Tomato {Solanum lycopersicum}

The tomato plant (botanical name Solanum Lycopersicum) is a member of the nightshade family. Usually, plants of this species grow to a height of anything between one and three meters (3 to 10 feet) and have the very delicate stem that generally spread out over the ground as well as climbs like vines on other … Continue reading Tomato {Solanum lycopersicum}

Zucchini {Cucurbita pepo}

Zucchini is basically a type of squash available during summer. In effect, zucchini is a robust squash that grows with good grace in an assortment of environs and has a wide range of uses - ranging from sweet zucchini bread to raw ‘pasta' prepared with zucchini strips. Zucchini is available in several markets during summer … Continue reading Zucchini {Cucurbita pepo}

Cucumber {Cucumis sativus}

The cucumber, botanically known as the Cucumis sativus, is an extensively cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae that includes squash and also muskmelon. Though it is technically a fruit, cucumbers are widely considered vegetables. Cucumber is a vegetable which is a member of the family that also includes different squashes, pumpkins, and zucchinis. The … Continue reading Cucumber {Cucumis sativus}

Onion {Allium cepa}

ALSO, KNOWN AS: Common Onion Onion The onion – botanically called Allium cepa – is one of the most common culinary herbs around, and is used worldwide in many culinary preparations. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus writes of nine tons of gold being spent to purchase enough onions to feed the builders of the pyramids … Continue reading Onion {Allium cepa}

Garlic {Allium sativum}

ALSO, KNOWN AS: Clove Garlic Da Suan Garlic Poor-man’s-treacle Rashona Rustic’s Treacle Stinking Rose Tricolor Garlic The common kitchen herb, the garlic – Allium Sativum to botanists – is a familiar herb and culinary spice. This perennial herb is known for its white colored bulb that is composed of small white cloves that have a … Continue reading Garlic {Allium sativum}

Deer? Try Herbs

Feeding deer is a bad idea; once they are attracted to an area, it's difficult to keep them away.    In many parts of the United States, deer feast on every garden they can find, chomping and stomping their way through whole neighborhoods with little regard for aesthetics and no sense of fair play. Some … Continue reading Deer? Try Herbs

Choosing the Best Garden Fence

The best garden fence is whichever fence will reliably keeps the critters from your crops. When you have it in place you can love the wild things and still sleep peacefully at night. Most gardeners eventually have heated encounters with unwanted wild animals. The best and kindest solution is to keep them out with the … Continue reading Choosing the Best Garden Fence

7 Cool Things We Never Knew Lavender Could Do

ADD THIS WONDER PLANT TO YOUR FARMERS’ MARKET SHOPPING LIST.  Maybe you’re thinking of planting lavender because it’s a beautiful addition to any flowerbed and because bees seem to love it. But its usefulness doesn’t stop there. Here are seven ways to put it to work at home outside or in an indoor herb garden. 1. Keep … Continue reading 7 Cool Things We Never Knew Lavender Could Do

Vertical Gardening

Take advantage of garden space by using the third dimension to grow vegetables and vining fruit. When garden space is limited, you can still grow space-hungry plants. Growing your vegetables and vining fruits on an arbor or vertical trellis is the most efficient way to add space in a less-than-spacious garden. Growing vertically improves air circulation, which helps … Continue reading Vertical Gardening

Trim Time? Fingernails, Yes; Plants, Maybe Not!

I am frequently asked what is the first thing I trim back in spring and the most honest answer I am able to give is "my fingernails, you're going to break them all off anyway, so you may as well get it over with." And to clean under the nails, even when wearing gloves. I … Continue reading Trim Time? Fingernails, Yes; Plants, Maybe Not!