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How to Grow: Growing Veggies in Pots

Everyone wants to grow their own vegetables at home these days. However, many people don't have the space to grow a garden or time. The solution is containers. You can grow almost any vegetable in a container, depending on the variety. Here are some tips on growing vegetables in pots. Design Tips Some of the easiest vegetables and herbs to grow in containers for the biggest bang for your buck include greens, such as lettuce, arugula and Swiss chard; specialty peppers; radishes and beets, dwarf tomatoes; basil; oregano; and rosemary. The...

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How to Grow: Herb Spiral

Learn how to build an herb spiral and which herbs to grow. Listen to podcast: It's time to design new gardens. But instead of thinking big this year, consider some easier, smaller projects. One is designing and building an herb spiral. Herb spirals create a nice landscape feature to grow herbs in a small space. They mimic the spirals seen in nature such as in snail shells, plant tendrils and leaves. They also allow you to grow different plants that require different growing conditions together in the same space. Because you're growing...

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How to Grow: Indoor Herb Garden

Learn about the best way to grow an indoor herb garden in your home this winter. Listen to Podcast: There's nothing like the taste and smell of fresh herbs in winter. Thyme, basil, oregano and rosemary all remind us of warmer days ahead, but why wait? You can grow your own herb garden indoors, right now. You just have to the right herbs in the right conditions. It's best to select herbs that grow well indoors this time of year. While cilantro and dill are tasty, save those for the summer garden. Mediterranean herbs, such as rosemary,...

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How to Grow: Italian Herbs

Learn how to select and grow Italian herbs in your northern garden. Listen to podcast:   What's the key ingredient to Italian food? I think it's all in the herbs. When you're enjoying your summer dinners potato salad, pizza and grilled meats you can thank some Italian herbs for making them so tasty. While basil gets all the attention (and rightly so), oregano, thyme and flat-leafed parsley also give Italian food that unmistakable flavor. Oregano and thyme are perennial herbs hardy to zone 5. They can survive the winter in our climate...

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How to Grow: Lavender

Whether you love the scent or taste or neither, lavender is such as romantic flower you have to grow at least one. Lavender leaves and flowers are great additions to salads, soups, cookies, teas and cakes. I even buy chocolate bars with lavender in them. Yum. The dried herb is great for sachets and potpourris. In the garden the blue-green lavender leaves and pink, blue or purple flowers make a soft, subtle statement. How to Use in Foodscaping Lavender is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9, so is well adapted to most climates. Plant lavender in a...

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How to Grow: Microgreens

Learn how to grow microgreens indoors in winter to get a taste of greens on your salads. Listen to Podcast: Charles Warner once said, “Lettuce is like conversation: it must be fresh and crisp, and so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.” After our recent cold snaps, finding crisp, fresh and sparkling lettuce in your garden may be impossible. Unless you have a greenhouse or a hoop house system, you're probably relegated to buying your greens. But you can grow your own greens indoors without an elaborate set up. Grow...

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How to Grow: Mint

Listen to this podcast and read about growing and caring for mint plants including how to stop them from being invasive.   podcast transcript One of the biggest drawbacks to mint is not getting it to grow, but keeping it under control. But it’s worth the effort. Mint is a flavorful herb that comes in many flavors, such as spearmint, orange, melon, apple, and chocolate peppermint. Not only is it a great addition to drinks, teas and cooking, the plant is an attractive ground cover as well with colorful pastel, blue or pink, colored...

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How to Grow: Overwinter Perennial Herbs

Learn about perennial herbs, including how to grow and overwinter them. Listen to podcast: I remember on one of my first trips to California I was walking along a garden and gently brushed my hand along this hedge. The smell surprised and delighted me. It was my first experience with rosemary. This perennial herb is a great edible landscape shrub in zones 7 and warmer. However, in Vermont it falls into the category of herbs that need protection to survive. Rosemary, scented geraniums, and lavender of some of the tender perennial herbs that...

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How to Grow: Parsley

One herb that grows easily in our climate is parsley (Petroselinium crispum). Whether you're growing the flat leafed Italian varieties or curly leafed parsley, they thrive during periods of cool weather but also survive the heat of summer. This biennial (flowers the second year of growth) usually dies in winter, but I've dug them up in fall, potted the plants and brought them indoors to enjoy for another few months before they stop growing. Parsley is not just a dark green garnish. The leaves are high in vitamins and minerals. I use...

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How to Grow: Rosemary

Depending on where you live rosemary can be just another annual herb in the garden or a magnificent perennial shrub or hedge plant in your yard. Either way, rosemary is a great foodscaping plant. The characteristic scent and flavor is great cooked with fish, meats and vegetables. You can harvest whole stems and use them as barbeque skewers on the grill. I particularly love rosemary roasted potatoes. This shrubby plant has attractive blue-green leaves and beautiful white, pink or blue flowers. There’s even a creeping version. How to Use in...