful in salads. Plus, without cucumbers, we wouldn’t have pickles! Not only are they delicious in their many forms, but cucumbers can also serve as an eye compress because they contain vitamins that help to reduce swelling, and they are especially comforting to sore eyes when they have been kept cool in the fridge!

If you’re anything like me, you go through a ton of cucumbers, which is a great reason to start growing your own! Below are some tips and tricks for growing delectable cucumbers right in your backyard.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tips for Growing Onions in Your Vegetable Garden

Many would say that onions are an acquired taste, but for those who enjoy them, onions are a delicious vegetable that can be eaten raw on a sandwich, added to soups or mixed in casseroles to give everything a terrific flavor. If you’re like me, you go through a ton of onions…which is precisely why you should grow them in your very own yard! Many home gardeners say that onions are the number one choice when it comes to growing vegetables. Onions also have a terrifically long shelf and storage life. Follow our tips on growing onions to get started.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tips For Growing the Most Flavorful Asparagus

Asparagus is considered one of the most delicate and sought after vegetable dishes of all time. It is a healthy and delicious vegetable that is often served as an appetizer or a compliment to a nice meal.

 If you decide you’d like to grow asparagus in your vegetable garden, here are a few pointers to be sure it grows healthy and successfully:

  • First, asparagus loves full sun, so be sure to plant it in an area that will receive a good amount of sunlight. 
  • Next, check your soil and make sure it’s rich enough. Perform a PH test if possible; asparagus prefer soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. 
  • Plant the crowns in the soil about 7 inches deep, and create a v-shaped hole.
  • When your asparagus is new to your vegetable garden, they should be watered with about one to two inches of water the first few weeks. 
  • Once they’ve become established, you should only water them when there is little rainfall. 

 You can purchase asparagus seeds and crowns in many gardening catalogs and some nurseries. Asparagus crowns refer to the top of the asparagus, and the bottom has established some form of root system so that it is ready for planting.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tips for Growing & Caring for Alyssum Flowers

Every homeowner wants the perfect lawn, or moreso, the perfect garden. Beautiful gardens can add curb appeal to your house and can quickly make your residence the envy of the neighborhood. Many homeowners struggle with homing in on their botanical prowess, however, and are turned off by gardening’s seemingly burdensome grunt work. Luckily for you, there are a wide variety of beautiful perennial flowers that are simple to plant and easy to take care of.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

How to Grow Pumpkins in Your Vegetable Garden

At long last the summer days are beginning to cool down and the leaves on the trees are starting to change from bright green to vivid oranges, reds and yellows. That’s right—fall is finally right around the corner. Fall is a favorite season for many people, and rightfully so with its cool, crisp temperatures, beautiful natural vistas and, of course, Halloween! Many people also love fall for its wide selection of delicious produce. Pumpkins in particular are a fan favorite, as the plant serves as the unofficial mascot of fresh fall produce. Whether they are used in homemade pumpkin pies or as spooky carved decorations for your front porch, pumpkins can bring a smile to nearly everyone’s face. What many people don’t realize is that growing pumpkins in your vegetable garden is fairly simple as long as you know what the plants require and follow the steps carefully. Listed below is a comprehensive guideline on how to successfully plant and grow your own pumpkins!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Comprehensive Guide to Growing Baby’s Breath

Delicate, dense and unlike any other flower, Baby’s Breath is a plant that has made its way into the hearts of many flower-fanatics across the globe. Whether added to intricate bouquets or left alone, Baby’s Breath are beautifully elegant plants that can easily fit a wide variety of interiors and tastes. Baby’s Breath are annual flowers, meaning their life cycle lasts only one year, and they are marked by their extremely tender composition. Some of these plants are able to produce pink flowers, but this tends to be a very rare occurrence, as most of the flowers are a pure white color. Baby’s Breath loves warm temperatures, and it is not recommended to plant them before the spring months when the evenings are not warm enough to accommodate their growing requirements. Baby’s Breath is fairly simple to grow and can result in a beautiful addition to both your garden and your home in just months! Follow the simple instructions below and be on your way to growing beautiful flowers today.