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How to Grow Bee Balm

[Intro text] Botanical Information Taxonomy Monarda didyma Several plants of the Monarda genus are also known as bergamot, although they are not to be confused with the classical Bergamot (of Earl Gray Tea fame) which is a citrus. History Physical Description Plant grows to be 2-4 feet tall, growing like a bush or shrub, but […]

How to Grow Bell Peppers

Bell peppers, or sweet peppers, are a great addition to not only your vegetable garden – they grow into a beautiful plant with dark green, glossy leaves, with bright fruit that come in reds, oranges, yellows, even purple and mauve! Unless you live in a warm environment, plan to grow them from seedlings. Botanical Information […]

How to Grow Artichokes

Artichokes are relatively easy to grow. The only challenge to growing them is the space they require, since they are a large plant, and they need this space permanently, as they are a perennial and keep coming back, year after year. Botanical Information Taxonomy History Physical Description GV: enormous, thistle-like plant, very decorative. Mature plant […]

Seed Collecting

This weekend I tried seed saving for the first time. I collected seeds for:  cosmos marigolds South African Daisies Giant chives coreopsis Lavender Bergamot blanket flower echinacea bachelor buttons it’s quite a trick to recognize the seed in all of the debris of an old flower. Some of the plants aren’t ready yet…like my Maximilian sunflowers. I wasn’t […]