Sunday , March 26 2017

Onions

Grown as annuals, bulb onions are one of the most cultivated crop in our gardens and one of the most used vegetable in our kitchen. Eaten raw or cooked, this can be used in the kitchen all year round. The bulbs may be rounded, flattened or have a long torpedo shape and normally have a brown or yellow skins with white flesh inside. There are also some varieties with red skin and pinkish-white flesh. Some cultivars are suitable for storage and will keep until the next spring if kept in a dark and cold place away from frost. You can even consume the green-leaved thinning as spring onions.

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Cape Gooseberries

Cape Gooseberries (Physalis peruviana) are big, shrubby plants, annuals in at temperate regions and a perennials in the tropics. The plants are frost tender and are killed at temperatures of about -1 Celsius degrees (30 F) so if you live in a temperate region is better to grow them in a greenhouse to make sure you get a nice crop. The plants are easily grown in pots and adapt well to greenhouse culture.

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Propagate Herbs in Water

If you like to use fresh herbs when cooking and you keep buying them maybe you should start thinking how to propagate them and stop buying so many. Many of the herbs that we currently use for cooking can be easily propagate in water.

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Plant up Roses in Pots

Early spring is the right time to replant your pot grown plants. Roses make no exception. Special varieties, like the flowering carpet, miniature roses and elegant standards ones look wonderful on a patio, adding color and interest.

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Chitting Potatoes

Although potatoes can be purchased fairly inexpensively, it's still a good idea to know how to grow your own. Potato plants are grown from seed potatoes. Never use potatoes that you bought from your supermarket as seed potatoes. Always buy your seed potatoes from local nurseries, seed sellers or from seed catalogs. These seed potatoes are produced and treated especially for growing more potatoes.

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Birdhouses

When spring is near, you might want to keep in your garden the birds that you have been feeding all winter. Late winter is the right time to consider building some nesting places for them in order to encourage them to nest in your garden and to help you with your potential pests. Also avoid cutting your hedges very hard until you have checked that there is no bird nest in there or any other animal shelter or you might destroy them.

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Scorzonera

This root vegetable is a hardy perennial but is normally grown as an annual. The black-skinned, white-fleshed roots grow longer than 20 cm and wide of about 4 cm across the neck. The plants grow to about 90 cm tall and produce yellow flowerheads. The whole plants are edible, even if they are grown for their roots that have an unusual flavor and are eaten cooked. The young leaves and shoots of overwintered plants and the young flower buds and their flower stalks are also delicious cooked.

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Spearmint

Spearmint is a herbaceous rhizomatous perennial that grow 30-100 cm tall. Being a perennial plant, it will return to your garden year after year. It has hairy stems and foliage and a wide-spreading fleshy underground rhizome. The leaves are 5-9 cm long and 1.5-3 cm broad, with a serrated margin. Spearmint produces flowers in slender spikes, each flower pink or white, 2.5-3 mm long and broad. Spearmint is probably the best loved of all of the herbal mints grown in the home garden due to its delightful scent and beautiful lavender colored flowers. Hybrids involving spearmint include: Peppermint, Ginger Mint, Large Apple Mint and few more.

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Tangelo

Tangelo (Citrus × tangelo), is a citrus fruit hybrid of tangerine and pomelo or grapefruit (C. reticulata × C. maxima or x C. paradisi). They are also known as honeybells because of their shape. There are two varieties of tangelo that are most commonly available: the Minneola and the Orlando. The Minneola tangelo is a hybrid of a “Dancy” tangerine and a “Bowen” grapefruit and the Orlando tangelo is a cross between a “Dancy” tangerine and a “Duncan“ grapefruit.

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Pomelo

Pomelo (Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis) is a crisp citrus fruit native to South and Southeast Asia. An alternative name for pomelo is shaddock. The pomelo fruit is the largest of all citrus fruits, measuring 15-25 cm in diameter and weighing 1-2 kg. The pomelo tree is an evergreen which can grow up to 15m height and 10m wide. Wearing the biggest fruits of all the citrus trees it also has the largest leaves among all citrus. When in bloom it bears large flowers of 3-7 cm in diameter, either single or in small clusters, with cream colored petals.

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