One of the most cold-hardy citrus varieties, lemons grow well in many climates. In warmer areas the attractive trees can be grown in the ground. In areas with colder winter, they grow well in containers that can be brought indoors during harsh weather. Dwarf variety trees grow up to 10 feet tall; standard trees can reach 25 feet in height. Trees begin producing fruit when they are two to three years old.
Watering basil plants correctly is key to successful growth. Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged. Once the soil is dry to the touch water thoroughly and deeply, helping to form strong, healthy root systems and robust plants. Overwatered plants wilt, drop leaves, and show darkened stems. Underwatered plants look dull and have dry, brittle leaves.
White spots on the leaves of your basil plant indicate a problem that needs attention. Random, irregular spots that don’t grow in size are generally insect damage. Uniform spots that enlarge are from fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. Treat fungal diseases with recommended fungicides and eliminate insects with mechanical or chemical treatments.
Tomatoes are the most common garden plant, for good reason. With many options to choose from you can grow your own Beefsteak, Roma, cherry tomatoes, or heirloom varieties. With a long growing season, either start seeds indoors in early spring or purchase starter plants for your garden. Plants love lots of sun, consistent water, and regular doses of fertilizer.