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How to Grow Tomatoes

Ask any veggie gardener what their favorite crop to grow is and you are likely to get tomatoes. 85% of the estimated 29 million gardeners grow tomatoes (NCG). Flavor is compromised, as well as variety, when you rely on store-bought, commercially grown tomatoes. They are also expensive, so it makes sense to grow your own. […]

How to Grow Chiles (Hot Peppers)

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How to Grow Garlic

Garlic is very easy to grow – and since it grows through the winter, they require little additional water, where I live in northern California. Botanical Information Taxonomy Allium sativum Allium sativum ophioscorodon = hard neck garlic Allium sativum sativum = soft neck garlic Allium ampeloprasum = elephant ‘garlic’ (actually a leek), also called Gigantum part of the […]

How to Grow Basil

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How to Prune a Fig Tree

Growing tip of a fig tree

Time of Pruning figs are pruned every year in early spring, after any danger of prolonged frost has passed. In cool climates, summer pruning is also necessary. see “Cool Climates: Summer Pruining”, below. Warm Climates: Shape Options: informal bush Young Trees (2-3 years old): start with a fig that has 3 or 4 well-spaced laterals […]

How to Grow Peas

[stub] Botanical Information Taxonomy History Physical Description Varieties & Cultivars Categories or Types of Peas Colors Available Varieties to Grow Growth Requirements Climate & Temperature Requirements Air Temperature peas perform better in cool weather (60-75°F) shade cloth can help extend the season when it gets warm Soil Temperature Humidity Day Length or Light Requirements Site […]

How to Grow Dill

Dill is a beautiful, airy plant that grows in an upright fashion. It’s easy to grow and the green foliage has a bit of a blue cast to it, adding an interesting texture, besides. Everyone knows it’s great for cooking and preserving, but it also attracts many beneficial insects, helping with pollination and controlling insect […]

How to Spur Prune Grapes

There are two basic methods of pruning grapes: spur pruning and cane pruning. The right method for your grapes is determined by whether your variety produces fruit only on long canes, or whether it can produce the fruit on short canes via spurs. If you know the variety of grape, you can just look up […]