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Pear ripeness test and storage

Radek Štěpán 14. 08. 2022

Pears are among the most popular fruits that ripen in autumn but there are varieties that are already ripening. But how can you tell whether a pear is ripe enough? Well, before we focus on the fruit ripening process in…


Harvesting sweet corn: How can you tell that corn has fully ripened?

Radek Štěpán 09. 08. 2022

Corn is a very popular crop and many of us love it. Everybody knows grilled corn for example. Sweet corn (Zea mays invar. saccharata) defers greatly from corn that is grown for domestic animals. As the name suggest, it…


Tomatoes and eggplants only grow at night? Myth or truth?

Radek Štěpán 05. 08. 2022

You may have read in many gardening magazines interesting information saying that tomatoes and eggplants only grow at night. Well this information is more of a factoid than a serious information nevertheless, let us take a look at this issue…


Harvesting pickles

Radek Štěpán 02. 08. 2022

Cucumber canning is in full swing, so let us focus on pickles. We are all looking forward to harvesting them. Canned cucumbers or pickles come really handy during cold winter days when we can munch on them. We will not…


What are the causes of yellowing and drying of Hokkaido pumpkin leaves? There are several different causes

Radek Štěpán 31. 07. 2022

Do you grow Hokkaido pumpkins? Many of us do! These great pumpkins offer a lot of benefits and enjoyments. Hokkaido pumpkin cream is absolutely phenomenal, but there are many other interesting dishes of course. Growing pumpkins is very simple, just…


Great and tasty pistachios may be grown in your garden, but there is a catch

Radek Štěpán 30. 07. 2022

Pistachio nuts are very tasty and very expensive, and if you are looking for unroasted and unsalted pistachios (to bake Christmas cookies for example), you may have a real problem. Shops already offer unsalted, salted and roasted pistachios, but…


The end of July is an ideal time for sowing common cornsalad

Radek Štěpán 28. 07. 2022

Common cornsalad (Valerianella locusta) makes a very tasty salad. Its leaves taste similar to lettuce, but are much smaller. Maybe that is why the common cornsalad is so popular. Lettuce is commonly grown in our gardens but common cornsalad…


Melon time: A comparison of water melon, yellow and sugar cantaloupe/honeydew

Radek Štěpán 27. 07. 2022

When we say summer, many people think of great sweet melons and other delicious fruits. Nowadays you can choose from many different varieties of melons and many of those available in the market are very good. If you lean toward…


How to make use of all tomatoes? Here are some tips

Radek Štěpán 24. 07. 2022

Everyone uses tomatoes in their own way. You may be preparing various tomato salads over and over, and someone is probably doing ketchup all the time. But you can also try non-traditional ways plus you will not need to throw…

Portulaca oleracea

Common purslane (Portulaca oleracea): A great plant that we normally walk on

Radek Štěpán 18. 07. 2022

We all know that we step on different plants every day or we just pass them by unnoticed. But as soon as we see undesirable weeds we try to eliminate them immediately. We understand. You just want to give a…