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How to Grow Sweet Potatoes

The first time I grew sweet potatoes, it was from some store-bought tubers that started sprouting. I was so happy I tried it. It’s a beautiful ground cover with purple fluted flowers, and produced tubers that I harvested in the fall. They were a little fibrous, so I have to research what caused that, but […]

Grafting Tomatoes

Rootstock & scion ready for grafting

Last year I trialed several grafted tomato varieties next to their non-grafted plants. The grafted plants were definitely the winner, as they didn’t show any symptoms of any of the wilts (fusarium, verticillium, bacterial) that hit the non-grafted tomatoes. They also didn’t get hit with Curly Top Virus, although their neighbors did. The production was […]

How to Grow Cabbage

[Intro text] Botanical Information Taxonomy Brassica oleracea Capitata Group member of Brassicaceae, the Mustard Family Related to Collards, Broccoli Raab, Broccoli Rapini (GV) History Physical Description annual Roots go down 12″ to 5′, with the plant reaching 12″ to 15″ tall, 24″ to 40 ” wide Seasonality Cabbage takes a long time to mature, so […]

2011 Bell Pepper Results

Compared to my 2010 bell pepper harvest, I had more fewer peppers, and less overall weight. In 2010, each plant produced 3 peppers and the average pepper weighed 2 oz; this year, 2011, each plant only produced 1 or 2 and they weighed only 1.5 oz, on average. This reduction in overall production is probably […]

2011 Bell Pepper Garden Plans

Bell Pepper Varieties Chosen for 2011: RED BELL PEPPERS: Bell Boy Cal Wonder Fat & Sassy ORANGE BELL PEPPERS: Cal Wonder Orange YELLOW BELL PEPPERS: Super Heavyweight Quadrato Asti Giallo (New trial for this year!) PURPLE & BROWN BELL PEPPERS: Purple Beauty Sweet Chocolate (New trial for this year!) Growing Conditions: Since the last few […]

How to Grow Lemongrass

Lemongrass, grouped with herbs in many classification systems, is a grass that grows rather tall. Even though it’s considered a¬†tropical or subtropical plant, it grows well in my area, which gets frosty in the winter – hardiness zone 9b. It is an essential herb for Thai, Vietnamese, and other East Asian recipes, and is rather […]

How to Calculate Chill Hours for Your Area

Deciduous fruit and nut trees, along with some flowers and biennial vegetables, need a certain number of hours of cold temperatures in order to break winter dormancy. This winter chilling is known as chilling, winter chill, or vernalization. The chilly temperatures actually break down the hormones that are preventing the tree or plant from growing. […]