Date of publication: 2018-04-08 05:06
History- -Although Swiss chard was known by the ancient Greeks, it is not always recognized in historical literature because of the enormous variety of names in various languages by which it is and has been called.
Pests/Special Considerations-- The entire family does not tolerate competition from weeds, so be sure to mulch with straw or diligently keep up with weed pulling. Consider interplanting onions with cabbage relatives the sulfur from the onions may help deter pests that love to munch on cabbage.
Useful, decorative, and at times delicious, gourds are a thick-skinned relative of cucumbers and pumpkins. The productive vines have a wild and untamed quality to them that makes a really fantastic statement in the garden. Try growing long gourd vines up a trellis or pergola--unusual and beautiful! The gourd classification can be tricky at times, with some other cucurbit relatives being mistaken. True gourds have large seeds and white flowers that bloom at night.
JUNE Sow seeds of Hardy Biennials (HB) in trays in a heated greenhouse. The seedlings can be potted individually and grown on ready for planting out next spring. Pick Sweet Peas regularly just as the flowers open – this will prevent seed pods forming and encourages more flowers. Cut the stalks at the base where they join the main stem.
Seed Starting --Start seeds indoors 9-8 weeks before the last frost date, or direct-seed in the garden 7-8 weeks before last frost. Seeds benefit from soaking for 6-7 hours before planting.
Growing-- Most flowers are a breeze to grow. Some of the most notably easy to grow that can be great for kids&rsquo gardens or first time growers include calendula, zinnias, marigolds, bachelor&rsquo s buttons, cockscomb and celosia and morning glories and sunflowers.
Harvesting- -Fruits are mature when just slightly soft immature fruits will feel rock hard. Continually harvest to keep plants productive.
Use RootBlast, Vegetable Alive, and Slow Release Fertilizer when transplanting outdoors. Apply Miracle Gro every two weeks.
When deciding what you would like to grow it is important to assess the growing conditions that you are able to provide. Most cut flowers will prefer a sunny spot that is sheltered from the wind, and the soil moist but well drained.
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