How to Grow Carrots

Carrots are another pantry staple and a much-celebrated garden vegetable. 

Early spring is the preferred time to grow carrots in most of the United States. They tolerate the cold weather of the spring well. In fact, if the weather is too warm, carrots can take on a bitter taste.  In the southern regions of the United States, carrots can be grown in the fall and over the winter. 

The vegetable we know as the carrot...

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How to Grow Onions

I've not been super-successful growing onions in the past, but then, I never really dug in and learned how to grow them well. 

In this article, I'll share what I've learned about growing onions, and we'll both have a great crop this year! 

This turned into a long article - if you want the summary, scroll to the bottom.


Types of Onions

Onions are an old, old crop. Humans have been cultivating onions for at least...

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How to Grow Peas

Peas are a wonderful cool season crop! They're one of the earliest crops you can plant in the spring in most of the country because the seeds will germinate a lower temperatures. Warmer parts of the country plant peas over their mild winter season. 

Types of Peas

There are basically 3 types of garden peas: shelling, snap, and snow. 

Shelling Peas (also called garden peas, English peas, or sweet peas) have an inedible pod. You have to...

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Cool Season Crops

Hooray, it is finally spring! It's getting around the time for most gardeners in the United States to start growing food crops!

In April, I'm going to profile 4 different spring crops:

  • Peas 
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce

These are spring crops, also known as "cool season crops." There are many more cool season crops than these, and I've written about some of them previously:


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How to Grow Beets

Beets are an easy crop to grow and in the last decade or so, they've become more popular on the plates in American homes and restaurants.

Beets are a root vegetable. Their binomial name is "beta vulgaris," which basically means "common beet." Curiously, Swiss chard also has the binomial name "beta vulgaris," because they are closely related. They originated from the same plant subspecies centuries ago. 

Beets are easy...

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2020 Spring Season: Here's What I'm Planting in April

I received my seeds in the mail a few weeks ago and I can't wait to get started!

This spring (2020) I'll probably get out to the plot and start preparing it for planting about the first two weekends in April (in 2020 it's April 4 and April 11.)

I'm planning to plant my seeds on or about April 11. 


Listed below are some of my favorites. I like them because they're easy to grow and consistently produce, year after...

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Prepare for Opening Day - How to Prepare the Soil

I believe that preparing the soil is very important for a successful community garden plot. I complete one major soil prep process at the beginning of the planting season and then only work the soil in sections as I plant crops later in the season.

This article will show you how to prepare the soil at the beginning of the season. 


The purpose of soil prep is to "fluff up" the soil, remove weeds, and incorporate...

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