How To Grow Organic Irises

INTRIGUING IRIS INFO Growing irises is one of the most popular flowers to grow in the U.S. and worldwide. There are over 300 varieties of Irises growing worldwide, varying in color from nearly blackish-purple to yellow and white. Commercially, growing irises for their roots (orris root) is done for some perfumes and some brands of gin. The flowers are also used in aromatherapy and perfume. The fleur-de-lis,... [Read more]

How To Grow Organic Cilantro-Coriander

CILANTRO/CORIANDER FACTS When you’re growing organic cilantro for it’s leaves, it’s called cilantro. It is also grown for its dried seeds; the seeds are called coriander. Growing cilantro as an herb dates back to 3000 B.C.; cilantro shows up in Sanskrit writings in 1500 B.C. Coriander seeds were discovered in several tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs as well as in Grecian ruins dating... [Read more]

How To Grow Organic Rhubarb

RHUBARB REPORT Growing Rhubarb is considered a vegetable in most of the world. However, in 1947, a New York judge ruled that rhubarb is a fruit, thereby lowering taxes. Growing Rhubarb in the U.S. began in the 1820’s when it was first imported to Maine and Massachusetts. Early settlers took plants with them as Americans migrated West. In the Middle Ages, rhubarb was grown in China and was... [Read more]

How To Grow Organic Brussels Sprouts

BRUSSELS SPROUTS FACTS   Growing Brussels Sprouts originated in the area around Belgium in the 13th century. Brussels is a major Belgian city that they were named after. Growing Organic Brussels Sprouts are in the same family as cabbage; they even look like miniature cabbages. Growing Brussels Sprouts for nutrition is a good plan as they contain lots of Vitamins A and C, folic acid, and dietary... [Read more]

How To Grow Organic Blueberries

BITS ABOUT BLUEBERRIES Maine leads the US in growing wild blueberries commercially; approximately 25% of all commercially grown blueberries. In Maine, growing blueberries requires over 50,000 beehives – about 2 billion bees – just to pollinate the blueberry blossoms. Cranberries, Bilberries, Huckleberries, and Blueberries are in the same family. Growing organic blueberries (and eating... [Read more]

How To Grow Organic Raspberries

RAISING RASPBERRY FACTS   Growing organic raspberries have a dual usage; berries for eating and leaves for tea. Raspberry leaves can be dried and used for herbal and medicinal teas. Growing organic raspberries contain significant amounts of antioxidants which have been shown to improve your overall vascular health. There are two main types to be aware of when growing raspberries: the June-bearing... [Read more]

How To Grow Organic Strawberries

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Growing organic strawberries is my single most favorite fruit to grow in our garden. We have 300′ new feet of growing strawberries coming into their second year this year, which means we’ll pack a freezer out with strawberries! Growing strawberries commercially began in the 1700’s when a French farmer crossed a North American strawberry with a French strawberry... [Read more]

How To Grow Organic Basil

BASIC BASIL FACTS   Growing organic basil (pronounced bay-zul) is both easy and rewarding. We use it as a fresh herb all summer in various dishes, especially Asian and Italian cuisine. Sweet basil is typically the most common variety you’ll find if you’re planning on growing organic basil. Tropical areas in India and Asia have been growing basil for at least 5000 years. The name... [Read more]

How To Grow Organic Zucchini

ABOUT ZUCCHINI Zucchini is a “summer squash” and therefore doesn’t store long term like winter squash such as butternut or acorn squash. When you’re growing zucchini, you need lots of bees. Bees pollinate your zucchini. Some of our friends got only a few zucchinis last year because they had too few bees in their area. In the U.S, we use the Italian name for Zucchini. In Italian... [Read more]

How To Grow Organic Muskmelons/Cantaloupes

MUSKMELONS / CANTALOUPES / SPANSPEKS / ROCK MELONS If this article on growing cantaloupes was written in Australia, we’d call them “rock melons.” In South Africa, we’d be writing about “spanspeks.” Here in the U.S. we call them either muskmelons or cantaloupes. You’ll do better growing cantaloupes in a warmer climate, but you can successfully grow some varieties... [Read more]