Making Pickles and Chutneys Pickles – raw vegetables preserved in spiced vinegar – and chutneys – vegetables and/or fruits cooked slowly with herbs, spices, sugar and vinegar – are a must for any kitchen gardener travelling on the road to self-sufficiency.
Red cabbages are popular for braising or pickling. Or sow into trays or pots then transfer the best seedlings into individual cells or pots to grow on. Caterpillars prefer nasturtiums, so they’ll be more likely to eat these instead of your cabbages.
Wind chimes give an immediate impact but consider the neighbors; wood or bamboo wind chimes are less invasive and more natural sounding than metal ones. Make the most of late summer’s abundance by seeking out imaginative recipes to turn any gluts into...
Mulching can keep soil cooler and reduce evaporation How to Apply a Mulch Thoroughly soak the ground before adding your mulch. Mulching to Keep Soil Cool and Moist Mulches are a must during any summer drought, and a mulch of organic material such as compost,...
Apply an occasional feed of liquid fertilizer ( home-made fertilizers are great for this purpose). Harvesting and Storing Second Crop Potatoes The moment of truth is when the foliage starts to turn yellow and die back.
Thinning Other Fruit Trees Pears need less thinning than apples but will still benefit from having young fruits thinned out to give consistent harvests. Apples generally produce clusters of between two to six fruits.
The real clincher for quibble-free identification is their habit of swarming away when approached or disturbed. You can buy sticky traps, or make your own. You can buy them on cards primed with ready-to-hatch pupae to hang up near infected plants.
Use a sharp hoe to skim the surface and dislodge or slice the seedlings. Keep compost heaps and potting mixes covered to prevent blown-in seeds from settling. Ground Resistance Resistance is far from futile! Consider covering bare soil with a cover crop...
Wood-derived Mulches Wood products such as sawdust, wood chips, bark chips and pine needles (pine straw) have a bad reputation. It can take two years or even longer for leaves to rot down enough to be considered leafmold.
Very steep slopes that require steps to navigate need beds that sit atop one another and must be maintained from the sides, while more moderate slopes can include pathways between shallower tiered beds.
I won’t plant my garlic until October, but between now and then I might sow a quick mustard cover crop to suppress weeds, or use the broadfork to aerate the soil deep down, all the while throwing on more compost.
Some plants produce many tens of fruits over the growing season, so keeping on top of fruit removal may prove to be a daily task. Simply lay these soft-skinned beauties, stem-side down and not touching, between two layers of breathable linen.
Stored in separate plastic bags, sound specimens will keep in great condition until late winter or early spring. Deep mulch that reduces repeated freezing and thawing of the soil is a good way to enhance the cold tolerance of parsley, celery, other biennial...
For the first three years after planting, topdress the root zone with a balanced organic fertilizer in spring. Feeding Mulch with acidic compost to keep soil constantly moist. Ideally, a mixture of sand and acidic organic matter.
Position Full sun. Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Chicory Aphids (General) Slug Snail Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.
Soft soap sprays can help against scale insects and mealybugs. Companions Thyme, Marigold, Borage and Calendula. Harvesting Pick when richly colored and fully ripe. In winter, plants may be moved into a greenhouse, sunroom, or heated garage Frost tolerant...
Seedlings are sometimes available as bedding plants. Strawflowers close at night and in rainy weather, so they are at their best in sunny beds seen during the day. Crop Rotation Group Miscellaneous ● Soil Fertile, well-drained soil.
Position Full sun. Companions Allium, Garlic and Chives. Allow 12in (30cm) between bulbs of most varieties; very small species can be planted closer. Most of the popular ornamental onions are hardy to -25F (-32C).
Cover the planting with at least 3 inches of mulch. Spacing Single Plants: 5" (15cm) each way (minimum) Rows: 3" (10cm) with 9" (25cm) row gap (minimum) Sow and Plant In fall, plant individual cloves 4 inches deep with the pointed ends up.
Companions Eggplant. Harvesting Gather stem tips as you need them in the kitchen. Frost tolerant A cold-hardy perennial, tarragon can survive temperatures to -20F (-30C). Notes Tarragon covers itself with yellow-orange blossoms in late summer.
Plant seeds 2 inches (5 cm) apart and barely cover them with soil. Miniature varieties are available for square foot gardens and containers. Crop Rotation Group Brassicas (Cabbage family) ● Soil Any sunny site with good drainage.
Soft soap sprays can help against scale insects. Fertilize more if you see yellowing leaves. Harvesting Pick when richly colored and fully ripe. In winter, plants may be moved into a greenhouse, sunroom, or heated garage.