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by Marie Iannotti
Many vegetables will grow very well in containers. You may not be able to grow as much as you might in a vegetable garden, but container vegetable gardening can be quite productive. There are a few special considerations when growing vegetable plants in pots, but they are by no means deterrents.
Although any variety can be grown in a container, compact plants do best. Seed companies realize that homeowners have less and less space to devote to vegetable gardens and every year they come out with new vegetable plant varieties suitable for growing in small spaces. Be on the look out for key words like: bush, compact, and space saver. Here are some tips, including vegetable plant varieties, to get your vegetable container garden growing.
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Why grow tomatoes from seed? There are always plenty of tomato plants for sale at local garden centers, but for the largest variety you will need to consider growing tomatoes from seed. Since tomatoes are heat lovers, most gardeners don’t have growing seasons long enough to start tomatoes from seed outdoors. To get around that, tomato seeds are often started indoors, under lights.
A word of caution, it’s easy to get carried away buying tomato seeds. A family of four can easily feast throughout the summer on 6 plants.
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Aloe in handmade box at DIRT in Oak Cliff.
Everywhere I look these days, I see succulents. They are popping up in dish gardens, stone troughs, driftwood planters, garden fountains, and even coffee cups and shot glasses.
Yes, succulents have captured the imagination of the home gardener. With so many of these drought-tolerant houseplants available, isn’t it time for you to create your personal succulent garden?
To get the scoop on caring for these succulent stars, I recently spoke with Bryan Hutson of Calloway’sGreenville store. He pointed out that succulents have been slowly gaining in popularity over the last five years. The rising interest in “green roofs,” vertical gardens, and low-maintenance dish gardens have all included these slow-growing, water-saving plants.
Succulents have a different look and feel than common houseplants. People are looking for a change from the leafy green of ivy, ferns and spider plants.
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by DEBBIE HAYWARD / YORKTON THIS WEEK
Doesn’t it seem like a long time since we were out in our gardens? It seems like a long time ago since we were bringing in the last of our plants and bulbs. At that time, in the flurry of activity before the cold weather arrived, we brought in our little rosemary plant at the last moment. I was planning to cut the branches to dry them, but guess what, the plant was still so nice and lush that we just let it be, and it is still doing well.
It’s fitting, because as we stand on the brink of a brand new year, I did some research and discovered that rosemary is one of the “lucky” plants for a new year. It has a whole list of attributes that make it lucky: it will relax our minds and help to keep us youthful. (The fragrance is wonderful, I think of it as nature’s incense). Rosemary is said to help to increase our brain power, boost our memory and even improve our mood. It reputedly helps with healing and purification. And who needs cupid when there is rosemary, a plant that is said to attract love!
But for us gardeners, rosemary is a wonderful plant to put on our list for next year. It is a perennial herb that has stems with long, narrow leaves, almost like a spruce branch. It is extremely fragrant and very flavorful (perfect for pork, delicious!) I did some homework and information does say that rosemary is a perennial, although chances are that it will not make through our winters. I remember Mom had a rosemary that did survive one or two winters in her garden, but it was not long-lived.
Rosemary hails from the Mediterranean, so it like sunny locations and can withstand periods of drought (so maybe it does stand a chance in our house after all!). It is easy to grow, requires no special care or special soil (just make sure it has good drainage), and does not have a pest problem. In fact, if you are tending towards xeriscape gardening, rosemary would be a good choice. If you do your gardening in pots, rosemary also does very well in containers.
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