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Last Updated at 2016-08-08 16:43:26 UTC

FLOWERS

 

Impatiens

  • - Water daily – sometimes twice a day when temperatures rise above 85°F.
  • - These flowers do best with regular fertilization; if you choose to use fertilizer choose a slow release one.
  • - Impatiens do not need to be pruned, as they self clean their dead blossoms.

 

 

Marigold

  • - Give marigolds lots of sunshine.
  • - Make sure to deadhead (prune) the plants so they continue to bloom abundantly.
  • - Water well, allow soil to drain in between waterings, then water again.
  • - Do not fertilize marigolds.

 

 

Nasturtium

  • - Nasturtiums are perfect to grow with children because they grow so easily and rapidly.
  • - Nasturtiums prefer poorer soils and do not need any fertilizers.
  • - Be sure not to overwater.
  • - Pruning faded or dead flowers and leaves will prolong blooming.

 

 

Sunflower

  • - Sunflowers grow best in full sun. They are tough and will grow in any kind of soil – as long as it is not waterlogged.
  • - Sunflowers can withstand some drought but it is important to water during growth, which is 20 days before and after flowering.
  • - For bigger flowers, use a light fertilizer.

 

 

Sweet Pea

  • - It is helpful to soften sweet pea seeds before planting by soaking them in water overnight.
  • - Use a trellis to encourage growth, as sweet peas like to climb.
  • - To keep the vines productive, cut flowers frequently and remove faded blossoms.

 

 

Zinnia 

  • - Water at base of plant to keep foliage and petals dry.
  • - Keep soil moist but not soggy for young plants, and dryer for mature zinnias, as they are somewhat drought tolerant.
  • - Clip the plant back often to encourage more abundant blooms.

 

 

HERBS

 

Basil 

  • - If growing indoors, a fertilizer once a month can be helpful.
  • - Prune basil back regularly to encourage continued growth and allow for more growth.
  • - Harvest by pinching off individual leaves.
  • - Give it at least 6 hours of sunlight, and in hot temperatures water often.

 

 

Chives

  • - Chives prefer full sun.
  • - Be sure to thoroughly moisten soil when watering
  • - Cut plants down to the base when harvesting about 1 to 2 inches from soil.
  • - Chive plans will eventually flower; flowers are edible.
  • - Use chives when they are fresh, as dried chives lose their flavor.

 

 

Cilantro

  • - Harvest cilantro by cutting leafy stems near ground level.
  • - Avoid cutting more than one third of the plant at a time.
  • - Grow cilantro in full sun and well-drained soil. Light shade will be tolerated in places where the sun is more intense.

 

 

Dill 

  • - For an extended harvest, do not allow flowers to grow on the plants; prune buds when they first appear.
  • - As soon as the plant has four or five leaves you can begin harvesting.
  • - Pinch off the leaves or cut with scissors.

 

 

Mint 

  • - Harvest mint sprigs before the plant flowers.
  • - To extend the harvest season, pinch off flowers as they appear.
  • - For indoor mint, place plant where it will receive morning light and away from drying or heating elements.

 

 

Parsley

  • - Empty saucer under parsley once water has drained in order to keep roots from becoming too saturated.
  • - Give parsley at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day and turn the plant every 3 to 4 days so it doesn't lean into the sun.
  • - Fertilizer can be helpful. Use half strength every two weeks.

 

VEGETABLES

 

Arugula

  • - When harvesting your arugula pluck only the outer leaves, as the plant grows from the center. This way the plant will keep yielding edible leaves.
  • - Harvest often to encourage new growth.
  • - Once the plant begins to flower, the flavor of the leaves may become too strong. If this happens, take it out and replant with new seeds.
  • - It can be helpful to add compost or a light fertilizer before planting.

 

Cucumber 

  • - Cucumbers like warmth. Make sure you place them in direct sunlight.
  • - Cucumbers require frequent deep watering so the vegetables will not become bitter tasting.
  • - Cucumbers like to climb. Use a trellis or small wire cage to encourage correct growth.

 

Jalapeño

  • - Keep soil moist but do not overwater. Water every other or every third day.
  • - Jalapeños like lots of sun.
  • - A plant food fertilizer is helpful for a healthy crop of fruit.
  • - To help harden or strengthen the plant, very gently grab the stems and move them back and forth and side to side to encourage these parts to thicken up.

  

Lettuce 

  • - Lettuce grows best in cool temperatures; it is a perfect spring or fall vegetable. With hot temperatures, the leaves will become bitter.
  • - Harvesting leaves from the outside of the lettuce plant is the best way to get a continuous supply from your garden.
  • - When the lettuce begins to bolt (send out a seed stalk and flower), harvest the entire plant (this is when it will begin to taste bitter).

 

Pepper

  • - When harvesting the pepper, refrain from touching the fruit. Use a sharp knife to cut them clean off the plant for the least damage.
  • - Peppers can be easily damaged and may need support as they grow. You can support them with stakes or cages to prevent bending.
  • - A light fertilizer and proper watering will help with fruit development. Keep soil moist but do not overwater. 

 

Tomato 

  • - Our tomatoes are determinate, meaning they only grow to a certain size - so no pruning is necessary unless the plants are damaged.
  • - Soil should be kept moist, but not soggy. A good way to determine if your plant needs water is to poke your finger about an inch under the soil – if it's moist, there's no need to water.
  • - A balanced fertilizer can be helpful once the plant starts flowering.

 

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