How to Grow an Avocado Tree
The tasty avocado is nutritious and versatile. Guacamole is perhaps the most common dish prepared from the fruit, but is not the only recipe in which it is the primary ingredient.
While it’s fun to start an avocado plant from the pit of this pear-shaped fruit, don’t expect fruit production for 7 to 15 years. Trees started from a pit will not produce the same kind of fruit as those the seed comes from. If you wish to grow your own avocados, purchase a grafted tree from a local nursery.
Gardeners living in tropical areas can grow their own avocados and save money while enjoying the taste and nutritional value of the green fruit. Those in more northern areas can grow dwarf avocado tree varieties in a large container and bring them indoors when temperatures reach 45 degrees outside.
Potted trees probably will not produce fruit and if they do, it will not be of optimum quality. However, the avocado tree is an attractive houseplant and useful for decorating in a sunny area.
Growing Avocado Trees Outside
Plant the avocado tree in a sunny area where it is protected from wind. Find more information about growing avocado trees here. Get them planted and start saving money when your avocado tree bears fruit.
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By Becca Badgett for Twinas Latinas Magazine
Growing your own garlic is a great way to save money at the grocery store. Garlic is used to season many dishes and is said to ward off illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers.
Garlic for flavorful cooking & healing
Grow your own garlic in any sunny area. Use this simple guide to growing garlic for instructions. If you live in USDA Hardiness Zone 7 or higher, choose heirloom or gourmet cultivars, such as Creole or Asiatic garlic that is suited to growing in warm temperatures.
Don't plant garlic purchased from the supermarket, it has often been sprayed to prevent natural sprouting. Buy garlic locally at a garden center or nursery to get the right type for your local area. Or purchase from a reputable retailer online, and now your growing zone before making online plant purchases.
Harvest garlic gently when the foliage is one third to half yellowed. Dig down to the bulbs and make sure they are developed to the appropriate size. Dry the unwashed garlic before storing.
Garlic Tip: One trick to using garlic is to let the garlic rest at room temperature for 15 minutes before adding it to your dishes. This time of rest before use in cooking triggers the healthy compounds and makes them more beneficial.
Fall is the best time to plant garlic, so get those cloves ready for planting. One bulb can supply 8 or 9 plants, which is often adequate for a small family.
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Herbs & Fall Crops By Becca Badgett for
Basil, Chives & Mint
This will help
with rising costs forecast at the grocery store.
Add extra flavor to your cool-season dishes with fresh or dried herbs.
Starting an indoor herb garden in a container is simple and certainly a worthwhile chore when you look at the price of fresh or dried herbs in grocery stores.
When Herbs have Dried Crumble Leaves off of Stems
Get started now growing those cool season crops; lettuce, radishes, carrots (as these can be overwintered in containers) all members of the Brassica family. This includes cabbage, broccoli, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, rutabagas, turnips and many more.
Broccoli Ready to Start Blossoming Center Florette
Brassica vegetables are said to fight cancer and provide important nutrients and antioxidants. For more information on growing these crops, go to the book “How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden.” Get your garden started now, and keep it growing all year around!
For best results, we recommend using garden-fresh pesticide-free produce, and herbs, from your garden when preparing our recipes. This will ensure maximum health and nutritional benefits for you and your family.
Growing Tomatoes in Containers
Written by Becca Badgett for Twinas Latinas Magazine (July 2012)
Tomatoes are the main ingredient in many salsas and sauces, soups and stews, as in our Saucy Salsas!
Nothing compares to the taste of a just-ripe tomato fresh from the vine. Tomatoes are one of the most popular homegrown garden veggies (though they are actually a fruit).
Perhaps you have limited outdoor space and do not have room for the large, sometimes sprawling plants.
Many varieties of tomatoes are perfectly suited to growing in containers. If you have a sunny spot on a porch, deck or balcony, you too can enjoy the great taste of home- grown tomatoes!
Choosing a Container
Larger containers will afford
best results for your crop.
Tomatoes have a large root system that needs room to develop and breathe before the juicy fruits can begin to form.
Most any container will work, as long as there are drainage holes in the bottom and the container contains no chemicals or residues that can be absorbed by the plant, such as those from treated wood.
Sterilize recycled containers thoroughly before using. Some containers may need to be lined with plastic or ground cloth.
Placing a fitted, fiberglass screen in the bottom of the container helps keep out pests and pathogens.
Setting the container up off the porch or patio allows for better air circulation for the roots.
Rolling plant holders can accommodate this need and allow you to move the container to follow the sun.
Yellow Tomato variety "Mountain Gold"
Tomatoes are great on sandwiches, on salads and in sauces. Tomatoes may be canned, frozen or dried in the sun.
Learn more about growing tomatoes and other fruits and veggies in containers here.
Her writing experience includes stints in newspaper and magazine writing. She has worked as Editor on several in-house newsletters, written press releases and worked as Director of Communications for a non-profit planetarium and nature center.