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How to Grow Liquorice

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How to Grow Liquorice

The roots of this shrub have been harvested for centuries as a medicine and flavouring for sweets. Liquorice is easy to grow and manage once it is established, but it should probably be left to grow for three years before the first harvest. Find out more about how to grow liquorice from seed in the guide that follows. Latin Glycyrrhiza glabra Family: Fabaceae Difficulty Easy Season & Zone Season: Warm season Exposure: Full sun Zone: 7 – 10 Timing Start seeds indoors March to May. Transplant out after any threat of frost has passed. Ideal temperature for germination: 20°C (68°F)....

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How to Grow Mexican Tarragon

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How to Grow Mexican Tarragon

This fast-growing member of the marigold family can be started indoors or by direct sowing in the garden. Learn more about how to grow Mexican tarragon in the useful guidelines below. Latin Tagetes lucida Family: Asteraceae Difficulty Easy Season & Zone Season: Warm season Exposure: Full sun Zone: 8-10. Timing Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost (late February on the coast), or direct sow 2 weeks before last frost (mid-March on the coast). If starting indoors, just cover the seeds with vermiculite and provide a soil temperature of 21-25°C (70-75°F). Seeds should sprout in 4-14 days at that temperature....

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How to Grow Cumin

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How to Grow Cumin

Cumin is used in nearly all cuisines of the world. It is commercially grown in North Africa and West Asia, but if it’s given a head start and a warm summer, it will be productive in gardens as cool as Zone 4. Before it produces its strongly aromatic seeds, its flowers will attract a host of beneficial insect predators that will help to control garden pests. Find out more about how to grow cumin from seed in the guide that follows. Latin Cuminum cyminum Family: Apiaceae Difficulty Easy Season & Zone Season: Warm season Exposure: Full sun Zone: 4 Timing...

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How to Grow Caraway

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How to Grow Caraway

Grow caraway for its intensely scented seeds or as a parsnip-like root vegetable. It will manage in partial shade, but grow in full sun if harvesting the seeds is the intent. Caraway will thrive in nearly any reasonable soil, but if grown as a root crop, take some time to cultivate deeply as you would for carrots. Here are some other details on how to grow caraway from seed: Latin Carum carvi Family: Apiaceae Difficulty Easy Season & Zone Season: Cool season biennial Exposure: Sun or part-shade Zone: 4-10 Timing Caraway is best sown directly outdoors in early autumn. For...

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How to Grow Horseradish

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How to Grow Horseradish

Horseradish belongs in the perennial food garden. Once the plants are established, they can be harvested at any time of the year, and the flavour is particularly good in winter, when cold temperatures bring out a sweetness in the roots. Here’s our guide to how to grow horseradish from seeds: Latin Armoracia rusticana Family: Brassicaceae Difficulty Easy Season & Zone Season: Year round Exposure: Full-sun to partial shade Zone: 3 to 9 Timing For first season harvests, start the seeds indoors in January to February and transplant out in April. The goal is to achieve large, fully established roots that...

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