A new study by horticulturist Eric Brennan, from the Agricultural Research Service, shows that organic lettuce growers in California are using Alyssum (Lobularia maritime) as a companion plant, to help naturally protect their crops from destructive aphids.
March 1, 2015
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· No Comments
Tags: Allysum, growing vegetables, Lettuce, Pest Control, wildflowers Â· Posted in: Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Perennials, Vegetable Seeds
Many vegetable gardeners are reaping the benefits of their tomatoes, peppers and basil right now in delicious summer meals. Who wouldnâ€™t want to extend their summer vegetable garden for delicious, home grown veggies into the fall months? There are several varieties of vegetables that can be started indoors now, or directly sown outdoors in a few weeks for fall harvest.
July 10, 2012
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· One Comment
Tags: growing vegetables, starting vegetables from seed, vegetable gardening, vegetables Â· Posted in: Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Vegetable Seeds
When most think of starting vegetable gardens from seed, they immediately picture greenhouses, growing lights, and months of preparation. Although this is one way (and for some varieties, the only way) to grow vegetables from seed, there are many varieties that will thrive and produce delicious crops simply by being directly planted in the ground or in containers.
March 22, 2012
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· 3 Comments
Tags: easy to grow vegetables, growing vegetables, starting vegetables from seed, vegetable gardening, vegetables Â· Posted in: Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Vegetable Seeds
It is a common misconception that you need a large plot of land to grow your own delicious vegetables. All you really need are sufficient containers, sunlight, and lots of love! Many varieties of vegetables, with a little care, can be grown in containers on balconies, patios, or even as an added aesthetic element to your existing garden.
While planning my vegetable garden for the spring, I have been debating about whether or not to build a raised bed. I decided to weigh out the benefits and drawbacks, and make a logical decision (the best kind of decision, right?). For your benefit, as Iâ€™m sure there are other gardeners trying to make this same decision, the pros and cons of raised beds can be found below, along with my decision.
January 16, 2012
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· 2 Comments
Tags: garden planning, growing vegetables, vegetable gardening, vegetables Â· Posted in: Gardening in Spring and Summer, Gardening in the Winter, How-Tos, Vegetable Seeds
People are rediscovering the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from growing their own food. If you’re new to vegetable gardening, here are some guidelines and tips to help you start off right.