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All About Swiss Chard

Chard is a close relative of beets. It is often grown as a summer substitute for spinach because of its tolerance for warm temperatures.

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Asparagus

Asparagus roots received before planting time should be kept in moist sand, or wrapped in damp newspapers, and stored in a cool cellar. Wipe off any storage mold.

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All About Radishes

Although among the easiest and fastest vegetables to grow, radishes can be overwhelming. Every seed in a generous packet sprouts and very shortly literally hundreds of radishes are demanding harvest.

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All About Melons

All melons are warm-season crops that prefer rich, warm soil in full sun.

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All About Petunias

Petunias are moderately easy to grow from seed, and extremely easy to grow from commercially grown seedlings.

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All About Broccoli

Broccoli is a slow-growing, cool-season crop that grows best in full sun. The key to success is to grow broccoli where they are sure to get a full days worth of sun, and no shade.

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All About Arugula

Arugula grows best in cool, moist, well-drained soil. Full sun is OK but light shade is even better during the hottest times. 

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All About Cilantro

Cilantro needs full sun or light shade in southern zones since it bolts quickly in hot weather. It grows best in a well-drained, moist soil.

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  • New gardeners can’t go wrong with annual flowers. Planted in average soil and deeply watered once a week, annuals will provide a summer’s worth of wonderful blooms. Started from seed or set out as transplants, these winners will really perform if a few inches of compost are worked into the soil before planting.

    Try wax-leaf begonia in partial shade. Cleome is perfect for the background where it gets full sun. Impatiens is wonderful in the shade. Lantana loves hot weather with flowers from yellow to orange to lavender. Torenia, or wishbone flower, is a relatively new ""toughie."" It grows best in partial shade loves heat. Zinnias are tough sun lovers that really put on a show in a variety of colors.