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Controlling Invasive Herbs – How To Stop The Spread Of Herbs

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-05-05 18:01

Growing your own herbs is a joy for any foodie, but what happens when good herbs go bad? While it sounds like a lame play on a TV show title, controlling invasive herbs is sometimes a reality. Keep reading to learn what to do when herbs become invasive. What Herbs Become Invasive? What herbs become invasive? Herbs that spread through runners, suckers, or rhizomes and even herbs that become so large they’ve taken over more than their share of space are the ones to look out for. Then there are the herbs that produce prodigious amounts of seeds as well. Probably the most notorious of the herbs that spread is mint. Everything in the mint family, from peppermint to spearmint, doesn’t just seem to spread but has a rather diabolical desire to take over the world through underground runners. Other herbs that become invasive through underground runners include oregano, pennyroyal, […]

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What Are Woody Herbs – Common And Interesting Woody Herb Plants

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-05-05 15:00

What are woody herbs and exactly what makes an herb woody? This is a common question, but it’s actually quite simple to tell woody herb plants from herbaceous herb plants. The following woody herb info should help. Woody Herb Information Most herbs are herbaceous, which means they have no woody stems. In cold climates, herbaceous plants die back at the end of the growing season and they don’t return the following year. Herbaceous plants include certain herbs as well as annuals like petunias, begonias, marigolds, or zinnias. Woody herb plants, on the other hand, are just the opposite. What make an herb woody? Unlike herbaceous plants that have soft stems, woody herbs, as the name suggests, are supported by hard, woody stems. Woody plants include certain herbs as well as shrubs and trees and some blooming plants and vines. Some types are evergreen and maintain their green color all year […]

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Should I Prune Herbs: Which Herbs Need Pruning And When

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-05-05 11:00

Should I prune herbs? It may seem counterproductive to prune an herb when it’s robust and growing like crazy, but pruning herbs for growth results in healthier, more attractive plants. Pruning also improves air circulation around the plants.  The tricky part is knowing which herbs need pruning and exactly when to prune herbs. There are many types of herb plants and all aren’t created equal. However, this information on general herb pruning should make things a little more clear. When to Prune Herbs: Which Herbs Need Pruning? Leafy (herbaceous) herbs including cilantro, oregano, chives, sweet basil, mint, tarragon, and basil are grown for their aromatic, flavorful foliage. Without regular pruning, the plants will begin to die back after flowering. Pruning generally extends their useful lives until later in the growing season.  Feel free to pinch new growth at the top of the plants frequently, beginning when the herbs are young. […]

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Planting Herb Seeds – When And How To Start Herb Seeds

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-05-05 07:00

Fresh herbs add an essential element of flavor to our favorite dishes. Yet, purchasing fresh herbs is time consuming and expensive. Starting herbs from seeds will not only give you the culinary zest you desire, but growing your own herbs is an easy project even if you don’t have gardening experience. How to Start Herb Seeds Before planting herb seeds, consider where you want to grow your herbs. A backyard garden located close to the kitchen is extremely convenient during meal preparation, but herbs can also be grown in a container inside or outside the home. Most types of herbs are also well suited for cultivation in hydroponic jars. Starting herbs from seeds is similar to sowing other types of garden vegetables. Most herb seed germination can occur indoors using a seed-starting flat with a quality potting or seed-starting soil. Seeds can also be started in plastic bags or in […]

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When Can I Harvest Mint – Learn About Harvesting Mint Leaves

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-05-04 18:00

Mint has a justified reputation as the garden bully. If you allow it to grow unrestrained, it can and will take over. Picking mint plants often can keep the plant in check, although a better method is to plant in a container. Regardless, mint is vigorous and easy to grow, although you might be wondering “when can I harvest mint?” There’s no trick to harvesting mint leaves, the trick might be having enough uses for mint herbs. Keep reading to find out how to harvest mint leaves. When Can I Harvest Mint? Mint is a greedy perennial that at first develops into a tidy, bushy green clump. Of course, the disguise of the well-mannered herb doesn’t last long and soon enough it’s off to conquer the rest of the garden. As mentioned, the herb is best confined to a container but if yours is not, the best way to tame […]

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Growing Mint From Cuttings: How To Root Mint Stem Cuttings

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-05-04 15:00

Mint is rambunctious, easy to grow, and it tastes (and smells) great. Growing mint from cuttings can be done a couple of ways – in potting soil or water. Both methods of mint cutting propagation are super simple and both will produce a rooted plant in a very short time. Read on and learn how to root mint. How to Take Cuttings from Mint Get everything ready before you take cuttings from mint, as the sprigs will wilt quickly. To take cuttings from mint, use sharp scissors or pruning shears to cut stems about 3 to 5 inches (8-10 cm.) long. Remove at least two or three leaves from the lower part of the stem but leave the top leaves intact. New growth will appear at the nodes. The ideal time to grow mint from cuttings is when the plant is in full growth in late spring or early summer, […]

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Potted Mint Plants – How To Grow Mint In Containers

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-05-04 11:00

Mint is an attractive, useful herb and the aroma is nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately, it isn’t always well behaved and when its grown in the garden, this pretty little plant tends to be a bit of a bully. Mint container growing is an option if you’re concerned about the aggressive nature of this rambunctious plant or if you just don’t have space for an herb garden. Place potted mint plants on your front step where you can snip the leaves as needed or grow mint in containers indoors. Caring for Container-Grown Mint It’s possible to grow mint from seed, although germination is undependable. If you want to give it a try, plant seeds for growing indoors any time of year, but be sure they have plenty of warmth and sunlight. If you’re not interested in planting seeds, purchase a small mint plant at a nursery that specializes in herbs. […]

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Growing Herbs Upside Down: Learn About Herbs That Grow Upside Down Easily

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-05-04 07:00

It’s topsy-turvy time for your herbs. Can herbs grow upside down? Yes, indeed, and they take up less space making such a garden perfect for a lanai or small patio. Many will even perform beautifully indoors, right in the kitchen where you need them. Growing herbs upside down has certain benefits and few drawbacks but can be useful in small garden spaces. Upside down herbs are readily accessible and grow just as well as tomatoes when hung vertically. You can easily make your own hanging herb garden with just a few simple household items. Benefits of a Hanging Herb Garden Herbs that grow upside down are great space savers for gardeners who don’t have a convenient garden plot. The practice provides better drainage, reduces common pests, and enhances air circulation and sun access. The containers do tend to dry out more quickly than traditional pots, but it keeps the herbs […]

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Gardening To-Do List: May Tasks In The Upper Midwest

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-05-03 18:00

May tasks in upper Midwest gardening should keep you busy all month long. This is a crucial time for planting, watering, fertilizing, mulching, and more. Enjoy the first days and weeks of beautiful weather for the year in this region and know what your garden needs now. May in the Upper Midwest From May 4 in Grand Rapids to May 11 in Green Bay, and as late as May 25 in International Falls, this is the month of last frosts in upper Midwest states. It’s time to enjoy spring blooms and get down to the real work of making sure your garden will thrive throughout the growing season. Upper Midwest gardening in May results in big payoffs for the following months. May Gardening To-Do List May gardening tasks in the upper Midwest include a wide range of activities that can be roughly broken down by week. Of course, there is […]

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Northeast Gardening: Things To Do In May Gardens

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-05-03 15:00

Spring is short and unpredictable in the Northeast. May weather might feel like summer is right around the corner, but frost is still a possibility in many regions. If you are itching to get outdoors, here are some suggestions for Northeast gardening in May. Gardening Tasks for The Northeast Here are some basic things to do in May: Plant hardy annuals that can tolerate cool weather or a light frost such as pansies, sweet alyssum, dianthus, or snapdragons. All do well in the ground or in containers. Your garden to-do list for May should include plant sales hosted by local gardening groups. You will find some great buys on locally grown plants and in the process, support a local organization in their effort to beautify the community. Stake tall perennials such as peonies, false sunflower, asters, or delphinium while they’re still relatively small. When it comes to May gardening tasks, […]

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Meditative Gardening: Can Gardening Be Used For Meditation

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-05-03 11:08

Gardening is a time of peace, relaxation, and tranquility. On the basic level, it can allow us the quiet time we need in a world that is filled with technology and demanding schedules. However, can gardening be used for meditation? Though the answer to this question may vary from one person to another, many agree that meditative gardening can be quite an enlightening experience. Meditating while gardening can allow growers to explore the soil, as well as their inner selves. About Meditative Gardening Meditation can mean different things to different people. Common definitions include a focus on mindfulness, curiosity, and intuition. Gardening as meditation can be both intentional or unintentional. As a matter of fact, the daily completion of growing tasks may naturally lend itself to the development of a closer connection with Earth and nature. The process of nurturing a garden will require patience and commitment. As the plants […]

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Growing A Spa Garden: Peaceful Plants For A Spa Experience

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-05-03 07:00

Growing a garden spa requires some planning and forethought but is well worth the effort. Whether you want a garden that will help stock your spa cupboard with homemade tonics and lotions or you just want a spa like retreat outdoors, choosing the right plants is essential. Planning and Growing a Garden Spa A spa garden can have one or two purposes: To grow spa herbs that you can use in bath products such as lotions, sugar scrubs, and facial masks OR to create a space that gives you a relaxing, restorative spa feel. There is every reason to do both. Create a beautiful garden that you can sit in and enjoy while also growing useful and fragrant herbs for your indoor spa session. When planning a spa in the garden, consider the plants you want to use for your spa treatments and the feel you want in the outdoor […]

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Garden To-Do List: Gardening Tasks In Western Gardens

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-05-02 18:00

In the month of May, spring is waving goodbye and summer is saying hello. Gardeners in California and Nevada are hurrying to get their garden to-do lists wrapped up before it gets too hot. What are the critical May gardening tasks for the West? Read on for a regional garden checklist. May Gardening Tasks for the West May is still planting time and putting in more seeds is part of every garden to-do list. Almost any warm season vegetable can be planted in May in western gardens. Stay away from lettuce, peas, and other crops that do not like the heat. Instead, start heat-loving tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and melons. You can also put in beans, okra, corn, cucumbers, and squash too. That’s not all. You can plant almost any kind of herb in May, including heat-loving herbs like basil, thyme, rosemary, and lavender. Remember not to tuck the herbs into […]

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Hummingbird Shade Garden: What Shade Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-05-02 15:00

What shade plants attract hummingbirds? What should you include in a hummingbird shade garden? Begin by planting a variety of nectar-rich flowers that bloom at different times. Select native plants whenever possible. Read on and learn about few easy to grow shade flowers for hummingbirds. Choosing Shade Plants Hummingbirds Like Hummingbirds need flowers with tubular blooms which hold nectar and accommodate their long beaks. They are drawn to red, yellow, pink, and orange flowers, either solid colors or blends and variegations. Fuchsia plants – Fuchsia, with dangling, tubular flowers from midsummer to fall, is ideal for a hummingbird shade garden. There are more than 100 species of fuchsia, both annual and perennial, in shades of reds, pinks, blues, and other colors that hummingbirds love. Fuchsia plants benefit from a little morning sunlight, but they won’t live long in direct afternoon sunlight or extreme heat. Hardiness varies; some are suitable only […]

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May Garden Tasks – Gardening In The Pacific Northwest

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-05-02 11:00

May is the month that is reliably warming for most of the Pacific Northwest, time to tackle the gardening to-do list. Depending upon your location, Northwest gardens in May might be fully sown or not started yet. May is the time to make sure that transplants and/or seeds are sown, but these aren’t the only May garden tasks that need attention. The following article contains information on May garden tasks for Northwest gardens. May Garden Tasks for the Northwest For most of the region, both nighttime and daytime temperatures have warmed sufficiently to complete planting of the vegetable garden. Before you get gung-ho though, be sure that your temps are reliably over 50 degrees F. (10 C.) at night. At that point you can move hardened off transplants outside for good. That said, temperatures tend to dip here and there, so a night hovering under 50 degrees F. (10 C.) […]

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Hanging Shade Flowers: Shade Tolerant Flowers For Hanging Baskets

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-05-02 07:00

Hanging baskets are an extremely popular addition to porches, patios, and garden hooks. Overflowing with blooms, hanging baskets easily add color and a sense of abundance to growing spaces. Even those with limited space can incorporate baskets into the design of their outdoor living space. Baskets also offer a versatile option for growing in areas that may be less than ideal for other plants – like shade. Fortunately, choosing shade tolerant flowers for hanging baskets is quite simple. Growing Shade Flowers in Hanging Baskets Before selecting hanging shade flowers, you’ll first need to ensure that proper growing conditions for each plant will be met. This means that baskets should be filled with well-draining potting soil or a soil blend specific to the particular flower type. Additionally, all plant hooks and hanging equipment should be strong and properly secured. When choosing shade tolerant flowers for hanging baskets, you will also need […]

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Shade Tolerant Wildflowers – Growing Wildflowers In Shade

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-05-01 18:02

Wildflowers can be a lovely addition to all types of garden, but especially perennial beds and natural native gardens. If you have a lot of shade, look for woodland species. The best shade wildflowers grow naturally and easily in the dappled shade under trees. Growing Shade Tolerant Wildflowers It’s important to remember that when growing wildflowers in shade they do need some sunlight. Flowers native to wooded areas don’t grow in deep shade. They grow on the edges of forests and under tall branching trees that allow for some sun to penetrate. So make sure you plant these flowers where they get partial shade and sun. Woodland wildflowers need well-drained soil, no standing water, but also a good amount of moisture. The soil should be rich in organic matter. These flowers are adapted to growing with year-round natural leaf mulch that you should replicate for the best results. Mulch keeps […]

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Gardens In The Southeast: Gardening To-Do List For May

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-05-01 15:00

May is a busy month in the garden with a variety of chores to keep on track. We might be harvesting cool season crops and planting those that grow in summer. Our May gardening tasks for the Southeast region might involve staking and caging some climbers. Depending upon our location, we might even be working up new beds. An ongoing chore for improving the soil is keeping a compost pile going. May Gardening To-Do List This is an appropriate time to divide clumps of bulbs previously growing in the landscape. Other perennials may be dug and divided now. Add some of the divided flowers into new beds, if needed. Are you getting an urge to plant tomatoes and other warm season crops? Many sources advise waiting until June in some parts of the Southeast. While freezing nighttime temperatures are usually history by this time of year in the most of […]

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Pest Repellent Shade Plants: Shade Plants Bugs Don’t Like

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-05-01 11:00

One of the most common issues in the garden are those relates directly to pests. Whether insects are attacking prized rose bushes or the mosquitoes have simply become unbearable, many gardeners find themselves searching for a solution to the problem. While chemical options are available, choosing an organic solution is preferred. But what about shady areas – another common issue? You can actually fix both problems simply by adding shade plants bugs don’t like to alleviate the stress of insects in the yard and regain enjoyment of outdoor spaces even in those darkest corners. Are There Shade Plants Bugs Don’t Like? The concept of planting bug resistant shade plants is not new. In fact, vegetable gardeners have been using companion planting techniques for decades as a means to help deter pests. Plants like marigolds and chrysanthemums have been praised for their ability to reduce numbers of “bad bugs” in the […]

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Gardening To-Do List: Regional Gardening Tips For May

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-05-01 07:00

May is a prime gardening month throughout the United States. Whether your region is well into the growing season or just beginning, you may be wondering what to do in the garden in May. What to Do in the Garden in May Here are some suggestions and gardening tips for May specifically for your region of the country. Northeast Maple syrup season has ended throughout throughout the northeastern states and it’s now time to focus on those monthly garden chores for May. Continue harvesting spring crops of asparagus, lettuce and peas Deadhead early spring flowers Harden off frost-tender annuals Plant summer-blooming bulbs Central Ohio Valley Expect changing weather patterns throughout the month across the Ohio Valley. Use the beautiful spring days to get a jump on your May to-do list. Purchase tomato, pepper and cucumber seedlings Sow annual flower seeds outdoors Spread compost and till the vegetable garden Trim lilac […]

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