Info On Growing Raspberries In Containers

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Ever wanted to grow raspberries in containers? Worried that you are not much of a gardener and will be unsuccessful? If you want raspberries that are fresh and home grown throughout the year, you should keep a few simple ideas in mind and you will have healthy delicious raspberries, even during drought. You will want to grow your raspberries in containers at least 24″ in size in beds measuring 2″ at least in height.

You can get regular potting soil and use regular fertilizer and plant food if you wish. Make sure to regularly water your raspberries, and in hotter climates spend extra time watering and pruning your raspberries as well. There are lots of different varieties of raspberries, and they all have varying growth habits and characteristics. One rule of thumb to use is to consider which varieties are available in your area, and therefore you will be able to find those which will grow the best in your climate or zone.

If you are using a large container it will work a lot better overall, smaller containers do not work as well. If you live in an exceptionally cold area with extreme winter conditions, your containers will probably not work very well, so you should really only grow them in warmer climates. Containers will freeze in the ground in very cold conditions, so if you want to grow them still, you could but they will not make it to the next spring season and will need to be replaced.

The availability of different varieties will vary across North America to a great degree. Since there are so many different varieties to choose from, and since all may not be suitable to your area for the conditions, there is a specific variety called Fall Gold that are wonderful. The taste is sweeter than red raspberries, and they are liable to grow well in most climates.

When growing multiple varieties, you should make sure to separate the black and red from the yellow and gold varieties because mixing them is just not advisable.

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Growing Your Own Garlic Can Be Easy

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Garlic is a lovely addition to food as it smells and tastes great as a spice. Did you know you could keep a fresh supply of garlic in your kitchen without necessarily refrigerating them? Here are some easy tips on how to grow garlic at home and save on some grocery expenses.

The Planting Phase

110847809Garlic will grow in a small backyard garden or even tiny pots lined on your kitchen window. Garlic cloves are planted into the soil to a depth of 2 inches and 4 inches from each other. The spice clove thrives better in soil temperatures of around 50 degrees, as this curbs premature growth. The best time for planting is around fall for healthier yields; spring time is ideal too though the cloves will sprout into small head garlic, but which are resistant to winter’s cold.

A single clove will produce full head garlic, thus you can determine how much garlic you harvest by the number of cloves you plant.

Types of Garlic

Generally, there are two types of garlic; those that grow with softer necks that can be braided and those with hard necks and stiff centered stalks. Soft neck garlic maintains their freshness longer and just like onions are harvested when the tops withers off. On the other hand, the hard necks are more winter tolerant and have to be harvested immediately the foliage layer begins browning. An added advantage of the hard necks is the green flowery scapes that can be harvested and eaten raw, sautéed, roasted or caramelized to accentuate the flavor.

Purchasing the Seed

When buying garlic seed, it’s best to use those seeds well suited for your environment. They should adapt to the weather conditions of your surrounding which will give you less work in terms of growing and nurturing them into full plants.

Garlic produces the best aromas when used fresh at all times. This is why keeping your own small garlic garden at home is a good idea. The above tips is all you need to start a thriving garlic garden and keep the supply going all year.

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Growing Eggplants The Right Way

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Heat-loving eggplants are easy to grow where summer is long and warm. They produce the biggest fruits during this growing season and will give you a handful of eggplants a week. Eggplant varieties differ mainly in size, shape, the color of the fruits, growth habit, and maturation period. Here are some methods on how to grow eggplant to get a bountiful harvest and a glowing garden in return:

Any fertile soil with a pH level ranging from 6.3 to 6.8 can satisfy this plant, but raised beds enriched with composted manure are the best growing sites. Gardeners in cool climates grow their plants in a large and dark-colored containers for warmth. Although the eggplant’s leathery leaves can withstand hot weather, make sure to leave a generous mulch of hay or any biodegradable materials beneath the plants to keep the soil cool. This method will not only hold the moisture, but it will also keep the weeds down.

Another important thing to consider is your gardening space. This factor is important because eggplants usually grow tall and with angular plants. Your space should keep them 24 to 36 inches apart. To fertilize plants, mix a balanced timed-release or organic compost by following the rates provided on the label. Make sure to keep your plants watered so they will not be small and bitter. Tie them to stakes to avoid the fruits from falling over. Alternatively, you can use small tomato cages for additional support.

In some areas, a common soil-borne fungus called Verticillium Wilt is the reason eggplants wilt and die. To avoid this problem, fill your eggplant containers with premium potting mix. You will know that the eggplant is ready for harvest if they have hard flesh and small seeds. A perfect fruit has a glossy skin and well-formed but immature seeds. They will taste bitter when underripe or overripe, so knowledge in harvesting is a must if you want to master how to grow eggplant.

Eggplants may be considered a finicky plant, but if you can keep them warm and free from pest damage, you can enjoy an excellent harvest.

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Growing Fresh Stevia In Your Garden

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Stevia is an exciting plant for herbal garden because of its natural and calorie free sweetness. The perennial plant loves the warm sun but dies back in a freeze. In zone 9 and warmer conditions, the roots survive the winter and often come back in spring. With protection, it can also survive winter in zone 8. Herbal gardeners in frost-free areas love growing the plant all year-round and allow it to grow into small scrubs. Its vigor tends to decline after the second year, so replanting is encouraged if you want maximum amount of foliage.

Planting and Care

Stevia needs around 18 inches space or room of its won. If you are gardening in containers, give stevia at least a 12-inch pot with the right potting mix. It’s better to place it in full sun and remember to water it when the top inch of the potting gets or feels dry.  It grows up to 1 to 3 feet in height in loamy and well drained soil. However, this depends on the growing season. Don’t plant during frost: wait until all the danger of frost have passed before you plant stevia. You can also mulch to prevent it from drying during hot summer days.

Good Drainage Is Important

Stevia doesn’t do well in soggy soil, so ensure that it has good drainage to prevent its roots from drying out. One tale-tell sign of rot is wilting, especially if doesn’t recover after you’ve watered it. The great thing about stevia is the fact that few insects bother it.

Harvest and Storage

Stevia’s leaves are sweetest in cool temperatures and taste best prior to blooming. To preserve it and make it more convenient to use, you can dry it. One day should be enough to dry stevia leaves. Ensure that you bring the leaves in before dew dampens them again. Food dehydrators can be used to dry the leaves. Once they are dry, crush or powder them with a food processor. Store in a cool dry and airtight container.

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The Basics Of Growing Leeks In Your Garden

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Leeks are sweet, easy-to-grow, elegant cousins to onions—they play the role of onions in our dishes, only that they are a bit toned down. Unlike onions, they don’t produce bulbs; they store their flavor in juicy stems, similar to giant scallions. They are famous for leek and potato soup and are also great when steamed like asparagus, chopped in quiche, oven-roasted, or when wrapped in ham and baked.

Growing leeks is pretty simple and doesn’t require much space in the garden. Frost-tolerant leeks can survive well in cool weather conditions. In zone 7 and warmer areas, they can overwinter, making them suited for planting in fall.

Planting and Care

Leeks do well in sunny spots with fertile and well-drained soil. They need to be spaced 6 inches apart during planting and can thrive in conventional garden beds, raised beds, or containers. Leeks need lots of nitrogen and consistent moisture. Accordingly, endeavor to add organic fertilizer or compost to the leek garden or bed prior to planting. After planting, try to mulch the leek bed with organic materials to help the soil around them retail moisture.

To develop succulent stems, leeks need to be blanched—hidden or covered from the sun. So ensure that you plant them in deep holes. Inconsistent moisture yield leeks with tough stems, so it is best to water leeks as appropriate—an inch of water in a week.

Harvesting Leeks

You can begin harvesting leeks just about any time. Typically, it’s recommended to allow them get at least 1 inch or bigger in diameter; however, you are allowed to dig young ones to eat like scallions. In zone 7 and warmer areas, you can harvest them all winter long. In cold areas, however, it is advisable to extend the harvesting season by deep mulching (up to 1 feet deep) before a hard freeze. Leeks can still be harvested until they are locked frozen in the ground. However, there is no need of waiting for that to happen; you can harvest and store. Before you store leeks, wash the stems to remove the soil or grit which may have been trapped between the leaves.

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Essential Tips And Tricks For Eating A Healthy Diet

451582619Eating healthy is something that we should all strive for. When you get sick, it can be a great giveaway that your system is missing proteins and nutrients. Nutrition deals with how much you should eat and of what, for your body to feel fulfilled. The tips in this article have some great pointers on how you can improve your nutrition and life.

When considering nutrition, it is important that you incorporate foods that you love because there is no better way to get nutrition than when you are enjoying it. There are many ways that you can add extra nutritional benefits to foods you love simply by adding in or leaving out key ingredients. Searching for low fat recipes will provide many good results.

To have a healthy body it is important to watch the food that we eat. A good way to start the day in a healthy way is to eat fresh fruits. Food that should be avoided are donuts, pastries with coffee and croissants because all of these provide the body with a big amount of calories.

You can be very creative with food without your children even realizing it. Chop up some extra vegetables, and throw them in your chili. You can ever puree fruit, and add it to a smoothie, and your child will think they are having a nice cold dessert.

Avoid using hydrogenated oils for cooking, and watch out for them in packaged foods. These oils provide no nourishment for your skin or your body. In fact, they actually interfere with “good” oils (olive oil, sunflower oil, flax seed oil, fish oil) ability to nourish your skin, hair, nails and entire body!

Health and nutrition walk side by side and you can’t have one without the other. This article has some tips that you can use as guidelines for your well-being. Choose to follow a just a few or all of the tips, and you are on your way to a healthier you.

Want To Know More About Juicing? Read On

176814603Juicing has become quite popular as more and more people are finding the benefits to be great and well worth the process. Not hard at all, you could be juicing any type of juice that you want, with a great deal of tips in this article helping you understand why and how.

If you are worried about getting enough protein in your diet, add spinach and broccoli to your juices. Both of these vegetables provide enough vegetable protein for the short-term to satisfy your body’s needs. Most people get more than enough protein in their daily diet, and don’t need to worry about adding protein sources such as soy to their juice.

If you want your juice to be very smooth and free of pulp, try using a coffee filter or cheese cloth to strain it after it comes out of the juicer. Also keep in mind that the softer the produce used, the thicker the juice tends to be for example, tomato juice.

Are you diabetic? Juicing can still be for you! You can juice so many different items that you’ll always be able to have a selection that does not contain too many carbohydrates or a large dose of sugar. You can also include milk or yogurt in your drink to up your dairy intake.

When deciding which juicer to buy, choose one that can be dismantled and cleaned as easily as possible. Obviously, spending huge chunks of time to disassemble, clean, and then reassemble the juicer is the number-one deterrent of juicing. When cleaning your juicer, do it as soon as possible after use. It is much easier to clean while the pulp is soft.

You can get a great deal of nutrition from juicing, with various types of fruits and vegetables ideal for the process. However, you need to know why and how to juice in order to really get into it and make it a daily practice that helps you to remain fit.