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How to Grow Shallots

Growing shallots is not difficult. More importantly, shallots are rich in folate, manganese, potassium, and vitamins A, B6, and C. And another plus: they add zest and flavor to your meals. Shallots are a good companion plant with other early maturing greens. Propagation Shallots can be propagated from seeds. At a temperature of 45°F to 95°F, seed germination is…

A Beginner’s Guide to Food Dehydration

Food dehydration is a process that allows for the diminution of the moisture level in a food product, halting the microbial growth that causes spoilage. If properly done, food dehydration makes for a long shelf life of the finished product, even after the sealed package has been opened. Food Dehydration and Sun Drying Conventional sun…

How to Grow Lettuce

With growing lettuce, you need moist, well-drained, slightly acidic fertile soil. Plant in succession the correct variety for each season for continuous harvest, and plant just what you need. Fertilizer Do a soil test or ask your local extension office to do the testing for you. Follow the recommendations on the soil report. Absent a…

The Basics of Home Food Preservation

Food preservation is one of the first technological advances discovered by man. When you have an abundant crop, food preservation is an excellent way to enjoy your harvest all year round and engage in unifying family projects. Food Preservation Methods Food preservation is the process of taking edible products and, with the proper equipment, changing…

The Basics of Hydroponic Gardening

In hydroponic gardening, the plant’s roots directly receive a liquified nutrient mix. This solution is precisely balanced, a condition that soil infrequently delivers. Static porous mediums such as sand, stone, and fiber may be utilized to secure and aerate the roots. The increased oxygen from these mediums allow for accelerated plant growth and better yield…

How to Grow Forsythia

The forsythia, also known as Golden Bell, are flowering shrubs that are frequently forced indoors during early spring. You can also force blooms in the winter to brighten your home. The bright yellow flowers can produce lactose, which is naturally found in milk. The forsythia can grow up to two feet per year, and are…

How to Grow Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are beautiful, colorful flowering plants that are pest resistant and disease resistant. They make beautiful dried flower arrangements, and come in many different varieties. You will need to know the hydrangea selections that will do well in your particular zone. The Plant Hardiness Zone Map and your local nursery or the knowledgeable gardeners in your area…

How to Grow Goldenseal

Goldenseal is a small perennial herb plant that has a lone raspberry-like berry holding up to 30 seeds. The Native Americans treated skin diseases, eye inflammations, and wounds with goldenseal. Today, it still enjoys multiple uses, among them as a medicinal herb. Quite often, it is prepared in combination with another medicinal herb, echinacea. Cultivation The basic method of growing…

How to Compost Horse Manure

If you own a horse, you have horse manure. Add the weight of the horse, say a thousand pounds, to the bedding material, and you will probably get about 750 cubic feet of horse manure and composting material each year. Learn to compost the horse manure, and it will do wonders for your garden and…

8 Herbaceous Perennials That Are Perfect for Beginners

Herbaceous perennials are plants with soft green stems that usually die in the winter, while their roots thrive underground allowing regrowth in the spring. Most perennials are herbaceous. They are a great foundation for your garden, bringing many showy blooms and good ground cover. What is a Perennial? Perennials are ornamental plants that stick around from year to…