Gardening is an empowering and relaxing hobby and practice for adults, as well as kids. While you might be tempted to tell your kids to move along and find something else to do, some of my best memories come from spending time gardening with my children. They are beautiful memories that I will cherish throughout my lifetime.
Cucumbers scream summertime. Chunks of cucumbers fill your salad. Cucumber salads or even cucumber soup, there are so many ways to use these delicious vegetables. The plants typically produce a prolific harvest each year, on tall, sprawling vines. Some cucumbers grow on compact, bushy plants with flat leaves.
Everything seems like it is going great until you see your cucumber plants turning yellow. You start to worry. What in the world could be wrong? Even though you typically can start to pick your first cucumbers as soon as 55 days after planting, there are some problems that plague cucumber plants. It is best not to ignore the problem. Yellow cucumber plants could even lead to a severe problem resulting in the death of your plant. Let’s take a look at what could be the root of the issue.
Have you ever noticed some bell peppers have four lobes while others only have three lobes? Many people believe that peppers that have four lobes are considered a female, and three lobes indicate that the bell pepper is male. If you spend any time on social media, there is a good chance you’ve heard this theory bounced around.
There are many claims and myths about male and female bell peppers. Some people believe female peppers are sweeter and contain more seeds. Other people claim you should only use a three-lobed pepper if you want to make grilled fajitas. Could these theories actually be true? Let’s take a look at what is true and what you need to know about bell peppers!
Tomatoes are an iconic plant for all gardeners. Beginners can start a few tomato plants with ease and have a delicious bounty. Expert gardeners grow dozens of varieties to sell at farmers’ markets. Summer means tables full of tomatoes in salads. Summer brings an abundant harvest of tomatoes, canning hundreds of jars of delicious sauce and diced tomatoes for the winter.
If you are looking for the best tomatoes to grow, you need to try heirloom tomatoes. After years of using the conventional seeds and plants found in stores, I switched to heirloom seeds. I never looked back again! Now, my harvest is full, and the tomatoes I grow are unique and flavorful in comparison to other types.
Birds are beautiful, but they can cause havoc in your garden. All of your hard work is taken by pesky birds instead of gracing your kitchen table. Some birds won't damage all of your hard work, but some, like Crows, are happy to eat the beans and tomatoes. Learning how to get rid of birds is easier than you might imagine.Continue Reading
If you don’t have the space for a large garden, you can still have a bountiful harvest of tomatoes by using containers. You can grow a variety of tomatoes in containers. There are some great options for container gardeners! Growing tomatoes in pots is an easy task, so long as you have strong stakes.Continue Reading
Caterpillars are lovely creatures that will turn into graceful butterflies in the months to come. However, gardeners typically find them more frustrating than fantastic. As all of your hard work blossoms and grows, the last thing you want is caterpillars eating away at your plants. It leaves you pondering how to get rid of caterpillars in your garden, and you want to do it the easiest way possible.
Gardeners encounter a variety of pests while tending to their beds. One of the most common finds are grubs in vegetable garden beds. They are the little larva of different kinds of beetles. Grubs resemble a small, white worm or caterpillar, close to ¾ to 1 ½ inches long. Some are white, but others have gray bodies. You can commonly find grub on your lawn, but they can cause trouble in your vegetable garden.