growing artichokes

Artichoke Plant | Grow as Food or a Flowering Plant

Artichoke Plant – Enjoyed since Roman times, artichokes are herbaceous perennial plants that belong to the thistle family. Their flower buds are edible and harvested before they flower. Artichokes are an attractive landscape plant and a nutrient-rich vegetable. These plants can grow up to 3 feet in height and width. The edible part is the flower bud before it blooms. When allowed to bloom, the flowers can grow to 7 inches in diameter. With the right … Read more

Mulberry tree

Mulberry Tree ~ The Mighty Berry Producer

The mulberry tree is a fast-growing, large deciduous tree. It provides fruit as well as shade. Some varieties can produce berries the first year. They require minimal care once fully established. Mulberries are some of the tastiest berries, with a melon-like flavor owing to its low acidity. They make delicious pies, jams, and smoothies too. Read on to learn about mulberry trees, including history, hardiness, how to plant, care for, and harvest, and the different … Read more

Pistachio tree nuts growing

Pistachio Tree ~ Where Patience Pays in Pistachios

Learn about growing a pistachio tree and how pistachios grow. You’ll need a male and a female tree to produce nuts. Achieving successful harvests requires patience. With the right climate, your backyard might be the ideal spot.  Pistachio Tree Knowing where to grow a pistachio tree is critical in order for it to live and thrive. Climate is the most critical prerequisite to success in growing pistachio nuts as Pistacia vera needs exactly the right … Read more

How to dry basil

How to Dry Basil to Enjoy All Year

Learn how to dry basil so it doesn’t go to waste and so you can use it throughout the year. Grow a few basil plants this season. By the middle of summer, you’ll have more delicious basil than you know what to do with. If you’ve ever grown basil, you know how prolific they are. Not only is basil fast-growing and hearty, but the more leaves you harvest, the more it grows. With all these … Read more

yellow watermelon

Yellow Watermelon Varieties and How to Grow

If you haven’t tasted a yellow watermelon before, you’re in for a treat. They are sometimes sweeter than pink and red varieties.  I never heard of them until we grew them. It’s easy to grow yellow watermelons if you live in a warm climate. You’ll need to give them enough space because they are vining plants.  Learn about yellow watermelon varieties and what it takes to grow them from seed. They are low maintenance and … Read more

How to grow garlic

How to Grow Garlic ~ Lots and Lots of Garlic

Learn how to grow garlic from a clove. Once planted, one clove will yield an entire bulb. Growing garlic is easy. It’s low maintenance and perfect for beginners.  In addition, it doesn’t take a lot of space in the garden. Garlic grows well in pots.  Garlic is a cool season crop and requires a cold period to grow. The bulbs grow underground and are moderately tolerant to frost.  One of the best things is mammals … Read more

how to grow celery

How to Grow Celery from Seed, Starts and Scraps

For crisp stalks full of flavor, read these tips for how to grow celery. You’ll want to ensure it isn’t watery, bitter or too stringy. Beginners should start by growing from grocery store celery. Experienced gardeners can grow from seeds or starts. With fresh potting soil, it grows well in pots and containers. You can also grow celery in water. A cool weather crop, it has a low tolerance for heat. This makes it ideal … Read more

creeping charlie

Creeping Charlie ~ How to Get Rid Of or Manage

Learn how to get rid of creeping charlie. This insidious weed is often referred to as ground ivy. It’s a fast-growing, invasive vining ivy. It thrives and spreads in moist and shady areas. If you have plants nearby, removing it early is key, as it will choke out other plants. A creeping charlie plant will kill everything around it. It will block sunlight, overtake roots, and block water and nutrients to plants in the vicinity. It’s a … Read more

kaffir lime

Kaffir Lime ~ Grow Your Own for Leaves and Fruit

Kaffir lime and kaffir lime leaves are popular ingredients in Asian food and other cuisine. With unique health benefits and an excellent flavor profile, the fruit and leaves have many culinary uses.  You can grow kaffir lime trees indoors or outdoors if you live in a warm climate. Kaffir limes have bumpy green and yellow rinds. Their leaves are fragrant. They do not produce a lot of juice.  Here’s what to know about the kaffir … Read more

sycamore tree

Sycamore Tree – Features, Uses, Types and How to Grow

The sycamore tree is a shade tree. They can grow 70 – 100 feet and sometimes higher. Sycamores need lots of space to grow. You’ll often see them in parks and lining streets. They are fast-growing trees, growing over two feet per year. With a deep root system, they are very sturdy. Sycamore trees are deciduous and provide shade with their large canopies. Because of their size and aggressive roots, they grow well in areas … Read more