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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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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • A thoughtful, quick, and easy-to-make gift for gardeners is an herbal scrub. Use a wide-mouthed glass container and fill about 1/2 full of sea salt. Fill container with almond oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil so it covers the salt by about 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Add some drops of essential herbal oil like rosemary or lavender for a relaxing scent, or use essential oils with more energizing properties like lime, grapefruit, or peppermint and seal. Tie a ribbon or raffia around the top and attach an instruction card to use the scrub in the shower after a long day in the garden.