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Home Office Plants – Growing Indoor Plants For Home Office Spaces

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-04 11:00
If you work at home, you may want to use plants to liven up a bland workspace. Having living plants in your home office can make days more pleasant, boost your mood, and increase your productivity. Read on for suggestions on home office plants to consider. Indoor Plants for Home Offices Choosing plants for workspaces in your home is similar to that of any houseplant you have. Consider growing conditions, such as available light and space, when choosing houseplants for a home office. Generally, plants for workspaces are relatively compact, but in the home nearly anything goes. Most require little care and tolerate occasional neglect. Here are a few suggestions for home office space plants. Pothos (Epipremnum): A popular office plant for good reason. It’s a lovely, fast growing plant that cascades gracefully from hanging baskets or high shelves. Pothos tolerates both shady corners and sunny windows. It likes to

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Gardening To-Do List: April Garden Chores In The South

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-04 07:00
Whether you live in Florida or Virginia, April is a great time to get out in the garden when the soil is warm but the heat isn’t yet oppressive. But what exactly should you be doing in your garden in southern states? Keep reading to learn more about April gardening tasks for the South. April in the Southeast The Southeast region of the United States ranges down much of the East Coast, including Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Although the climate in these states can vary dramatically, they are all similar in that April is an exciting time with relatively mild temperatures and bursts of new growth everywhere. That means it’s the perfect time to get out into the garden. Gardening To-Do List So what April garden chores should you be thinking about this month? Here are the basics: Plant vegetables: April is the time to begin planting

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West Coast Gardening: Things To Do In April In The Western Region

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-03 18:00
April comes dancing into our gardens as fruit trees put on their frilly blossoms and bulbs turn into bright flowers. The gardening to-do list for April can be a long one, especially for those living in the mild western region. Some would argue that the door to West Coast gardening opens in April. If you are making a list of your April gardening tasks, we are here to help. April in the Western Region The areas included in the western region of the country, like the states of California and Nevada, don’t look alike by any means. Some, like cities near the coast, may never see frost. Others, just a few miles inland, get frost but no snow, while still farther east, roads may be closed because of snowfall. Since April in the western region includes such a range of climates, we’re going to focus on West Coast gardening. In

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Gardening To Do List – Southwest Garden Guide For April

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-03 15:00
April garden maintenance in the Southwest varies widely depending on elevation, microclimates, and other factors. Gardeners in lower elevations are enjoying warm, sunny, and dry days but frosty mornings (and possibly even snow) are still likely at higher elevations. Either way, taking care of April gardening tasks will make your life easier as summer progresses and temperatures rise. Take a look at our Southwest garden guide for April, then check tasks off your gardening to do list. April Gardening Tasks in The Southwest Prune trees and shrubs to remove broken or damaged limbs. Also, remove limbs crossing or rubbing other limbs. At low elevations it’s safe to plant tender annuals. Wait two to four weeks in higher elevations, or until all danger of frost has passed. Gardeners in lower elevations can also plant vegetables such as squash, beans, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, carrots, and cucumbers. In higher elevations, wait until the

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Pacific Northwest Gardening – Things To Do In April In The Northwest

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-03 11:00
April showers bring May flowers, but April is also the perfect time to get the vegetable garden established as well as other April gardening tasks for the Pacific Northwest gardener. April in the Northwest region may be fraught with rain and temperatures that fluctuate but with the assistance of some cloches or low tunnels, the veggie garden is foremost on a gardening to-do list. This isn’t the only chore in need of being done, however. Northwest Gardening in April April in the Northwest brings with it warmer temperatures, albeit for many regions lots of rain. For the diehard gardener, a little rain isn’t an issue and April gardening tasks wait for no man, or woman. If you’re new to gardening, you might be wondering exactly what April gardening tasks for the Pacific Northwest should be tackled. No need to worry, we’re here to help with that. Veggie Gardening To-Do List

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Agape Lawn Company Review

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-03 08:00
To learn more about our editorial integrity policy and how we make money through affiliate partnerships, read our full disclosure here. Hiring a professional lawn care company can ensure that your yard will be the envy of the neighborhood. With help from a qualified company, your lawn will be lush, green, and pest-free the entire year— and you won’t have to break a sweat to achieve it.  If you’re a homeowner in North Carolina, you may have considered Agape Lawn Company. Gardening Know How has created a thorough Agape Lawn Company review, evaluating plans, prices, and customer feedback to determine if this company is worth your attention.  But before we dig deeper into Agape Lawn Company’s services, we want to note that our overall top recommended provider is still TruGreen due to the company’s nearly-nationwide lawn care service at competitive prices.  TruGreen offers a free price quote to every new

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Northeast Garden Guide: Gardening To Do List For April

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-03 07:01
With the arrival of warmer temperatures, preparing the garden for spring planting can feel quite chaotic. From seeding to weeding, it is easy to lose focus on the tasks taking precedence over others. April in the Northeast marks planting time for many crops. With so many tasks to keep up, a gardening to-do list is an excellent way to get ready for the corresponding season. Northeast Garden Guide While some April garden tasks are quick and easy, others may require more time and dedication. April Gardening To-Do List Clean garden tools – Cleaning and preparing garden tools for the growing season is essential to beginning April garden tasks. Making sure that tools are clean and in proper working order makes it easier to care for plants and prevents the spread of disease in the garden. So, if you haven’t already done so, get those tools in tip-top shape. Once tools

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April Garden Maintenance: Upper Midwest Gardening Tasks

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-02 18:09
Upper Midwest gardening really starts to get going in April. The seeds have been started for the vegetable garden, bulbs are blooming, and now it’s time to start thinking about the rest of the growing season. Add these things to your garden to do list for April. April Gardening Tasks for the Upper Midwest If you’re itching to get your hands in the dirt and on plants, April is a good time to get started on several important growing chores. April is the perfect time in this region to use a pre-emergent weed killer. You can apply these products to beds to keep weeds down throughout the growing season. Get your vegetable garden ready now. Whether you’re building new raised beds or using existing beds, now is the time to prepare the soil. You can also start your cooler season veggies including onions, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, radishes, and

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Garden To-Do List: April Gardening In The South Central Region

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-02 15:01
April is the beginning of gardening season in the South-Central region (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas). The expected last frost date is fast approaching and gardeners are itching to get outside and warm up with April gardening tasks. From lawn care to flower planting to fungicide spraying, there are plenty of chores ready and waiting. Learn more about South Central garden maintenance for April. April Gardening in the South-Central Region April gardening begins with lawn care. After a winter with low moisture and cold winds, it’s time for some TLC. As weather warms, more spring annuals can be planted. In Texas and Louisiana, they are moving toward summer annuals. Here’s a general garden to-do list this month: Warm-season lawns such as Bermuda and St. Augustine can be fertilized three to five times during the season, beginning in April. Apply one pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. in each application.

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April Ohio Valley Garden: Gardening To-Do List And Tips For Gardeners

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-02 11:11
Those first few warm days of spring are perfect for getting back in the groove of outdoor gardening. In the Ohio Valley, there’s never a shortage of April gardening tasks to give you a jump on the upcoming growing season. April Ohio Valley Garden To-Do List Here’s a few ideas you might want to add to your monthly gardening to-do list. Lawn Mowing season gets underway this month. Prepare for that first lawn mowing by adding these tasks to your gardening to-do list for April. Pick up debris. Remove those twigs, leaves and trash which have accumulated over the winter. Fill in low spots. Backfill those bumpy dips in the yard with quality top soil. Reseed thin areas. Fill in those bare spots with a grass seed mixture suitable for your climate. Apply weed prevention. Tackle crabgrass and annual weeds with pre-emergent products. Spring equipment maintenance. Sharpen mower blades, check

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Autistic Children And Gardening: Creating Autism Friendly Gardens For Kids

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-02 07:00
Autism gardening therapy is becoming a fantastic therapeutic tool. This therapeutic tool, also known as horticultural therapy, has been used in rehab centers, hospitals and nursing homes. It has become a natural passageway for use with autistic children and gardening. Creating autism friendly gardens benefits not only children on every level of the spectrum but their caregivers as well. Gardening for Kids with Autism Autism impairs communication and social skills. It may also cause several sensory issues, wherein an autistic individual may be over or under sensitive to external stimuli. Autism gardening therapy is an excellent way to tackle these issues. Individuals who have added anxiety created with sensory processing issues greatly benefit from autism gardening therapy. Many people with autism, especially children, struggle with fine motor skills such as zipping up a coat or using scissors. A program combining autistic children and gardening can address these issues. How Does

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Immune-Boosting Foods – Growing Plants With Antiviral Properties

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-02 06:00
As the fictional “pandemic” movie themes of the past become the reality of today, the agricultural community will likely see an increased interest in foods with antiviral properties. This gives commercial growers and backyard gardeners the opportunity to be on the forefront of a changing agricultural climate. Whether you’re growing food for the community or for your family, growing antiviral plants could become the wave of the future. Do Antiviral Plants Keep You Healthy? Little research has been done to definitively prove antiviral foods boost immunity in humans. Successful studies have used concentrated plant extracts to inhibit viral replication in test tubes. Laboratory experiments on mice have also shown promising results, but more studies are clearly needed. The truth is, the inner workings of the immune response are still very poorly understood by researchers, doctors and the medical field. We do know adequate sleep, reduced stress, exercise, a healthy diet

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Kids And Nature: What Is Nature Deficit Disorder And How To Prevent It

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-01 18:08
Gone are the days when leisure time for kids usually meant going outside getting into nature. Today, a child is far more likely to play games on smart phones or computers than run in the park or play kick-the-can in the backyard. The separation of kids and nature has resulted in a number of issues lumped loosely together under the expression “nature deficit disorder.” What is nature deficit disorder and what does it mean for your kids? Read on for information about how a lack of nature injures kids and tips on how to prevent nature deficit disorder. What is Nature Deficit Disorder? If you haven’t read anything about this issue, you are likely to ask, “what is nature deficit disorder?” If you have read about it, you may wander, “is nature deficit disorder real?” Modern kids spend less and less time in the great outdoors, and the physical and

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Regional April To-Do List – Tips For Gardening In April

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-01 15:00
With spring beginning, it’s time to get back outdoors and start growing. Your April to-do list for the garden depends on where you live. Each growing zone has different frost times, so know your regional garden chores and what you should be doing now. Regional Gardening To-Do List Knowing what to do in the garden in April can be confusing. Use this basic guide based on location to jump start the growing season. Western Region This region covers California and Nevada, so there is a range of appropriate chores. For northern, cooler areas: Start planting warm season plants Fertilize your perennials Maintain or add mulch In sunny, warm southern California: Add mulch if needed Move or plant tropical plants outside Plant perennials outside If you’re in zone 6 of this region, you can start planting certain vegetables like peas, spinach, carrots, beets, turnips, and potatoes. Northwest Region The Pacific Northwest

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Unusual Plant Names: Growing Plants With Funny Names

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-01 11:00
Ever heard the name of a plant that made you giggle just a little? Some plants do have rather silly or funny names. Plants with funny names earn these unusual names for a variety of reasons including shape, size, growth habit, color, or even odor. Uncommon Names of Plants That Will Make You Laugh Here are a few funny plant names that will make you laugh, and we promise they’re all G-rated.  Shaggy Soldier (Galinsoga quadriradiata): This is a fast-spreading, weedy plant. The pretty, daisy-like flowers of shaggy soldier have white petals and golden centers, thus the alternate name of Peruvian daisy.  Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculeatus): Butcher’s broom displays tiny, greenish white flowers on leafless stems. The flowers are followed by yellow or red fruit. Native to Asia and Africa, butcher’s broom (also known as knee holly or knee-high holly) is an aggressive plant that tolerates deep shade. Sausage tree

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The Best Leaf Rakes (Review)

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-01 08:00
To learn more about our editorial integrity policy and how we make money through affiliate partnerships, read our full disclosure here. Healthy lawns require frequent maintenance and treatment, including the removal of dead leaves, cut grass, and plant trimmings. At Gardening Know How, we’ve evaluated the market and selected the top five rake products for homeowners who want to accomplish various landscaping and clearing tasks with a leaf rake while preventing any injury or strain that can come with physical activities like lawn care. To determine the best leaf rakes on the market, we considered the price, product lifespan, value, and features of each product. Additionally, we took note of customer reviews and consumers’ trust in the brand and its offerings. Though these particular rakes have different features, like flexible tines or the ability to easily rake wet debris, their utility is the same. Our selections range from the most

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Easy-Care Rock Garden: When To Plant A Rock Garden

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-01 07:09
Have a rock garden? You should. There are many reasons to grow rocks in the garden, and just as many things to do with them. Keep reading to learn more about planting an easy-care rock garden. Rock Garden Bed Design A well-planned rock garden is not only be pleasing to the eyes but relatively care free. And there are a number of rock garden designs to choose from – they can be sprawling, naturalistic creations or rustic mounds of growing rocks. The overall design is limited only by your personal taste and growing space. Likewise, the rocks you choose to grow a rock garden bed is up to you. While many people prefer sticking to one type of stone throughout the garden, using a variety of rocks in various shapes, sizes and earth-tone colors can create added interest. An occasional plant here and there looks nice too. When to Plant

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Potato Trenches And Hills – Trench And Hill Potato Planting

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-03-31 18:00
Potatoes are a classic cuisine staple and actually quite easy to grow. The potato trench and hill method is a time tested way to increase yields and help plants grow their best. Seed potatoes are the fastest way to start your plants, but you can also use grocery store potatoes that have begun to sprout. Potatoes in a trench are “hilled” as they grow to encourage root growth and more tubers. About Potato Trenches and Hills Anyone can grow potatoes. You can even grow them in a bucket or garbage can. The method where you trench and hill potatoes produces more tubers and is easy to do even in a new garden.  Just make sure you have adequate drainage and a soil pH of 4.7-5.5. Farmers have been using the trench and hill potato method for generations. The idea is to dig a trench for the seed potatoes and as

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What Is A Hairy Potato: Learn About Hairy Potato Pest Resistance

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-03-31 15:00
Wild potato information may not seem like something the average home gardener needs, but it’s more important than you realize. A wild potato, native to South America, has natural pest resistance. Now, crossed with domestic potatoes, you can order a new cultivar from suppliers that will allow you to grow tasty potatoes without using pesticides. What is a Hairy Potato? A potato with hairs is actually a potato plant with hairy leaves, not hairy tubers. The original hairy potato, Solanum berthaultii, is a wild species native to Bolivia, and probably the ancestor of the domesticated South American potato plant. The hairy potato grows three feet (1 m.) and taller. It produces purple, blue, or white flowers and green, speckled berries. The tubers are too small to be valuable for eating and the plant naturally grows in dry regions of Bolivia at high elevation. The most important of all hairy potato

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Composting Potato Peelings: How Do You Compost Potato Skins

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-03-31 11:00
Perhaps you’ve heard composting potato peelings is not a good idea. While you need to be careful when adding potato peels to compost piles, composting potato peelings is beneficial. Potatoes contain nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Composting potato peelings adds these nutrients to the pile and benefits the plants that will eventually be grown using that compost. So why the controversy? Can Potato Peels Go in Compost? The problem that can arise from adding potato peels to compost piles is that whole potatoes and their skins can carry potato blight. This is a fungal infection which affects both tomato and potato plants. Potato blight spores survive from one season to the next by overwintering on live plant tissue. Infected potato tubers are the perfect host. The symptoms of blight on potato and tomato plants includes yellow patches with brown centers on the leaves and dark patches on

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