Pandemic times led to an emergence of hobbies and crafts from home, and many folks found interest in gardening once more. Since being relegated so long to staying at home, many green-gilled gardeners found ways to grow things rather than buy them. What happens when you have way more herbs than you can use right now before they lose peak flavor?
Believe it or not, people once relied mainly on what they could raise and grow from home. Subsistence farming remains the case in many parts of the world today, quite frankly. …
Today I want to talk dirty to you. One of the filthiest things to discuss involves digging up some dirt on this situation. Previously, we discussed all different kinds. From silty to sandy, the top suggestion to amend and improve your soil called for adding organic compost. But what on Earth is “organic compost”?
Ideally, our soils should teem with orgies of microbial activity and once-living materials in various states of decomposition. The tried and true way to enrich this natural process involves compost amendments. …
Also known as “rush leeks,” chives are native to both the Old and New World — the only one of the alliums. Bulbous blossoms make them a great choice to attract pollinators. Both leaves and flowers are edible.
Find this perennial flowering April and May in its southern habitable zone or June more northward. Like their allium cousins, chives get their characteristic scent and pest-repellant qualities from sulfur concentrations.
Scientific name: Allium schoenoprasum
Tastes: mild, acidic, savory, sharp, tangy
Uses: garnish, seasoning, or sauce for omelets, fish, potatoes, soup, salads, and more!
Also called Chinese parsley and dhania, many refer to its leaves as cilantro and seeds as coriander. This annual herb is found in Latin American, Mediterranean, and Southwest Asian cuisine.
Find it growing wild from Southern Europe to Western Asia. Plant early and late season crops as cilantro bolts during warm months. Nearly 1 in 4 have a gene that causes cilantro to taste like soap rather than its characteristic lemony-tart flavor.
The health of your soil determines the health of your garden or farm. Without considering its needs, the yield and quality of your harvest diminish. Like any living organism, your soil needs consistent monitoring and maintenance to ensure productivity not only now but in years to come. Today we learn precisely what soil is, what types of soil exist, and how to improve your soil to produce lush, healthy plants.
When farmers or gardeners talk about soil, they refer to the top organic layer of the Earth’s land surface and its topsoil directly beneath. Land surfaces are not soil if…
A friend and fellow gardener, Jacob Seals, and I spoke about what to cover for this week’s gardening piece. He suggested that we cover the topic of plant propagation — particularly with plant cuttings. A skill like cloning plants would be handy information for other folks who garden or farm — especially novices who may have only heard of the concept in passing. Believe it or not, the cloning process costs little and is not too technical. Keep scrolling as we laser focus on cloning plants by taking cuttings (with pictures).
Jacob knows his stuff regarding plant propagation, as he…
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