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Growing Garlic: 7 Tasks for Spring
Growing Garlic: 7 Tasks for Spring
The garlic you planted last fall is happily populating your landscape with vertical green spikes. What should you do in the spring to ensure a robust summer harvest of plump garlic bulbs? Here are seven spring gardening tasks: Remove surrounding weeds. When the soil begins to warm in the spring, weeds can become very problematic;,removing […]
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Lavender and Companion Planting
Lavender and Companion Planting
GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. There is no additional cost to you. Lavender makes an excellent companion plant for other Mediterranean herbs with similar cultural needs, such as rosemary, sage and thyme. And of course lavender makes an excellent companion for perennial flowering plants that provide complimentary or contrasting […]
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The GardenZeus Quick and Easy Guide to Thyme Species Used for Cooking
The GardenZeus Quick and Easy Guide to Thyme Species Used for Cooking
Thyme is a small group of perennials with tiny leaves and masses of small flowers. The majority of thyme species used for cooking are small, fairly upright plants. Thyme species popular for use as ground covers typically grow in a flat, spreading form. Species that are used as ground covers often have less desirable flavors […]
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The GardenZeus Quick and Easy Guide to Mint Species
The GardenZeus Quick and Easy Guide to Mint Species
Numerous species of the genus Mentha are  appropriate for use as a culinary herb, with an array of fruity, spicy, or subtly floral flavors.  Some varieties have unusually colored leaves, including light yellow or variegated. When choosing mint, select a species that suits your culinary needs as well as your visual preference. Many varieties are […]
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GardenZeus Recommendations for Edible Sage
GardenZeus Recommendations for Edible Sage
The discerning gardener can choose from a variety of sage plants based on appearance, suitability for a given microclimate, and flavor. Salvia officinalis, or common sage, is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae and the genus, salvia. Many think all salvias are drought tolerant, but the salvia genus includes many perennials that require significant […]
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Sage in the Mediterranean Garden
Sage in the Mediterranean Garden
As a Mediterranean native, sage has similar cultural needs to thyme, rosemary and lavender and makes an excellent addition to a sustainable, drought tolerant or edible garden.  Sage is a perennial grown for both its attractive appearance and its value in cooking, When mature, it is a low maintenance plant that comes in a range […]
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GardenZeus Quick Tips: Rosemary in the Sustainable Garden
GardenZeus Quick Tips: Rosemary in the Sustainable Garden
As a Mediterranean native, rosemary is an ideal choice for a sustainable garden in much of California. Rosemary can thrive in harsh microclimates in a given garden that are too infertile or dry for other plants. When given full sun and just enough water, rosemary graces the garden as attractive plant with its silver leaves […]
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GardenZeus Quick Tips: Garlic and Companion Planting
GardenZeus Quick Tips: Garlic and Companion Planting
For many reasons, garlic makes an excellent choice for interplanting with other herbs and vegetables. Garlic is a compact, upright plant that consumes minimal garden space. As an upright plant with thin leaves, it does not block the sun from other plants in a cool season garden.  In addition, its watering need of moist but […]
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GardenZeus Quick Tips: How to Water Garlic
GardenZeus Quick Tips: How to Water Garlic
Before planting garlic cloves, water soil thoroughly. After planting garlic bulbs, briefly water the soil again. Be particularly careful not to overwater cloves immediately after planting as cloves are vulnerable to rotting prior to germination. Garlic plants are shallow-rooted and prefer moist but not wet soil. Do not allow the soil to dry down completely […]
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