Home Vegetable Gardening – Growing Rhubarb

With a quick search on various food recipe sites I was amazed to see the number of different dishes you can create with Rhubarb. Usually rhubarb was always reserved for pies in my household, but you can do so much more with it.

I find rhubarb will grow best for you if you can pick up a few starter plants from a local home or garden center. Keep in mind that rhubarb is a perennial (it will return year after year) and loves to spread out fairly quickly, so plan your garden accordingly. Here is how you can add rhubarb to your backyard home vegetable garden.

Rhubarb likes soil to be on the more acidic side around the 5.5 to 6.5 range on the pH scale. You can simply test your soil with a home soil testing kit available from any home or garden center for just a couple of bucks. Once you have the reading of your soil follow the instructions on the kit to raise or lower the soil’s pH level as needed.

Plant the roots of your rhubarb plant in the springtime at least one inch deep and no deeper than three inches in an area of the garden that receives light shade to full sun. A lot of gardeners I talk to like to plant rhubarb on the outer edge of the garden by itself and space them out two to three feet.

Once planted, make sure you water it well so the soil where the rhubarb is growing is constantly moist. As the rhubarb grows it will develop flowering shoots. Cut these shoots off as they are not needed.

Avoid harvesting rhubarb in the first year and in your second year only take a few so the rhubarb has time to really spread in subsequent years. Starting in year 3 you can really begin to harvest plenty of rhubarb and then every 5 years thin back your rhubarb by removing some of the plants. If it gets too overgrown the rhubarb won’t develop properly.

Since Rhubarb is a perennial crop there is no need for crop rotation or companion planting. Just make sure you feed your rhubarb with a good supply of compost. It will thank you with tasty rhubarb for years to come.

About the Author
Mike is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person: A Guide to Vegetable Gardening for the Rest of Us, available where gardening books are sold. Sign up for Mike`s vegetable gardening newsletter at his website: AveragePersonGardening.com and he will send you a free pack of vegetable seeds to get your garden started.

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3 Tips For Great Peppers in Your Home Vegetable Gardening

Peppers are the number two most grown vegetables, behind tomatoes, in the home vegetable garden according to a recent study by the United States Department of Agriculture. Many home vegetable gardeners simply take a pepper seed, drop it in a hole, give it some water and hope for the best. However there are some great tips to increase the produce output of the pepper plants you grow.

After asking around on our vegetable gardening Facebook fan page, we came up with the top tips from fellow gardeners on producing the best results for peppers. Here are those results.

Start Indoors

Nearly all responses came back with starting the seeds indoors at least six weeks prior to the last frost of the year in your zone as per the frost zone map that can be found on our website in the downloads section. This gives the plants a chance to get a “running start” so to speak.

Create Heat

According to many of the home vegetable gardeners we talked to they all agreed that peppers like heat and although they used all kinds of methods for creating heat for the plant, from grass clippings to extra compost, but the most favorable way was putting a landscape fabric around the base of the plant. It prohibits weeds and keeps a steady higher soil temperature.

Sulfur

Out of the one hundred plus responses received from our request I would say nearly ninety percent of them used some method to make sure their peppers received more sulfur. Peppers love sulfur. One tip from Jen Fritz of KittyVista LLC likes to drop in a tablespoon of Epson salt (magnesium sulfate) into the hole where you will transplant your pepper plants. This allows for a timed release of sulfur for your plants. Another popular method which dated back to old time farmers was dropping two matches into the hole before planting.

If you are like most home vegetable gardeners then chances are you will at some point grow peppers. Use these tips above to maximize each pepper plant that you grow.

About the Author
Mike is the owner of Mike the Gardener where you can sign up for their Seeds Club and receive 4 packs of vegetable, fruit and herb seeds every month.

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Home Depot Gardening

The home depot gardening section offers a wide variety of gardening products that will meet the needs of any home gardening enthusiast. Home depot carries a wide inventory of gardening equipment such as mowers, clippers, cultivators and tillers.

There are also a wide range of home depot gardening supplies such as seeds, pest control products and fertilizers available. For the landscape gardening enthusiasts, there are many landscape gardening tools available as well such as water equipment, greenhouses and garden decorations.

Home depot gardening also provides home gardening tips to help you maximize the gardening products that you purchased at home depot.

For example, one home gardening tip recommended by home depot is not to plant on a warm, sunny day. Instead plant it on a dark, overcast day when it is expected to rain. The reason being a new plant needs plenty of showers when it is young.

You also will want to choose your new plants carefully. Choose only short and sturdy plants with only a few flowers. Look at the leaves of the plant to determine it’s condition. If it is discolored and wilted, then don’t buy it.

The flower bed is also equally important. Try to put at least one inch of compost or organic matter on the flower bed once a year. You should also loosen the soil to about 12 inches depth for annuals and about 18 inches depth for perennial plants. Try to use a ground rake to loosen and smoothen the soil.

There are also home depot gardening tips as well such as how to start a new lawn, more tips on planting trees etc. Why not drop by home depot the next time and explore.

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Home Herb Garden – The Benefits

There are great reasons to have a home herb garden (by the way it is pronounced either urb or hurb) but first what is an herb? Technically it is a seed producing flowering plant that does not produce woody stems. Non-technically it is a low growing aromatic (has a pleasant smell) plant used either fresh or dried for seasoning, medicinal purposes or even in perfumes.

Growing a home herb garden has many benefits herbs may be used

• As herbal teas
• As potpourri* to give a pleasing scent to indoor air.
• To add flavor to food.
• They can control pests in a garden
• Many herbs supply nutrients to the body.
• Herbs are used medicinally.
• Herbs can be used in salads.
• They can be grown for the beauty of their flowers.
• Herbs can be used to garnish* a plate the way they do in nice restaurants.

Imagine using herbs to garnish the plates just for a family meal or better yet when you have company over for dinner. What an elegant* touch that is. Even if the food didn’t turn out that good (which would be highly improbable of course) it would still have that touch of elegance.

As you can see there is a fairly long list of reasons and benefits for growing a home herb garden. For this article let’s discuss just one of these reasons. How about medicinal* purposes? That can be a pretty important benefit.

Herbs are used for highly effective medicinal purposes mostly in the East but also to a lesser extent in the West, only slightly in the U.S. but more so in Latin America.

Don’t want to get political in an article about herb use but in all fairness it needs to be pointed out that herb use for medicinal purposes gets a bad rap. The multibillion dollar drug industry loses money when you use herbs to cure your ails rather then purchase their drugs and for that reason there is a lot of bad information circulating around that herbs contain rat hairs, animal feces, bugs, dirt and so on. Herb use for curing has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years and is still very much in use to this day. If herb use was any thing other then beneficial it wouldn’t have survived this long as a healing modality* (especially with all the pressure to suppress it).

As you can see there are many valuable benefits to have a home herb garden. You can specialize your herb garden for one of these purposes or a combination of them.

*potpourri – a collection of organic things (leaves, herbs, flower petals) used to scent the air.
*garnish – to add something to food that enhances its appearance.
*elegance – good taste in appearance.
*medicinal – capable of treating illness or improving someone’s physical or emotional well being.
*modality – something used for treatment like drugs, surgery, or herbs.

Home Herb Garden comes from a website that gives tips on herb gardening which are free for the taking at http://herbalplanting.com/ so go there and grab some tips for a successful herb garden.

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Why Grow a Home Herb Garden?

If you’re like a lot of people, me included, who aren’t real fond of boring, bland food but also don’t like spending a small fortune at the market buying fresh herbs, then the answer just might be to grow your own home herb garden.

Your options are wide open when deciding to grow a home herb garden. If you have the ground space you can plant an outdoor garden with several different varieties of herbs, or you may choose to grow in containers instead – which offers some advantages in that they can be easily moved when the weather turns cold or inclement.

Another option is to grow an indoor herb garden which has the added advantage of allowing you to grow your herbs year round. You can choose to grow in containers in a west or south facing window or via hydroponics – which is a method of growing plants without soil. There are a couple of ways to grow via hydroponics, one of which you can build your own hydroponic unit – or you can buy a ready made easy to use one – the most popular being the AeroGrow AeroGardens.

When starting a home herb garden you also have the choice of starting with seeds, the most common and cheapest way, or buying nursery plants that you will need to transplant at a later time. If you decide to go with nursery plants, try to get them at a reputable nursery that offers a wide variety of plants. This will ensure you’re investing in good stock.

Whichever method you decide to start your own herb garden, you’ll be surprised on just how easy, fun, and satisfying it can be. Even if you’re not interested in adding abundance of flavor to your food, herbs are great to have around simply as ornaments, landscape borders, or just as a houseplant. Their flowers adds beauty to any landscape or garden and the scent of herbs alone is wonderful and relaxing. Some even work well at keeping insects away.

So whether you’re looking to enhance your culinary adventures or just want a nicer looking and aromatic garden, give herbs a try, I think you’ll find it was well worth it.

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