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  • How to grow coriander

    Coriander vs. cilantro: what is the difference? Many people find it hard to differentiate between the two, but the truth is that they are the same thing. Cilantro is the Spanish word used to refer to the leaves produced by the coriander plant. Coriander, on the other hand, refers to the entire plant, stems and leaves included. People also refer to this herb by other words such as Mexican parsley. Thus, if you have a problem differentiating the two, remember that cilantro is the leaves and coriander is what you get once the plant starts flowering and production of seeds. People have used this herb for long as a way to impart flavor in food that would otherwise be bland, and it makes quite a big difference. The good thing about it is that you can quickly grow it indoors in your wooden shed, ... (More)
  • How to plant dill and where you can use it

    Dill belongs to the same family as parsley and celery, and it is a common ingredient in baking and cooking. You can use it in many ways, depending on your preferences. You can use it when fresh, as the leaves are flavorful at this point or you can dry the leaves and seeds and use them in food. Many people use this herb when cooking fish and potatoes. However, you can use it in other dishes as well including salads and sauces. How to use dill If you are using fresh dill, start by washing the herbs by placing them in a strainer. Run water over them to get rid of dirt and other debris that may be on the leaves. You can then pat them dry to get rid of the excess water. Once the herbs are dry, start by getting rid of the large stems, which you can either throw away or save for use in other dis... (More)
  • How to grow celery and what benefits it has

    As people continue to embrace healthy living, there has been an emphasis on the intake of vegetables, with plants like celery being among the top options on the current what-to-eat lists. Why is this? Well, it turns out that celery not only helps with inflammation but it also aids significantly in the digestion process. Additionally, it helps in the flushing out of toxins and is a great go-to for people who wish to lose weight as well as those seeking to reduce their cholesterol levels. Furthermore, it works to guard the liver and has been known to boost the body’s immune system, cure insomnia, fight some forms of cancer, regulate blood pressure levels and reduce pain associated with arthritis. On top of all these benefits, it also enhances the appearance of skin and aids in promoting h... (More)
  • How to plant leek

    Leeks belong to the onion family, and they do well in quiches and soups owing to their mild taste. You can also choose to enjoy them when sauteed. The great thing about them is that they thrive in all climatic conditions. However, if you live in a dry area, you may have to supplement the water supply by watering the plants. You could also choose to grow them in a wooden garden shed where you can regulate the temperatures as well as other essential factors. Check out how to plant leek plants in a few easy steps. Planting the Seeds The timing will depend on your climate. However, where you choose to grow these vegetables in your garden shed where you can regulate the conditions, you can do so at any time. The best times to plant leeks are during fall or spring. Timing Selection Supposing yo... (More)
  • How to grow cabbage

    Cabbages not only taste good but they also come packed with loads of nutrients that make them some of the best vegetables to cultivate. You can enjoy them in various ways ranging from steaming to fermenting all the way to having them raw to reap all their benefits. When planting cabbages, you should note that they do best in the cold weather. All you have to do is to ensure that they get adequate sunlight and water and that the soil conditions are right. In this way, you can get a harvest in the fall and the spring. Another thing about cabbages is that they can grow healthy even when exposed to some frost though they cannot stand the heat. For these reasons, it is best to plant them during the fall. Are you wondering how to grow cabbage? Find out how in a few simple steps. Seed Stage The ... (More)
  • How to grow corns

    Planting corn is not only a great way to improve your physical well-being, but it is also a proven way to enhance your mental well-being. The same goes for other vegetables. Gardening is one way in which you can release the stress that comes from daily activities. Learn how to grow corns both indoors and outdoors in a few easy steps.   Variety Selection You need to consider the climatic conditions in your region as you select a suitable variety. You may find that the corn you have in mind does well in a colder or warmer region. The pH of your soil is another thing that you should consider. You can check it through the use of home kits available at garden stores everywhere. If you are unsure of what can do well in your area, you can visit the local nursery where an expert can guide yo... (More)
  • How To Grow Beans

    When people start gardening, they often get advised to start with beans, and it is not for naught. Of all the vegetables that you could grow, beans are the easiest to plant and maintain. You could easily broadcast some seeds on the ground, and once the rain fell, the seeds would germinate, thus giving rise to young plants. Therefore, starting with beans is the best way to get the hang of how things work before moving on to other plants. You can sow beans in pots in your wooden shed if you like as they will not take up much space. Or you could use the area around the wooden shed for the same. Beans are not only easy to plant and harvest, but they also boast of loads of nutritious benefits. You can decide on many varieties, based on which beans you like best. However, the steps followed are... (More)
  • How to plant strawberries

    Strawberries serve many purposes. Some people look at them as a source of food while others regard them as beautiful additions in the outdoors. Whatever your reason for planting strawberries, it is evident that these plants have quite the mark on people. The great thing is that once strawberries start producing berries, they do so for five years and counting. That means you have about half a decade of red berries headed your way if you get this right. First things first, it is not common for people to grow strawberries from seeds. Most of the reasoning behind this is that it takes quite a lot of time and the chances of producing healthy plants in this way are quite limited. The best thing to do would be to use a runner or a plant from a nursery. In this way, it should only take a few month... (More)
  • How to take care of peach tree

    The Chinese have cultivated peach trees for thousands of years and have passed down numerous tips to subsequent generations as to how to take care of peach tree. These trees boast of fresh aromas, beautiful flowers, attractive hues as well as tasty fruits and all these factors make them quite attractive to gardeners. However, dealing with these trees is not always a peachy experience as they do have some downsides. For one, they are very vulnerable to pests and diseases, and you have to be on the lookout for any sources of attack. Something small could quickly put an end to your source of fruits. Also, they do not live long. Given that you have to wait about two to three years to harvest their fruits, it is a downer when you realize that the tree will serve you for only about fifteen year... (More)
  • How to plant a peach tree

    Peaches are very reliable trees. They not only grow fast but they also produce fruits within a few years of planting, thus making them an excellent addition to your outdoor space. Think of how attractive they would look against your wooden shed and the shade that they would provide on those hot summer days. There are two main ways in which you can grow these trees. The first method involves producing a tree from a pit. While this method is effective at most times and is an affordable option, most gardeners tend to shun it owing to the time taken for fruits to develop. If you go down this route, you should enjoy your first harvest in about three to four years, The other option involves getting a young tree from a nursery. Given that such trees have often established by the time they get tr... (More)

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