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How To Grow Legumes For Food And To Increase Soil Nitrogen

The legume family is a large and diverse group of plants that includes beans, peas, lentils, soybeans, and peanuts. Legumes are unique because they have the unusual ability to add nutrients to the soil, and as such, they are often referred to as green manure. So, it’s important to learn how to grow legumes, both …

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5 Top Health Benefits Of Asparagus & 4 Ways To Use It

There are several health benefits of asparagus and why you should try to add this spear-like plant food to your dinner plate whenever you can. This tasty vegetable will: help keep your immune system healthy. lower your cholesterol help prevent diabetes, cancer, heart disease and then some Okay, so maybe you don’t care much for …

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How To Grow Stinging Nettle – An Edible Wetland Plant

Ever heard of stinging nettles? They are not only delicious but also good for you! We pick ours from the riverbank in town, but if you have the right conditions, learn how to grow stinging nettle: you’ll love it for teas, green smoothies, casseroles, and soups. How To Grow Stinging Nettle Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) …

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How To Grow Orach For A Delicious Addition To Your Spring Meals

Orach (Atriplex hortensis) is a cool-weather green from the amaranth family. Sometimes known as saltbush, orach has a mild yet tangy flavor that is often compared to spinach. Orach produces arrow-shaped leaves that can vary in color from green to deep red. The plants grow upright and can reach six feet in height. If you …

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How to Prune Tomato Plants – A Simple, Straightforward Guide

The conversations around pruning tomato plants can be dizzying! Some gardeners say definitely do, while others say don’t bother. And the methods vary as well: remove entire branches, cut just the tips of branches, prune at certain times, prune throughout the season, and so on. This can all leave you wondering not only how to …

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Backyard Vegetable Garden Ideas

Discover new methods for growing your own vegetables with these backyard vegetable garden ideas and tips. Few things are more satisfying than walking through the garden on a summer day and plucking a sun-ripened tomato from the vine to enjoy the warm, juicy burst of flavor on your tongue or harvesting fresh ingredients for a …

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How to Grow Sweet Potatoes – Tips for a Sweet Harvest

Although not common among household vegetable gardens, sweet potatoes are relatively easy to grow, with drought tolerance and few problems. These native American vegetables also last for months when properly stored and provide high amounts of vitamin A, C, and E, as well as calcium, potassium, and antioxidants. Plus, the entire plant is edible: the …

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What Is Winter Sowing? A Simple Guide to Jump-Start Your Seed Planting

As the short, cold days of winter drag on, slowly lengthening, our fingers itch to dig in warm, crumbly soil again. We flip eagerly through seed catalogs and longingly inventory the packets left over from last year, tucked into plastic tubs or shoeboxes or old biscuit tins. But we don’t have to stop there; many …

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How to Grow Beans in Containers – Tips for Delicious Bush and Pole Beans

Beans are among the easiest vegetables to grow, and they’re one of my favorite garden standbys. But did you know that they also make great container plants? No matter which variety you like best, you can grow it even with limited space once you learn a few tips on how to grow beans in containers. …

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How to Grow Potatoes in Containers – A Roundup of the Best Ideas

Potatoes are a surprisingly easy and nutrient-rich addition to container gardens. Here’s how to grow potatoes in containers, so you can enjoy them even when you don’t have a lot of garden space.  These Peruvian vegetables provide healthy amounts of iron, potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, according to the United States Potato Board, and …

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