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How to Deal with Grasshoppers in Your Garden

Grasshopper control is difficult as the grasshoppers are quite mobile. Although some species of grasshoppers do not feed on garden plants, many species do. They eat vegetable plants, flowers, and grass, and most anything. You will observe that your problems with grasshoppers mount in the early summer. Migratory grasshoppers do the most damage to crops.…

How to Grow Rhubarb

Growing rhubarb, when done properly, will ensure production for up to 15 years. It is a perennial, cool season plant that belongs to the vegetable family. It is quite winter hardy and is resistant to pest, disease, and drought. Rhubarb is an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. Do not eat the roots and leaves of the…

How to Grow Basil

Growing basil is not difficult, but it does need a suitable environment for nurturing. It likes well-drained soil (pH of 6.0 to 7.5). It also prefers six to eight hours of sunshine but can tolerate light shade. Basil can be grown either in the ground or in pots. To preserve the flavor and have better leaf growth, pinch off all the…

Pressure Canning 101: The Basics

If your purpose is to can low-acid foods, think pressure canning. Remember, a canning pressure cooker is not the same as a pressure cooker. Regular pressure cookers are not recommended for canning pressure cooking. Weighted Gauge vs. Counterweight The canning pressure cooker you purchase has a weighted gauge to indicate and regulate the pressure. Read…

How to Grow Radicchio

When growing radicchio, or Italian chicory, you can either start it indoors for transplanting at a later time or you can sow it directly into a prepared garden bed. Its leaves are reddish or maroon. The radicchio has the open leaf and heading selections, although the latter is the more popular. Radicchio can be eaten…

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…

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…