Green Arrow Pea Care – What Is A Green Arrow Shelling Pea

Wed, 2019-07-24 18:00
There are many varieties of pea out there. From snow to shelling to sweet, there are a lot of names that can get a little confusing and overwhelming. If you want to know that you’re choosing the right garden pea for you, it’s worth your while to do a little reading ahead of time. This article will tell you everything you need to know about the pea “Green Arrow” variety, including tips for Green Arrow pea care and harvest. Green Arrow Pea Info What is a Green Arrow pea? Green Arrow is a shelling pea variety, which means its pods should be allowed to grow to maturity before being harvested, then the shells should be removed and only the peas inside eaten. At their biggest, these pods grow to about 5 inches (13 cm.) in length, with 10 to 11 peas inside. The Green Arrow pea plant grows in a

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Do Native Plants Need Fertilizer: Learn About Feeding Native Plants

Wed, 2019-07-24 15:16
There are many reasons to grow native plants, and one of the greatest benefits to busy gardeners is that robust native plants require very little maintenance and they have no need for toxic chemicals that often find their way into nearby lakes and streams. It’s normal for gardeners who are accustomed to fussy, high-maintenance flower beds to wonder how to fertilize native plants, or if feeding native plants is even necessary. It isn’t. Read on while we explore the question, “Do native plants need fertilizer?” Fertilizer for Native Flowers Do you need to feed native plants? Native plants are adapted to the local environment, and most are accustomed to growing in difficult conditions. Feeding native plants isn’t necessary because the plants take their nutrients from the soil. In fact, when it comes to feeding native plants, fertilizer can be very harmful. The plants have evolved in low fertility native soil

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Ophelia Eggplant Info: Tips For Growing An Ophelia Eggplant

Wed, 2019-07-24 11:00
Truly a diminutive eggplant, Ophelia is a great variety for smaller spaces. It also does well in a regular vegetable garden bed, but if you’re tight on space or only have a patio with containers for growing vegetables, try this eggplant. The fruits are egg sized and the entire plants are compact as well. What is an Ophelia Eggplant? Ophelia is an eggplant variety that grows into small plants and diminutive fruits, only about two ounces (57 grams) each. The eggplants grow in clusters like tomatoes and are deep purple and egg shaped. The flowers are lavender and white stunners, and they add to the ornamental look of this plant. The taste and texture of Ophelia eggplants are of good quality. They are tender and not bitter. You can use them as you would other types of eggplant: roasted, in casseroles, baked, or stir fried. The small slices you get

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Dried Ginseng Root: Learn How To Store Ginseng Plants

Wed, 2019-07-24 07:00
Growing ginseng as an alternative crop is increasing in popularity. Dried ginseng root is a popular curative herb in China that has been harvested for centuries, so much so that native ginseng has pretty much been eliminated. That makes American ginseng a potentially lucrative crop, but it does take some commitment and it is necessary to learn how to dry ginseng root properly and store for later use. About Dried Ginseng Root Ginseng is a perennial native herb found throughout the deciduous forests of the eastern United States. It was one of the earliest marketable herbs exported to ginseng hungry China. It was once abundant but was over harvested in the mid-1970’s and is now more commonly grown as an alternative crop. Ginseng is prized in Asia and can be quite profitable; however, it can take 8-10 years before that profit is realized. Older roots of 8-10 years of age

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Different Kinds Of Corn – Popular Varieties Of Corn Plants To Grow

Tue, 2019-07-23 18:00
Fresh, sweet summer corn is a treat to look forward to when planning your garden. There are many corn varieties, from hybrids to heirlooms. Depending upon your zone, there are varieties of corn that ripen at different times of the season, various colors and even sugar enhanced types. We’ll go over some of the best kinds of corn so you can get cracking on your summer garden planning. Popular Corn Plants You Can Grow As you start your list of seed to purchase, deciding which corn plants to grow can ensure a big crop of this sweet veggie. However, deciphering those seed catalogs can be challenging. Among all the types of corn, you will also have to decide if you want normal sweet corn, sugar enhanced, or super sweet corn. The choices can make a gardener dizzy. A primer on the three main categories of corn can help narrow down

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Oriental Plane Tree Info: Learn About Oriental Plane Trees

Tue, 2019-07-23 15:00
What is an oriental plane tree? It is a deciduous tree species that can be an attractive shade tree in the backyard, but is also used commercially. Its hard, dense wood is used to make furniture. If you want to know more about oriental plane trees, read on. You’ll find lots of oriental plane tree info plus tips on growing an oriental plane tree. What is an Oriental Plane? You may be familiar with the popular London plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia), with its maple-like leaves and small spiky fruit. It is a hybrid, and the oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis) is one of its parents. The oriental plant has very lovely maple-like leaves as well. They are a rich green and more deeply lobed than the London plane tree. The trees can grow past 80 feet (24 m.) in height, with hard, tough wood used to make items like

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Nemesia Troubleshooting: What’s Wrong With My Nemesia Plant

Tue, 2019-07-23 11:00
Nemesia is a great small, showy flower for early color in beds and borders in your garden. The plants are perfect for growing in containers, too. If summers in your area are typically comprised of hot days, Nemesia may take a break from blooming and flower again in autumn. An overall trim at this time encourages rebloom. In areas where nights remain cool and daytime temps are moderate, these plants may blossom from spring to fall. While nemesia plant problems aren’t usually serious, this long period of growth provides more opportunity for disease to develop and pests to attack. These are common nemesia issues for which to keep an eye out. Learn how to spot them in early development so they don’t mar your beautiful flowering plants. What’s Wrong with My Nemesia? Problems with nemesia may include the following: Powdery Mildew: A white powdery substance on leaves and stems is

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Vinca Plants Problems – Common Vinca Insect Pests And Diseases

Tue, 2019-07-23 07:00
For many homeowners, planning and planting an annual flower bed is a yearly garden routine. Popular bedding plants not only add a vibrant burst of color, but many continue to bloom throughout the entire summer season. One such bedding plant, annual vinca, is an extremely popular choice for growers. Annual vinca plants are low growing flowering plants that come in a selection of colors, usually white to pink. Also known as annual periwinkle, these plants thrive in a wide range of growing conditions. The ability of vinca to grow and bloom throughout periods of hot weather make it especially popular. However, like many annuals, there are some concerns in regards to pest and disease tolerance. Vinca Plant Diseases When discussing the vinca plant, problems may result for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, issues with vinca are related to the weather. Growing seasons which have been especially rainy can help

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Brown Goldring Lettuce Info – How To Grow Brown Goldring Lettuce

Mon, 2019-07-22 18:00
Brown Goldring lettuce may not have an appealing name, but it has an excellent flavor that rewards the gardeners brave enough to try it. Keep reading to learn more about this underappreciated gem, including tips for growing Brown Goldring lettuce plants in your own garden. Brown Goldring Info What is Brown Goldring lettuce? Its name leaves something to be desired (who wants brown lettuce, anyway?), but this plant has deceptively sweet, tasty leaves and succulent, golden hearts that are ranked among the most delicious by gardeners. Its name comes from the Goldring family of Bath, England, who first developed the variety. The “brown” comes from the color of its outer leaves, which are streaked with brown veins and copper colored along the edges. Within these leaves are pleasing yellow to green centers, sometimes known as “leaf canoes.” These are prized for their sweetness, crunchiness, and juiciness. Brown Goldring Lettuce Plant

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Compost And Slugs – Are Slugs Good For Compost

Mon, 2019-07-22 15:00
Nobody likes slugs, those gross, slimy pests that eat their way through our prized vegetable gardens and wreak havoc in our carefully tended flower beds. It may seem odd, but slugs are actually valuable in certain ways, especially when it comes to composting. In fact, slugs in compost should be welcomed, not shunned. Below, we explore the idea of compost and slugs, and provide helpful tips for managing compost slugs. About Compost and Slugs Are slugs good for compost? Slugs usually feed on living plant matter, but they also like plant debris and fresh garbage. For slugs, the compost bin is a perfect environment. What could be good about slugs in compost? Slugs are experts at breaking down organic matter, thus contributing to the process of decomposition. In fact, some gardeners don’t kill slugs at all. Instead, they actually pick the critters off plants and toss them in the compost

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Mesembryanthemum Plant Info: How To Grow Mesembryanthemum Flowers

Mon, 2019-07-22 11:32
The genus Mesembryanthemum is part of a current popular trend in gardening and houseplants. These are a group of flowering succulents. Their fleshy leaves, unique shapes and colors, and low maintenance requirements make them a great choice for gardens and containers. Learn more Mesembryanthemum plant information here to start growing your own. What are Mesembryanthemums? Mesembryanthemum plants are members of a genus of flowering plants that are native to several areas of southern Africa. They are considered succulents because of their fleshy leaves that hold a lot of water, like cactus. They are also called ice plants because the leaves in this particular genus are often shiny and glistening, like ice. Not only do the Mesembryanthemums have interesting and attractive foliage, they also have pretty flowers. In spring or summer, they will bloom with colorful, daisy-like flowers in red, yellow, white, pink, and other colors. Mesembryanthemum flowers can be clustered

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Lettuce Leaf Basil Info: Growing Lettuce Leaf Basil Plants

Mon, 2019-07-22 07:12
If you adore basil but can never seem to grow enough of it, then try growing Lettuce Leaf basil. What is Lettuce Leaf basil? The basil variety, ‘Lettuce Leaf’ originated in Japan and is notable, as the name suggests, for its enormous leaf size, giving the basil devotee more than ample amounts of the sweet herb. While this basil with big leaves doesn’t taste exactly like the Genovese varieties, it still has a sweet basil flavor. What is Lettuce Leaf Basil? As mentioned, Lettuce Leaf basil is a variety with extraordinary big leaves, up to 5 inches (13 cm.) long. The leaves are a brilliant green and crinkled and look much like lettuce leaves – hence the common name. Leaves are set closely on plants that reach about 18-24 inches (46-61 cm.) in height. It has a milder basil flavor and aroma but the extra large leaves more than make

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Calliope Eggplant Info: Tips For Growing Calliope Eggplants

Sun, 2019-07-21 18:03
If you have never considered eggplant cute, take a look at the Calliope eggplant. What is a Calliope eggplant? The plant produces a truly egg-shaped fruit that has decorative splashes of color. It is almost too pretty to eat, but reportedly has a nice, lightly sweet flavor perfect for many types of cuisine. Learn more Calliope eggplant info so you can decide if you want to grow this neat plant yourself. What is a Calliope Eggplant? There are more types of eggplant than can be named. The Asian variety is usually slender, while the American type is a big chubby fellow. African species are usually more rounded and it may be from these varieties from which Calliope hails. The fruits are fairly small, but the plant itself boasts a wonderful surprise, and Calliope eggplant uses are abundant. The plants from which we get the delicious fruit can be a bit

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Potted Ginseng Care: Can You Grow Ginseng In Containers

Sun, 2019-07-21 15:00
Ginseng (Panax spp.) is a plant that has been used for thousands of years in Asia. It is an herbaceous perennial and often cultivated for medicinal use. Growing ginseng requires patience and careful maintenance. It prefers to grow outdoors, either in beds or in pots. If you have questions about growing ginseng in containers, read on. We’ll give you information about potted ginseng including tips to help container-grown ginseng thrive. Growing Ginseng in Planters It may surprise you to learn that ginseng is native to North America as well as East Asia. It has dark, smooth leaves with toothed edges and tiny white flowers that develop into red berries. However, ginseng’s primary claim to fame comes from its roots. The Chinese have used ginseng root medicinally for millennium. It is said to stop inflammation, improve cognitive power, lessen anxiety and restore vitality. Ginseng is available in this county as a

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Punishing Places For Plants – How Plants Survive Extreme Environments

Sun, 2019-07-21 11:04
Many home gardeners quickly become stressed when less than ideal climatic conditions present themselves. Whether there is too much rain or a drought, growers can become frustrated when they find that their plants are not able to thrive. However, many plants throughout the world are adapted to and able to withstand even the harshest of growing conditions. Taking a closer look at how plants survive these harsh growing conditions can help home gardeners better plan their own landscapes. How Plants Survive Extreme Environments One of the most common arguments for the use of native plant species in the garden is their adaptability to local growing conditions. Depending upon your growing region, some plants will simply be more suited than others. Just like the native plants in your own backyard, plant species throughout the world are able to withstand the hottest and the coldest of extreme weather. Plants from harsh climates

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Texas Madrone Plant Info – How To Grow Texas Madrone Trees

Sun, 2019-07-21 07:17
Bred to withstand wind, cold, snow and heat, Texas madrone is a tough tree, so it stands up well to harsh elements in the landscape. If you are located in USDA hardiness zones 7 or 8 and you want to plant new trees, then learning how to grow Texas madrone may be an option. Read more to find if this is the tree for you. Texas Madrone Plant Info Native to West Texas and New Mexico, the spring blooms of Texas madrone trees (Arbutus xalapensis) are a welcome sight among the scrub pines and bare prairies found there. Multi-stemmed trunks grow to about 30 feet (9 m.). The trees have a vase shape, round crown and orange-red, berry-like drupes in summer. Branches are strong, growing to withstand the strong winds and resist drooping and breakage. The attractive white to pink fragrant blossoms grow in clusters as long as 3 inches

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Barley Basal Glume Blotch – How To Treat Glume Rot On Barley Plants

Sat, 2019-07-20 18:00
Basal glume blotch is a disease that can affect cereal grains, including barley, and can cause serious damage to the plant and even kill young seedlings. Keep reading to learn more about recognizing and treating basal glume blotch of barley crops. Barley Basal Glume Blotch Info What is basal glume blotch of barley? Also known as barley basal glume rot and spikelet rot, this disease is caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas atrofaciens (sometimes also called Pseudomonas syringae pv. atrofaciens). It affects the glume of the plant, or the small bract that grows out of the stem and partially covers each kernel of grain. Symptoms begin with small, dark green, watery lesions on the base of the glumes. Eventually, these lesions will darken to near black and may spread across the entire glume. If held up to the light, infected glumes appear translucent. A gray ooze might develop on the base

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Varieties Of Ginseng For The Home Gardener

Sat, 2019-07-20 15:00
Ginseng has been an important component of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, used to treat a wide variety of conditions and ills. It was also highly valued by Native Americans. There are several types of ginseng on the market today, including a few varieties of “ginseng” that are similar in many ways, but aren’t actually a true ginseng. Read on to learn more about different types of ginseng. True Ginseng Plant Varieties Oriental ginseng: Oriental ginseng (Panax ginseng) is native to Korea, Siberia and China, where it is highly prized for its many medicinal qualities. It is also known as red ginseng, true ginseng or Asian ginseng. According to Chinese medicine practitioners, Oriental ginseng is considered to be “hot” and is used as a mild stimulant. Oriental ginseng has been widely harvested over the years and is nearly extinct in the wild. Although Oriental ginseng is available commercially, it is

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Mandrake History – Learn About Mandrake Plant Lore

Sat, 2019-07-20 11:00
Mandragora officinarum is a real plant with a mythical past. Known more commonly as mandrake, the lore generally refers to the roots. Beginning in ancient times, the stories about mandrake included magical powers, fertility, possession by the devil, and more. The fascinating history of this plant is colorful and even popped up in the Harry Potter series. About Mandrake History The history of mandrake plants and their use and legends goes back to ancient times. Ancient Romans, Greeks, and Middle Eastern cultures were all aware of mandrake and all believed the plant had magical powers, not always for good. Mandrake is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a perennial herb with a large root and poisonous fruits. One of the oldest references to mandrake is from the Bible and probably dates to 4,000 B.C. In the story, Rachel used the berries of the plant to conceive a child. In

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What Is Smallage: How To Grow Wild Celery Plants

Sat, 2019-07-20 07:00
If you’ve ever used celery seed or salt in a recipe, what you are using is not actually celery seed. Instead, it is the seed or fruit from the smallage herb. Smallage has been harvested wild and cultivated for centuries and used medicinally for a variety of folkloric conditions. It is also called wild celery and, indeed, has many of the same attributes. Read on to learn about growing wild celery and other interesting smallage plant info. What is Smallage? As mentioned, smallage (Apium graveolens) is often referred to as wild celery. It has a similar, yet more intense, flavor and aroma than celery along with similar looking stalks, but the stalks are not usually eaten. Smallage stalks are much more fibrous than celery stalks. The leaves can be used in a variety of ways and have a strong celery flavor. They look almost exactly like flat-leaved parsley. Plants get

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