How to Grow Peppers

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How to Grow Peppers

It’s easy to learn how to grow peppers from seed. If you want a vegetable that will give you bold flavor, bright colors and is easy to grow in a home garden, chili peppers will make an excellent choice. Jalapeno, cayenne and bell peppers are three of the most popular chili peppers for home gardeners, but there are many varieties to select from, and since the plant take up very little garden space, you may want to grow a few different varieties. Continue reading How to Grow Peppers

Planting Elderberry Bushes and Growing Tips

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Elderberries

The American elderberry can grow up to 3 meters high; it’s a very fast grower and can grow up to 60 cm (24″) or more each year. They are perennial plants that can be grown as bushes or small trees. The European and American elder in particular are hardy in zones 3 to 11. Unripe red berries are toxic and can make you seriously sick. When the berries are ripe the colour is a dark-purple to black. Even eating too many ripe berries can make you feel nauseous or worse; cooking the ripe berries, completely eliminates the toxins. The fruit has many medicinal uses, and is also used to make wines and jellies. Continue reading Planting Elderberry Bushes and Growing Tips

Morning Glory Flowers

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Heavenly Blue Morning Glory Flowers

Morning glory flowers are relatively easy to grow. The hardest part for people is usually starting them from seed, but as long as you soak the seeds for 24-48 hours before you sow them they should sprout. The other thing is that you will need to keep them moist; this will help soften the thick outer shell. Another option is to scratch and nick each seed, but I find soaking the seeds works best. Once your seeds have started to germinate they will grow quite fast, and it’s a good idea to get the transplanted quickly if you start them indoors. Continue reading Morning Glory Flowers

Growing Blueberries from Seed

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Growing Blueberries

One benefit of growing plants from seeds are that the plants will be much more hardy and resistant to disease. Growing blueberries from seed is not too difficult, but it does require some patience and adequate preparation. The main concern will be to make sure you have the right soil pH in the location you want to grow your blueberries. Blueberry plants need acidic soil to thrive in or they won’t do well. You will need to get your soil to a pH of 4 to 4.5. You can buy soil testing kits at your local nursery or online. Continue reading Growing Blueberries from Seed