Vegetables

Cucumbers: Must-Have Vegetables In The Garden

Cucumbers: Must-Have Vegetables In The Garden

Cucumbers – Before growing cucumbers in your garden make sure you give them plenty of room or provide them with something to climb on. Cucumbers are vine plants that usually grow on the ground and will spread to well over six feet in length. If you do not have the kind of room for these trailing vines you can train them to climb a fence or a trellis. A trellis trained or fence trained plant will produce better formed cucumbers.

When you get around to growing cucumbers you will have a large selection to choose from for planting. There are narrow, large cukes for eating right off the vine and short, fat cucumbers for pickling. But you can also pickle the long, narrow ones and the short, fat variety can be eaten raw in a salad.

 

 

How to Grow Bush Beans?

How to Grow Bush Beans?

How to Grow Bush Beans? The bush bean family has a lot of options to choose from. Bush beans range in different shapes, sizes and even color. Bush beans make for a nice addition to the home vegetable garden because they are fairly easy to grow, do not take up that much space and are determinate plants meaning you know exactly how much space each plant will consume. Here are some steps you can follow to add these great tasting vegetables to your home garden.


The first step is to always make sure the site where they will go is at its optimal condition. Since it’s not recommended that you start bush bean seeds indoors, we want to pay extra special care to our soil.

Ways To Secure Cucumbers In The Garden

Ways To Secure Cucumbers In The Garden

Ways To Secure Cucumbers In The Garden – Cucumbers are the second most popular vegetable grown in a home vegetable garden. They are a great vegetable to eat and easy to grow. They have but one drawback. They require a lot of space if you just let them grow and vine out.

Cucumbers will grow wherever you direct them and if you are limited with horizontal space that means you can send them vertically. Here are four ways you can use to make sure you have plenty of room for all of your other vegetables.

How To Grow Espalier Tomatoes?

How To Grow Espalier Tomatoes?

How To Grow Espalier Tomatoes? – There are several reasons why growing espalier tomatoes in courtyards or on patios is desirable and primarily because they can be grown by taking up only a small amount of space that is available. Another benefit of growing this way is that by spreading the branches out the fruit receives maximum sunlight. The warmth from the wall also speeds up the ripening time of the fruit.

The espalier system also makes tending the tomato plant easier as all the branches are accessible and therefore control of pests and diseases is easier. As the branches are spread out and the leaves get a better chance to dry, there is less chance of blight and other diseases taking a hold on the plant.

Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), also known as sunchoke in the US, is often used for pickling purposes. They’re tasty, available all winter, exceptionally easy to grow, completely undemanding, very low-maintenance and ideal for gardening beginners. This large plant is a perennial sunflower native to North America. The fresh tuber tastes like a water chestnut and is used in salads. Tubers can also be cooked like potatoes.

While they do have pretty yellow flowers, they are grown for their edible roots, which are high in inulin.The edible tuber is highly nutritious and, unlike potatoes, contains no starch, but rather carbohydrate in a form that is metabolized into natural sugar.

Growing Brussels Sprouts

Growing Brussels Sprouts

Growing Brussels Sprouts – If you love Brussels sprouts you will find that home grown ones taste far better than those from the supermarkets, especially when harvested after a first frost. Brussels sprouts are particularly suited to our cool climate and provide lovely fresh vegetables throughout the winter months when not much else is available. Brussels sprouts like a firm, free draining, non-acidic and fertile soil and are suitable for growing in sun or partial shade but need a sheltered spot and protection from strong winds.

Preparing your site

Start preparing your site in the fall or winter months before sowing by digging the soil well, removing any large stones and adding lots of garden compost or well-rotted manure.