Ranunculus: a beautiful chance for every garden. With its bright beauty, the small camellia-like flowers range from white to pink, red to yellow to orange and are indeed special.They most often come in multiple layers of delicate, crepe paper–thin petals, looking like an origami masterwork.

One of the most brilliant of the spring-blooming bulbs, ranunculus have 3- to 6-inch flowers in almost every color imaginable, even bi-colors. The frilly blooms grow on 12- to 18-inch stems; doubled types resemble miniature peonies. [click to continue…]

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Now, it’s actually fun to start tomatoes from seed. Anybody who gardens has got to get excited about watching the first sprouts poke through the soil and slowly uncurl into baby tomato plants.

Unless you plant from seed, your tomatoes will taste just like every other tomato grown on your block. Growing  tomatoes from seed is not particularly hard. Set yourself apart this summer and try a new variety like “Indigo Rose” or “Lemon Boy”.

If you want to be along for the ride as your tomatoes make the journey from tiny sprouts to sprawling fruit-producers, here are the basics for starting the trip. [click to continue…]

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If you are searching for a new and unusual crop,consider lingonberry. Grow it, taste it. Everyone will love it.

I’ve known about them for quite some time thanks to the Swedish company IKEA.  There, you can buy the berry in every form imaginable as lingonberry concentrate, soda, jelly, jam and more… so I don’t have to tell you they are delicious!

Next to Swedish meatballs, lingonberries are perhaps the best-known Scandinavian food. Native to northern regions such as Scandinavia, Canada and Alaska, these small, bright red berries have a mild cranberry-like flavor that complements both sweet and savory meals. [click to continue…]

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Green your plate with Chinese cabbage if you enjoy the crisp taste of lettuce but are looking for something with a little more zip. This multipurpose green is as tasty enjoyed fresh in salads as it is boiled or steamed, stir-fried, or shredded for slaw.

It is easy to grow in spring. When it comes to growing conditions and weather preferences, Chinese cabbage is no different from the rest of the clan. It likes mild weather; rich, well-drained soil; lots of good food; and an even supply of water (and plenty of it).

Chinese cabbage will grow well with exposure to lots of sun, but it does tolerate partial shade. It will grow almost anywhere except in extreme heat – which tends to make it bolt. The cabbage also needs shelter from wind and frost. [click to continue…]

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Here are 4 powerful reasons to grow and eat tomatoes for diabetic:

*1.   It’s a get-skinny food.

The tomato may be poised to become a star in the weight loss world.. A team at Reading University has found that eating tomatoes leaves one feeing satisfied, suppresses the urge to snack, and also helps one shed the excess weight.

According to researchers, it could be because tomatoes are rich in compounds which alter levels of appetite hormones, making them a cheap way to keep hunger pangs at bay. [click to continue…]

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