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Beans -

Beans are among the easiest vegetables to grow, especially for a beginner gardener. The seeds are planted directly in the garden, germinate quickly and grow vigorously. This vegetable is a warm season crop and supply a good harvest in a small space. They include string, snap, and dried varieties and grow either as a bush or a pole plant.   Botanical Family - Papilionaceae/Pea & Bean Family   Location - Open, sunny area.   Soil - Best is sandy loam with neutral pH. Will succeed in almost any reasonable garden soil.   Soil Preparation - Dig in a few inches of aged horse manure...

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Squash -

Whether planting "summer" or "winter" squash, consider reviewing the companion planting before growing squash in your garden. (Squash is a good companion to many other garden plants.) Nutrition InformationSummer squash: Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, C, K, B6, Folate, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and Copper, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese. Winter squash: Dietary Fiber, Riboflavin, Folate, Vitamin A, B6, C, Magnesium and Copper, Potassium and Manganese. Climate & Growing ConditionsSquash is a warm weather crop (including both summer and winter (butternut, acorn, etc.) squash). It is sensitive to frost and to cold. Growing squash is successful in most gardening climates. However,...

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Arugula, Greens -

Arugula grows fast. Set plants in the sunny garden in early spring for spring harvest or late summer for fall harvest. Plants prefer the cooler days of spring or fall. Like any leafy green, arugula requires a rich soil to make its best growth. Before planting, add compost to the soil. Space transplants 12 to 18 inches apart. When flowering begins in late spring or early summer, the flavor becomes more intense. At some point it may be stronger than you like, which means it’s time to take it out and wait for the next cool season to plant (early...

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Bok Choy -

Sometimes called Chinese cabbage, bok choy is a non-heading member of the turnip and cabbage family of plants. However it bears little resemblance to either the turnip or the common western cabbage; the leaves and stalk are more like celery. While it can be a bit finicky to grow, with a little extra care and attention it’s not particularly difficult. Here are some basic instructions on how to grow bok choy at home. WHEN TO GROWBok choy does best in the cool of late spring and early fall, in temperatures of 50° F – 70° F. Warm weather can cause...

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Onions -

Onions make good companions for several garden vegetables. However, DO NOT plant onions near peas or beans. Nutrition InformationDietary Fiber, Chromium, Manganese, Vitamin C, B6, Folate, Potassium Climate & Growing ConditionsGrowing onions is a garden favorite in nearly any climate. However, onions are temperature sensitive and do not like beds that get too hot. When growing onions, select varieties that match your growing season and storage needs. Plant in a sunny location. Warm weather is best for bulb growth, as cool weather promotes top growth. Prepare the Garden SoilThe soil pH needed for growing onions is 6.0-7.0. Prepare the garden...

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