What Is Rice Sheath Blight: Treating Sheath Blight Of Rice

Mon, 2019-07-15 11:08
Anyone growing rice needs to learn the basics about diseases that affect this grain. One particularly destructive disease is called rice sheath blight. What is rice sheath blight? What causes rice sheath blight? Read on to get answers to your questions about diagnosing and treating rice with sheath blight. What is Rice Sheath Blight? When your rice crop looks diseased, the odds are good that you have rice with the fungal disease called rice sheath blight. What is rice sheath blight? It is the most destructive disease of rice in many states. This blight doesn’t only affect rice. Other crops can be hosts of this sheath blight as well. These include soybean, bean, sorghum, corn, sugarcane, turfgrass and certain grass weeds. The destructive pathogen is Rhizoctonia solani. What are the Symptoms of Rice with Sheath Blight? The early symptoms of sheath blight include oval circles on leaves just above the

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Citrus Scab Control: Tips On Treating Citrus Scab Disease

Mon, 2019-07-15 07:10
If you grow citrus fruits on a few trees in the home landscape, you may be familiar with citrus scab symptoms. If not, you may ask, what is citrus scab? It is a fungal disease that results in brownish, warty scabs that appear on the rind and, while it does not make the fruit inedible, it does reduce marketability in most cases. Citrus Scab Symptoms Raised spongy, pustules start out a pinkish color and become grayish, then brown. Citrus scab affects virtually all citrus types and also appears on leaves, stems and twigs. According to citrus scab info, warts are more raised on some fruits and flattened on others. Fruits are only vulnerable during the first few weeks of their development. A similar disease, called sweet orange scab, may affect fruits in combination with citrus scab. If you grow citrus for your family or to sell it in the market,

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Lime Basil Herb Care – Learn How To Grow Lime Basil Plants

Sun, 2019-07-14 18:03
What is lime basil? A close cousin to the more common lemon basil, lime basil herb has a zesty flavor and a sweet, citrusy aroma. Lime basil is used in a variety of dishes, including chicken, fish, sauces, fruit salad and Thai dishes. It also makes delicious, refreshing iced tea. Growing lime basil isn’t difficult, and the herbs can be planted in the garden or grown in containers. You can even grow lime basil plants indoors on a bright, sunny windowsill. Read on to learn more about this citrus basil variety. How to Grow Lime Basil Lime basil plants are commonly grown as annuals. However, the plant is perennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. Place the plant where it receives at least six hours of sunlight per day. Lime basil herb requires well-drained soil. If drainage is poor, dig in a little compost before planting. If you’re

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Orient Express Eggplant Info – How To Grow An Orient Express Asian Eggplant

Sun, 2019-07-14 15:00
Eggplants are versatile, tasty, and easy-to-grow vegetables for the home gardener. Popular in several types of cuisine, there are many varieties from which to choose. For your garden’s next eggplant, Orient Express is a fun type to try. It has some properties that makes it both easier to grow and easier to enjoy in the kitchen. What are Orient Express Eggplants? Orient Express is an Asian variety of eggplant known as Solanum melongena. It is a dependable, high-yield type of eggplant with pretty, deep purple-black fruits with a delicate skin. They are longer and narrower than typical eggplants. For cooking, the Orient Express Asian eggplant is desirable for its light flavor and thin skin. Because it is narrow, only about 1.5 to 2.5 inches (4 to 6 cm.) in diameter, it doesn’t take long to cook. And with the thinner skin, there is no need to peel before eating. As

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Varieties Of White Potato – Growing Potatoes That Are White

Sun, 2019-07-14 11:09
In the United States, more than 200 varieties of potatoes are sold comprised of seven types of potato: russet, red, white, yellow, blue/purple, fingerling and petite. Each has its own unique characteristics. Some potatoes are better for certain recipes than others, but if you are looking for an all-purpose potato, try growing some of the white potato varieties. The following article contains information on the numerous types of potatoes that are white. Types of White Potatoes There are really only two types of potatoes that are white: round white and long white. Round white are probably the most common varieties of white potato in use. They are easily identified by their smooth, thin light tan skin, white flesh and round shape. They are extremely versatile and can be used for baking, boiling, frying, mashing, roasting, or steaming. Long white potatoes are really more of an oval shape, again with thin,

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What Do Robins Eat: How To Attract Robins To Your Yard Or Garden

Sun, 2019-07-14 07:02
Watching birds is an enjoyable hobby for many homeowners. Whether looking to attract more rare species, or simply love watching the bird feeder, attracting feathered friends to the yard can be both rewarding and educational. As with any endeavor, there are quite a few tips and tricks that can help to determine how many and which types of birds will visit your backyard. Among the most common and easiest to attract are American robins. How to Attract Robins With some key information, attracting robins to the landscape is relatively simple. These birds are present throughout most of North America, which makes them easily identifiable to many people. While robins in your garden may initially be cause for concern for some vegetable gardeners, it is important to note these birds are not likely to cause much, if any, damage. What Do Robins Eat? Unlike many birds, robins do not eat seed.

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Diagnosing Gypsophila Diseases: Learn To Recognize Baby’s Breath Disease Issues

Sat, 2019-07-13 18:00
Baby’s breath, or Gypsophila, is a mainstay in many ornamental flower beds and in carefully planned cut-flower gardens. Most commonly seen when used as filler in flower arrangements, baby’s breath plants are also useful when wishing to add airy texture to flower borders. When healthy, these plants will produce a profusion of small white blooms in spring and throughout the growing season. However, if choosing to grow baby’s breath in the flower garden, there are some common Gypsophila diseases that may cause rapid decline in the health of the plants – problems you should be aware of. Common Problems with Baby’s Breath Baby’s breath disease issues can generally be divided into two of the most likely to occur issues – blight and rot. While these diseases of baby’s breath plants are common, prevention is often the key to avoiding the loss of plants. Additionally, awareness of the signs and symptoms

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Erosion And Native Plants – Why Are Native Plants Good For Erosion

Sat, 2019-07-13 15:10
For natural beauty and ease of care, you can’t go wrong using native plants in your landscape. Erosion resistant native plants can also help stabilize hillsides and disturbed sites. There are many native plants good for erosion and, once established, they will need little maintenance and are tolerant of the conditions in the site. Building an erosion proof plan starts with a list of some of the best native plants for erosion control. About Erosion and Native Plants Using native plants in the landscape provides a visual “tie-in” to the surrounding flora. They are more adaptable than imported species and have the ability to thrive once they mature without much human intervention. Whether you have a hillside, slope along a waterway or a previously eroded space, native plants can help preserve the soil and maintain the land. Erosion can occur from wind, gravity, water and even over-use. Utilizing native plants

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Prosperosa Eggplant Care – Learn About Growing Prosperosa Eggplants

Sat, 2019-07-13 11:00
When it comes to growing eggplant, gardeners have had to choose between the bounty of big-fruited eggplants and the sweet flavor and firmness of smaller eggplant varieties. This may be a thing of the past with Prosperosa eggplant seeds available. What is a Prosperosa eggplant? According to Prosperosa eggplant information, these enormous beauties combine a large, rounded shape with the taste experience of smaller types of eggplant. Read on for information on growing a Prosperosa eggplant. Prosperosa Plant Information Given the dozens of eggplant varieties available on the market, you may never have heard of Prosperosa eggplant (Solanum melongena ‘Prosperosa’). But it’s well worth a try if you are looking for a new type of eggplant for your garden. What is a Prosperosa eggplant? It’s an Italian heirloom variety that is both attractive and delicious. Prosperosa plants grow large, round, and often pleated fruits. They are rich purple with creamy

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Hollow Tomato Varieties: Growing Schimmeig Striped Stuffing Tomato Plants

Sat, 2019-07-13 07:06
Tomatoes are easy to grow in the summer garden, and the Schmmeig Striped Hollow is a must have for those looking for something a bit more curious. Similar to other hollow tomatoes, these may be shaped more like a bell pepper. Imagine the looks on your family’s faces when they get a taste of this scrumptious fruit. Read on to learn more about it. About Schimmeig Striped Hollow Tomatoes Another of the wonderful stuffing tomatoes, Schimmeig tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum ‘Schimmeig Stoo’) are an open-pollinated German heirloom. Also known as Striped Cavern, of which ‘schimmeig stoo’ translates to in Manx Gaelic, this tomato plant features orange stripes on a red, bicolored fruit. With sturdy walls and hollow spaces inside, they’re great for stuffing with a tasty chicken salad or other mix. Not widely known yet among most gardeners, many chefs have learned of the hollow tomato varieties and use them for

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Winter Squash Varieties: How To Choose A Winter Squash Plant

Fri, 2019-07-12 18:12
When it comes to types of winter squash, gardeners have a huge selection from which to choose. Winter squash varieties include large, medium and small squash in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Growing winter squash is easy and the sprawling vines grow like crazy with a couple of very basic requirements – fertile, well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. Wondering how to choose a winter squash for your garden? Read on for more details about different kinds of winter squash. Winter Squash Varieties Acorn – Acorn squash is a small squash with a thick, green and orange rind. The orange-yellow flesh has a sweet, nutty flavor. Buttercup – Buttercup squash is similar in size to acorn squash, but the shape is round and squat. Buttercup’s rind is dark green with pale gray-green stripes. The bright orange flesh is sweet and creamy. Butternut – Butternut squash is pear-shaped with

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Pistou Basil Info – Learn How To Grow Pistou Basil Plants

Fri, 2019-07-12 15:00
Basil is the king of herbs because of its unique and delicious aroma and flavor. It’s easy to grow too, but there are a lot of different varieties to choose from, including Pistou. It’s known for a mild flavor and use in pesto-like recipes. Get some more Pistou basil information to decide if it’s the right variety for your herb garden and kitchen. What is Pistou Basil? There are many different varieties of basil with different colors, leaf and plant sizes, and even flavors like those with hints of lime or cinnamon. Pistou has a typical basil flavor, sweet and licorice-like, but is milder than the garden-variety sweet basil. Pistou is also known for its compact size and small leaves, making it a good choice for container gardening. You can also use it as a short border plant along walkways, around the edge of a bed, or in any smaller

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TomTato Plant Info: Growing A Grafted Tomato Potato Plant

Fri, 2019-07-12 11:02
Gardening in small spaces is all the rage and there is a growing need for innovative and creative ideas for how to use our small spaces efficiently. Along comes the TomTato. What is a TomTato plant? It’s basically a tomato-potato plant that literally grows both potatoes and tomatoes. Read on to find out how to grow TomTatoes and other useful TomTato plant info. What is a Tomtato Plant? The TomTato plant is the brainchild of a Dutch horticultural company called Beekenkamp Plants. Someone there must love fries with ketchup and had the brilliant idea to graft the top of a cherry tomato plant and the bottom of a white potato plant at the stem. The TomTato was introduced to the Dutch market in 2015. Additional TomTato Plant Info Amazingly, this quirky invention didn’t require any genetic modification because both tomatoes and potatoes are members of the nightshade family along with

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Japanese Apricot Tree Care: How To Grow Japanese Apricot Trees

Fri, 2019-07-12 07:18
Although its name may spark thoughts of tasty apricots, the Japanese apricot is planted for its ornamental beauty rather than its fruit. The tree’s small stature also makes it a great addition in many home landscapes. Read on to learn more about Japanese apricot trees. What is a Japanese Apricot? Japanese apricot trees are ornamental trees with many features. Their scientific name is Prunus mume, and they are native to Korea. Varieties of this tree include: ‘Benishidare’ ‘Bonita’ ‘Peggy Clarke’ ‘Alba’ They can be 12 to 20 feet (3.6 to 6 m.) tall with a spread of 15 to 20 feet (4.5 to 6 m.) wide.  Japanese apricot trees have a round shaped crown of leaves with a serrate margin, alternate arrangement and a leaf blade of 2 to 4 inches (5-10 cm.) in length. Its most recognized ornamental feature, however, is the fragrant winter-blooming flowers that come in different

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Baby’s Breath Pests – Identifying And Stopping Gypsophila Plant Pests

Thu, 2019-07-11 18:00
Baby’s breath, or Gypsophila, is an important crop for specialty cut-flower farmers. Popular for their use as filler in cut-flower arrangements, baby’s breath plants have also made their way into home flower gardens. With their large, airy growth habit, it is easy to see why many growers choose baby’s breath when wishing to make a profound statement in the garden. Like any plant, however, there are many garden pests that may prevent baby’s breath plants from reaching their full potential. Read on to learn more about insects on Gypsophila plants. Gypsophila Plant Pests Though invasive in some places, baby’s breath plants are not impervious to damage that can be done by insects in the garden. Pests of baby’s breath plants can cause both failure of bloom, as well as complete collapse of the plant if young or not yet well established. As with any plant in the flower garden, when

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Protecting Native Plants From Weeds – How To Control Native Garden Weeds

Thu, 2019-07-11 15:01
One of the most beautiful things about using native flora in the landscape is its natural adaptability. Natives seem to accommodate to wild conditions much better than transplant species. However, weeds will plague any garden patch and the native garden is no exception. Non-native weeds are the worst, but even indigenous species bully their way into the garden bed. Keep reading for tips on how to control native garden weeds without resorting to dangerous chemicals. Native Garden Weed Control As a gardener, weeds are the bane of one’s existence. Other maintenance tasks pale in comparison to dealing with interlopers in carefully planned beds. Luckily, there are steps you can take to at least minimize the weeds in your landscape and prevent these competitive pests from spoiling the appearance of the garden and the health of your plants. Proper preparation of the area in which you plant your natives is important

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What Is Nufar Basil – Information About Nufar Basil Plant Care

Thu, 2019-07-11 11:02
Anyone who loves pesto – or, for that matter, anyone who loves Italian cooking – would do well to consider growing basil in the herb garden. It’s one of the most popular flavorings in this country and remarkably easy to grow. You’ll have to choose among a host of different basil varieties, but remember to take a look at Nufar basil plants. If you haven’t heard of this variety, read on for Nufar basil plant information, including tips on how to grow Nufar basil. What is Nufar Basil? Even if you know and love basil, you may not be familiar with Nufar basil plants. What is Nufar basil? It’s a relatively new Genovese-type basil with a sweet, potent flavor. All basil is terrific, but Nufar basil plants are really something special. According to Nufar basil plant information, this variety produces the most flavor-packed leaves of any basil. The Nufar leaves

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Fruit Scented Conifers – Learn About Fruity Smelling Conifer Trees

Thu, 2019-07-11 07:00
Many of us love conifers, both the appearance and the fragrance. Often, we relate the piney smell of some conifers with holidays, such as Christmas, when decorations of their branches and fragrant needles abound. Your favorite fir may have another scent too. Not everyone is aware that there are some specimens of conifer trees that smell like fruit. You may have noticed this smell, but it didn’t register. Thinking back, though, you might just remember the fragrance. Information About Fragrant Conifers While it is not always obvious, there are several conifers with a fruity fragrance. Not the same fragrance, but some as varied as pineapple and sassafras. Mostly it’s the needles that contain the secondary smell and must be crushed to get to the fruity fragrance. Others retain scent in their wood and you may not recognize it until you’re near one being sawed up. Sometimes, bark is the source

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What Is Rice Straighthead: Treating Rice With Straighthead Disease

Wed, 2019-07-10 18:10
What is rice straighthead disease? This destructive disease affects irrigated rice worldwide. In the United States, straighthead disease of rice has been a significant problem since rice crops were first grown in the early 1900s. Historically, rice straighthead disease is prevalent on old cotton fields where pesticides containing pesticides were implemented. It appears that although arsenic is partly to blame, there are other factors as well, including the presence of excessive plant material that has been plowed under. Let’s learn more about rice with straighthead disease. What is Rice Straighthead Disease? Rice straighthead disease may affect random spots scattered around a field. In this case, it is easy to spot because rice with straighthead disease is much darker green than unaffected rice plants. In some cases, however, straighthead disease of rice may affect entire crops. The disease is rarely found in clay soil, but is more common in sand or

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What Is Holy Basil – Holy Basil Uses And Growing Conditions

Wed, 2019-07-10 15:00
Native to South and Southeast Asia, holy basil is an herb with important cultural and religious significance. In other parts of the world, this herb is most familiar as a common flavor in Thai food, but it is a sacred plant for Hindus. You can enjoy this fragrant, tasty, and medicinal herb right in your own garden. What is Holy Basil? Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), is closely related to the sweet basil used in kitchens around the world. It is a short-lived, woody, herbal perennial that grows best in tropical and subtropical climates. It grows well in containers for gardens too, and homes in colder regions. In India, holy basil is traditionally grown in containers in and around temples for the purpose of cleansing visitors. Holy basil plants are also important in Ayurvedic medicine and have been used for thousands of years. Holy Basil Uses In addition to its religious

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