Category Archives: For beginners

How To Dry Herbs: A Step-By-Step Guide

dryingherbs1Summer is speedily drawing to a close and it is getting to be that time of the year when we dry herbs. Normally, fresh herbs are great to keep around for cooking and if you have a sunny window you can always make a nice little herb pot to keep growing indoors. However, fresh herbs don’t last forever and in order to get the most out of our herbs we need to preserve them in some way. Luckily, drying herbs is almost as easy as growing them. After the jump, find out how to dry herbs easily.
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For Beginners: Tomato Growing Basics

tomatoI know I previously mentioned tomato blight, an infection that can do some serious damage to tomatoes in damp summer months, but I thought it would also be good to just go over some basics about tomato growing. Tomatoes are probably one of the most popular vegetables for home gardeners to grow. They are pretty easy to grow but if you take the time to learn some very basic steps to care for your tomatoes you can increase your yield and improve the health of your tomato plant. These steps are mostly the cause of trial and error on my own part (my tomatoes last year were no bigger than a quarter), but now I have nice and healthy tomato plants growing up on my roof. After the jump, find my five basic steps for growing tomatoes.
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Collecting Seeds: A Step-By-Step Guide

colseedpods I have previously written about Columbine flowers and how they are extremely easy to grow. Well they are also easy to collect seeds from! And now, a month after my flower post, my Columbine seeds were ready to be collected. After the jump, find a step-by-step guide to collecting seeds, complete with pictures.
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Beginner Gardening: Columbine Flowers

columbineflower2Columbine flowers are probably the easiest perennial flower to grow. The star-shaped flowers stand tall above a wide fan of green foliage. The greenery lasts pretty long into the colder months. After the first heavy frost I will usually cut off the plant an inch or two above ground and cover it with mulch. Once spring comes, the leaves shoot back up quickly!

columbineflower1Sadly, I didn’t take any pictures of my Columbine flowers when they were at their peak in April, but a few of the flowers still remain. Columbines are usually fairly inexpensive, running from $11 to $15 for a large plant. I find that they fit perfectly in old wooden fruit boxes that I have found on the street, but I imagine they would look just as lovely in a 10″ pot.