Vegetables

Growing Squash Tips

Growing Squash Tips

Squash is part of a family of vegetables that includes pumpkins. The popular zucchini is a type of squash. There are two different main types of squash: winter and summer. Each type has many varieties to choose from.

Summer squash come in many shapes and sizes. But there are three main shapes of summer squash. Scallop or also known as patty pan are rounded and flat and resemble a dandelion in shape. Some summer squash can be straight-necked or crooked-necked, smaller at the top than the bottom. The last main shape is a club shape, the body being uniform in size throughout the length of the squash.

Growing Organic Rice In Your Garden

Growing Organic Rice In Your Garden

The most modern and convenient way for people now to enjoy fresh crops without worrying about chemical toxins in the body is organic gardening. Organic fruits and vegetables are becoming popular for vegetarians or people with green thumb. But then, it doesn’t stop there! Aside from eating a fresh and healthy salad, enjoying organic rice in your dining table is now possible!


Just like growing organic fruits and vegetables, the same gardening principle applies with organic rice. Using of synthetic or artificial fertilizers and pesticides are prohibited. Aside from that, soil fertility should be maintained. Lastly, the importance of natural alternatives in tending is valued.

Onions, Garlics And Leeks

Onions, Garlics And Leeks

Onions and their relatives belong to a group of vegetables that have evolved a rather specialized growth habit results in the formation of bulbs at the end of their growing season. A bulb is a swollen storage organ that allows a plant to survive climatic extremes in its natural environment. The great advantage to us is that the bulbs keep exceptionally well in the kitchen enabling us to have onions all year round.

Onions and many of their relatives (such as garlic) are thought to have originated in central Asia or the Middle East and as such are one of the oldest vegetables in cultivation. Their cultivation can be traced back to Egyptian civilization, as early as 3200 B.C. From there they have spread around the world and, not surprisingly, local varieties have been selected for different climates, making it important to choose a variety that is well adapted for the area they are to be grown in.

Growing Broccoli

Growing Broccoli

Broccoli is a hardy, cool weather loving plant that is easy to grow and wonderful to eat making it a favorite of many gardeners. Rich in vitamins A & C, potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium broccoli is a beneficial vegetable to add to your diet.

Because broccoli requires cool temperatures and can even handle a light frost many gardeners start broccoli indoors to get a jump start on the growing season. Broccoli seeds can be started in a variety of containers from store bought flats and starter trays to egg cartons or other simple containers you have about the house. Broccoli is extremely tolerant of a variety of soils, but prefers a sandy loam soil rich in organic matter. Plant seeds and water well and place in a warm, sunny place indoors. Sun lights can also be used in place of real sun. Temperatures indoors should be maintained between 75-85°F for the best seed germination.

Chicory

Chicory

A number of chicories (Cichorium intybus) are hardy and make good crops in the winter months, given some protection. Chicory leaves are stalked, hairy, lanceolate and large, coarsely toothed, growing in clustered formation from plant base in spreading rosette while the upper leaves are small. Their pale yellow and red leaves add colors to salads and they can also be braised. Three main types are grown: Witloof or Belgian chicory, sugar loaf chicory and red chicory, often called ‘radicchio’.

Withloof chicory is grown in two stages. The seed is sown in late spring and the plants are left to grow until late fall. The leaves are bitter and not usually eaten. In the fall the heads can either be cut off the plants 1 in above the ground or the roots can be lifted, trimmed and replanted for forcing indoors.

How To Grow Lima Beans?

How To Grow Lima Beans?

Lima beans, also known as “butter beans” are quite easy to harvest and grow if you have the correct information and follow these simple tips. Before we proceed to explain how to grow lima beans, let we first share with you few facts about lima beans. Those who have tasted lima beans know how tasty and nutritious they are. These beans can be used in variety of dishes and have some extra-ordinary nutritional values. Fresh lima beans are often difficult to find but you can always get canned lima beans throughout the year min most departmental stores.

The average size of the pod of lima bean in about 3 inches and is flat, oblong and slightly curved. The pod has 2 to 4 seeds. These seeds are called lima beans. The seeds are normally green or cream in color. Few other varieties and color including red, purple, white and black are also available.