HOW TO GROW MICROGREENS

Why not start growing microgreen seeds in the comfort of your own home? The amount of space needed to get started is minimal, as the initial investment for equipment and supplies. Seedlings, don’t have big requirements but they need be treated with care. Any indoor place near some bright window at a mild temperature will do. Microgreen seed can even be grown year-round by using T5 fluorescent or LED lights as light source. What Seeds Do I Need? The easiest way to dip your toes into the world of microgreens…

MICROGREENS: GREAT THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

Microgreens are essentially the young edible versions of various vegetables and herbs. They are nutrient-dense packages of goodness, loaded with enzymes, vitamin content, and minerals. To top it off, they are full of antioxidants to protect cells against free radicals. Indeed, we can easily call them SUPER FOOD! Microgreens Compare to Sprouts? Sprouts and microgreens are often grouped into the same category. There are significant differences between the two, from where the seed is planted, to what parts of the plant are eaten. Surely, there are health and flavor benefits in…

LUFFA: Start Growing the Sponge Plant

Family: Cucurbitaceae  Genus: Luffa  Common name: Loofah, Sponge Gourd, Egyptian Cucumber, Chinese Okra, Ridged gourd Luffa is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in the same family of cucumber, melon, pumpkin,etc. It’s know under several names and varieties, but mainly we  refers to the fruits of the two most common species Luffa Aegyptiaca or Cylindrica, and Luffa Acutangula.   The first variety is very similar to a big size zucchini. It has an elongated shape and roughly reaches a length of 30 cm. its skin has a light color with evident grooves and…

ECHINACEA: The Natural Remedy that Boost Our Immune System

Family: Asteraceae Species: Echinacea Common Names: Purple Coneflowers, Echinacea   Echinacea species are herbaceous, drought-tolerant perennial plants growing up to 140 cm or 4 feet tall. This perennial flowering plants in the daisy family can easily grow from seeds, rather than being transplanted. CULTIVATION Echinacea seeds grow into a bulb-like structures called rhizomes. Scatter the seeds onto a paper towel moisten with water, then slide the paper towel into a sealed plastic bag and refrigerate for two months. Prepare the garden plot while the seeds go through stratification, then place…

HIBISCUS: Properties and Benefits of a Beautiful Flower

Family: Malvaceae Gender: Hibiscus Common names: Hibiscus, Rose Mallow, Rose of Sharon Hibiscus genus include hundreds of species widely cultivated and appreciated for their large, showy flowers. They are large with five or more petals, typically trumpet-shaped and come in all types of colors. Leaves are alternate, deep green lanceolate, often with a toothed margin. Hibiscus is a perennial and flowers through the year attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. These plants are generally very hardy and versatile, thrive in tropical conditions but can enhance the beauty of one’s garden in temperate…

JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE: Properties, Uses and Benefits

Family: Asteraceae Species: Helianthus Tuberosus Common Name: Jerusalem Artichoke, Sunroot, Sunchoke, Topinambour Jerusalem artichoke is a herbaceous perennial related to sunflower and native to North America. Today it’s widely cultivated across the temperate zone for its tuber, which is used as a root vegetable, eaten both raw and cooked. Other uses come from Industry being tuber a great source of biomass, as well as high quality alcohol is extracted from tuber fermentation. CULTIVATION Needing plenty of space to grow, this perennial is ideal when planted as a windbreak or screen.…

TULSI: The Golden Remedy of Ayurveda

Family: Lamiaceae Genus: Ocimum Common Name: Ocimum Tenuiflorum, Holy Basil, Tulsi, Sacred Basil   Tulsi is an aromatic perennial plant in subtropical regions, while became an annual in cold and temperate climates, indoor can be grown all year round independently. Closely related to Basil, it is widespread and cultivated throughout all Asia, for its religious and medicinal purposes. Tulsi shrub grows up to 50 cm in height and boasts stems which are covered with fine hairs. Leaves are opposite and ovate, ranging from green to purple depending upon the variety, and have slightly…

DELOSPERMA / PURPLE ICE PLANT: Properties, Uses and Benefits

Family: Aizoaceae Species: Delosperma Common Names: Ice Plant, Delosperma, Crystalline Iceplant, Hardy Ice Plant Delosperma is a succulent, perennial ground cover with daisy-like flowers. The plants grow to be 10-20 cm tall; foliage is mostly evergreen and make a great year-round ground cover. While the plant is evergreen, it will often lose part of foliage in winter; freezing temperatures combined with wet conditions. CULTIVATION Being a succulent, prefers full sun and very dry, sandy, poor soil. These plants don’t tolerate well wet, heavy soils and much fertilization. Ice Plant propagates…

CALENDULA OFFICINALIS: Not Just a Bless for Your Skin and Garden

Family: Astareaceae Species: Calendula Officinalis Common Name: Pot Marigold, Common Marigold, Calendula Calendula Officinalis is an annual short-life aromatic plant native to the Mediterranean, but widely spread around the globe and cultivated for centuries as food and for its medical many uses. Calendulas are considered by many gardening experts as among the easiest and most versatile flowers to grow in a garden, especially because they tolerate most soils and climates. CULTIVATION Seeds have a distinct curved shape almost looking like little worms, and are sown in spring in temperate climates…

COLEUS FORSKOLHII: Properties and Benefits

Family: Lamiaceae Species: Plectranthus barbatus Common Name: Forskolhii, Indian Coleus, Coleus Forskolhii, Coleus Barbatus   Coleus Forskolhii is a genus of perennial plants native to sub-tropical areas, they grow best in well-drained soil and warm climates exposed to sun. Their aroma’s similar to camphor and it’s extremely fragrant due to large amount of essential oils present. Leaves are ovate in shape and the spiked flowers are typical of the mint family. Unlike its ornamental relatives, Coleus forskohlii lacks the spectacular colored leaves. It has plain, bright green leaves and flowers…

SANSEVIERIA: The Bedroom Plant that Purify Air

Family: Asparagaceae Species: Sansevieria Common Names:  Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Devil’s Tongue, Bowstring Hemp, Snake Plant, Snake Tongue   Sansevieria is an evergreen, succulent, perennial plant producing long, narrow  sword-shaped leaves, up to 75cm long from a rhizomatous root stock. The plant is cultivated for its fiber in several tropical countries, but is more commonly grown as an ornamental in tropical and subtropical regions, and as a pot plant in many other areas of the world. Cultivation Sansevieria can be propagated by leaf cutting and root division, as plants grow much faster…

DIY Vertical Garden Worm Composting Planter

Today, I will share this great concept with you, one of the most cost and space-efficient, practical ways of growing ever conceived! Whether you garden as a hobby that helps you unwind after a stressful day, or a necessity for living a homestead or off the grid lifestyle, we’re all looking for eco-friendly and cost-effective ways to grow our own food. What’s even more appealing is having an affordable system from scrap material that allows you to extend your growing capacity transforming your organic waste in fertilizer!   What you…

DIANTHUS: The Flower of The Gods

Family: Caryophyllaceae Genus: Dianthus Common Name: Dianthus, Sweet William, Carnations   Dianthus plants can be annual, biennial or perennial. The name refers to a genus of approximate 300 species distributed in Asia, Europe and Africa. The most common and cultivated varieties are Dianthus caryophyllus (carnation), D. plumarius (pink), D. barbatus (sweet william) and D.Chinensis. Flowers are most often in pink, salmon, red and white with a slender foliage spread on thick stems. CULTIVATION Dianthus are one of the oldest cultivated flowers, treasured for centuries for their scent and their ease of cultivation,…

GOLDENBERRY: Benefits of a South American Super Fruit

  Family: Solanaceae Species: Physalis Peruviana Common Name: Ground Cherry, Goldenberry, Inca Berry, Cape Goosberry Physalis Peruviana is a perennial plant closely related to Tomatillo and the Chinese Lantern plant, also members of the same genus. This variety native from the Andes, is nowadays called in various names and commercially grown around the globe. Its flowers are yellowish five petals and will bear fruit quick enough about two months from transplant, usually around August, continuing till frost. Goldenberry plant are generous and can bear up to 300 small fruits each.…

CHINESE LANTERN PLANT: More than just Ornamental

Family: Solanaceae Species: Physalis Alkekengi Common Name: Alkekengi,  Chinese Lantern Plant, Winter Cherry Chinese Lantern Plant or Physalis Alkekengi is closely related to Physalis Peruviana (Ground Cherry) and Physalis Philadelphica (Tomatillo). This annual/perennial plant grow in warm temperate and subtropical regions. The real delight is their large, red-orange, inflated seed pod from which the plant gets its common name. These papery pods contain a fruit that is edible and nutritious, while the leaves and unripen fruit are mildly poisonous. Cultivation These plants can grow in partial shade, but especially in…

POTENTILLA: Uses and Benefits

Family: Rosaceae Genus: Potentilla Common Name: Potentilla Reptans, Creeping Cinquefoil, Creeping Tormentil, European Cinquefoil   Potentilla  is a very interesting perennial plant in the Rose family that is known by a number of names. Easy to grow, this small plant, has fuzzy dark green leaves with a strawberry-like look, and five petals yellow flowers. It is a rather quite common hardy plant that has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. It grows well in the open meadows and grassy slopes,  and it’s very common to find from…

OREGANO: The Ultimate Natural Antibiotic

Family: Lamiaceae Species: Origanum Vulgaris Common Names: Oregano, Wild Majoram, Origanum Vulgaris   Oregano is a flowering plant in the Mint family. It is native to temperate Western and Southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. It is a perennial herb, growing from 20-80 cm tall, with opposite leaves 1-4 cm long, flowers are rose-purple or white 3-4 mm long. CULTIVATION Oregano is a must-have in a culinary garden, too easy to grow and very useful. Although does thrive in a warm climate, it’s a hardy perennial that returns year after year, without…

SNAPDRAGON: Uses and Benefits

Family: Plantaginaceae Species: Antirrinum Major Common Names: Snapdragon,  Lion’s Mouth, Antirrhinum, Dog’s Mouth, Dragon Flower Snapdragons are attractive ornamental plants which have some health benefits too. Its flowers resemble to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when laterally squeezed, hence the name. An appreciated garden plant, perennial, widely cultivated from tropical to temperate zones as a bedding, herbaceous border or pot plant. CULTIVATION This peculiar flower can repeat bloom throughout the season, but do best in the cool of spring and fall and throughout the…