How to Grow and Harvest Potatoes in Your Garden?

The potato is the perennial, tuberous crop with an American origin. Nowadays, it is the most versatile vegetables in the world and probably one of the easiest crops to grow. You can expect the best results if you keep your veggies weed-free and take care not to plant them in…

How to Grow & Care Sago Palm Tree in Your Backyard

Sago palm tree (Cycas revoluta) is an exotic, indoor plant originated from the Ryukyu Islands and Southern Japan, which doesn’t require too much effort for successful growth. In the US, you can grow this beautiful plant in your garden only if you live in the Southern States because this tropical…

Growing Okra: A fantastic veggie popular in USA since 1600s

It is not entirely clear if okra (ochro, bhindi, or ladies’ fingers) is South Asian, West African, or Ethiopian origins, but it is well-known that the best regions for cultivation are subtropical and tropical zones throughout the globe. You can harvest this warm-natured hibiscus cousin during summer, and keep doing…

How to Grow, Harvest, and Store Bell Pepper

Bell peppers (capsicum, sweet pepper) originated from Mexico and South America. When you set out bell peppers two weeks after the last frost, you can enjoy in an exciting color change from green, yellow, orange, to red. Moreover, with a new color, your vegetable will get more vitamin C and…

How to Grow Cauliflower in Your Garden?

The first one who mentioned cauliflower in the 1st century AD was Pliny. In the Middle Age, it was cultivated in the island of Cyprus, and then gardeners in Western Europe started growing this vegetable in their gardens. In 1822, the British introduced this plant to India. Nowadays, the US…

Growing Fennel: A Hardy, Feathery Herb with Fern-like Leaves

Fennel (finocchio, Florence fennel) is a beautiful, hardy, feathery herb with fern-like leaves and a strong, licorice-like taste. Even though it is a perennial herb, most gardeners grow it as an annual since it is sensitive to low temperatures. This huge plant can reach 4 to even 8 feet (1.2…

How to Plant, Harvest and Store Sweet Corn?

There are six varieties of corn, including flour corn, flint corn, dent corn, popcorn, sweet corn, and pod corn. Sweet corn (sweetcorn, pole corn, or sugar corn) is an annual, wind-pollinated plant with white, yellow, or bi-colored ears. To get abundant yields, you should plant your sweet corns in blocks…

How to Grow, Harvest and Store Rhubarb?

Even though we usually use its red, pink, or greenish stems, well-known for a rich, tart flavor, to prepare jams and pies, rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) is actually a hardy perennial vegetable. It has dense stems and beautiful, large foliage. Just be careful since leaves of this plant are poisonous thanks…

How to Grow, Harvest, and Store Brussels Sprouts?

Gardeners in Belgium named Brussels sprouts after the city of Brussels, and grow this vegetable since about 1200 AD. It seems that these plants descended from wild Mediterranean kale, and came to North America during the 1800s. Round green or red sprouts, which grow in the leaves’ axils, look like tiny…

How to Grow, Harvest, and Store Cucumbers?

Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) are warm-season, fast-growing vegetables with shallow roots which originated from India. Some sources claim that Christopher Columbus brought this veggie to the Americas. Those plants can be monoecious, which means that they produce both male and female flowers. Most of the cucumbers are in this group, and…

How to Grow Loofah(Luffa) Sponge in Your Garden?

Can you imagine that loofah sponge (loofa, luffa), which you have just bought in the local health-food store, is actually an annual plant you can grow in your garden? This lush vegetable with buttery yellow blooms, abundant foliage, and cucumber-like fruit of 2 feet (61 cm) is basically eatable. However,…