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How to Grow Blueberries

Blueberry Varieties The blueberry is native to North America. The berries have been harvested for thousands of years by indigenous peoples, and have long been picked wild for recipes of all kinds. Highbush blueberries were first bred for cultivation in New Jersey, starting in the late 19th Century, by the farmer Elizabeth White. She and…

How to Grow Raspberries

Raspberries are grown worldwide. Red raspberries, Rubus idaeus, were first grown as a crop in Turkey. They spread through western Asia and eastern Europe and were cultivated throughout Europe and Asia by the late Middle Ages. Black raspberries are native to North America, Rubus occidentalis being the most common, originating in Eastern North America, and…

Popular Holiday Season Houseplants

The holiday season is all about gathering with family and friends, which often includes making your home as festive as possible to tap into the holiday cheer. Part of decorating your home for the holiday season is finding the best holiday houseplants to liven up your interior design and welcome guests with the colors of…

How to Plant and Grow Lettuce

Types of Lettuce   Lettuce has been grown on farms and in gardens throughout recorded history, even being part of ancient Egyptian tomb reliefs, and recorded as being grown throughout the ancient world. There are hundreds of varieties of lettuce with seven distinct types. Four or five of these varieties are most commonly found in…

How to Plant and Grow Leeks

About Leeks Leeks are a traditional vegetable, grown and harvested since ancient times. They originated in Asia but have been used in the west before Roman times. They are the national vegetable of Wales! Leeks are Alliums, related to both garlic and onions. These delicious plants are often sliced and used raw as a garnish…

How to Grow Eggplant

Eggplant, aka aubergine, is a member of the nightshade family, similar to peppers and tomatoes. Eggplant is commonly colored purple but also has white variants. It is native to India and Southeast Asia, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years. During the Middle Ages it traveled and made its way over to the…

How to Grow Beets

Beets, or beetroot as they’re called across the pond, are interesting vegetables because everyone has an opinion about them. Some people love the earthy sweet flavors, while others cannot stand them. Red beets are the most commonly grown variety, but there are also golden beets and white beets that have a nuttier flavor. The greens…

How to Grow Cabbage

According to historians, cabbage has been grown for thousands of years, some suggests as early as 2000 to 3000 BC by the ancient Chinese and Mesopotamians. Throughout the millennia, different strains from the brassica family were bred and created, this includes not only the cabbage you enjoy today, but broccoli, kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok…

Spinach Growing Guide

Spinach Facts Spinach is a traditional dark green, leafy vegetable, grown all over the world. It was originally cultivated in ancient Persia, over 2,000 years ago. As a major crop in other regions, it was exported to China first, starting in the 7th Century. It’s still known as “Persian Green” in China. It was introduced…

How to Grow Squash

Squash was first grown and cultivated throughout North and South America, thousands of years before any contact with Europe. They are part of the “Three Sisters” style of companion planting, with corn, squash, and beans planted together. This is one of the best ways to grow these plants sustainably, year after year. It’s not always…